Gray, Grayken, Quille or dark horse?

Three industry titans vie for one prestigious PERE award. Have you cast your vote? Polls close on 3 February for the third annual PERE Global Awards and competition is fierce. Will MGPA or GIC take the Asian firm of the year award. Will Niam/Goldman Sachs beat competition from AIG for European exit of the year?

The battle to take the prestigious title of PERE’s Global Industry Figure of the Year is between three contenders: Jim Quille of MGPA, John Gray of Blackstone and John Grayken of Lone Star.

The polls for the third annual PERE awards opened just one week ago, and already the fight for a high-profile category (among dozens of other categories) is heating up: PERE can reveal that Quille, Gray and Grayken all are within 2 percentage points of one another.

However there’s no guarantee any of them will take the final honours when the voting closes at the beginning of February – Michael Pralle of JER Companies, Neel Kashkari of the US Troubled Asset Relief Programme and The Carlyle Group all only a few points behind the leaders to date.

More than 60 firms have been shortlisted as potential winners in the only industry awards nominated and voted on by private equity real estate professionals.

In Asia, MGPA finds itself doing battle with the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC Real Estate) to take the title of Asian PERE firm of the year, while in the European awards Niam and Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds is fighting off competition from AIG European Real Estate Partners to clinch exit of the year.

Voting will close on 3 February, after which the results will be published simultaneously on and in the PERE magazine in March.

Click here for the Global awards.

Click here for the North American awards.

Click here for the European awards.

Click here for the Asian awards.

Who will be crowned firm of the year in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa? Click on the link to vote.

The rules are simple: You may only vote once, you are not required to vote in all categories – only vote in the categories that are of interest to you – and you may not vote for yourself or your own firm.