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Let's start at the beginning. How do we get our financial advisory and legal advisory shortlists together? Our shortlist includes the top 3 firms by overall value and top 3 by overall volume for the period 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018. To ensure that local advisers are represented within the country categories, we also nominate the highest ranked locally headquartered advisers to the shortlist.
We will provide the panel with the following M&A data during the judging process:
your league table ranking by both value and volume for the category
the overall deal count and total transaction value for the firm for the category
Your pitch needs to tell the story behind these numbers.
The judges want to know why you deserve to win. An ideal pitch will show how you added value to deal processes, supported clients and offered creative solutions to complex situations.
Your pitch may choose to highlight your successes across several different deals. All corporate and private equity transactions are captured by our shortlisting process and mandates to any party on the deal are valid – buyer, seller or target. Explain why these deals were so important and what you did as an adviser to get them across the line.
Sometimes, one deal says it all. If you worked on a landmark transaction and that single deal tells the story of your year, then make clear you have selected one example to highlight. The judges look for the direct contribution your firm made to the process, especially if you were a lead adviser.
What the judges are asked to ignore:
Some other useful notes:
And don’t forget…if you make a pitch, you’re in with a chance of winning. Awards night is Wednesday 5th September in Sydney.