Dear dealmakers,
Thank you for answering our call to send in your nomination for this year's M&A Awards! You are about to endorse a candidate for the M&A Award for Best Young Talent 2023. 
By submitting this questionnaire you will be pre-nominating a young talent for the Best Young Talent Award. The nomination period for this M&A Award runs from 1 September to 16 October 2023 00:00. The editorial team will assess whether the submissions (pre-nominations) are of sufficient quantity and quality and will subsequently present these to the jury. They will inform you before the 1st of November whether your submission meets all the criteria to be one of the nominees for the M&A Awards 2023.
Criteria according to the regulations:
The best young and talented professionals (aged up to and including 35) with a minimum of between 3 and a maximum of 8 years of experience in the M&A profession and a proven track record of deals on The ideal candidate makes a strong contribution to the team, reacts quickly and cooperates well with seniors, juniors and clients. The person is eager to learn, delivers superior performance and is regarded as a rising star in one’s field of expertise. The total substantiation for the questionnaire must consist of a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1500 words and can therefore differ per question. Only questionnaires received before October 16 2023 00:00 hours are valid. 

We distinguish three categories:
Best Young Private Equity Manager
Best Young M&A Advisor 
Best Young M&A Lawyer
Questions in the questionnaire
- Your contact details
- In which category do you want to pre-nominate a Young Talent?
- Who is the most talented M&A, legal or private equity professional of 2023?
- What are the specialities of this talent?
- How does he or she distinguish itself from its peers?
- What impact does he or she have within the organization?
- What impact does he or she have outside the organization? 
- To what extent does he or she make a difference to clients?
- Why does he or she deserve the nomination for Best Young Talent?

For the nominees, it is important to block October 19 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in their diary for a pitching workshop by Lars Duursma. As a top speaker and communications expert, he coaches CEOs, political leaders and TED speakers throughout Europe. As a successful entrepreneur and former world champion in debating, he knows better than anyone how to captivate an audience and get them moving.

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