IFR Awards 2019: Call for entries

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We invite banks to pitch now for the IFR Awards 2019.

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.

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 14.

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 2018 to November 15 2019.

In your presentations for house awards you may want to summarise achievements in the awards year. For instance:

•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 “on the record”, though comments can be made “off the record” if specifically stated at the time.

Pitch documents should be emailed to IFRAwards@refinitiv.com for Global, EMEA and Americas categories. Submissions for Asia-Pacific categories should be sent to steve.garton@refinitiv.com.

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

Final selections will be made by the senior editorial team. The winners will be announced in the IFR Review of the Year published on www.ifre.com on December 13, and with the December 14 issue of IFR.

Notes on award categories:

1) Banks do not need to be active across the whole region to be considered for regional house awards. Banks do not need to be active in all regions to qualify for global awards.

2) Only transactions where a firm is acting as a non-underwriting adviser are considered for Capital Markets Adviser.

3) M&A Adviser covers transactions completed in the awards year.

4) Bank for Financial Institutions, Governments and Financial Sponsors covers all capital markets activity across regions, from LME to rights issues, privatisations to century bonds, LBOs to IPOs and M&A and everything in between.

5) The winner of Bank for Private Credit will have excelled in offering financing and other important client services to the rapidly growing private credit industry.

6) ESG House recognises the best bank for leading ESG financings across asset classes.

7) 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.

8) Financing Package represents one financing programme across asset classes but all parts need not have been executed concurrently.

9) Leveraged and Mid-Market Loans feed up into Loan House awards.

10) Bond awards do not embrace structured finance, which is treated separately.

11) Bond and Bond House awards for Financial, SSAR and Covered are cross-currency.

12) US Bond House comprises all US dollar issuance in the US, including Yankees.

13) Only 144A and SEC-registered US dollar issues are eligible for US Bond and Yankee Bond awards.

14) SEC-registered and 144A deals from issuers based in emerging markets are included in Emerging Market categories (along with domestic bond issues, etc).

15) 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).

16) EMEA Issuer Bond House includes all issuance on behalf of issuers from the EMEA region across currencies. The US equivalent is for US-based issuers, including reverse Yankees.

17) Yen Bond awards include Samurais.

18) Niche-Market Bond awards comprise bonds in non-core currencies or niche markets in major currencies, such as Formosa.

19) Structured Equity comprises equity-linked transactions, including those with derivative components, and structured cash equity transactions.

20) Structured Equity feeds up into Equity House awards.

21) Restructuring includes formal debt restructurings and balance sheet restructurings.

22) Middle East Bond House feed up into Emerging EMEA Bond House.

If you have any questions about the awards process, please contact

Editor Matthew Davies

+44 20 7542 7504


Deputy Editor Owen Wild

+44 20 7542 8541


For Americas specific questions contact

Stephen Lacey

+1 646 223 8808


In Asia-Pacific contact

Steve Garton

+852 2912 6670


Presentation of the IFR Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London will take place on January 28 2020 in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, patron of Save the Children.

Further details on the event are available at www.ifrawards.com.

IFR Awards 2019


Bank of the Year

Bond House

Equity House

Loan House

Derivatives House

Emerging Markets Bond House

ESG House

Capital Markets Adviser

M&A Adviser

Restructuring Adviser

Bank for Financial Institutions

Bank for Governments

Bank for Financial Sponsors

Bank for Private Credit Funds


SSAR Issuer

Financial Issuer

Corporate Issuer

ESG 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 House

Niche-Market Bond

US Issuers Bond House

Western Europe Issuers Bond House

North America Investment-Grade Corporate Bond House

North America Investment-Grade Corporate Bond

Europe Investment-Grade Corporate Bond House

Europe Investment-Grade Corporate Bond

North America Financial Bond House

North America Financial Bond

Europe Financial Bond House

Europe Financial Bond

SSAR Bond House


Covered Bond House

Covered Bond

North America High-Yield Bond House

North America High-Yield Bond

Europe High-Yield Bond House

Europe High-Yield Bond


North America ABS House

North America ABS Issue

North America MBS House

North America MBS Issue

EMEA Structured Finance House

EMEA Structured Finance Issue

Asia-Pacific Structured Finance Issue


Emerging EMEA Bond House

Emerging EMEA Bond

Middle East Bond House

Latin America Bond House

Latin America Bond

Latin America Local Market Bond House

Latin America Local Market Bond

Asia Bond House

Asia Bond


Equity Derivatives House

Credit Derivatives House

Interest Rate Derivatives House

Foreign Exchange 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


Green Bond

Green Loan

Social Bond

Social Loan

ESG Opinion Provider


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


Americas Structured Equity House

Americas Structured Equity Issue

EMEA Structured Equity House

EMEA Structured Equity Issue

Asia-Pacific Structured Equity House

Asia-Pacific Structured Equity Issue


Americas Restructuring House

EMEA Restructuring House

Asia-Pacific Restructuring Deal