2021 Deals of the Year Awards

LatinFinance is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 Deals of the Year Awards program. Winners will be recognized at LatinFinance’s annual Deals of the Year Awards Dinner on March 10, 2022, in New York City.

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The eligibility period for this year's awards is October 1, 2020–September 30, 2021. The categories, rules and criteria are listed below.

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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.

The awards eligibility period for this year's awards is October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021. Deals must have closed on or prior to September 30, 2021, to qualify.


We are reverting to our core set of awards for the 2021 season. Additionally, while sustainability and ESG factors are taken into consideration across our categories, we are introducing two new categories to make recognition of sustainable finance explicit: Sustainable Borrower of the Year and ESG Deal of the Year. We are also recognizing the work done at the state/local government level by introducing the Subnational Deal of the Year. Finally, we are explicitly recognizing capital raising for Financial Institutions (FI Deal of the Year).

Following is the full list of provisional categories for this year's awards:

  1. Sovereign Issuer of the Year
  2. Corporate Issuer of the Year
  3. Sustainable Borrower of the Year
  4. Sovereign Bond of the Year
  5. Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year
  6. Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year
  7. Corporate High-Yield Bond of the Year
  8. Subnational Deal of the Year
  9. Sovereign Liability Management of the Year
  10. Corporate Liability Management of the Year
  11. Initial Public Offering of the Year
  12. Equity Follow-On of the Year
  13. Private Equity Deal of the Year
  14. ESG Deal of the Year
  15. Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year
  16. Domestic M&A Deal of the Year
  17. Syndicated Loan of the Year
  18. Financing Innovation of the Year
  19. Restructuring of the Year
  20. FI Deal of the Year
  21. Local Currency Deal of the Year
  22. Structured Financing of the Year
  23. Law Firm of the Year Latin America
  24. Law Firm of the Year Mexico
  25. Law Firm of the Year Brazil
  26. Law Firm of the Year Andes
  27. Bond House of the Year
  28. M&A House of the Year
  29. Equity House of the Year
  30. Loan House of the Year
  31. Investment Bank of the Year Latin America


Entries will be judged on the following factors. Nominations for all categories should note significant actions taken with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, either for deals, running of businesses, or changes to operation and deals.

Categories 1–3:

  • 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 4–23:

  • 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

Categories 24–33:

  • 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

Selection process

The Deals of the Year Awards are decided solely by LatinFinance's editors following an extensive research process. The key elements of each step of the process are outlined below.

Market consultation

LatinFinance editors can, at their discretion, discuss the relative merits of shortlisted transactions and institutions with a wide range of market participants, while maintaining the integrity of the nomination process.

Examination of financial data

LatinFinance will research data and other publicly available information for each of the nominated transactions and institutions. As is relevant in each category, such data will include, but not be limited to: presentations on the projects being financed, stock exchange filings, transaction pricing details, secondary market trading data. Nominations are required to include all relevant CUSIP, ISIN, or unique identifiers that are publicly available to pinpoint exactly which assets are being nominated for a potential award. Non-public transactions that are submitted through the formal nominations process need to have accompanying documentation for appropriate examination if they are to be considered for an award. Special circumstances or technological limitations should be discussed with the editorial department by emailing awards@latinfinance.com.

Editorial evaluation

LatinFinance's editorial team retains discretion over the final allocation of awards in each category. The final decision will be based on nominations, market consultation, research of financial data, and feedback on transactions over the course of the awards review period. LatinFinance reserves the right to withhold naming a category winner.


Winners will be informed in mid- to late November with the news embargoed until publication of the Q2 2022 edition of LatinFinance magazine. Given the uncertainty of travel during this period, award winners will be contacted to discuss plans for an appropriate presentation process to take place at a date and time to be determined.


All entries must be submitted through the official nomination form at awards.latinfinance.com.

  • Entry deadline: Friday, October 22, 2020, at 11:59 PM EDT. Please note the entry deadline is final. There will be no extensions. The system will automatically prevent entry submission after the deadline.
  • Institutions may nominate ONE transaction or institution in a given category. Please be sure to coordinate with other members of your institution to ensure compliance. This new platform makes it simple to share and review the draft submission before finalizing.
  • Each nomination will require data fields to be filled in correctly before a nomination can be submitted. Failure to provide the proper information can lead to disqualification.
  • Each nomination will have the ability to also include additional documents to support the entry, but this does not replace filling in of the required fields with the data that is being sought for evaluation. In this special section you can provide an outline of qualitative information describing the ways your institution has grown, achieved success and stayed ahead of the competition, as well as any other relevant qualitative data the institution wants to make available for the judging process.

New features of our awards platform include:

  • You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline.
  • You have the ability to enter documents and review them within your teams, collaborate on information, formulations and create the most thorough summary of information BEFORE you submit.
  • You can enter, edit and review your entries on your mobile device. Either log in at awards.latinfinance.com or scan the QR code on the PDF version of your draft or final entry.
  • You can use the copy feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category as required.

When you register, please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details, as this will be used to contact in case of questions regarding the nomination. It will also be the way we inform winners.

Required data

For categories 4–23, nominations must include the data in sections 1, 2 and 3 below. For categories 1–3 and categories 24–33, nominations must include the data in sections 4 and 5 below. All items are required unless otherwise indicated.

Section 1: Deal information

This section is required for categories 4–23.

  • Deal name
  • Deal type
  • Closing date (must be between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021)
  • Total deal size in USD
  • Total deal size in local FX
  • FX conversion rate
  • Number of transactions/tranches involved in the deal
  • Issuing entity, bond/loan, transaction size, coupon, yield, issuance price, ID (eg: CUSIP/ISIN/Ticker symbol), fixed/floating, maturity date and closing date for each transaction/tranche involved in the deal

Section 2: Deal participants

This section is required for categories 4–23.

  • Deal sponsor(s)
  • Legal jurisdictions associated with the issued assets (eg: New York Law, where appropriate)
  • Role of your institution (eg: mandated lead arranger, lead bookrunner, co-lead, support, etc.)
  • Names of all supporting banks and/or bankers involved (name of bank, role of bank, name of banker, lead banker (Y/N), contact phone, contact email, location)
  • Names of all supporting law firms and/or partners involved (name of law firm, role of law firm, name of partner, lead partner (Y/N), contact phone, contact email, location)
  • Optional: Names of other institutions involved (eg: investors/consultants/technical advisor etc.)

Section 3: Additional questions

This section is required for categories 4–23.

  • Why is this deal worthy of an award? (up to 750 words)
  • What, if any, impact did the COVID-19 pandemic have on this transaction? (up to 750 words)

Section 4: Deals

This section is required for categories 1–3 and categories 24–33. Institutional excellence will be judged in part by the deals in which nominated institutions participated. The following fields must be completed for each deal included to support your nomination.

  • Deal name
  • Deal type
  • Deal sponsor
  • Closing date (must be between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021)
  • Total deal size in USD
  • Total deal size in local FX
  • FX conversion rate
  • Number of transactions/tranches involved in the deal
  • ID (eg: CUSIP/ISIN/Ticker symbol), deal size in USD, deal size in local FX, price, yield, coupon and maturity date for each transaction/tranche involved in the deal
  • Please explain why this deal was included in your nomination. Be sure to include any relevant ESG details and why this deal stands out in the marketplace (up to 300 words)
  • Please list the names, titles and contact information for bankers or legal counsel involved in the deal

Section 5: Additional questions

This section is required for categories 1–3 and categories 24–33.

  • How has your institution adapted to the current pandemic environment in order to close transactions? (up to 750 words)
  • Why do you believe that your institution is worthy of an award? (up to 1,000 words)


If you have any questions on the entry process, please email awards@latinfinance.com and put "Deals of the Year Awards" in the subject line.

Previous winners: 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015