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Americas Tax Awards 2014 - Make sure your company or firm is in the running

The research process for International Tax Review’s Americas Tax Awards 2014 has begun. This is your chance to participate.

The awards will recognise the leading tax and transfer pricing firms in 15 jurisdictions or US metropolitan areas, as well the top firms by region in North and South America, and will be presented during a dinner on Thursday September 18th at the Grand Hyatt New York, Park Avenue at Grand Centralin New York. There are also two in-house awards for corporate teams in North and South America.

If you have made a submission for the World Tax 2014 and World Transfer Pricing 2014 directories, the transactional information this contains will be considered for the awards, unless you tell us otherwise and choose to make a fresh submission, which you are welcome to do.

However, whereas our directories look at the whole profile of a firm, the awards only consider the innovation and impact of work and some awards categories, such as tax policy and innovation, do not correspond directly to the information required in our directory research questionnaire.

The exciting, and well-received, change we made last year – the introduction of deal categories – will be repeated this year.

International Tax Review will reward the most innovative tax work done in deals under these 11 headings:

  • Americas Banking Tax Deal of the Year
  • Americas Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year
  • Americas Consumer Products Tax Deal of the Year
  • Americas Energy Tax Deal of the Year
  • Americas Financial Services Tax Deal of the Year
  • Americas Joint Venture Tax Deal of the Year
  • Americas M&A Tax Deal of the Year
  • Americas Media & Entertainment Tax Deal of the Year
  • Americas Private Equity Tax Deal of the Year
  • Americas Tax Restructuring Deal of the Year
  • Americas Technology and Telecommunications Tax Deal of the Year

If your firm worked on any aspect, on whatever side, of the winning deal in each of these categories, it will win for being part of the transaction and receive its own award. There will be a shortlist of at least three transactions for each of these awards, where the name of the deal, but no confidential planning or structuring information, will be announced. It means every firm that worked on the transaction will get recognition and visibility.

How the awards work and the entry forms are below:

The Americas Awards explained

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As in previous years, the awards research process will be based on submissions from firms in private practice. The shortlists and winners will be selected after further research by International Tax Review journalists with clients and practitioners.

The closing date for submissions is Friday July 11. The short period acknowledges the fact that many firms will have made a directory submission already and will not choose to make another.

Remember, if you have already made a submission for the World Tax 2014 and World Transfer Pricing 2014 directories, the transactional information this contains will be considered for the awards, unless you tell us otherwise. You are welcome to use the awards entry forms to send us any additional information.

To be considered, transactions or cases must have concluded by May 31 2014.

The Americas Tax Awards are based on innovation and impact; we are only interested in transactions, planning or cases that break new ground and set market precedents. All matters submitted must have a cross-border element.

Nominations will be announced on our website at the end of July. The award winners will be announced at the annual dinner on Thursday September 18th at the Grand Hyatt New York, Park Avenue at Grand Central in New York.

Please contact Ralph Cunningham if you have any questions about the research process. And if you wish to attend the awards, please get in touch with Megan Poundall.

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