AsianInvestor invites nominations for awards which will be given to deserving alternative investment managers in the following categories.

Manager of the year - alternative investments
Private equity house
Real estate house
Infrastructure house
Fund of hedge funds
Fund of private-equity funds

We request that a nomination is accompanied by a brief rationale (no more than 700 words please; 1,500 for manager of the year), explaining the reasoning why the candidate merits recognition. This is due Friday, April 9. Send it to [email protected].

This pitch might include historical performance that extends back further than 2009. We're aware that having great performance in 2009 is not so praiseworthy if big losses were incurred in 2008.

Other information should include a reasoning of why this particular firm should be recognised, and why their franchise is a powerful one in Asia. How have you added value to your Asia-based clientele?

To make the pitch and awards process for illiquids more interactive with our readers, our award winners will be selected from the list those who have been nominated by AsianInvestor readers. Firms are allowed to nominate and pitch on their own behalf. If nobody (including you) has taken the trouble to put forward your house's name, on the night there won't be an award with your name on it. You have to be in it to win it.

Last year, the winners were:

Clearwater Capital, for private equity
Colony Capital, for real estate
3i, for infrastructure
Persistent Edge, for fund of hedge funds
Squadron Capital, for fund of private-equity funds
Goldman Sachs, manager of the year - alternatives