Unquote reveals winners of the annual British Private Equity Awards 2018

  • Inflexion Private Equity secures two Awards with its bumper fundraising effort and incredibly busy year.
  • DLA Piper named law firm of the year for transactional work; Travers Smith secures fund structuring law firm Award.
  • Investec wins bank lender of the year, while Marlborough Partners nets the inaugural debt advisory trophy.


London, United Kingdom, 3rd October 2018: More than 450 industry members were in attendance at The Brewery for the 2018 British Private Equity Awards. This new record was the perfect cap to a remarkable 12 months for the UK private equity industry, despite continued political and economic uncertainty.  With 700 deals almost matching the aggregate value last seen in 2007, and 73 new vehicles closing for a total of £69bn, 2017 was indeed a landmark year – and this was reflected in the size and quality of the Awards’ shortlist.


The Unquote British Private Equity awards celebrate innovation and excellence in private equity and venture capital, as well as honouring the industry’s ability to help build British businesses- and in doing so, foster the wider economy.


Greg Gille, Editor at Unquote and member of the awards judging panel, commented: “This year was a standout for the British Private Equity Awards – we had a record number of entries, introduced several new exciting categories that showcased incredible successes, and the number of industry participants taking part in the public voting part of the process was nearly double what we saw in previous editions. This is all testament to the vitality of the UK private equity industry, which despite challenging headwinds in the current environment, continues to demonstrate how it can showcase the best of what the asset class can offer to institutional investors.”


2018 Winners:

Fund Administrator


Aztec Group

Financial Due Diligence

Alvarez & Marsal

Commercial Due Diligence

Palladium Group

Specialist Due Diligence



M&A Insurance Broker


Law Firm – Transactions


DLA Piper

Law Firm – Fund Structuring


Travers Smith

Placement Agent


Asante Capital

Secondaries Adviser

Campbell Lutyens

Corporate Financier


Clearwater International

Debt Adviser

Marlborough Partners

Alternative Debt Provider


Beechbrook Capital

Bank Lender



Responsible Investor


Bridges Fund Management

Management Team


Rutland Partners – Pizza Hut



Inflexion Private Equity - Buyout Fund V & Partnership Capital Fund II


Venture & Growth Capital Exit

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) – Matchesfashion.com


Turnaround Deal

Rutland Partners – Pizza Hut

Small Exit

Synova Capital - Mandata


Mid-Market Exit

ECI Partners – Great Rail Journeys


Venture & Growth Capital House

Index Ventures


Small Buyout House

Palatine Private Equity


Mid-Market Buyout House

Inflexion Private Equity



Press Enquiries:

Ioiana Luncheon

PR Manager, EMEA, Acuris

T: +44 (0)20 3741 1391

E: ioiana.luncheon@acuris.com


About the Unquote British Private Equity Awards:

Each year Unquote recognizes the contribution of private equity to the growth of British business at the annual awards. In keeping with the values that have made Unquote the industry’s most trusted source of private equity information, there are four stages in the judging process for the awards. The independent judging process combines the balanced views of industry veterans with a vote from our expert readers. This high degree of scrutiny for all entries is what makes this such a respected industry event. Over 400 attendees attend the black-tie gala dinner in London each October. Visit britishprivateequityawards.com.


About Unquote:

Unquote, an Acuris company, provides fully validated information and data on European private equity markets and boasts the largest private equity research team in Europe. Unquote’s editorial team are able to get to the very heart of the regional markets that they cover and are regularly called on to comment on the state of the industry. Unquote is trusted by its readers, who cover the entire private equity spectrum to provide validated data, commentary and analysis to help them to make the right decisions for their business. Visit unquote.com.