Achievement Awards 2016: Australia/New Zealand

FinanceAsia honours the best in finance Down Under. Make your submissions by November 30.

FinanceAsia is pleased to accept submissions for its annual end-of-year Achievement Awards, recognising excellence in finance in Australia and New Zealand. Submissions are due by Wednesday, November 30.

Each submission must include a brief pitch in a PDF document explaining why your institution deserves to win a given award.

Please keep each submission to 5 pages only.

Please email submissions to [email protected] 

The final decision will be made by our editorial team in early December and announced on FinanceAsia's website on December 12.

The winners will also be presented with plaques at our annual Awards Dinner to be held at the Park Hyatt in Sydney on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

We will contact you if we have specific questions about your submissions. 

We will be awarding financial institutions in the categories outlined below, including House awards and Deal awards.

The period under consideration for these awards is 1 January 2016 to the date we announce the awards.

We use Dealogic data for our decisions. If you choose to use another league table provider please also include Dealogic’s league table. We do not give full credit for self-led deals.

See the FAQ below for more information.

The categories are:

Best Local Commercial Bank: The best in corporate banking services including excellence in loan syndication, liquidity management, cash management and trade finance.

Best Foreign Commercial Bank: The best non-local corporate bank including excellence in loan syndication, liquidity management, cash management and trade finance.

Best Investment Bank: The best in M&A, equity capital markets and debt capital markets. 

Best Investment Bank – New Zealand: Submissions should demonstrate a bank’s successes this year in M&A, ECM and DCM. 

Issuer of the Year – Corporate: No submission required, though nominations are welcome. Editors will shortlist candidates.

Issuer of the Year: No submission required, though nominations are Financial Institution welcome. Editors will shortlist candidates.

Best Equity House: Includes IPOs, follow-ons and equity-linked deals. Aftermarket performance and innovation will be taken into account.

Best M&A House: For the house with the most innovative and market-defining transactions (completed and announced). 

Best Local Bond House: For the house that has the strongest commitment to the Aussie dollar bond markets. 

Best International Bond House: The best at raising international debt for Australian borrowers in US dollars, euro, sterling, yen and other foreign currencies.

Best Debt Finance House: For the best in debt finance, including securitisation, structured finance, project and trade finance, and loan syndication. We want clever financing solutions.

Best Financial Law Firm: Law firms should stress the key roles they have played in the most important transactions of 2016.

Deal Awards:

The best deals in Australia/New Zealand are awarded to companies or financial sponsors originating the transaction, with the support of lead bookrunners or advisors. Nominations welcome, but please list all bookrunners or advisors that worked on the deal in addition to your own bank.

  • Best IPO
  • Best Secondary Offering
  • Best Hybrid Deal (includes equity-linked)
  • Best M&A Deal
  • Best Local Bond Deal
  • Best International Bond Deal
  • Best Project Finance Deal
  • Best Debt Finance Deal (includes securitisation and structured finance)
  • Most Innovative Deal
  • Best New Zealand Deal


Is it okay for submissions to contain graphics, tables, charts etc?


For the house awards, should I provide a table of deals showing date, issuer, size and all bookrunners.


For individual deal awards, are they for Australia-only except the Best New Zealand deal category?


For house awards, are one-page deal case studies acceptable and how many should I include?

Yes, about three please.

For the best secondary offering award, can it be any follow-on offering (including primary capital raising) or does it have to be a block/secondary selldown?

Any follow-on is acceptable.

Are deals eligible if they haven’t closed by the submission deadline but are scheduled to close by year end?


Can we enter more than one deal for each category?


Can we enter one deal in different categories with a single pitch document?


Do you consider announced deals for the M&A house award?

Yes, for the house award we consider the body of work that banks have been involved in during the calendar year.

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