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Judging Process

The M&A Advisor uses the research services of S&P Global Market Intelligence to access both real-time and historical information on companies, markets, deals, and people that are represented in the nomination submissions. An independent committee of M&A and deal financing industry business leaders will judge all nominations. The judging will be conducted in a Merrill Corporation® virtual dataroom using exclusive and trusted technology to ensure that all eligible nominations are processed, evaluated securely and confidentially.

Award Category Judging Criteria 
To follow are the judging criteria that will be considered for each award category. 

  1. Corporate Performance Award:
    • Application of innovation in product, service or process
    • Organic business growth
    • Geographic market expansion
    • M&A and/or alliance
    • Business turnaround
  2. Transaction Award:
    • Challenges to execution
    • Unique attributes
    • Activities of the deal team
    • Benefits to company and stakeholders
  3. Corporate Development Team Award:
    • Internal team members
    • External team members
    • Distinguishable unique attributes of team
    • Accomplishments of the team
    • Contribution to the company
  4. Corporate Development Professional Award:
    • Corporate development experience
    • Career accomplishments
    • Team leadership qualities
    • Unique attributes