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GlobalCapital Asia 2021 awards: open for submissions

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GlobalCapital Asia is inviting pitches for our annual regional capital markets and investment banking awards, which recognise the most impressive transactions and investment banks of 2021

Our decisions will be made based on pitch documents submitted by banks and meetings with our team of journalists and editors, to be held either virtually or in-person where possible.

Banks should submit their written pitches by October 11, 2021. The aim of the written submission is to allow each bank, in its own words, to tell the story of its achievements, innovations and performance during the awards period, backed up where relevant by supporting data from Dealogic, as well as client testimonials.

Once submissions are received, our team of journalists will shortlist candidates in each category before arranging pitch meetings or calls to take place between mid-October and mid-November. Pitching is essential to be considered for an award.

The awards period runs from November 16, 2020 to November 15, 2021. We will accept supplementary written pitches for deals that are priced after the banks submit their pitch as long as they fall within the awards period.

The results of the awards will be released online in mid-December. There is no fee to participate. Please note all the categories are for regional Asia ex-Japan ex-Australia awards and are not country specific.

See below for all the important details and guidelines for the pitches. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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Best ECM house

Best ECM deal*

Best equity-linked deal

Best IPO

Best follow-on/ABB


Best loans house

Best loan*

Best leveraged/acquisition finance

Best investment grade syndicated loan

Best high yield syndicated loan


Best G3 bond house

Best high yield bond house

Best bond*

Best structured finance deal

Best high yield corporate bond

Best investment grade corporate bond

Best financial bond Best SSA bond

Best ESG bond+


Best house for ESG/SRI financing

Investment bank

Best investment bank

Best Asian investment bank

* Banks do not need to pitch for each category. For the best overall deal awards, please pick one of the awards you have pitched for a sub-category. For example, if you have pitched separate ECM deals for Best IPO, Best Follow-On/ABB and Best Equity-Linked Deal, you should pick one of these deals to represent your Best ECM Deal pitch as well.

+This is a debut category for 2021. ESG bonds can include public green, blue, social, sustainable, sustainability-linked and transition bonds.


The awards period runs from November 16, 2020 to November 15, 2021.

We will only consider transactions from issuers based in Asia ex Japan ex Australia.

The awards are regional Asia awards, and not country specific awards.

The deadline for written pitches is October 11. There is no fee to participate in the awards process. Written pitches should be no more than six pages in length.

For deal awards, please submit just ONE deal per category. For loan transactions, syndication must be completed.

Award-winning deals will demonstrate any or all of the following: superb execution, fulfilment of client needs, excellent reading of market conditions and investor appetite, aftermarket support, challenges overcome, and structural or other innovations. Award-winning banks will demonstrate: breadth of coverage, origination and execution success, client relationship strength during the pandemic, market share development, and diversity of business in terms of deal type, client and geography. We may omit a category if we feel there is no worthy candidate or if we consider deal flow to have been insufficient to merit its inclusion.

Word, PDF and PowerPoint formats will be accepted. Please indicate clearly in your pitches the categories you are pitching for, along with the appropriate details of persons to contact to organise follow-up calls.

Submissions should be sent to:

Rashmi Kumar, GlobalCapital Asia editor:

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