The Bond Buyer's editors are now accepting entries for its 10th Anniversary Deal of the Year Awards, including nominations for its first-ever dedicated Health Care Deal of the Year honors.
The contest, which recognizes innovation in municipal finance, is open to all transactions that closed between Oct. 1, 2010, and Sept. 30, 2011.
The deadline for entries is Monday, Oct. 3, and the finalists will be announced in early November.
The rules have been specifically crafted to encourage applications that represent the full diversity of the communities and public purposes that are served by the municipal finance market, from the largest to the smallest deals.
As in past years, The Bond Buyer's editors will select five regional winners, reflecting the market's national scope.
The editors will also award special prizes to the outstanding small-issuer transaction — conducted by a public or nonprofit entity with less than $70 million of revenues in its most recent fiscal year — as well as a winner for the outstanding "nontraditional" public finance deal, which includes transactions that do not include tax-exempt bonds or Build America Bonds.
Nonprofit and public health care organizations will be eligible to compete in the newest national category, which was established in recognition of the fact that many hospital operators manage systems that extend across the paper's traditional regional boundaries.
All winners will be invited to attend The Bond Buyer's Awards Gala at the Essex House on Dec. 8, where a national Deal of the Year will be announced from among the finalists.
For official rules and entry instructions see www.BondBuyer.com/conferences/deal.