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15TH ANNUAL M&A ADVISOR AWARDS

The 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards – the benchmark for dealmaking excellence - will recognize the leading M&A Transactions, Restructurings, Deal Financings, Product/ Services, Firms, and Professionals. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of the top professionals of the year, the Awards will recognize the 2016 Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Award winners with their induction into the Hall of Fame.    

Often referred to as the “Academy Awards” of M&A, restructuring and financing, the Awards will be presented at an exclusive Gala Ceremony event on November 9th in New York City, capping off the 2016 M&A Advisor Summit. This invitation-only Summit, featuring a faculty of over 75 industry stalwarts and 600 delegates, will include the world’s top dealmakers and other key market experts – academic, media, and political leaders - in an unparalleled forum for peer-to-peer exchange of insights and best practices.

For a detailed profile of last year’s 2015 M&A Advisor Summit CLICK HERE.

A. SUBMISSION DEADLINE

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MONDAY, AUGUST 1ST, 2016, 3:00 PM EASTERN 

B. AWARD CATEGORIES

The Awards will be presented in the following classifications:

  1. Firm Award Category
  • Accounting/Due Diligence Firm of the Year
  • Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year
  • Investment Banking Firm of the Year
  • Law Firm of the Year
  • Lender Firm of the Year
  • Valuation Firm of the Year
  • Communications Firm of the Year
  • Strategic Corporation of the Year
  • Private Equity Firm of the Year
  • Consulting Firm of the Year
  1. Professional Award Category
  • Corporate Development Professional of the Year
  • Investment Banker of the Year
  • Legal Advisor of the Year
  • Lender Professional of the Year
  • Private Equity Professional of the Year
  • Service Professional of the Year
  1. Product/Service Award Category
  • Product/Service of the Year
  1. M&A Transaction Award Category
  • M&A Deal of the Year
  • Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (transaction must be a corporate acquisition or divestiture)
  • Cross Border Deal of the Year (must be a transaction between the US domiciled entity and non US domiciled entity)
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year (must be a private equity acquisition or private equity sale)
  1. Deal Financing Award Category
  • Equity Financing of the Year
  • Debt Financing of the Year
  1. Restructuring Award Category
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year
  1. Sector Award Category
  • Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year
    ​​Sub-sectors include: Retailing; Media; Consumer Services; Apparel; Consumer Durables;  Casino, Automobile, Education and components
  • Consumer Staples Deal of the Year
    ​Sub-sectors include: ​Food Retail; Food Distributors; Agriculture, Drug Retail; Hypermarkets and Super Centers; Food; Beverages; Tobacco; House and Cleaning Products/Supplies; Baby, Dental, Family and/or Feminine Products
  • Energy Deal of the Year
    Sub-sectors include:
    ​ Energy Equipment; Energy Services; Oil; Gas; Consumable Fuels; Coal
  • Financials Deal of the Year
    ​Sub-sectors include: ​Banks; Insurance; Real Estate; Diversified Financial Services; Capital Markets
  • Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year
  • Industrials Deal of the Year
    ​Sub-sectors include: ​Aerospace and Defense; Engineering; Construction; Electrical Equipment; Industrial Conglomerates; Machinery; Trading Companies; Distributors; Commercial Printing; Environmental Services; Office Services; Office Supplies; Security and Alarm Services; Transportation
  • Information Technology Deal of the Year
    ​Sub-sectors include:​ IT Services; Internet; Software; Software Services; Technology Hardware and Equipment; Technology Storage; Radio and Television Broadcasting Equipment; Semiconductors
  • Materials Deal of the Year
    Sub-sectors include: Chemicals; Construction Materials; Containers Packaging; Metals; Mining; Paper; Forest Products
  • Professional Services (B-to-B) Deal of the Year (includes business to business services across different sectors and sub-sectors)
  • Telecommunication Services Deal of the Year
    Sub-sectors include​Broadband Telecommunications; Satellite Communications; Wireless Communications 
  • Utilities Deal of the Year
    Sub-sectors include: Electric Utilities; Gas Utilities; Water Utilities; Independent Power; Renewable Electricity Producers


C. QUALIFYING CRITERIA

General Nomination Criteria

  1. There are no limits on the number of nominations submitted
  2. A separate nomination form must be submitted for each transaction, financing, restructuring, firm, product/service and professional to be nominated
  3. Nominations must all be submitted electronically using this website
  4. Final entry deadline is Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 3:00PM est

Specific Award Category Nomination Criteria

  1. To qualify for M&A Deal of the Year, Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year, Cross Border Deal of the Year, Private Equity Deal of the Year, Restructuring Deal of the Year, Deal Financing of the Year, and Sector Deal of the Year, the transaction must adhere to the following criteria:
    • The deal must have a minimum value of $10mm USD
    • The deal must have been closed between August 1st, 2015 and July 31st, 2016
    • At least one of the entities that was purchased, sold, restructured or financed must be domiciled in the United States.
  2. To qualify for Firm of the Year, the nominated organization must be active in the United States
  3. To qualify for Product/Service of The Year the product or service must be used in the United States
  4. To qualify for Professional of the Year, the individual must be active in the United States 


D. NOMINATION FEES

There is a nominal processing fee charged for all nominations. The fee is comprised of two components:

1. A base fee of $200 will be charged for processing each nomination .

2. An additional fee of $95 will be incurred per category. 

Below are examples of nomination submissions and the corresponding fee calculations:

Example 1:  If the transaction Acquisition of Con Edison by Sinopec is nominated for M&A Deal of the Year, Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year and Sector Deal of The Year, the fee will be calculated as follows:

Base Nomination Fee                                                                                                                     $200

Award Category #1 - M&A Deal of the Year                                                                                    $95

Award Category #2 - Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year                                                             $95

Award Category #3 - Energy Deal of the Year                                                                                 $95

Total                                                                                                                                                $485

Example 2:  If Angela Merkel is nominated for the Dealmaker Professional of the Year, the fee will be calculated as follows:

Base Nomination Fee                                                                                                                      $200

Award Category - Legal Advisor of the Year                                                                                     $95

Total                                                                                                                                                 $295 

 

E. NOMINATION SUBMISSION PROCESS

There are multiple ways a deal, firm, product/service or professional can be nominated: (a) self-nominations; (b) nominated by your collegue; or (c) client nominations.

The process for submission is as follows:

  1. Create an account to manage your nomination submissions. Once you have created an account, you may enter the data at your convenience. All data entered in the individual nomination form(s) will be saved until August 1st, 2016, allowing you to log back in and finalize your submission(s). Please be advised, once you remit payment, no further changes can be made.
     
  2. Prepare a nomination form for each desired Award Category group you intend to submit. The Award Category groups are: M&A Transaction, Restructuring, Deal Financing, Sector Award, M&A Product/Service, Firm, and Professional. [Multiple entries are permitted and encouraged in any category].
     
  3. The following information will be required to complete each submission:    
  • Contact information for Nominator; Nominee; Marketing/PR/Communication representatives
  • Name of the transaction; deal financing; restructuring; firm; product/service and professional nominated
  • Nomination categories. Each transaction can qualify for multiple award categories.  
  • Detailed profile of the transaction/deal financing/restructuring/product/service/firm or professional
  • Links providing additional information about the nominated transaction, professional, firm or individual  
  • For transaction, deal financing, and restructuring categories you will also be asked to provide the date the deal was completed/closed, deal value or value range, industry classification and deal team members  
  • Click Here to Create an Account and Submit Your Entries
  • To complete the submission, payment is required. Method of payment accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express.


F. JUDGING PROCESS

The M&A Advisor uses the research services of S&P Capital IQ to access both real-time and historical information on companies, markets, deals, and people that are represented in the nomination submissions. An independent committee of M&A, restructuring and deal financing industry business leaders will judge all nominations. The judging will be conducted in a Merrill DataSite® virtual dataroom using exclusive and trusted technology to ensure that all eligible nominations are processed, evaluated securely and confidentially.

Judging Criteria

  1. M&A Deal of the Year, Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year,  Cross Border Deal of the Year, Private Equity Deal of the Year, Restructuring Deal of the Year, Deal Financing of the Year, and Sector Deal of the Year submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Deal profile (30% of the score)
    • Deal challenges (30% of the score)
    • Deal benefits (30% of the score)
    • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 200 word limit for each question (10% of the score)
  2. Firm submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Firm’s profile (10% of the score)
    • Firm’s unique attributes (40% of the score)
    • Firm’s industry impact (40% of the score)
    • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 200 word limit for each question (10% of the score)
  3. Product/Service submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Product/Service’s profile (30% of the score)
    • Product/Service’s benefits and unique attributes (30% of the score)
    • Product/Service’s market share, growth trajectory, and industry impact (30% of the score)
    • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 200 word limit for each question (10% of the score)
  4. Professional submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
    • ​​Professional’s profile (30% of the score)
    • Professional’s activity (30% of the score)
    • Professionals's unique attributes and industry impact (30% of the score)
    • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 200 word limit for each question (10% of the score) 


G. CONFIDENTIALITY

The M&A Advisor and its independent judges will maintain the strictest confidentiality for all entries. Upon the selection of Award Finalists and Winners, only the transaction name, product/service name, professional and firm names will be publicized. While there may be a dollar range specified for transactions, financing and restructuring awards categories, the actual value will not be published at any time.

Click Here to Create an Account and Submit Your Entries

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