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AFJ opens 2022 Deals of the Year awards submissions

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Airfinance Journal is now taking submissions for its annual global Deals of the Year Awards, which recognise the most innovative transactions, teams and individuals in aviation finance in 2022.

Valued for their independence and transparency, our awards represent the market-leading deals rated on innovation, timing, size, complexity, ability to overcome obstacles and setting new industry benchmarks.

Over the past few years Airfinance Journal has used an online system for submissions to streamline the process.

You can access the Airfinance Journal microsite here, to submit your deals and learn more about the awards process.

However, if you have any additional queries about the system or awards process, please contact Awards Product Manager - Airfinance Journal, Holly Bennett at

This year’s categories include:

Regional Awards (5)
- Asia-Pacific Deal of the Year
- Middle East/Africa Deal of the Year
- Europe Deal of the Year
- Latin America Deal of the Year
- North America Deal of the Year

Global Product Awards (15)
- Bank Loan Deal of the Year
- Guaranteed Financing Deal of the Year
- Sale and Leaseback/Operating Lease Deal of the Year
- Tax Lease Deal of the Year
- Structured Lease Deal of the Year
- Used Aircraft Deal of the Year
- Cargo Deal of the Year
- New Leasing platform of the Year
- Equity Deal of the Year
- M&A Deal of the Year
- Airline Restructuring Deal of the Year
- Revolving Credit Facility Deal of the Year **NEW**
- Portfolio Trade Deal of the Year **NEW**
- Unsecured (Airline and Lessor) Deal of the Year
- Capital Markets Deal of the Year

Special Awards (10)
- Airfinance Journal Sustainability Award APAC **NEW**
- Airfinance Journal Sustainability Award Europe **NEW**
- Airfinance Journal Sustainability Award MENA **NEW**
- Airfinance Journal Sustainability Award North America **NEW**
- Editor’s Deal of the Year (selected by Airfinance Journal)
- News Event of the Year (selected by Airfinance Journal)
- TLA Mainline Lessor of the Year (selected by Airfinance Journal)
- TLA Regional Lessor of the Year (selected by Airfinance Journal)
- Innovative Deal of the Year*
- Overall Deal of the Year*
* (short-list selected by Airfinance Journal based on Regional and Global Product Awards submissions)

Team Awards (6)
- Law Firm of the Year APAC **NEW**
- Law Firm of the Year Europe **NEW**
- Law Firm of the Year MENA **NEW**
- Law Firm of the Year Americas **NEW**
- Lessor of the Year
- Aviation Finance House of the Year

Individual Awards (2)
- Aviation Finance Person of the Year (selected by Airfinance Journal)
- Lifetime Achievement Award (selected by Airfinance Journal)

To qualify for entry, deals must have been closed and funded between 1 January and 31 December, 2022.

As in previous years, an expert panel of judges will select the winners of all categories. This year’s judging panel includes:

James Cottle, Former Managing Director and CEO of Airbus Financial Services;
Richard Forsberg, Former Head of Strategy, Avolon;
David Goring-Thomas, Former MUFG Managing Director - Head of Global Aviation Finance;
Bertrand Grabowski, Former board member of DVB Bank's Aviation and Rail Businesses; and
Richard Moody, Former Managing Director-co Head Transportation Infrastructure and Energy Financing EMEA and Americas Deutsche Bank;
James Paterson, Ex-Investec and Former Head of SMBC Aircraft Finance Group EMEA; and
Rex Rosales, Former Partner Herbert Smith Freehills.

Please note that the judges will not vote in categories in which their current or former employers are nominated.

The deadline for nominations is 9 February 2023.

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