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: November 1, 2018 – December 1, 2019; (b) all transaction size must be below $1 billion, and (c) domestic involving USA based counterparties only.

i-Nominate & Gain Advantage. Deadline is December 20, 2019 i-Nominate Download Forms.


Leadership Achievement Awards Categories: 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 team and the firm. Recipient must attend the gala to be honored.

USA Corporate Growth Leader: (CEO, Chairman, etc., of a public or private corporate entity, 5-plus years at the firm.)
USA Private Equity 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.)

M&A Dealmaker Award Categories: Presented to a deal-team leader for award-winning deal. Winner must personally accept their accolade.

USA Corporate Team of the Year USA Lawyer of the Year
USA Investment Banker of the Year USA Boutique Investment Banker of the Year

M&A Deal Award Categories: Transaction size must be below $1 billion, and involve only US counterparties.

USA Deal of the Year USA Corporate Deal of the Year
USA Private Equity Deal of the Year USA Distressed M&A Deal of the Year
Plus, Middle Market Deal Awards by Sectors  

Outstanding Investors, Middle Markets:

USA Private Equity Firm USA Lender of the Year
USA Private Equity Firm of the Year ● Consumer USA Private Equity Firm of the Year ● Industrials
USA Private Equity Firm of the Year ● Energy USA Private Equity Firm of the Year ● Healthcare
USA Private Equity Firm of the Year ● Technology  

Outstanding M&A Services, Middle Markets:

Transactions Advisor of the Year Public Relations Firm of the Year
Tax & Accounting Services Firm of the Year Valuations Firm of the Year
VDR Solutions Firm of the Year  

Outstanding M&A Investment Banks, Middle Markets:

USA M&A Investment Bank of the Year USA Boutique Investment Bank of the Year
USA ESOP Investment Bank of the Year USA M&A Investment Bank of the Year ● Energy
USA M&A Investment Bank of the Year ● Technology USA M&A Investment Bank of the Year ● Healthcare

Outstanding M&A Law Firm, Middle Markets:

USA M&A Law Firm of the Year  
USA M&A Law Firm of the Year ● Energy USA M&A Law Firm of the Year ● Healthcare
USA M&A Investment Bank of the Year ● Technology USA M&A Law Firm of the Year ● Life Sciences

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.