5 stages of the European M&A Awards 2018

Stay informed about the 2018 shortlist

The Process

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Step 1: Data analysis in early October

League table data lies at the heart of all the Mergermarket M&A Awards categories. Following the league tables announcement for Q3, we analyse M&A league table data to identify the top-ranked firms and form a shortlist which includes international and local advisors.

The analysis considers overall value of transactions (GBP equivalent) as well as overall volume (deal count) in equal measure - meaning that even if your transactions have undisclosed values, every deal counts.

The period under review is for deals announced between 1st October 2017 to 30th September 2018 - a full twelve months of activity.

M&A advisors who wish to be considered for the awards must appear within Mergermarket's league tables. This means we need to receive accurate information about your transactions by Thursday 6th September 2018 for law firms and Thursday 13th September 2018 for financial advisors in order to be included. There's no charge to submit your deals to us.

Our M&A league tables capture the role of an advisor mandated on any side of the deal (to the bidder, target or seller). As a result, outlying deals can sometimes mean international advisors appear in the league tables of countries where they do not have a permanent presence. To help counteract this, we use a proprietary method to ensure locally headquartered advisors are well-represented in their domestic categories.

Step 2: Shortlist announced on Thursday 4th October 2018

The M&A awards shortlist is announced as soon as the league tables analysis is complete. This year, the shortlist will be released on Thursday 4th October 2018.

Only firms that appear in the shortlist are eligible to enter Mergermarket's European M&A Awards.

Step 3: Send a pitch by Thursday 25th October 2018

Each of the firms who successfully make the M&A awards shortlist are invited to write a 300 word pitch. The pitch is handed to a panel of M&A veterans who will review all of the entries received, compare it with our league table data and debate who deserves to win.

This means the pitch is the most important stage of the process! Judges are looking for the story behind the data, such as the value-adding nature of the advisory work you provided to clients, examples of innovative or creative solutions to complex situations and how you helped get the deal across the line. There is more guidance on what judges are looking for here.

Step 4: Judging during November

Throughout November 2018, our judges will review all of the pitches and the data. The judges come from a wide variety of industry backgrounds, including investment banking, private equity, financial advisory, legal advisory, academia and journalism. They apply their knowledge to interpret if the deal data combined with what's written in the pitch all adds up to a winning entry.

Step 5: Awards night on Thursday 6th December 2018

Dust-off the tuxedo and cocktail dresses for the black-tie gala dinner, hosted at Banqueting House in London on Thursday 6th December. This prestigious event gathers top dealmakers from across the region; making the event a fantastic climax to the year. Included in the ticket price is entry to the champagne reception, fantastic three-course meal, celebrity entertainment and after-dinner drinks. And for the night owls, join us for the after-party to continue the celebrations after midnight.

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