15th September 2021
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
2021
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Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards

Since 2015 the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards has been recognising the most innovative and ground-breaking deals from Sovereign, Corporate and Financial Institution issuers and borrowers in the Middle East. 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 & Sukuk Awards ceremony is an opportunity to raise the profile of the financial markets with the international investment community, and to inspire future issuance by Middle Eastern companies.

This year we are delighted to announce that for the first time we will be recognising the outstanding achievements of Investment Bank’s Deal Teams, Funding Teams, Investment Managers, and Legal Advisers.

CRITERIA TO ENTER

  • Transactions submitted for Deals of the Year must have closed between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020
  • Submissions must have consent from the Issuer/Borrower for the transaction to be nominated
  • Banks may only nominate one deal per Award category
  • For Bank, Borrower and Investor Awards only performance in 2020 will be considered
  • All submissions must be received by COB on Thursday 25th February 2021

Please note:

  • Winners will be notified of their success after Monday 17th May 2021
    The Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday
    15th September 2021


CATEGORIES

Deals of the Year: Bank Awards:
Sovereign, Supra & Agency Bond Deal of the Year Bond House of the Year
Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year Loan House of the Year
Corporate Bond Deal of the Year Sukuk House of the Year
Financial Institutions Bond Deal of the Year Regional Investment Bank of the Year
Structured Finance Deal of the Year Project Finance Bank of the Year
Syndicated Loan Deal of the Year Financial Adviser of the Year
Islamic Finance Deal of the Year ESG/Sustainable Finance Adviser 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 MENA Fixed Income Fund Strategy 2020 Banking & Finance Legal Adviser of the Year
Corporate Funding Team of the Year Best MENA Fixed Income Fund Strategy 2018-2020 Debt Capital Markets Legal Adviser of the Year
FI Funding Team of the Year Best Global Sukuk Fund Strategy 2020
Project Sponsor of the Year Best Global Sukuk Fund Strategy 2018-2020

SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA

All submissions must be received by COB on Thursday 25th February 2021
Winners will be notified of their success after Monday 17th May 2021
The Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards Ceremony will be held on
Wednesday 15th September 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 in 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

House Awards Selection Process and Criteria:

  • League Table position in 2020
  • League Table position in 2019
  • Market activity: Number of deals and amount of
  • Borrower and Investor Feedback and Testimonials

Borrower Awards Selection Process and Criteria:

  • Number of deals and markets accessed
  • Innovation demonstrated in approach to funding and debt management
  • Bank and Investor Feedback and Testimonials

Investor Awards Selection Process and Criteria:

  • Total return performance in 2020
  • Fund performance in 2019 and 2018