2019 Deals of the Year Awards
Each year LatinFinance's Deals of the Year Awards recognize outstanding transactions as well as the people and institutions that made them happen.
The 2019 Deals of the Year Awards celebrate excellence in the capital markets of Latin America and the Caribbean from October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019.
The LatinFinance editorial team carries out a comprehensive review of financial markets activities over the previous 12 months examining the progress and innovations that have taken place, identifying the landmark transactions and the borrowers, banks and law firms that made them happen.
Awardees are selected by the editors of LatinFinance, taking into account the size, complexity, innovative elements, market significance and execution of each transaction. Each decision follows an extensive consultation process with a range of industry experts.
The 2019 awards were revealed during LatinFinance's Deals of the Year Awards Dinner at Gotham Hall in New York. The winners are listed below.
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Winning transactions and institutions
Sovereign Issuer of the Year Chile
Corporate Issuer of the Year América Móvil
Sovereign Bond of the Year and Local Currency Deal of the Year Peru
Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year and Syndicated Loan of the Year Pemex
Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year Grupo Bimbo
Corporate High-Yield Bond of the Year YPF
Sovereign Liability Management of the Year Mexico
Corporate Liability Management of the Year Petrobras
Initial Public Offering of the Year Cencosud
Equity Follow-On of the Year MercadoLibre
Private Equity Deal of the Year Actis’ sale of Atlantic Energias Renováveis
Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year Engie and CDPQ’s acquisition of TAG pipelines
Domestic M&A Deal of the Year Suzano’s acquisition of Fibria
Financing Innovation of the Year Fibra Uno
Restructuring of the Year Mexico City Airport Trust
Structured Financing of the Year Lima Metro Line 2
Venture Capital Deal of the Year SoftBank’s investment in Rappi
Law Firm of the Year Andes Garrigues
Law Firm of the Year Argentina Tanoira Cassagne Abogados
Law Firm of the Year Brazil Mattos Filho
Law Firm of the Year Mexico Ritch Mueller
Law Firm of the Year Latin America Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Loan House of the Year HSBC
M&A House of the Year Bank of America
Equity House of the Year JPMorgan
Bond House of the Year Citi
Click any of the sections below for more details on our 2019 awards.
LatinFinance's Deals of the Year Awards are the pre-eminent marker of excellence in the industry, determined by LatinFinance's editors based on an exhaustive selection process involving examination of data and in-depth feedback and discussions with market participants.
Following are the provisional categories for the 2019 Deals of the Year Awards.
- Sovereign Issuer of the Year
- Corporate Issuer of the Year
- Sovereign Bond of the Year
- Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year
- Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year
- Corporate High-Yield Bond of the Year
- Sovereign Liability Management of the Year
- Corporate Liability Management of the Year
- Initial Public Offering of the Year
- Equity Follow-On of the Year
- Private Equity Deal of the Year
- Venture Capital Deal of the Year
- Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year
- Domestic M&A Deal of the Year
- Syndicated Loan of the Year
- Financing Innovation of the Year
- Restructuring of the Year
- Local Currency Deal of the Year
- Structured Financing of the Year
- Trade Financing of the Year
- Law Firm of the Year: LatAm
- Law Firm of the Year: Mexico
- Law Firm of the Year: Brazil
- Law Firm of the Year: Andes
- Law Firm of the Year: Argentina
- Bond House of the Year
- M&A House of the Year
- Equity House of the Year
- Loan House of the Year
- Investment Bank of the Year
The 2019 Deals of the Year Awards will be judged on the following factors:
Categories 1 and 2 will be judged on:
- Extent of participation in the bond, loan and equity markets over the year, including the volume and diversity of deals
- Sophistication of issuance strategy, including innovation and foresight
- Structural aspects of transactions, success of issuances and geographical reach of deals
Categories 3 to 19 will be judged on:
- Market significance, strategic importance and groundbreaking qualities
- Structural aspects of the transaction, including complexity, innovation and size
- Execution, including price and demand achieved compared to other references in the market with regard to conditions at the time
- Secondary market performance, and reception by peers and investors
- Geographic reach where relevant
Investment Banks and Law Firms:
Categories 20 to 28 will be judged on:
- Overall strategy, volume and diversity of transactions
- Innovation and foresight
- Execution quality and success of transactions worked on
- Role in particularly complex, innovative or large deals over the year
- Quantity of transactions worked on over the year, and compared to previous years
The 2019 Deals of the Year Awards selection will take a three-step process as outlined below.
1. Nominations and shortlist
LatinFinance’s editors will compile a shortlist of deals for consideration in each category through two channels. An internal review will be done with the editorial team and of LatinFinance’s own coverage of the capital markets to identify impressive transactions and institutions. At the same time, market participants are invited to nominate stand-out deals and institutions for consideration.
In both cases, LatinFinance will verify that each transaction submitted is eligible for consideration before including it in the shortlist. Typically this involves checking the transaction has closed within the timeframe under consideration (October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019). All eligible transactions and institutions nominated internally and externally are included on the shortlist. The shortlist is not published.
External nominations are limited to one transaction or institution per category. Nominations must be submitted via the official nomination form. Institutions are invited to submit further documentation to support their pitch. The deadline for submission of external nominations is October 4, 2019.
2. Examination of data: meetings and research
LatinFinance will review official data for each of the transactions and institutions on the shortlist to reach its decision. This includes nomination documentation, data from LatinFinance and Dealogic, and recommendations from clients.
As part of this process, LatinFinance’s editors will conduct meetings and phone calls with market participants to discuss the shortlisted deals and institutions.
Institutions may request meetings and calls with the selection committee. Meetings are available September 30 to October 11. Where an institution has nominated transactions or institutions for more than six (6) categories, we request that two appointments are made, divided by asset class.
3. Editorial evaluation
LatinFinance's editorial team retains discretion over the final allocation of awards in each category. The final decision will be based on information supplied in pitch documents and meetings or calls, research of financial data and analysis, interviews, and our knowledge of markets and activity over the course of the past 12 months.
Winners will be informed by LatinFinance’s editor by early November, with the news embargoed until winners are publicly announced at our awards dinner in New York City in January 2020.
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