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We invite banks to pitch now for the IFR Awards 2017.

In order to help with our selections, banks, advisers and issuers may submit brief written presentations along with supporting data.

IFR journalists will also organise pitch meetings. However, pitching is entirely optional and consideration for an award will not be limited to advisers or issuers that participate in this way.

All written pitches should reach us by October 16.

We will continue to monitor the market until the end of the awards year (the period in which deals must price for consideration) and banks may submit addenda to include significant deals that price after submitting their pitches.

The awards year runs from November 16 2016 to November 15 2017.


Presentations for house awards should summarise achievements in the awards year.

• How has your institution progressed over the course of the year?

• What strategic goals have been met?

• How have they been achieved?

• In what ways has your institution adapted to the trends that have driven market activity during the year?

• What has been noteworthy about your deal roster, whether in terms of deal size, geographical and/or sectoral diversification, degree of innovation or complexity?

Presentations should include individual summaries of the main relevant transactions. Separate documents should be submitted for each major asset class.

Pitch meetings with IFR journalists are limited to a maximum of two hours per asset class. The contents of pitch meetings will be considered to be “on the record”, though comments can be made “off the record” if specifically stated at the time.

Pitch documents should be emailed to for Global, EMEA and Americas categories. Submissions for Asia-Pacific categories should be sent to

Please indicate for which awards you are pitching, giving appropriate contact names.

Final selections will be made by the senior editorial team and the winners will be announced in the IFR Review of the Year published at on December 15, and with the December 16 issue of IFR.


Notes on award categories:

  1. Banks do not need to be active across a region in order to be considered for regional house awards.
  2. Best Bank for FIG Issuers, Governments, Financial Sponsors and Corporates cover all asset classes and regions, from LME to rights issues, privatisations to Century bonds, LBOs to IPOs and M&A and everything in between.
  3. Capital Markets Adviser is open to non-underwriting advisory firms only.
  4. M&A Advisory House covers transactions completed in the awards year.
  5. For M&A-related financing, loans will only be considered if the M&A transaction has completed in the awards year, as it is at this point they are funded. Bonds need to have priced within the awards year but are not contingent on the M&A having also completed.
  6. Financing package represents one financing programme across asset classes but all parts need not have been executed concurrently.
  7. Leveraged and mid-market loans feed up into Loan House awards.
  8. Bond awards do not embrace structured finance, which is treated separately.
  9. The bond and bond house awards for Financial, SSAR and Covered are cross-currency.
  10. US Bond House comprises all US dollar issuance in the US, including Yankees.
  11. Only 144A and SEC-registered US dollar issues are eligible for US Bond and Yankee bond.
  12. SEC-registered and 144A deals from issuers based in emerging markets are included in Emerging Market categories.
  13. Regional bond house awards are for any issuers in the relevant regional currencies, for example Europe Investment-Grade Corporate Bond awards are for investment-grade corporates in European currencies (including Eurodollars).
  14. Yen bond awards include Samurais.
  15. Covered bonds are included in the Financial Bond categories.
  16. Niche-Market Bond comprises bonds in non-core currencies or niche markets in major currencies, such as Formosa.
  17. Structured equity comprises equity-linked transactions, including those with derivative components, and structured cash equity transactions. Corporate equity derivatives fall under the Equity Derivatives House award.
  18. Structured equity feeds up into Equity House award.
  19. Restructuring includes formal debt restructurings and balance-sheet restructurings.

If you have any questions about the awards process, please contact Editor Matthew Davies on +44 20 7542 7504 or Deputy Editor Owen Wild on +44 20 7542 8541

For Americas specific questions contact Stephen Lacey on +1 646 223 8808 and in Asia-Pacific Steve Garton, +852 2912 6670

Presentation of the IFR Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London will take place in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of Save the Children, on January 30 2018.

Further details on the event can be found at



Bank of the Year

Bond House of the Year

Equity House of the Year

Loan House of the Year

Derivatives House of the Year

Emerging Markets Bond House of the Year

Capital Markets Adviser of the Year

M&A Adviser of the Year

Restructuring Adviser of the Year

Bank of the Year for FIG issuers

Bank of the Year for Governments

Bank of the Year for Corporates

Bank of the Year for Financial Sponsors



Issuer of the Year

SSAR Issuer

Financial Issuer

Corporate Issuer

Financing Package



US Bond House

US Bond

Yankee Bond

Euro Bond House

Euro Bond

Yen Bond House

Yen Bond

Sterling Bond House

Sterling Bond

Swiss Franc Bond House

Swiss Franc Bond

Niche-Market Bond

North America Investment-Grade Corporate Bond House

North America Investment-Grade Corporate Bond

Europe Investment-Grade Corporate Bond House

Europe Investment-Grade Corporate Bond

Europe Financial Bond House

Europe Financial Bond

North America Financial Bond House

North America Financial Bond

SSAR Bond House


Covered Bond House

SRI Bond House

SRI Bond

Europe High-Yield Bond House

Europe High-Yield Bond

North America High-Yield Bond House

North America High-Yield Bond



EMEA Structured Finance House

EMEA Structured Finance Issue

North America Structured Finance House

North America Structured Finance Issue

Asia-Pacific Structured Finance Issue



Emerging EMEA Bond House

Emerging EMEA Bond

Latin America Bond House

Latin America Bond

Asia Bond House

Asia Bond



Credit Derivatives House

Equity Derivatives House

Interest Rate Derivatives House



Americas Loan House

North America Loan

Latin America Loan

EMEA Loan House


Asia-Pacific Loan House

Asia-Pacific Loan

North America Leveraged Loan

EMEA Leveraged Loan

North America Mid-Market Loan

EMEA Mid-Market Loan



North America Equity House

North America IPO

North America Secondary Equity Issue

Latin America Equity House

Latin America Equity Issue

EMEA Equity House


EMEA Secondary Equity Issue

Asia-Pacific Equity House

Asia-Pacific IPO

Asia-Pacific Secondary Equity Issue

US Mid-Market Equity House

EMEA Mid-Market Equity House

Asia-Pacific Mid-Market Equity House



Structured Equity House

EMEA Structured Equity House

EMEA Structured Equity Issue

Americas Structured Equity House

Americas Structured Equity Issue

Asia-Pacific Structured Equity Issue


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