Important: read or download the M&A Awards 2021 regulations here

Dear dealmakers,
Thank you for answering our call to send in your nomination for this year's M&A Awards! You are about to endorse a candidate for the M&A Award for Best Deal 2021.

The nomination period for this M&A Award runs from 1 September to 10 October. After the nomination period is closed, a short list of 15 contenders is selected from the total list of nominated candidates.

Subsequently, the Panel of Judges will assess all shortlisted deals and cast their votes to create a top 5 of finalists for the M&A Award Best Deal 2021. The organization will publish the finalists for the M&A Awards 2021 mid November on, and the online voting by the M&A community will start.

Please note that only deals that meet the challenging requirements and expectations for this Award will be shortlisted.

Does your nomination meet the criteria for Best Deal 2021?
Deals eligible for the M&A Award Best Deal 2021 have a deal value that exceeds 250 million Euros and are characterized by skilled execution, complexity of the transaction, innovative funding, a competitive purchase price and/or an excellent strategy behind the transaction. The deal is evidence of great and authentic leadership, including development of a strong, progressive culture and a wider contribution to all stakeholders and society.

Criteria for your endorsement
In this questionnaire you will be asked to write an endorsement (question 9) to substantiate the nomination for Best Deal 2021. Your endorsement must be specific and consist of a minimum of 500 words. The organization will reject all nominations submitted that do not meet these criteria. All questionnaires must be submitted before 11 October 2021.

Questions in questionnaire
Fact & Figures
- Your contact details 
- Name of the deal
- Brief description and outline of the deal
- Date closed
- Published value
- Buyer(s)
- Target(s)
- Seller(s)

Your endorsement, why does this deal deserve a nomination?
- Why should this deal win the Award for Best Deal 2021? 
- What was the deal rationale
- What is the impact of this deal for the company?
- What is the impact of this deal for the direct stakeholders?
- What is the impact of this deal on society?
- What was most complex about this deal?
- Involved firms and advisors buy side 
- Involved firms and advisors target
- Involved firms and advisors sell side 

- Reference for M&A Awards organization to contact at the buyer
- Reference for M&A Awards organization to contact at the target
- Reference for M&A Awards organization to contact at the seller

By completing this questionnaire, you agree that your written endorsement may be published on the websites and