At long last, the winners of the Real Estate Capital Awards 2017 can be announced. Our annual awards, now in their fourth year, recognise those organisations and deals that stood out from the crowd in European real estate finance during the year.

The year’s biggest winners include US private equity firm Blackstone – which proved to be a defining player in the 2017 market – picking up gongs across four categories. Prolific Dutch bank ING, which has had a solid run in previous years’ awards, has also emerged victorious in one of our key categories.

In an indication of the fluid nature of Europe’s property finance markets, firms that have not previously been in the running have scooped certain categories.

In total, 17 awards were up for grabs, recognising lenders across the banking and alternative segments of the market, borrowers from the fund management and listed markets, investment and development finance deals and the buyers and sellers of loan portfolios, among others.

A note on the methodology: In the first instance, companies were invited last November to make submissions as to why they should be up for consideration. These submissions were taken into account as our editorial team determined who ought to make the cut.

After a good deal of debate at REC HQ and discussions with market contacts, shortlists of four were put together. Then, in December 2017, we put the awards to the vote, which closed in early January.

The Real Estate Capital Awards are not decided by judges, but by you, the readers. A big thank-you to all who took the time to vote. We hope you enjoy reading through the results.