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Deal of the Year nominations: FAQ

The most frequently asked questions regarding nominations for our Deal of the Year Awards:

Q. How are the winners determined?

A. We have assembled a panel of dozens of senior market participants from across the spectrum, including group heads in project finance, investment banking, development, private equity and law.

The editorial team is conducting research interviews with this panel to obtain feedback on firms that are eligible for awards.

The PFR editorial team will consider all nominations carefully in conjunction with its independent research to determine the Firms of the Year.

The editorial team will compile short lists for the Deal of the Year awards. These short lists will be voted on by members of the panel specially selected to avoid conflicts of interest.

Please note that a completed nomination form is NOT a requirement to be considered for an award.

Q. When will the winners be announced?

A. We are aiming to announce the winners by the end of August. More details will become available nearer the time.

Q. How many deals may my company/firm nominate?

A. There is no limit to the number of deals you may nominate, but please select only the outstanding transactions of the year. We would also strongly encourage you to spread your nominations across various project types where possible, from gas-fired power to solar, wind, hydro etc.

Q. Do you consider only conventional power? Or are renewable energy deals considered as well?

A. PFR will consider not only conventional power and renewable energy but also electric transmission projects, energy storage, including standalone battery energy storage, microgrids and behind-the-meter utility systems.

Upstream and midstream oil and gas projects do not qualify.

Non-energy projects, such as highways, ports, airports, water works, hospitals and chemical plants, will not be considered under any circumstances.

Q. Can I nominate a deal in Latin America?

A. We are not currently accepting nominations for Latin America deals.

Q. Are acquisition/equity transactions eligible for the Deal of the Year

A. Yes. Any transaction that involves non-recourse (or in some cases limited-recourse) project debt will be considered in its entirety. This includes equity capital raises for development-stage or construction-stage projects that take place in parallel to project finance debt transactions, as well as acquisitions of operational projects or portfolios that are financed with project finance debt.

Q. Are corporate finance/leveraged loan transactions eligible for the Deal of the Year?

A. Transactions in these categories will be considered in exceptional circumstances. PFR is primarily concerned with non-recourse project finance debt. We also report on leveraged loans and high yield bonds issued by independent power producers, especially where these are secured on generation assets. We also selectively cover the investment grade corporate bond and syndicated loan markets.

Q. Can my company/firm provide a submission for the Firm of the Year Awards?

A. Yes. In response to requests from several market participants, we are now accepting submissions for Firm of the Year using the following template:

Firm of the Year Nomination Form

The PFR editorial team will consider all nominations carefully in conjunction with its independent research to determine the Firms of the Year.

Please note that a completed nomination form is NOT a requirement to be considered for an award.

Q. Is the information provided in submissions confidential?

A. Providing information on a confidential basis in submissions is possible but discouraged.

Our news team reports on project finance and M&A transactions with information from public and non-public sources, including “confidential” information. We reserve the right to publish information obtained in the course of this activity. This could create the false impression that we have breached confidentiality, which we would prefer to avoid.

However, if it is necessary to include information that you would like us to treat confidentially, please clearly mark that information as such, annotating where the confidential information begins and ends. We will treat that information confidentially unless we have obtained it independently from another source.

Q. Is there a cost associated with nominating a deal?

A. PFR’s awards are not “pay to play” and there is no cost associated with nominating or winning an award.

Q. Does my firm need to be a subscriber of PFR to nominate a deal?

A. No. We accept nominations from all firms that are involved in power and renewable energy finance.

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