Buyouts Awards 2008

Next Wednesday night is the 2nd Annual Buyouts Awards Dinner, as part of Buyouts East. Join us for an evening of fine food and self-congratulation. Here are your nominees:

Buyout Firm Of The Year
Our most prestigious award. We’ll be looking at every aspect of a firm’s activity in 2007, including LBO transactions, fundraising, exits, personnel moves and portfolio management.

• New Mountain Capital
• The Riverside Company
• American Capital Strategies
• Sun Capital Partners
• The Blackstone Group

Mega Market Deal Of The Year
• The Blackstone Group for EOP’s breakup
• The Blackstone Group for Extended Stay Hotels
• MatlinPatterson Global for Huntsman Corp.

Large Market Deal Of The Year:
• Clayton Dubilier & Rice for VWR
• HM Capital for Regency Energy Partners
• Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe for Ameripath
• Bain Capital, Warburg Pincus and Silver Lake for UGS
• Lombard Investments for Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad Corp.

Middle Market Deal Of The Year
• Lincolnshire Management for AMPORTS
• Charlesbank Capital Partners for GSI
• Bear Stearns Merchant Banking for 7 For All Mankind
• Spell Capital for Copperfield
• Accel-KKR for Saber Holdings
• Harvest Partners for U.S. Silica Company

Small Market Deal Of The Year
• Halyard Capital for Tranzact
• TGV Partners for Thompson/Center Arms
• LaSalle Capital Group for Advanced H20
• Halifax Group for Maverick Healthcare
• Warburg Pincus for SDI Media

European Deal Of The Year
• Carlyle Group for Firth Rixson
• Advent International for Parques Reunidos
• Castle Harlan for Polypipe
• The Riverside Co. for Welltec Holding

Emerging Market Deal Of The Year
• ACON Investments for GBarbosa
• Emerging Capital Partners for Société Internationale de Plantations d’Hévéas
• Carlyle Group for Hispanic Teleservices Corp.

Turnaround Of The Year
• Sun Capital Partners for Mattress Firm
• Littlejohn & Co. for GE Superabrasives
• Halyard Capital for Tranzact

Large Lender Of The Year
• JPMorgan
• Goldman Sachs
• Credit Suisse

Middle Market Lender Of The Year
• GE Antares
• Golub Capital
• GSO Capital
• Dymas Capital

Middle Market Investment Bank of The Year
• Robert W. Baird & Co.
• Covington Associates
• Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin
• Jefferies & Co.
• Lincoln International

Law Firm Of The Year
• Goodwin Procter
• Kirkland & Ellis
• Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
• Weil Gotshal & Manges
• Debevoise & Plimpton

Best New Firm
• Alinda Capital Partners
• Avista Capital Partners
• CarVal Investors
• Monomoy Capital Partners
• VMG Equity