[Skip to Content]

The 13th Annual Emerging Leaders 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 2022 Awards program will feature winners in each of the following four categories:   
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 

Legal Professional: External and In-House Counsel 

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. 

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.


All professionals born after December 31, 1981 and are active in the M&A, Financing or Turnaround industries in the US and Canada are eligible to enter the 13th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards. Proof of date of birth is required with your nomination form submission.


a. Nominees must have been born after December 31, 1981. Nominee must be under 40 years of age as of midnight December 31, 2021. Proof of date of birth is required with your nomination form submission. 
b. Prior Winners of the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards are NOT eligible for this year's awards.
c. Eligible candidates are invited to submit a nomination directly or be nominated by their company, colleagues, friends or family. 
d. The nomination must be completed in its entirety for the Nominee to be eligible for the 13th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards. 
e. A separate nomination form must be submitted for each professional nominated. 
f. Nominations must be submitted online using this website only. 


FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: EXTENDED TO TUES MAY 31, 2022, 4:00 PM EASTERN The amount charged will be $245.


Payment in full must be provided 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: 

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 – 150 word maximum (for publishing) 
* Nominee high-resolution picture – 300 dpi, .jpeg format 
* Communication contacts 

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. 

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. 

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 secure datasite 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. 

If you have questions regarding the awards program, contact: 
Steve Finney  
Senior Director 
The M&A Advisor 
+1 (212) 951-1550 

If you have trouble logging in/creating an account please inquire with 
info@openwater.com or awards@maadvisor.com 
(or call The M&A Advisor at 212-951-1550).