Category   Winner   Highly Commended
Best accounting firm   EY   RSM
Best accounting firm - client service   Marcum    Arthur Bell 
Best advisory firm - client service   EisnerAmper   EY
Best advisory firm - regulation and compliance   ACA Compliance   Cordium 
Best advisory firm - small and start-up firms   Constellation Advisers    
Best administrator - under $30bn single manager   Maitland Theorem Fund Services 
Best administrator - over $30bn single manager   Citco   Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services
Best administrator - under $30bn fund of hedge funds   Centaur    
Best administrator - over $30bn fund of hedge funds   SS&C Technologies    
Best administrator - under $30bn innovation   Opus Fund Services    
Best administrator - over $30bn innovation   Deutsche Bank Alternative Fund Services   Apex Fund Services
Best portfolio management software provider    Eze Software    
Best research and data vendor   AlphaSense   IHS Markit
Best risk management technology provider   Numerix    
Best shadow accounting firm   Viteos    BNY Mellon 
Best technology firm - client service   SS&C Advent    RFA
Best technology for small and start-up firms   Options   Siepe 
Best technology firm - overall   NEX Optimisation - ENSO    
Best alternative data provider   Virtus Partners    
Best banking and custody solution   BNP Paribas    State Street Corporation
Best fund accounting and reporting software   SS&C Advent   Citco
Best hedge fund recruitment firm   GQR   Context Jensen Partners
Best independent cap intro provider    Castle Hill Capital Partners     
Best IT security service   eSentire   Align 
Best marketing and communications consultancy   Peregrine Communications Group     
Best middle-office solution   SEI   Blue River Partners 
Best outsourced tech infrastructure provider   Abacus Group   Matsco Solutions
Best administrator - under $30bn client service   UMB Fund Services
Best administrator - over $30bn client service   Citco    SS&C Technologies 
Best administrator - small and start-up firms   ALPS Alternative Investment Services    
Best administrator - technology   U.S. Bancorp Fund Services   HSBC
Best administrator - reporting   Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services   ALPS Alternative Investment Services
Best administrator – liquid alternatives    BNY Mellon   Gemini Hedge Fund Services
Best overall advisory firm   EY    
Best third party marketing vendor   Stonehaven   Agecroft Partners
Best valuation service - hard to value assets   Murray Analytics    Houlihan Lokey
Most innovative technology provider   Backstop Solutions Group   Eze Castle Integration 
Specialist marketing services   Ovis Creative    
Best boutique law firm   Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen    
Best onshore law firm - hedge fund start-ups   Sadis & Goldberg Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman 
Best offshore law firm   Harneys     
Best onshore law firm   Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld    
Best offshore law firm - client service   Walkers    
Best onshore law firm - client service   Schulte Roth & Zabel     
Best outsourced trading firm   JonesTrading Institutional Services     
Best prime broker - boutique   Cowen Prime Services     
Best prime broker - capital introduction   JP Morgan     
Best prime broker - consulting   Goldman Sachs   Wells Fargo Prime Services
Best prime broker - innovation   BNY Mellon's Pershing    
Best prime broker - start-ups   Jefferies    Cowen Prime Services
Best prime broker - technology   Interactive Brokers (IBKR)    
Best overall prime broker   Morgan Stanley