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The 9th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards, formerly the "40 Under 40" Awards, will celebrate the accomplishments of M&A, Financing and Turnaround professionals, whose significant level of success while still under the age of 40, establishes them as the industry's emerging leaders.

The 2018 Awards program will feature winners in each of the following four categories:   

  1. Dealmaker: Buyers, Sellers, and M&A Advisors, including Investment Banking Professionals; Private Equity, Hedge Fund and  Family Office Professionals; Corporate Development Professionals; and Corporate Executives
  2. Legal Professional: External and In-House Counsel
  3. Service Professional: Suppliers of services to M&A, turnaround and financing professionals, including Consulting, Accounting, Lending, Valuation, Research, Virtual Data Rooms, Publishing, Real Estate, Insurance & Risk & Investor, etc.
  4. Marketing, Communication and Business Development Professional: Media relations, Marketing and Business Development professionals supporting corporate development, private equity, investment banking, law, and other services related to M&A, restructuring and corporate finance.

Award winners will be announced in June. The Emerging Leaders Awards Gala Celebration, to which all winners will be invited, will be a special feature of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Summit to be held on September 18, 2018 in New York, NY.


All professionals born after December 31, 1977 and are active in the M&A, Financing or Turnaround industries in the US and Canada are eligible to enter the 9th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards. Proof of date of birth is required with your nomination form submission.



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a. Nominees must have been born after December 31, 1977. Nominee must be under 40 years of age as of midnight December 31, 2017. Proof of date of birth is required with your nomination form submission.

b. Prior Winners of the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards (formerly 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards) are NOT eligible for this year's awards. Prior Finalists are eligible. 

c. Nominees must be active professionals in the M&A, Financing or Turnaround industries in the USA and/or Canada.

d. Eligible candidates are invited to submit a nomination directly or be nominated by their company, colleagues, friends or family.

e. The nomination must be completed in its entirety for the Nominee to be eligible for the 9th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards.

f. A separate nomination form must be submitted for each professional nominated.

g. Nominations must be submitted online using this website only.

h. The Early Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 11, 2018 3:00 PM Eastern

i. The Final Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 25, 2018 3:00 PM Eastern.


There is a nominal processing fee of $190 charged per each nomination.

Nominations submitted on or before the Early Submission Deadline of May 11, 2018 will have a special $45 Early Submission Credit deducted from the regular nomination fee.

Nominations submitted from May 11 until the Final Submission Deadline of May 25, 2018 will incur the regular nomination fee.


Payment in full must be provided before May 11, 2018 for nominations to be processed. Currently we are only accepting payment by credit card. Upon receipt of your submission, The M&A Advisor will verify the processing fees and contact you if there are any discrepancies. Please contact The M&A Advisor at 212-951-1550 with any questions or concerns.


The process for submission is as follows:

  1. Prepare the following information that will be requested for online submission:
    • Nominee contact Information
    • Nominee proof of age - a copy of Nominee’s birth certificate or driver’s license in .jpeg, .gif or .png format;
    • Nominee biography – 200 word maximum (for publishing)
    • Nominee high-resolution picture – 300 dpi, .jpeg format
    • Communication contacts
  2. Create an account to manage your nomination submission(s). You will be able to save the data and return to the online form to complete your submission(s) at your convenience before May 25, 2018.
  3. Fill out the Online Nomination Form. Note that a separate Nomination Form must be prepared for each professional nominated. To view a sample of the form Click Here.
  4. Use the link provided below to begin submitting your nomination(s) online

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  5. To complete the submission you will provide credit card information for payment


An independent committee of M&A, Financing and Turnaround industry business leaders will judge all nominations. These judges will evaluate the nominees’ career accomplishments and professional expertise. Consideration will also be given to community service, philanthropic endeavors and any unique circumstances. The judging will be conducted in a Merrill DataSite® virtual dataroom using exclusive and trusted technology to ensure that all eligible nominations are processed and evaluated securely and confidentially.

Judging Criteria:

  • Nominee's career accomplishments - 40% of score
  • Nominee’s professional expertise – 30% of score
  • Nominee’s community and/or charitable activity – 20% of score
  • Nominee’s unique circumstances – 10% of score


The M&A Advisor and its independent judges will maintain the strictest confidentiality possible for all sensitive details provided. Nomination forms will not be publicized. Upon the selection of Award Winners, only the candidates’ names, titles, firm name, photograph and submitted biography will be publicized.

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