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IFLR Middle East Awards 2021: open for entries

The research for the IFLR Middle East Awards 2021 has begun

Deadline for entries: July 8 2021

Shortlist publication: September 2 2021

Winners announcement: October 13 2021

We are very hopeful that the 2021 award winners will be presented at the official ceremony on Wednesday October 13 at the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai.

The Awards Summary has a description of all the award categories, methodology and criteria, along with links to submission templates. Entry forms are also all available below. All entries must be uploaded to the ENTRY PORTAL by July 8 2021.

Categories 2021

This year, IFLR will be rewarding the most innovative legal deals, teams and law firms across seven deal categories:

  • Debt and equity-linked deal/team of the year
  • Domestic deal of the year
  • Equity deal/team of the year
  • M&A deal/team of the year
  • Pro bono firm of the year
  • Project finance deal/team of the year
  • Restructuring deal/team of the year

In addition to the above, there will be twelve team and individual categories:

  • National firm of the year
  • In-house team of the year - investment bank
  • In-house team of the year - regional bank
  • Corporate/sponsor in-house team
  • Islamic bank of the year
  • ESG in-house team of the year
  • In-house tech innovation award
  • Rising star law firm of the year
  • Individual rising star of the year
  • Managing partner of the year
  • IFLR Women dealmakers hall of fame
  • Lifetime achievement award

How to enter:

Please make your entries to the awards using the forms provided:

All deals must have closed between July 1 2020 and June 30 2021. Deals that have not reached financial close before the end of June 2021 will not be considered.

The IFLR awards is based solely on legal innovation. We are interested in deals that break new legal ground and enrich the legal toolkit available in the market for corporate finance activity. Aside from the domestic market category, all work must be cross-border.

We will also be awarding in-house teams based on their creative use of legal technology, as well as leadership on impactful ESG initiatives.

As part of the awards research process, the IFLR team will review all relevant IFLR1000 submissions. Innovative deals that meet the awards criteria from those submissions will be automatically considered for an award.

Please contact Sophie Astles for any research related questions: sophie.astles@euromoneyplc.com

For all commercial queries, please contact Liam Sharkey: lsharkey@iflr.com

Last year’s results are free to view: Winners 2020 and Shortlist 2020.

Do not forget to subscribe to our IFLR podcast series on Spotify and Apple podcasts, where we discuss awards research highlights and speak with award winners.

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