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How to enter the Mergermarket Middle East Awards 2017

The Middle Eastern M&A awards return with more categories for 2017. 

Recognising excellence in M&A advisory in the Middle East, Mergermarket's annual awards showcase dealmaking from the past year. 

New for this year, we will be recognising the work of the debt capital markets community through five dedicated DCM categories on the region. This follows the release of the inaugural Debtwire league tables for Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, ranking the most active financial institutions across loan, islamic loan, corporate and government bond as well as the sukuk markets.

Who is eligible?

The Middle East M&A awards are open to all law firms and financial advisors acting on Middle East and North Africa transactions. Whether you are an international M&A law firm, domestic legal adviser, M&A investment bank or a independent corporate finance house, we invite you to make an entry for your contribution to serving your clients. This is your chance to show to the industry how you have added value to clients in order to get deals over the line.

Any bookrunner/arranger is entitled to enter the DCM categories.

How do I enter?

The categories are organised around major sectors for M&A activity in the Middle East & North Africa and the most significant debt capital markets instruments. You can enter up to three categories by completing the online entry forms. Nominations must be received by 3 April 2017. The entry is a written pitch of approx. 300 words. We cannot accept any accompanying pitchbooks or presentations. The period under consideration is 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 for announced deals. Please note that announced deals which are yet to complete are valid. All entries are treated in confidence but please make clear in your entry any information which has been previously undisclosed. 

We will be recognising the following awards:

Financial advisory:

Legal advisory:

DCM:

What are the judges looking for?

In your online entry, outline your track record in the industry during the qualifying time period, provide details around landmark transactions and your contribution to helping get deals over the line. 

An independent judging panel will vote for the winners. In addition to providing the entries, we also give each judge a data summary for each category, including top deals and advisory league tables. This gives them a complementary viewpoint on each entry. They are looking for examples of the value-added to clients on deals including the complexity, significance and execution of transactions as well as innovation and deal structuring.  

The judging panel includes:

  • Ashraf Allam, Vice President, MundiPharma
  • Sanjeev Agarwala, Chief Operating Officer, Al Habtoor Group
  • Ahmed Emara,  Group CEO, Reaya Holding
  • Mohammed Al Ahbabi, CFO, TAQA Global
  • Kathleen van Aerden, Head of Research EMEA, Mergermarket
  • Prof. Scott Moeller, Director M&A Research Centre, Cass Business School
  • Ruth McKee, Head Middle East North Africa, Mergermarket (chair)

We are grateful to all of the judges for devoting their time to the process.

When is awards night?

The awards ceremony will be held on 8 May 2017.  Make sure to book your calendars for this can’t-miss event. And remember to nominate yourselves and your peers to be in with a chance of taking home a prize on the night.

For more information on how to book a table at the gala dinner email Clare Hope at clare.hope@mergermarket.com.

Matthew Robinson Events Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa Mergermarket

Matthew is responsible for the content, production, marketing and operations team for custom events and conferences. He oversees event portfolios for Mergermarket, Debtwire, Unquote and PaRR brands. 

Matthew Robinson Events Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa Mergermarket

Matthew is responsible for the content, production, marketing and operations team for custom events and conferences. He oversees event portfolios for Mergermarket, Debtwire, Unquote and PaRR brands.