Enter our 2017 OpEx Awards now

Entries are now open for Private Equity International’s 2017 Operational Excellence Awards.

Adding value to the operations of a portfolio company is an accomplishment that's often talked about, but rarely demonstrated. So at a time when many investors are looking to rationalise their GP relationships, it's never been more important for firms to demonstrate their value-creation credentials if they want to stand out from the crowd.

That's where Private Equity International's Operational Excellence Awards 2017 come in. Now in their sixth year, the awards are intended to recognise and highlight the achievements of the industry's best-in-class operators.

Read about last year's winners HERE or access the full report HERE.


  • Be recognised by LPs as a best-in-class operator – which should pay dividends during your next fundraise 
  • Demonstrate your credentials as a potential partner to future management teams 
  • Highlight and reward the work done by your internal operating teams 

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 4 August 2017.


We want to hear from any GP who has exited a deal in the last 12 months* and has a compelling value-creation story to tell. The process is very simple:

1. Either fill in the submission form HERE, providing as much specific information as possible about what you did and how it benefited the business (feel free to supplement the form with any additional information you think would be useful). Submit your entry by Friday, 4 August (contact OpEX@peimedia.com if you have any additional questions).

2. Or enter online HERE.

3. In August, a carefully selected panel of judges in each of our three regions – EMEA, Americas and Asia-Pacific – will convene to decide who they think are the most impressive entrants in the four separate size categories: large-cap, upper mid-market, lower mid-market and small-cap**.

4. The winners of these 12 categories will be announced in the October issue of Private Equity International – along with a full exposition of exactly how they added value over the life cycle of the deal. 


* The investment must have been at least partially realised on or after 1 June, 2016

** For the purposes of these awards, 'large-cap' refers to any deal with an entry price over $500 million; 'upper mid-market' refers to any deal with an entry price between $150 million and $500 million, 'lower mid-market' refers to any deal with an entry price between $50 million and $150 million, and 'small-cap' refers to any deal with an entry price between $5 million and $50 million.

NB. Firms can enter more than once if they have completed more than one exit during the qualifying period.

Any information or financial data that you prefer to be kept confidential should be clearly marked on your submission.