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ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED FOR 2023.

Finalists can be found here.

Before starting your entry, please take a look at our
'How to enter' guide.

Judging of the Deals & Dealmakers Awards is conducted by an independent panel of experts and is extremely thorough.

If the entered company/individual/team moves forward to the next stage, representatives will be invited to attend an interview in front of our judges.
A representative will be required to attend.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 30th May in Glasgow.

This award recognises the Scottish-headquartered company which delivered the most ambitious, innovative acquisition or acquisition strategy in 2022/23.

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This category will celebrate the team that made the greatest contribution to deals in the year. It may be a lead advisory, financial diligence or tax team; or a team providing specialist diligence, market insight or advice to bring an edge to deal making in Scotland.

The judges will be looking at a range of factors including overall contribution to deals in the period, impact on completed transactions and the company(ies) involved, innovation and creativity, and strong leadership in Environmental Social Governance (ESG).

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This award recognises an organisation, team or individual who embrace diversity and/or have brought to life an excellent example of working towards inclusion for all within dealmaking. The category will cover excellence in all areas of diversity including gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race and religion.

The judges will be looking for a vanguard in business that can demonstrate an effective inclusion and diversity strategy or/and initiative that goes beyond legal compliance and seeks to add value to an organisation. Entries must demonstrate how the business has gone above and beyond their corporate social responsibility, shown commitment and dedication to equality and can exhibit positive results on the organisational culture.

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This category recognises the quality of the investment capital, the level and quality of the syndication of the investment, the scale of the market opportunity for the company and the potential return for investors, and the role of the management team and its advisors in realising the deal.

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This award will recognise a newcomer to the Scottish dealmaking community who has played a key role in making a deal or deals happen. The individual may have identified the opportunity or played a key role during negotiations.

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Recognises the role of the funding community in making deals happen. The funder may have provided debt, equity or an alternative source of finance and supported the management teams of Scottish based companies to add value and take the business to another level.

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This award recognises the skills of legal advisors involved in deals and seeks to award a firm which has had an outstanding year based on completed transactions.

The judges will be looking at a range of factors including the ability to resolve complicated issues, adding value and having tangible impact on completed transactions, innovation and strong leadership in Environmental Social Governance (ESG). Individual lawyers or teams at individual firms can be nominated for this award.

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This award is for the Scottish-headquartered company which carried out the most successful and impressive sale or sales in 2022/23.

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This award is for a Scottish-based company with an annual turnover of less than £20 million that has been involved in a transformational deal whether acquisition, sale, fundraising or MBO/MBI.

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This category recognises the deal of any type – including management buyouts, buy-ins, employee buyouts – which transforms the fortunes of a Scottish-headquartered business.

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This category cannot be entered into. The judging panel will select the best deal chosen from the category winners.

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