GTCR Wins “Private Equity Firm of the Year” Award

Global M&A Network Recognizes GTCR with Top Honor

October 26, 2011 (New York, NY) – Global M&A Network announced the winners of the annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards last night at The Harvard Club of New York City. GTCR, a leading private equity firm, earned the top honor of “Private Equity Firm of the Year – North America.” Stephen Jeschke, GTCR Vice President, accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

“The past year has been a truly exciting and invigorating one for GTCR,” said Jeschke. “Not only did we raise a $3.25 billion fund in just under seven months, we have continued to partner with world class leaders too – in our case, to grow and transform businesses to be the best in their industries. This award is recognition of the firm’s exemplary work.”

As part of their mission, the Global M&A Network brings together world class leaders to facilitate discussion and debate of the most relevant ideas in and around the industry. This year, the Global M&A Network team evaluated 604 eligible deals, of which 196 were finalists across 38 unique categories. GTCR was selected as “Private Equity Firm of the Year” from among 10 firms.

Winners are selected independently, evaluated based on identifiable performance criteria, which for Private Equity Firm of the Year – North America included: (1) Notable transactions completed in the previous 12 months including transactions by portfolio companies in North America; (2) Focused buyout strategy in North America; (3) Post buyout value creation; (4) Dedicated team presence in North America.