‘Tis the season to be voting

But whether credit professionals will be jolly depends on coming first in any of our 47 annual awards categories.

Our annual awards poll has been open for a while and the response has been extremely pleasing. Clearly this has been a year our readers feel strongly about and many have not been slow to deliver their verdicts on the stand-out performers of 2017.

For those who have not been quite as quick off the mark – perhaps distracted by the need to get that big project finished before the holidays – don’t worry, you still have until 5 January to vote HERE. What is more, your vote could be crucial because some of the races are shaping up to be very close.

In the Asia-Pacific infrastructure debt manager category, for example, the contenders are separated by a hair’s breadth. AMP Capital, IFM Investors and Mizuho Global Alternative Investments all have fundraising successes to boost their credentials, while Ping An Life Insurance stakes a claim through the build-up of its large and wide-ranging infrastructure portfolio.

Senior lender of the year is a hotly contested Americas category, with defending champion Golub Capital having completed both its largest deal and largest fundraise during the year. However, this has not prevented strong surges of support for rivals Antares Capital, HPS and KKR.

In Europe, our new speciality finance category has attracted plenty of votes with aviation financiers Investec and Prime Capital competing with asset-based lender Wells Fargo Capital Finance and healthcare specialist IPF Partners. Here, too, the gap between all four contenders is narrow.

These are just a few examples of the tight battles being fought across many of our 47 categories – the largest number we have ever had, bolstered by the introduction of speciality finance awards in the Americas and Europe, SME lender in Europe and a new fundraising category in our global section.

This will be our last week of regular news reporting. Next week, we will be publishing pieces reflecting on some of the major themes of the last 12 months. Regular service will resume after the New Year.

In the meantime, the team at Private Debt Investor wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And, one last time: if you haven’t already, please vote for our annual global awards before 5 January. Your peers are making their choices – you need to as well.

Write to the author at andy.t@peimedia.com