COMMENT: The home straight

There is just one week to go before voting closes for the 2013 Global PERE Awards, and with certain categories offering up extremely tight races, your vote could make all the difference.

It is safe to say the 2013 Global PERE Awards have been the most hotly contested since the annual series began eight years ago.

According to the technology we use to monitor votes, fast approaching 4,000 participants have registered their opinions on which individuals, firms, deals, funds, lenders and advisers most impressed last year. And with a week to go before voting closes next Friday that number is only going to get bigger.

That is a good thing for two reasons. Beyond swelling an already record voter participation total, a final flurry as we enter the competition’s home straight will determine some extremely tight races.

Among the categories that are too close to call are: Industry Figure of the Year and Deal of the Year in Global categories; Industry Figure of the Year and Institutional Investor of the Year in the North American categories; Deal of the Year and Law Firm of the Year (Transactions) in the European categories, and; Capital Advisory Firm of the Year and Exit of the Year in the Asian categories.

Judging by the votes we already can see it is clear that a number of the firms nominated for this year’s awards have drummed up some serious support over the last 12 months. Indeed, some of the votes already collected would have seen certain groups competing in the same category this year as clear winners last year. For such keen participation, we at PERE thank you.

For those of you yet to register your vote, don’t hesitate to do so. To check out the nominees in the Global, North American, European and Asian categories, follow the link to our dedicated voting page and get cracking.

Voting is a straightforward affair as the landing page will guide you through each region’s categories. Each category has four nominations to pick from, however, should you wish to nominate a contender we have not included, there also is a write-in option.

The 2013 Global PERE Awards have pulled in record votes already but vote now and make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.