We asked, you listened. Ten days after the start of voting for the 2018 Global PERE Awards, more than 3,300 readers have responded to our poll – with some very interesting results thus far.
For the first time in the 13-year history of the awards, Blackstone is not poised to claim the lion’s share of trophies. Instead, GLP is currently in pole position to win the most honors, with a significant lead in several key categories (all of the categories where it was shortlisted, in fact), including Global Firm of the Year, Global Industry Figure of the Year, Global Logistics Investor of the Year, Europe Firm of the Year, Europe Capital Raise of the Year, Asia Firm of the Year and China Firm of the Year.
Brookfield Asset Management also boasts a strong showing in the voting results to date, currently prevailing in categories such as Global Deal of the Year, Global Capital Raise of the Year, Global Retail Investor of the Year, Global Alternatives Investor of the Year and North America Deal of the Year. Gaw Capital Group also is faring well as the top vote-getter for Global Retail Investor of the Year, Global Office Investor of the Year, Asia Industry Figure of the Year and Asia Deal of the Year.
Meanwhile, last year’s big award winners, Blackstone and Starwood Capital Group, are each leading in three categories at press time: Blackstone for UK Firm of the Year, Spain Firm of the Year and Asia Capital Raise of the Year; and Starwood for Global Hotel and Leisure Investor of the Year, North America Firm of the Year and Germany Firm of the Year.
In certain categories, competition has been fierce, with some finalists neck and neck in the voting tallies. These heated contests include GIC and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for Global Institutional Investor of the Year; Gaw Capital Partners and Brookfield for Global Retail Investor of the Year; Starwood and Brookfield for North America Firm of the Year; Candriam and Starwood for Europe Deal of the Year; Brookfield and Greystar for Global Alternatives Investor of the Year; and ESR and Charter Hall for Australia Firm of the Year. In each of these categories, the frontrunner and runner-up are separated by just 10 votes or less, or two candidates are tied for first place.
These tightest of voting margins are all the more reason why it is important that as many PERE readers as possible make themselves heard – indeed, your vote could very well be the deciding one in a number of these races.
To review the voting rules one more time: you may only vote once; you may not vote for yourself or your own firm or use block voting; and personal email addresses (such as Gmail) will be disqualified. Voting closes on Friday, January 11, with the winners to be unveiled in March.
If you haven’t voted yet, what are you waiting for? Click here and make your opinion count today.