Night at the museum

Author: | Published: 1 Apr 2007

The annual IFLR awards have always aimed to reward innovation in the key practice areas the magazine covers: debt and equity capital markets, M&A, project finance, securitization and restructuring. Within that, some areas have always had greater interest from law firms (generally gauged by the volume of submissions for each practice area). Securitization, for example, grew substantially in popularity for a few years, before levelling off, and the buzz around M&A has always been largely in line with the performance of the stock market.

This year, however, IFLR felt that two areas deserved to be stripped out of the six established awards. The growth in private equity and in structured products deserved to be recognized with...