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 transactionconducted by a public or nonprofit entity with less than $70 million of revenues in its most recent fiscal yearas 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.
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:
For your convenience we now accept submissions electronically, only. Click here to view the entry form.
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 4, 2017.
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:
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