Funds Europe Awards 2024: who will champion private markets this year?

The early 2020s are exciting times for private markets. Traditional asset managers are pushing more deeply into this sector, particularly now that regulations allow firms to bring private assets to smaller, less sophisticated investors.

Aligned with this, there is a regular flow of investor surveys that show how asset allocators plan to initiate or increase investments in private equity and similar unlisted asset classes.

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The increasing profile of private markets was even reflected in last year’s Funds Europe Awards, where entries into the fund administration and the technology categories featured a significant number of firms highlighting their offerings specifically for private-markets asset managers.

The 2023 Funds Europe Awards also introduced awards for asset classes, which included a sub-category for private markets.

Shortlisted last year were Alpha Real, Neuberger Berman and Mirova. The award was won by Ardian.

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The Funds Europe Awards 2024 is still open – so please show our judges what you have to offer in private markets, whether in supporting services (noting we have a special category for private markets fund administration), or as a portfolio management firm in this growing area of the investments universe.

*Finds out more about our awards and how to enter here.

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