3rd November 2021
Cape Town

Bonds & Loans Africa AWARDS 2021

Since 2015, the Bonds & Loans Awards has been recognising the most innovative and ground-breaking deals from Sovereign, Corporate and Financial Institution issuers and borrowers. This year, I am delighted to announce that for the first time we will be recognising the outstanding achievements of Investment Banks' Deal Teams, Funding Teams, Investment Managers, and Legal Advisers.

The exhaustive selection process involves close examination of deal size, tenor, structure, and distribution; analysis and background of the borrower and their accessibility to financing; with extra credit for those deals demonstrating high quality execution, accessing new pools of liquidity, innovative structuring, and opening-up new markets.

Bringing together the industry’s most high-profile figures, the Bonds & Loans Africa Awards ceremony is an opportunity to raise the profile of the financial markets with the international investment community, and to inspire future issuance by African companies.


CRITERIA TO ENTER

  • Transactions submitted for Deals of the Year must have closed between 1st January 2020 and 31st March 2021
  • Submissions must have consent from the Issuer/Borrower for the transaction to be nominated
  • Banks may only nominate one deal per Award category
  • For the Bank, Borrower, Investor and Legal Awards only performance in 2020 will be considered
  • All submissions must be received by COB on Friday 14th May 2021

Please Note:

  • Winners will be notified of their success after Monday 19th July 2021


CATEGORIES

Deals of the Year: Bank Awards:
Sovereign Bond Deal of the Year Bond House of the Year
Corporate Bond Deal of the Year Loan House of the Year
Bank/FI Bond Deal of the Year Regional Investment Bank of the Year
Local Currency Bond Deal of the Year Project & Structured Finance Bank of the Year
Syndicated Loan Deal of the Year ESG/Sustainable Finance Adviser of the Year
Local Currency Loan Deal of the Year
Project Finance Deal of the Year
Structured Finance Deal of the Year
ESG Deal of the Year
Ground-Breaking Deal of the Year
Borrower Awards: Investor Awards: Legal Awards:
Sovereign Funding Team of the Year Best Africa Fixed Income Fund Strategy 2020 Banking & Finance Legal Adviser of the Year
Corporate Funding Team of the Year Best Africa Fixed Income Fund Strategy 2018-2020 Debt Capital Markets Legal Adviser of the Year
Bank Funding Team of the Year

SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA

All submissions must be received by COB on Friday 14th May 2021

Winners will be notified of their success after Monday 19th July 2021


Deals of the Year Selection Process and Criteria:

  • Profile of the borrower and how much access they have to the financial markets
  • Deal size, tenor, pricing, spread compression (vs. IPTs)
  • Features of a transaction that are new to the market, or contribute to the development of the sector
  • Borrower objectives vs. results; and use of proceeds
  • Market research and feedback

Bank and Legal Awards Selection Process and Criteria:

  • League Table position (Deal volume and number of deals)
  • Innovation, Market Leadership and Deals of Note
  • Roles on key transactions
  • Market Feedback

Borrower Awards Selection Process and Criteria:

  • Innovation demonstrated in approach to funding and debt management
  • Market Feedback

Investor Awards Selection Process and Criteria:

  • Total return performance (net any fees, in USD)
  • Standard deviation
  • Maximum drawdown