Who will take the cake in 2008?

Voting has begun in the third annual Global PERE Awards. Which people, firms, funds and deals stood out in 2008? Cast your nominations now in the only industry awards that are voted on entirely by the participants in the private equity real estate market.

The polls have opened for the 2008 Global PERE Awards, the industry’s only global awards which are decided entirely by the industry itself.

The awards are highly regarded because they are totally independent. There is no sponsorship, no opening short list, no panel of judges and no editorial strings pulled. This is simply and purely a popular vote among private equity real estate peers.

Last year, Equity International co-founder Sam Zell and The Blackstone Group dominated the awards following the sale and acquisition of Equity Office Properties.

This year, in the wake of the credit crunch, government bailouts and the collapse of the investment banking model, who will emerge as the industry’s leaders?

Starting today, thousands of readers from across the globe will nominate the people, firms and transactions they feel defined 2008 in their region and beyond. This is your chance to get involved as well.

Follow the links below to cast your vote in the 
Global poll
North American poll. 
European poll. 
Asian poll
African, Middle Eastern and Latin American poll.

Anyone may nominate industry people, firms and service providers across the pre-designated categories. (Nominators may only submit one name per category and may not nominate themselves or their own firms, otherwise their votes will be void.)

On 5 January, 2009, the people and firms with the most nominations will be placed on shortlists of five candidates per category – just like the Oscars – for the next and final round of voting, which will close on 30 January, 2009.

The results will be published simultaneously on PrivateEquityRealEstate.com and in the PERE magazine in March.

For additional information on the voting process for the 2008 Global PERE Awards and how you can get involved as well as engage others, click here.