Trimax IT Infrastructure and Services Ltd, Zomato Media Pvt Ltd, Green Infra Ltd, Varsity Education Management Pvt Ltd and Laurus Labs Pvt Ltd were among the winners of VCCircle Awards 2015 declared on Wednesday in Mumbai. While N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd and Avendus won awards for investment bankers of the year, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Company Ltd and AZB & Partners emerged winners among law firms.
The fourth edition of VCCircle Awards, India's only platform that recognises the best performing private equity or venture capital-backed companies and transaction advisors, was held in the evening of February 18 at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
The guest of honour for the evening was Ashish Chauhan, MD &CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange, and the function was attended by top entrepreneurs, CEOs, fund managers and other industry stalwarts.
The awards were bestowed to outstanding Indian companies that not only recorded tremendous growth in their respective industries, but also had a long-standing impact on the economy and the industry in general. And the best intermediaries in private equity transactions space - investment banks and the law firms - were honoured too.
A six-member jury, comprising industry veterans and long-time watchers of businesses, judged the winners after a rigorous evaluation on the basis of a variety of qualitative and quantitative parameters - such as financial performance, growth, brand salience, the quality of management and business and return on capital employed.
The jury was chaired by Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder & former vice-chairman, Infosys Technologies; the other five members were Bala Deshpande (NEA India Pvt Ltd), Luis Miranda (Centre for Civil Society), Soumya Rajan (Waterfield Advisors Pvt Ltd), Gaurav Dalmia (Landmark Holdings, Dalmia Group) and Archana Hingorani (IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd).
Here is the list of winners:
IT Company of the Year
Winner: Trimax IT Infrastructure and Services Ltd
Other nominees: Fino Paytech Ltd, iYogi Technical Services Pvt. Ltd
Consumer Internet Company of the year
Winner: ANI Technologies - Ola Cabs
Other nominees: Locon Solutions Pvt Ltd, Maxheap Technologies Pvt Ltd, Zomato Media Pvt Ltd, eTechAces Marketing and Consulting
Education Company of the year
Winner: Varsity Education Management Pvt Ltd
Other nominees: Simplilearn Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Sarla Holdings Pvt. Ltd
Financial Services Company of the year
Winner: Bandhan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.
Other nominees: TVS Credit Services Ltd, AU Financiers India Ltd, Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services Ltd
Healthcare Company of the year
Winner: Laurus Labs Pvt Ltd
Other nominees: Bharat Serums and Vaccines Ltd, Rainbow Childrens Medicare Pvt. Ltd, SRL Ltd, Symbiotec Pharmalab Pvt Ltd
Manufacturing Company of the year
Winner: Pennar Engineered Building Systems Ltd
Other nominees: Somany Ceramics Ltd, Safari Industries India Ltd, Kajaria Ceramics Ltd
Consumer Company of the year
Winner: Vini Cosmetics Pvt Ltd
Other nominees: Tirumala Milk Products Pvt. Ltd., Prabhat Dairy Pvt. Ltd
Consumer Company of the year (Jury Special Award)
Winner: Tirumala Milk Products Pvt. Ltd.
Infrastructure Company of the year
Winner: Green Infra Ltd.
Other nominees: Star AgriWarehousing & Collateral Management, 20Cube Logistics Pte Ltd, VRL Logistics Ltd
Investment Bank of the year - PE
Winner: Avendus Capital Pvt. Ltd.
Other nominees: Ernst & Young Pvt Ltd, Edelweiss Financial Services, Kotak Mahindra Capital
Investment Bank of the year - M&A
Winner: N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd.
Other nominees: Ernst &Young Pvt Ltd, KPMG India Pvt Ltd, Jefferies India Pvt Ltd
Law Firm of the year - PE
Winner: AZB & Partners
Other nominees: IndusLaw, J Sagar Associates, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Company Ltd, Trilegal
Law Firm of the year - M&A
Winner: Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Company Ltd
Other nominees: AZB & Partners, J Sagar Associates, Khaitan and Co. LLP, Luthra &Luthra Law Offices
Startup of the Year
Winner: Zomato Media
Other Nominees: Locon Solutions, SSN Logistics, ANI Technologies, Nephrocare Health Services
M&A of the Year
Winner: Myntra Designs-Flipkart Pvt Ltd
Other nominees: TheDharma Port Co. Ltd-Adani Ports and SEZ, Aegis USA - Teleperformance S.A.
Exit of the year
Winner: Tirumala Milk Products - Carlyle Investment Management LLC
Other Nominees: Repco Home Finance - Carlyle Investment Management LLC, Medreich Ltd - Temasek Holdings Advisors India
PE Fundraiser of the Year
Winner: Kedaara Capital Fund
Other Nominees: India Business Excellence Fund II (Motilal Oswal Private Equity Advisors)
VC Fundraiser of the Year
Winner: Lightbox Ventures II
Other Nominees: Orios Venture Partners Fund, IvyCap Ventures Trust Fund I
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