WA Investor Services (formerly Westminster Advisers) is delighted to have been shortlisted for Specialist Adviser of the Year in the Private Equity Awards 2017 – the third year in a row that we have been nominated at these prestigious awards. Now in their 17th year, the Private Equity Awards are the oldest, most respected accolades bestowed on the private equity industry and those that advise it.

The past year has seen unprecedented levels of political uncertainty. The need for investors to understand the implications of the policy and regulatory environment, and the potential impact on transactions, has never been more important. The EU referendum result, a new government and a Trump presidency all meant understanding political dynamics and their likely impact on assets was unusually complex for investors. WA supported rational investment decisions across a range of policy areas through informed analysis of macro-political trends, in-depth analysis of policy developments and the ongoing impact from a complex and fragmented local government policy and spending environment.

WA’s political due diligence service, Policy Risk Analysis, supports investment activity in regulated or politically-sensitive markets by helping relevant parties understand the impact of politics and policymaking on an asset. The high quality of our analysis and the accessible presentation of our findings have meant that WA has seen a significant uplift in repeat business from some of the most high-profile private equity houses in the UK and internationally.

The awards ceremony, where the winners of the awards will be announced, will take place on Wednesday 19th April.