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Working behind the scenes of any successful private equity firm is a team of professionals rarely afforded the recognition they deserve.

Attention is often given to an exciting exit multiple or fund closing, but left unacknowledged are the tax experts who helped the portfolio company’s profitability by reducing its tax burden. Or the lawyers who help GPs find the right balance of fund terms to capture investor interest. Placement agents, accountants, valuation providers, fund administrators, recruiters and risk management service providers are all additional underappreciated support pillars at firms with strong grounding.

With that in mind PE Manager is pleased to announce our inaugural professional services awards to recognise the firms that have stood out from the crowd over the past year.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to provide your views. The results will be unveiled in January in PEM’s special 2012 yearbook issue, as well as on our website.

The rules for voting are simple. You needn’t answer every question: simply vote in the categories that matter most to you. To ensure your confidential vote is not disqualified, only vote once and do not vote for your own firm.