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THE 12TH ANNUAL TURNAROUND AWARDS

For 16 years, The M&A Advisor has been recognizing the world’s leading M&A, financing and restructuring professionals with our annual awards programs. Established in 2007, the annual Turnaround Awards has become the restructuring and distressed investing industry’s benchmark for excellence. 

The 12th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards will recognize the leading distressed transactions, restructuring, refinancing, products and services, firms and professionals in the United States and international markets. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of the top performers of the year, the Awards will recognize the 2018 Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Award winners.

 

A. NOMINATIONS DEADLINE 

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017, 3:00 PM EASTERN

B. AWARD CATEGORIES

The Awards will be presented in the following classifications:

  1. Firm Award Category
  • Accounting/Due Diligence Firm of the Year
  • Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year
  • Investment Banking Firm of the Year
  • Law Firm of the Year
  • Lender Firm of the Year
  • Valuation Firm of the Year
  • Communications Firm of the Year
  • Turnaround Consulting Firm of the Year
  • Private Equity Firm of the Year
  1. Professional Award Category
  • Distressed M&A Dealmaker of the Year
  • Legal Advisor of the Year
  • Turnaround Consultant of the Year
  1. Turnaround Product/Service Award Category
  • Turnaround Product/Service of the Year  

EACH NOMINATED DEAL MAY BE SUBMITTED IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING:​

  1. M&A Transaction Award Category
  • Distressed M&A Deal of the Year
  • Divestiture Deal of the Year
  • Sec.363 Sale of the Year  
  1. Refinancing Award Category
  • Refinancing of the Year  
  1. Restructuring Award Category
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year
  • Cross-Border Restructuring Deal of the Year (must be a transaction between the US domiciled entity and non US domiciled entity)
  • Restructuring Community Impact Award
  • Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year
  • Out-of-Court Restructuring of the Year  
  1. Sector Award Category
  • Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year
    ​​Sub-sectors include: Retailing; Media; Consumer Services; Casino; Apparel; Consumer Durables; Automobile and components
  • Consumer Staples Deal of the Year
    ​Sub-sectors include: ​Food Retail; Food Distributors; Agriculture; Drug Retail; Hypermarkets and Super Centers; Food; Beverages; Tobacco; House and Cleaning Products/Supplies; Baby, Dental, Family and/or Feminine Products
  • Energy Deal of the Year ​
    Sub-sectors include: Energy Equipment; Energy Services; Oil; Gas; Consumable Fuels; Coal
  • Financials Deal of the Year
    ​Sub-sectors include: ​Banks; Insurance; Real Estate; Diversified Financial Services; Capital Markets
  • Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year
    Sub-sectors include:  Healthcare Equipment and Services; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life
  • Industrials Deal of the Year
    ​Sub-sectors include: ​Aerospace and Defense; Engineering; Construction; Electrical Equipment; Industrial Conglomerates; Machinery; Trading Companies; Distributors; Commercial Printing; Environmental Services; Office Services; Office Supplies; Security and Alarm Services; Transportation
  • Information Technology Deal of the Year
    ​Sub-sectors include:​ IT Services; Internet; Software; Software Services; Technology Hardware and Equipment; Technology Storage; Radio and Television Broadcasting Equipment; Semiconductors
  • Materials Deal of the Year
    Sub-sectors include: ​Chemicals; Construction Materials; Containers Packaging; Metals; Mining; Paper; Forest Products
  • Professional Services (B-to-B) Deal of the Year (includes business to business services across different sectors and sub-sectors)
  • Telecommunication Services Deal of the Year
    Sub-sectors include: ​Broadband Telecommunications; Satellite Communications; Wireless Communications 
  • Utilities Deal of the Year
    Sub-sectors include: Electric Utilities; Gas Utilities; Water Utilities; Independent Power; Renewable Electricity Producers

C. QUALIFYING CRITERIA 

General Nomination Criteria

a. There are no limits on the number of nominations submitted

b. A separate nomination form must be submitted for each restructuring, transaction, refinancing, firm, product/service and professional nominated

c. Nominations must all be submitted electronically using this website

d. The Final Award Nomination Entry Deadline is Friday, December 1st, 2017 3:00PM EST

Specific Category Nomination Criteria

a. To qualify for Restructuring Deal of the Year, M&A Transaction Deal of the Year, Refinancing Deal of the Year and/or Sector Deal of the Year, the transaction must adhere to the following criteria:

  1. The deal must have a minimum value of $10mm USD
  2. The deal must have been concluded between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017
  3. The buyer, seller, or restructured or financed entity must be domiciled within North America.

b. To qualify for Firm of the Year, the nominated organization must be active in North America

c. To qualify for Turnaround Product/Service of The Year the product or service must be used in North America

d. To qualify for Professional of the Year, the individual must be active in North America

D. NOMINATION FEES

There is a nominal processing fee charged for all nominations. The fee is comprised of these components:

  1. A base fee of $200 will be charged for processing each nomination 
  2. An additional fee of $95 will be incurred per category. 

Below are examples of nomination submissions and the corresponding fee calculations:

Example 1:  If the restructuring of Ford by Blackstone is nominated for Restructuring Deal of The Year and Consumer and Retail Products Sector Deal of The Year, the fee will be calculated as follows:

Base Nomination Fee                                                                                                                                    $200

Category # 1 - Restructuring Deal of The Year                                                                                               $95

Category # 2 - Consumer and Retail Products Sector Deal of The Year                                                        $95

Total                                                                                                                                                              $390

Example 2: If Mitt Romney is nominated for Professional of The Year, the fee will be calculated as follows:

Base Nomination Fee                                                                                                                                    $200

Category # 1 - Distressed M&A Dealmaker of The Year                                                                                 $95

Total                                                                                                                                                              $295

E. NOMINATION SUBMISSION PROCESS

The process for submission is as follows:

  1. Create an account to manage your nomination submissions. Once you have created an account, you may enter the data at your convenience. All data entered in the individual nomination forms will be saved until December 1st, 2017, allowing you to finalize and submit the forms on your schedule.  
  2. Prepare a nomination form for each of the Award Category and transactions that you wish to submit. The Award Categories include: Restructuring; M&A Transaction; Refinancing; Firm; Turnaround Product/Service and Professional.
  3. The following information will be required to complete each submission:    
  • Contact information for Nominator; Nominee; Marketing; Media and Communication representatives
  • Name of the transaction; refinancing; restructuring; firm; product/service and professional nominated
  • Nomination categories. Each transaction can qualify for multiple award categories. 
  • Detailed profile of the transaction/refinancing/restructuring/product/service/firm or professional specific information 
  • Links that can provide more information about the nominated transaction, professional, firm or individual  
  • For transaction, refinancing, and restructuring categories you will also be asked to provide the date the deal was completed/closed, deal value or value range and deal team members 

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        e. To complete the submission you will provide credit card information for payment

F. JUDGING PROCESS 

The M&A Advisor uses the research services of S&P Capital IQ to access both real-time and historical information on companies, markets, deals, and people that are represented in the nomination submissions. An independent committee of M&A, restructuring and refinancing industry business leaders will judge all nominations. The judging will be conducted in a Merrill DataSite® virtual dataroom using exclusive and trusted technology to ensure that all eligible nominations are processed and evaluated securely and confidentially. 

Judging Criteria 

a. Restructuring Deal of the Year, M&A Transaction of the Year, Refinancing of the Year, and/or Sector Deal of the Year submissions will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Deal profile (30% of the score)
  • Deal challenges (30% of the score)
  • Deal benefits (30% of the score)
  • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 200 word limit for each question (10% of the score)

b. Firm of the Year submissions will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Firm’s profile (10% of the score)
  • Firm’s unique attributes (40% of the score)
  • Firm’s industry impact (40% of the score)
  • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 200 word limit for each question (10% of the score)

c. Turnaround Product/Service of the Year submissions will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Turnaround Product/Service’s profile (30% of the score)
  • Turnaround Product/Service’s benefits and unique attributes (30% of the score) 
  • Turnaround Product/Service’s market share, growth trajectory, and industry impact  (30% of the score) 
  • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 200 word limit for each question (10% of the score)

d. Professional of the Year submissions will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • ​​Professional’s profile (30% of the score) 
  • Professional’s activity (30% of the score) 
  • Professionals's unique attributes and industry impact (30% of the score)
  • Adherence to nomination form instructions and to the 200 word limit for each question (10% of the score)

G. CONFIDENTIALITY

The M&A Advisor and its independent judges will maintain the strictest confidentiality possible for all information provided. Upon the selection of Award Winners, only the transaction name, product/service name, dealmaker and firm names will be publicized. While there may be a dollar range specified for transaction, refinancing and restructuring awards categories, the actual value will not be published at any time.  

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