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M&A Awards

Acquisition International is excited to announce the return of the prestigious M&A Awards in 2023! Now in its seventh year, the M&A Awards has become a cornerstone of the annual AI awards offering. Since 2016, the team at Acquisition International has been dedicated to shining a light on the top advisors, analysts, investment bankers, and […]

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About The Award
Acquisition International is excited to announce the return of the prestigious M&A Awards in 2023! Now in its seventh year, the M&A Awards has become a cornerstone of the annual AI awards offering. Since 2016, the team at Acquisition International has been dedicated to shining a light on the top advisors, analysts, investment bankers, and legal professionals operating in the M&A space. After hitting a record high in 2021, last year saw overall deal value fall as a result of various market pressures and an increasingly challenging economic environment. M&A professionals had to quickly adapt to rising inflation, unstable interest rates, and tense international relations in order to close deals and sustain activity in the market. The threat of recession and ongoing cost-of-living crisis has led to greater uncertainty in M&A outcomes and made it more difficult for buyers to access financing. This has forced dealmakers to find inventive ways to create value from M&A transactions. The use of alternative funding methods, thorough pre-sale preparation, portfolio reshaping, and bold, transformative deals are just some examples of this innovative approach. While many of the headwinds present in 2022 have continued to have an impact this year, there is growing optimism regarding M&A market outlook for the remainder of 2023 and into the coming years. General consensus is that economic pressures will ease throughout the year, with lower energy prices one factor creating a more stable M&A environment. There are many buyers and sellers who are becoming eager to complete deals as these conditions improve, and the small deals segment has continued to perform at an impressive pace. Mid-market transactions are expected to be the dominant deal type going forward, with these smaller deals being important motivators of growth and transformation throughout the M&A market. With this in mind, the M&A Awards 2023 will be an essential guide to the key players at the forefront of this competitive and dynamic industry. With years of extensive experience researching financial markets, the Acquisition International team are well equipped to award candidates based on performance, innovation, and achievements, rather than relying on nominations alone. We are committed to highlighting the firms and individuals most deserving of recognition, who have driven growth and delivered sustained outcomes for their clients. Taking part in the M&A Awards 2023 presents many benefits for the winners. Our annual magazine supplement and online directory are a great way to promote your services to an international audience of relevant industry professionals working in the Finance, Legal, and Banking fields. Successful candidates in the M&A Awards will have the opportunity to select one of our various advertising packages based on their own marketing and budgetary requirements. We offer both commercial and free-of-charge options, ensuring that each and every recipient has the tools they need to celebrate their award to the fullest! To nominate yourself or a deserving candidate you know for consideration in the M&A Awards 2023, please click the ‘Vote Now’ button and complete the submission form provided. From there our helpful Nominations Team will be in touch with the next steps. Acquisition International wishes the best of luck to all nominees!

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Our Approach

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Nominees are gained via our online nomination form from magazine subscribers, online visitors, social media following, clients and our wider circulation.

Those putting forward nominees are welcome to nominate their own firm or colleagues within their firm as well as third party businesses.

Acquisition International is part of the publishing house AI Global Media, the publishers also put forward nominees for consideration.
All those who formally accept their nomination will be asked if they would like to submit material for further consideration as supporting evidence.

We consider materials supplied by nominees, information on those nominated businesses available online and any information supplied with the original nomination.
Our research team who are highlighted below will assess all information presented when it comes to determining winners.

The team gather information independently from a number of publicly available sources, they will assess the material supplied by the nominees and by those who put them forward originally.

They will cast their final judgment based on various criteria including client dedication, innovation, business growth, longevity, online reputation, client feedback and business performance.
Once winners have been determined each winner will be contacted directly.

Details of those winners will be embargoed until Acquisition International formally announce the winners publicly via the website and award winners' magazine.
We encourage all of our winners to publicly announce their win independently.

Announcements via company websites, social media channels, via publicly released press releases, and through local and national press are a great way of really maximising the exposure gained from such an amazing achievement.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How long has Acquisition International been in circulation for?
Acquisition International has been running for nine years and in that time the publication has grown substantially, now having a circulation of 85,000 readers in over 170 countries. AI is a monthly magazine that seeks to inform, entertain, influence, and shape the global corporate conversation. We aim to achieve this through a combination of high quality editorial, rigorous research and an experienced worldwide network of dedicated advisors, experts and contributors. Acquisition International is one of the many publications by AI Global Media, a UK based publisher which has over 200 issues to its name since 2010.
Where did the nomination come from?
In the interest of maintaining high response rates, we do not ask nominees to reveal their personal identity. As per the methodology, we frequently nominate candidates ourselves and, when it comes to the process of voting, if you didn’t cast a vote by self-submission it is likely to have been cast via a colleague or client who has received one of our direct invitations. One of the main mantras of our awards system is that your ability to succeed is not linked to the number of votes received. This means that your award will be received purely on merit. However, we do track unusual behaviour on our website to identify repeat votes and cyber-threats.
What happens if I agree to shortlist?
In the interest of focusing our efforts on relevant candidates, we ask all nominees to accept their position on the shortlist. This also gives people complete control in their decision on whether they would like to move forward with the award. Nominees who accept will be subject to our rigorous internal vetting procedure. They have an opportunity to present their own data which gets considered alongside the information collated by our research team. It can take up to 8 weeks for research to be completed.
Who makes the final decision?
We employ an entirely impartial panel of 5 individuals to conduct all of the research to our high standards. At the helm, the panel is led by a veteran academic leader with international academic and training experience and is well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation. We believe this method is the most efficient in determining which individuals and companies are most deserving in winning an award and has brought us much success and commendation throughout its use.
Is there a winner’s ceremony/award dinner and if so, when does it take place?
We do not focus our efforts on a celebratory event, despite being an enjoyable occasion, it doesn’t support our group’s philosophy of cost-effective marketing. As well as the lack of cost efficiency, AI is a company who runs awards worldwide and we believe it would be logistically difficult for some of our winners to attend an awards ceremony. We follow the belief that any of the optional costs involved with the award would be more beneficial in a year’s worth of online marketing for a winner, rather than spending it all on a ceremonial evening. All of our press announcements are made digitally, online and across our network to enforce our position as digital publishers. We aim to arm you with the tools (both digital and physical) to generate real-world value.
What happens if I am deemed successful?
There is a short press embargo in place where we ask you not to make the news public. During this period the programme manager will liaise with you to agree on the most appropriate coverage. Our main coverage takes the form of a digital celebratory magazine, but we also offer physical trophies, wall mounted and digital certificates, web-based advertisements and generic press releases which are bespoke to you or your company.
Are there any costs involved?
As previously mentioned there are no compulsory costs in accepting a nomination or winning an Acquisition International award. We do offer a variety of paid additional benefits for our winners, but these are completely optional. To demonstrate our commitment to no mandatory fees, all our winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain: regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to garner the full value of the award and our seal of approval. We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners. as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.
Why does your email domain differ from your website domain?
Because we send a large volume of emails, we separate our campaign email sends from our transactional ones. This structure helps to ensure a prompt and thorough response from one of our diligent team members. The sending email address will always be recognisable but please contact us via the address on this page if you have any concerns.

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