Why enter

  • With more than 30 categories covering regions and investment activities, the IPE Real Estate Global Awards provide an opportunity to recognise the hard work, innovation, commitment and strategy behind your real estate investments.
  • The Awards provide a unique opportunity to benchmark your organisation's real estate portfolios' performance.
  • Over the past 17 years the event has grown to become the premier event of its class.

Who can enter*

  • Pension funds
  • Group retirement savings plans
  • Life insurance companies
  • Insurance groups running property portfolios for group companies only
  • Charities
  • Foundations
  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • Pensions or institutionally-owned asset management companies that invest on behalf of their stakeholders only with no third party interests
  • Investment consultants

In 2020 we attracted a record 230 entries across all categories. From 18 countries around the world, the total market value of the institutional investors that took part was more than €3.6 trillion, while collectively their real estate and real assets under management exceeded €316 billion. A record 43 judges make up the review panel. Thank you to all the institutional investors and judges that took part. 

The IPE Real Estate Global Awards seek to reward excellence and innovation in institutional real estate investment, thereby creating a meaningful annual benchmark that allows institutional real estate investors to measure their real estate portfolios against their peers at national, regional and global levels as well as against institutions of a similar size, remit and resource.

The typical review period covers 12-18 months but we do recognise that real estate developments often take longer to show results. We would therefore actively encourage entrants to prepare submissions based on longer term projects, so long as they can give an updated account in any given year they enter.

How the IPE Real Estate Global Awards work

The IPE Real Estate Global Awards are arranged on four levels:
  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver regional
  • Silver themed
You must enter the regional category where you are based (as investor from). You may only enter one regional category. You may then enter as many of the themed awards as you wish. For the gold level Investment Consultancy of the Year and platinum level Real Assets & Infrastructure Investor of the Year, candidates prepare an entry in the same way.
For the gold awards for Small, Medium and Large Real Estate Investor, and platinum Global Real Estate Investor of the Year, IPE Real Assets will form short-lists based on the size and global reach of each entrant in the silver regional awards and the best performing candidates from the silver themed awards. You do not prepare separate entries for these categories.

For the platinum Outstanding Industry Contribution award, we invite all IPE Real Assets readers to send in nominations
based on specially drafted entry forms. Once we have formed the short-lists based on the nominations,
we invite all the judges to vote for their top three in this coveted category.

Our pledge to you

Entering the IPE Real Estate Global Awards is completely confidential and free of charge. We will not forward, share or use any part of any entry unless it wins. We only reveal the names of the winners and short-lists on the night of the awards. Finally, we reserve the right to use winning entries to form an article in the winners supplement that is made available after the Awards Dinner and Ceremony and then distributed with the subsequent issue of IPE Real Assets. 
You may submit the entry you use for your regional awards and/or additional entries for the themed Awards, provided they are relevant. If you do submit the same entry for your region and different themes, it will be judged independently by the relevant judging panels.

The Entry Form

We use a streamlined but sophisticated online entry system that is divided into five parts.
  1. The first is simply for the category and name of the entrant.
  2. The second collects fundamental data such as the size of your assets and performance figures.
  3. The third is a short text based area known as the Overview and Investment Strategy. This is a 350 - 450 optimum word count text area that asks you to provide a detailed summary of your institution's history, overall objectives and investment strategy. This is a mandatory response to provide the judges with key information about your institution. Bullet points are acceptable but please ensure they contain enough information to give the judges a solid understanding of your organisation.
  4. The fourth part is a longer text based area with an optimum range of 750 - 850 words for your regional entry and any themed awards you wish to take part in.
  5. The fifth is to upload your logo and any other supporting attachments such as graphs and performance tables.
Once the entries are submitted, we invite the judges to review them using the same online system. This involves a 20-point score matrix and follow-up debates, if need be, to declare the winner in each category.
If you wish to learn more about entering please contact:

Robert Melia Watson
Head of Awards Management

+44 (0)20 3465 9327

*The IPE Real Estate Global Awards are not open to asset or investment managers or property developers. Moreover, the IPE Real Estate Global Awards cannot and does not accept entries from pensions-owned investment vehicles or funds. In addition, the IPE Real Estate Global Awards reserves the right to restrict entries from pension-owned asset managers to themed awards only in support of specific areas of the investment strategy they pursue for the pension fund that owns them.