REC Awards 2018: It’s time to vote

After weeks of deliberation, we can finally reveal the organisations and deals nominated across 22 categories for Real Estate Capital’s annual awards.

The time has come to have your say on the best performers in European real estate finance during 2018, as we reveal the nominations for this year’s Real Estate Capital awards.

Our deliberations about who should make it on to our annual awards shortlists have intensified over the past few weeks, aided by the 2018 highlights many of you submitted. Our editorial team also polled opinion throughout the market, trawled our archive and debated among ourselves who deserved to make the cut.

But now it is time for you to tell us what you think by registering your votes HERE.

It has not only been a challenging year for many in real estate finance, but also a year of opportunity as capital has flowed to debt strategies as a late-cycle play. For lenders of all stripes, flourishing in 2018 has required identifying the right deals amid a more competitive market, beset by political and economic uncertainty.

That is perhaps reflected in one of our key categories – Bank Lender of the Year – which is dominated by those investment banks that have appetite to take more risk than the average lender. It will be fascinating to see whether you think Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley deserve the accolade.

Other key battles in our 22 categories include Insurance Company Lender of the Year and Debt Fund Lender of the Year across senior and high-yield strategies. Borrowers are recognised across fund manager and REIT awards, while advisors’ contributions to the market, both in the UK and Continental Europe, are also recognised. In a market in which huge loan portfolios continue to trade, especially in Southern Europe, the most successful buyers and sellers of legacy real estate debt are recognised. We also highlight the year’s stand-out deals, both for investment and development financing.

We encourage you to vote in all categories, but you can dip in and out as you choose.

The usual conditions apply, such as only voting once and not nominating your own firm. You will find the rules on the opening page of the poll as a reminder. We know you are all extremely busy with the clock ticking down to the festive period, but we would urge you to take a brief time-out to help give your peers the recognition that they deserve.

Please note the deadline for voting is midnight on Friday, 11 January 2019. The results will be revealed in March.