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The 13th Annual International M&A Awards will recognize the leading transactions, restructurings, deal financings, products and services, firms, and professionals that affect more than one country market.


While the transaction must have an international element, transactions do not need to be cross border to qualify. There is no requirement that one of the parties is a US company. Cross Border deals do indeed qualify, but so do deals involving multinational corporations or other international stakeholders, as well as deals that result in enhanced international market presence or capabilities.

  • Minimum value of $10 million USD
  • M&A transaction, financing, or restructuring concluded between January 1,2020 and November 30, 2021
  • Firms, product/services, and/or professionals must have been active internationally in 2020 or 2021

The 2020 and 2021 awards will also recognize the steadily growing ranks of international firms and professionals whose efforts are positively affecting international expansion through restructuring, financing, and M&A. 




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

 2. 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

3. Product/Service Award Category

  • Product/Service of the Year


4. 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 (buyer and seller must be domiciled in different countries)
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year (must be a private equity acquisition or private equity sale)

5. Deal Financing Award Category

  • Deal Financing of the Year

6. Restructuring Award Category

  • Restructuring Deal of the Year

7. Sector Award Category

  • Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year
    ​​Sub-sectors include: Retailing; Media; Consumer Services; Casino; Apparel; Consumer Durables; Automobile 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 (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

8. Regional Award Category

  • Regional Deal of the Year (Regions include: Africa; Asia; Europe; Middle-East; North America - United States; North America - Outside United States; Oceania (Australia and surroundings); other)


General Nomination Criteria

a. There are no limits on the number of nominations submitted

b. A separate nomination form must be submitted for each category group (M&A Transaction, Restructuring,  Deal Financing, Sector and/or Regional Deals, Product/Service, Firm, and Professional)

c. Nominations must be submitted electronically using this online form only.

Specific Category Nomination Criteria

a. To qualify for M&A Transaction of the Year, Restructuring Deal of the Year, Deal Financing of the Year, Sector and/or Regional Deal of the Year, the deal must adhere to the following criteria:

  • The deal must have a minimum value of $10mm USD
  • The deal must have been concluded between January 1, 2020, and November 30, 2021
  • Deals should have one or more international aspect(s)

b. To qualify for Firm of the Year, the nominated organization must be active internationally

c. To qualify for Product/Service of The Year the product or service must be used internationally

d. To qualify for Professional of the Year, the individual must be active internationally


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


There are multiple ways a deal, firm, product/service or professional can be nominated: (a) self-nominations; (b) nominated by your colleague; 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. 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, Regional Award, 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 and deal team members 
  1. Click Here to Create an Account and Submit your Entries
  2. To complete the submission, payment is required. Method of payment accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express.


The M&A Advisor uses the research services 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 international 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

a.  M&A transaction, restructuring, deal financing, sector and/or regional deals, submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Deal profile (25% of the score)
  • Deal challenges (25% of the score)
  • Deal benefits (25% of the score)
  • International scope (20% of the score)
  • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 250 word limit for each question (5% of the score)

b.    Firm submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Firm’s profile (15% of the score)
  • Firm’s unique attributes and industry impact (40% of the score)
  • Firm’s deal activity (40% of the score)
  • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 250 word limit for each question (5% of the score)

c.    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 (35% of the score)
  • Product/Service’s market share, international reach and impact (30% of the score)
  • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 250 word limit for each question (5% of the score)

d.      Professional submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Professional’s profile (30% of the score)
  • Professional’s activity (35% 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 (5% of the score)


The M&A Advisor and its independent judges will maintain the strictest confidentiality for all entries. Upon the selection of Award 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:
Steve Finney
Senior Director
The M&A Advisor
+1 (212) 812-2136

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