Awards criteria

Awards criteria

This year marks 24 years celebrating the outstanding achievements of corporate treasurers and their teams who have shown innovation and excellence across the treasury spectrum. Nominations are now closed. Winners will be announced on 8 July 2021.

This year Judges will be reviewing all of the entries received (for deals and for teams) and will be awarding an entry that they feel shows the most innovative response to the COVID-19’ crisis.  For example, how the team responded to new ways of working, or identified and implemented innovative solutions to the benefit of the organisation.

Award categories

Category Awards



Bonds above £750m
Bonds below £750m
Loans above £750m
Loans below £750m
Corporate Finance
ESG Finance


Small team (under 5 team members)
Medium team (between 5 – 9 team members)
Large team (10 + team members)

All types of deals are considered and judged on the basis of meeting the consistent criteria, rather than on the size of the deal. The panel of judges will select a winner from the list of nominations for each of the above categories, plus an overall winner from the deals categories.

General criteria

  • Corporate organisations only (not banks, financial institutions or government departments)
  • All sizes of deal and company will be taken into consideration
  • Deals must have been completed between 1 November 2019 and 31 December 2020 to qualify for consideration

Deals awards

Each deal will be considered from the corporate treasury perspective on the basis that it shows excellence in corporate treasury, as demonstrated by any or all of the following:


  • Sound treasury management
  • Efficient pricing
  • Optimal or innovative structure
  • Relative success in prevailing market conditions
  • The deal must involve a non-financial corporate organisation and the treasury team must have played a significant role

Team awards

We are looking to identify the corporate treasury teams highly regarded by their peers and advisors. You should nominate on the basis of the broad achievements of the team across all areas of treasury. Judging for the team awards will take into account the relative size of the company and treasury team.

Team Awards sponsor



  • Team members are defined as the staff reporting up to and including the Group Treasurer
  • The awards are open to corporate organisations only, not banks or government departments
  • While we will accept nominations from NBFIs, the judges retain the right to determine that the nomination meets the overall objectives both of the ACT (advancing the treasury profession and treasurer career development) and also the awards and judging criteria

Please note: The team awards differ from the deal awards, where team dynamics, innovative approaches and demonstrating a cohesive approach to achieve success will all be measured, rather than technical skills.

We encourage entrants to provide as much detail as possible against each point.

The judging panel

The distinguished Deals of the Year Awards panel of judges comprises experienced practitioners from across the treasury, corporate finance, banking and advisory worlds.

The nomination process

We encourage all corporate treasury teams, bankers and advisors to nominate your choices for The Deals of the Year Awards. You can nominate as many deals in as many different categories as you wish including your own! If you have completed an interesting transaction or project that you think is worthy of recognition but are not sure which category to enter, don't let that stop you. Just pick the category that best matches and the judges will consider it accordingly. Or contact us for more information at

Conflict of interest

Please make the judging panel aware of any conflicts of interest there may be i.e. involvement in the deal, key client etc.

Important dates

Nominations open: 4 March 2021
Deadline for submissions EXTENDED: 14 May 2021
Winners announced: 8 July 2021

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact us at


Nominations are now closed

For questions about your nomination please contact:

Vicki Greenwood
Director of Global Events

Winners announced 8 July 2021 

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