Be a part of The Bond Buyer's 16th Annual Deal Of The Year
Be a part of The Bond Buyer's 16th Annual Deal Of The Year


    The Deal of the Year award, which recognizes innovation in municipal finance, is open to all transactions that closed between October 3, 2016, and September 29, 2017. 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. Nonprofit and public health care organizations will be eligible to compete in the 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 583 Park Avenue on December 6, where a national Deal of the Year will be announced from among the finalists.


    For more than a decade, the editors of The Bond Buyer have selected outstanding municipal bond transactions for special recognition. The 2016 awards drew nominations that represent the full diversity of the communities and public purposes that are served by the municipal finance market.

    1. What is Deal Of The Year anyway?

      • The Deal of the Year Awards recognizes innovation in municipal finance and is is open to all transactions that closed between October 3, 2016 through September 29, 2017.

    2. Who are the creators of the event?

      • The Deal of the Year Awards is brought to you by SourceMedia, publisher of The Bond Buyer and a number of other financial services industry publications.

    3. Who will attend?

      • The Deal of the Year Awards will be attended by issuers, public finance officials, institutional investors, investment bankers, financial advisors, bond counselors, credit analysts, investment analysts, attorneys, ratings agencies, bond insurers, elected municipal officials.

    4. When and Where?

      • The Deal of the Year Awards will be held December 6, 2017 at the 583 Park Avenue, New York City.

    5. How can I attend?

      • There are a limited number of seats available. For more information, please reach out to Shanta James at (212) 803-6089 or

    6. Whom do I contact about sponsorship?

      • For information about sponsorship opportunities at The Deal of the Year Awards please contact Shanta James at (212) 803-6089 or

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Official Rules



Deals that close between October 3, 2016 and September 29, 2017 are eligible for this year's judging.


Anyone can nominate a deal. All entry forms must be accompanied by an official statement for the deal and a nominating statement of ONE PAGE OR LESS that explains:

  1. In what category is the deal being nominated
  2. The basic structure of the deal, the use of proceeds / purpose of the transaction
  3. Why the deal was done, and
  4. Why the deal deserves recognition

    For your convenience we now accept submissions electronically, only. Click here to view the entry form.


    Please Note: any deal that is chosen as a winner will be required to provide photos of the project for a video produced by The Bond Buyer, and add a required field for a photo contact.


    Transactions will be judged for innovation in several categories, including the complexity of the problem solved by the financing, the extent to which the deal was the only way an issuer could achieve its goal, and the potential for a transaction to be replicated. Past successful entries have included:

  5. Deals for new issuers, credits created to meet a specific or ongoing financing need, or issuers that have been substantially transformed so that they appear new to investors and function as a new credit from a portfolio manager’s perspective.
  6. “Turnaround stories” from issuers that were either long absent from the market or unable to gain market access.
  7. Deals that establish new types of security, harness previously untapped revenue sources, or open a new sector to financing.
  8. Deals that create a new type of financing for a traditional area of government, bringing new resources to an area where other options were unavailable because of revenue or political obstacles.
  9. Refundings or restructurings that either achieved an otherwise unattainable savings or indenture change goal for the issuer, or use derivatives or other financial tools to reduce risk and/or total debt-service cost.
  10. Deals that set a record in terms of its total dollar size or number of participating issuers, or attract significant interest from non-traditional investors in municipal finance.


    Northeast – Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont

    Southwest – Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

    Midwest – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

    Southeast – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

    Far West – Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming