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23RD ANNUAL M&A ADVISOR AWARDS

The 23rd Annual M&A Advisor Awards – the pinnacle of dealmaking excellence – will honor the year’s leading M&A Transactions, Restructurings, Deal Financings, Products/Services, Firms, and Professionals. Submitted nominations undergo a rigorous independent judging process to select the winners. As an award recipient, you and your firm will benefit from:

  • Recognition among your peers for your outstanding transactions, deal teams, and professionals.
  • Quality exposure to over 50,000 top professionals in corporate development, private equity, business media, and leading advisory firms worldwide.
  • Attendance at an exclusive Summit and Awards Gala on November 19-20, 2024, in New York City.
  • The prestige of promoting your deals, firm, and professionals as recipients of the industry's oldest and most esteemed awards.

Join us as we reveal and celebrate the winners of the 23rd Annual M&A Advisor Awards during a Gala Dinner Celebration, at the 2024 Future of Dealmaking Summit on November 19-20, in New York City.


A. NOMINATION DEADLINE

Early Submission Deadline: Thursday, June 13, 2024, 4:00 PM Eastern
Nominations submitted on or before this early submission deadline above will receive a special $100 early submission credit deducted from the regular fee at checkout.

Regular Submission Deadline: Thursday, July 2, 2024, 4:00 PM Eastern

Final Submission Deadline: Thursday, July 25, 2024, 4:00 PM Eastern
Each nomination submitted after the regular deadline of July 2 will incur a $100 late fee.


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
  • Business Development Professional of the Year

  1. Product/Service Award Category
  • Product/Service of the Year


EACH NOMINATED DEAL MAY BE SUBMITTED IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING:

  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 entities domiciled in at least 2 separate countries)
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year (must be a private equity acquisition or private equity sale)
  • SPAC Deal of the Year (must be a closed sale to/acquisition by a SPAC)

  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 
    Sub-sectors include:  Healthcare Equipment and Services; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life
  • 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 Deal of the Year (includes business to business services across different sectors and sub-sectors)
  • Real Estate
  • Telecommunication Services Deal of the Year
    Sub-sectors includeBroadband 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

Specific Award Category Nomination Criteria

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 July 1st, 2023 and June 30th, 2024

D. NOMINATION FEES

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

  1. A base fee of $225 will be charged for processing each nomination 
  2. An additional fee of $95 will be incurred per category
  3. An early submission credit of $100 will be subtracted from the price of each nomination submitted on or before June 13, 2024

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 Acquisition of the Year and Sector Deal of The Year, the fee will be calculated as follows:

Base Nomination Fee $225
Category #1 - M&A Deal of the Year $95
Category #2 - Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year $95
Category #3 - Sector Deal of the Year $95
Early Submission Discount, if submitted by June 13 ($100)
Total $410

Example 2: If ABC Company is nominated for Firm of the Year, the fee will be calculated as follows:

Base Nomination Fee $225
Category #1 – Strategic Corp of the Year $95
Total (if submitted between June 14 and July 2) $320


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. 1. 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].
  1. 2. 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  
    • To complete the submission, payment is required. Method of payment accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express.

F. JUDGING PROCESS

The M&A Advisor uses 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 secure datasite using exclusive and trusted technology to ensure that all eligible nominations are processed, evaluated securely and confidentially.

Judging Criteria

  1. 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 (up to 250 words) (30% of the score)
    • Deal challenges (up to 250 words) (30% of the score)
    • Deal benefits (up to 250 words) (30% of the score)
    • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 250 word limit for each question (10% of the score)
  1. 2. Firm submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Firm’s profile (up to 250 words) (10% of the score)
    • Firm’s unique attributes (up to 250 words) (40% of the score)
    • Firm’s industry impact (up to 250 words) (40% of the score)
    • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 250 word limit for each question (10% of the score)
  1. 3. Product/Service submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Product/Service’s profile (up to 250 words) (30% of the score)
    • Product/Service’s benefits and unique attributes (up to 250 words) (30% of the score)
    • Product/Service’s market share, growth trajectory, and industry impact (up to 250 words) (30% of the score)
    • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 250 word limit for each question (10% of the score)
  1. 4. Professional submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Professional’s profile (up to 250 words) (30% of the score)
    • Professional’s activity (up to 250 words) (30% of the score)
    • Professionals's unique attributes and industry impact (30% of the score)
    • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 250 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.

If you have questions regarding the awards program, contact:
The M&A Advisor
+1 (212) 812-2136
www.maadvisor.com