IFLR Africa Awards 2024: submissions open
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IFLR Africa Awards 2024: submissions open

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The research for the 2024 Africa awards has begun - winners will be unveiled at a live event in spring 2024

We are delighted to announce the launch of the fifth annual IFLR Africa Awards, celebrating the most legally innovative cross-border deals closed in 2023, and the law firms, legal teams and lawyers behind them.




  • Submission deadline: November 30 2023

  • Shortlist publication: January 30, 2024

  • Awards ceremony: April 11, Protea Hotel Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton

The full categories, criteria and research methodology are detailed in the Awards Summary. All entries must be uploaded to the PORTAL by November 30 2023.

Deals that reach financial close between November 30 2023 and the end of the year can be submitted by January 5 2024. This deadline is strictly for these deals only and cannot be extended.

For any questions about the research, please contact lead researcher Deborah Olaniyi.

For queries about business development and commercial opportunities related to the awards, please contact Emily Kyriacou.

The IFLR Africa Awards 2022 winners’ presentation, write ups and shortlists are free to view at Winnersand Shortlist.

About the Awards

IFLR's awards focus exclusively on legally innovative cross-border transactions. This work underpins the Deal, Team and Firm of the Year awards, which cover the capital markets, loans, M&A, private equity, project finance and restructuring.

Only deals that reached financial close in 2023 are eligible. Deals that have not closed before the end of December 2023 will not be considered. All deals must meet the cross-border criteria, unless otherwise stated.

IFLR also will be awarding rising stars, in-house lawyers and teams, and innovation in legal tech, net-zero transition, and financial regulation.

By focusing on innovation, the awards strive to recognise work that breaks new legal ground, develops the legal framework for cross-border corporate finance and improves the investment environment.

IFLR will consider the sophistication and complexity of the work and the impact of the legal innovation, as well as contextual challenges in execution, such as political risk. The size of the deal, media coverage, commercial success or the speed of the deal are not relevant.

We invite participants to nominate no more than three deals in any one deal of the year category.

Good luck!

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