Japan M&A Awards

11 June 2020, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

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


Mergermarket's Japan M&A awards will be announced on 29th October. If you're an advisor interested to enter, here's how it works.

Step 1: Data analysis

We analyse our league table data in April 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 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 - a full twelve month period.

Step 2: Shortlist announced on 13 August

When the analysis is done, we announce a shortlist for each category on 13 August 2021.

Only these firms are eligible to enter the awards.

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

Step 3: Send a pitch by 3 September

Each of the firms who successfully make the shortlist are invited to write half an A4 page pitch. The pitch is handed to a panel of M&A veterans who will review all 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 September

During September, 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 29 October

We will be announcing the top dealmakers from across the region on 29 October 2021 so stay tuned on which firms will be awarded.