i-Nominate & Gain Advantage

Engage in the tradition of excellence by nominating your best deals, firms and leaders on behalf of your organization, colleagues or clients. There are no fees to nominate and you can nominate in as many categories as applicable (see below). Significantly, the nominee gain’s advantage of being considered first, and notified early regarding their winner status.

Eligibility: Deals must be closed in the timeframe: January 31, 2019 – January 31, 2020; (b) Deals must be closed in the timeframe: January 31, 2019 – January 31, 2020. Deals must be cross-border and/or the acquiring party must have global operations – more than three countries.

i-Nominate, Download 2020 Form: Deadline is February 24, 2020.


Leadership Achievement Awards: Highest honor bestowed to a c-level veteran executive in appreciation of their vision and contributions made to grow their organizations. The award also validates the firm and team. Recipient must personally attend the gala to accept the accolade.

Global Corporate Growth Leader: (CEO, Chairman, etc., of a public or private corporate entity, 5-plus years at the firm.)
Global Institutional Investor Leader: (Senior executive of public, corporate, etc., alternative investor entity, 3-plus years at the firm.)
Emerging Markets Growth Leader: (CEO, Chairman, etc., from the developing markets, 5-plus years at the firm.)
Global Private Equity Growth Leader: (Founder, CEO, partner, etc., of global private equity firm, 10-plus years at the firm.)
Global Venture Capital Growth Leader: (Founder, CEO, partner, etc., of global private equity firm, 10-plus years at the firm.)
M&A Leader: (Veteran investment banker, lawyer or industry professional with over 15 years of experience.)

Dealmaker Awards: Presented to a deal-team leader for award-winning deal. Recipient must personally accept their accolade at the gala.

Global Corporate Team of the Year Emerging Markets Corporate Team of the Year
Global Private Equity Team of the Year Emerging Markets Private Equity Team of the Year
Global Investment Banker of the Year Emerging Markets Investment Banker of the Year
Global Lawyer of the Year Emerging Markets Lawyer of the Year

M&A Deal Award Categories: (Categories: Major Markets – Size above billion USD; Middle Markets – Size below a billion.)

Global Deal of the Year Emerging Markets Deal of the Year
Global Corporate Deal of the Year Emerging Markets Corporate Deal of the Year
Global Private Equity Deal of the Year Emerging Markets Private Equity Deal of the Year

M&A Global Industries Deal Award Categories: (Categories: Major Markets – Size above billion USD; Middle Markets – Size below a billion.)

Consumer Deal of the Year (Goods, Services, Food & Bev) Energy Deal of the Year (Oil, Gas, Renewable, IT, Services)
Financial Deal of the Year (including FinTech) Healthcare Deal of the Year (including IT, Services)
Industrials Deal of the Year (includes Transport, Logistics, etc.) Materials Deal of the Year (Resources, Mining, etc.)
TMT Deal of the Year (Tech, Telecom, Media, Entertainment) Utilities / Infrastructure Deal of the Year

Outstanding Investors, Firm Categories:

Global Institutional Investor of the Year Global Private Equity Firm of the Year
Global Infrastructure Investor of the Year Emerging Markets Private Equity Firm of the Year

Outstanding M&A Firm Award Categories:

M&A Investment Banks Awards M&A Law Firm Awards
Global Investment Bank of the Year Global Law Firm of the Year
Global Private Equity Deals IB of the Year Global Private Equity Law Firm of the Year
Global Boutique Investment Bank of the Year Emerging Markets Law Firm of the Year
Emerging Markets Investment Bank of the Year  
M&A Services Firm Awards  
Global Accounting Firm of the Year Global Tax Firm of the Year
Global Strategy Consulting Firm of the Year Global Public Relations Firm of the Year
Global Transactions Advisor of the Year Global VDR Firm of the Year

Independent Governance & Selection Process

Prestige stems from the integrity of the selection process. Winners are selected by point-indexed scoring method based on deal performance criteria such as pre-and-post execution variables; negotiation style; sector complexities; regulation/jurisdictions; stakeholders impact; leadership; brand strength; etc. Firm winners are chosen from short-list, irrelevant of league table rankings. Standards applied include the firm’s past and current advisory record, expertise, team and leadership, yearly performance improvements, among pertinent category criteria.

Significantly, the process does not involve any industry related firms to insure a 100% conflict-free, independent process. We also do not accept sponsorship from financial or legal deal advisors for the awards gala to avoid any “pay for play” conflicts.

Global M&A Network reserves the right to evaluate, revise or eliminate award categories.