Voting is now well underway in our 2020 annual awards, which this year give due recognition to the asset class’s trailblazers in some 47 different categories. To place your votes now, please do so here.
You have until Friday 8 January 2021 (midnight PST) to beat the deadline, but – rather like Christmas shopping or decorating the tree – it’s far better to get the job done now than wait until the last minute.
We are proud to say that our awards are now into their eighth year, and they continue to gather momentum. Last year saw a record number of almost 9,000 votes and we are hopeful of surpassing that figure this time round.
So, who will be the big winners? With every year that passes, we discover which firms are demonstrating extraordinary longevity by coming back to win again and again. Golub Capital, for example, had won four back-to-back Lender of the Year titles in the Americas, but in 2019 it was Ares Management that grabbed top spot in that category. Golub Capital, however, took first place as Senior Lender of the Year while retaining pole position as CLO Manager for the Americas. This took the firm’s total PDI Awards tally to 14 over seven years.
Ares Management was the most successful name in our 2019 roll of honour. The firm picked up no fewer than five awards, including Global Fund Manager of the Year. It has now collected 13 trophies since the PDI Awards began, moving it to third place overall in our hall of fame and closing the gap with Golub Capital and SSG (which it acquired this year to form Ares SSG).
All these firms are contenders once more, although – as always – we have plenty of newcomers jostling for a first-time victory. We wait with bated breath to see who will be popping champagne corks when the results are announced in the first quarter of next year.