Who ruled debt markets this year? Vote now in the PDI Awards

Years of operating in private markets and behind the veil of non-disclosure agreements make GPs a tight-lipped bunch. But, comfortably anonymous, they have shared their views on one another with PDI – just in time for awards season.

For the third year running, the Private Debt Investor editorial team has exercised its persuasive powers to convince managers to frankly detail what they have achieved in 2015 and, more importantly, what they think of their colleagues and competition at other firms. 

The reason? Awards, of course. It’s time to give credit to the best and brightest industry participants helping to shape private debt markets. 

Yesterday, PDI published the shortlist of nominees for each of our 40-odd categories. You can see the hopefuls and vote for who you think excelled in 2015 by following this link

The shortlists were created by our editorial team, drawing upon their own extensive knowledge of industry themes and events and complemented by countless market conversations. Those calls and meetings weren’t just limited to fund managers either: the views of investors and service providers were also instrumental in compiling the list of standouts. 

That said, it’s always a difficult task determining which firms make the cut when there are so many interesting candidates – and we accept that while we try to highlight the deals, people and funds taking the market by storm, you may have different views. Which is why every category features a write-in box, should you wish to nominate a firm or transaction that wasn’t shortlisted. In years past, some firms have even waged write-in campaigns, encouraging friends and clients to vote for them.

The rules for voting are simple: you may only vote once; you may not nominate or vote for yourself/your own firm, nor engage in block voting; and non-corporate email addresses will be discounted (ie, no Hotmail or Gmail entries). The polls close on Friday 8 January, with results announced in March.

While our editorial team has done the heavy lifting in putting together the shortlists, the responsibility is now over to you, readers, as winners are determined entirely by the industry itself and every vote counts. Be sure to make your views matter by voting now, and share the link with your colleagues to do the same. 

Good luck to everyone!