29 October 2020

The five stages of the China M&A Awards 2021: How it works and entry dates

Mergermarket's China M&A awards will be announced on 3 November 2021. If you're an advisor interested to enter, here's how it works.

Step 1: Data analysis in August

We analyse our league table data in August to identify the top-ranked firms and form our shortlist.

The analysis considers overall value of transactions 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 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021 - a full twelve-month period.

Our 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 Wednesday 8 September

When the analysis is done, we announce a shortlist for each category on Wednesday 8 September.

Only these firms are eligible to enter the awards.

Contact michael.lui@acuris.com for further information.

Step 3: Send a pitch by Friday 24 September

Each of the firms who successfully make the 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.

Step 4: Judging during the rest of September and October

Throughout the rest of September and October, 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 announcement on Thursday 4 November

We will be announcing the top dealmakers from across the region on 4 November so stay tuned on which firms will be awarded.