The 2018 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, 2017 to September 30, 2018). 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, which must be returned by email as an excel document. Institutions are invited to submit further documentation to support their pitch. The deadline for submission of external nominations is Thursday, October 4, 2018.
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 at 10am and 2pm Monday-Friday from September 25 to October 19. 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 2019.