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INFINZ Awards Recognises Excellence in Capital Markets


Two Fellowships and 13 Awards were presented to finance professionals at the annual INFINZ awards last night (Thursday 8 May).

More than 800 people attended the black tie dinner at The Langham Hotel in Auckland, held to recognise excellence in New Zealand’s capital markets.

“By highlighting the outstanding participants in our industry, we hope to raise standards across the entire marketplace,” says Jim McElwain, Executive Director of INFINZ (the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc).

“Our focus is on those actions and individuals who have added most value to corporate New Zealand and hence the economy.”

The Award Winners are as follows:

First NZ Capital - Market Leaders Best Corporate Communicator
Winner Contact Energy Limited

NZX - Emerging Leaders Best Corporate Communicator
Winner Comvita Limited

The Business - Institutional Banking Innovation Award
Winner BNZ Treaty of Waitangi Pre-settlement Funding Facility

Debt Deal of the Year
Winner BNZ: 2degrees Mobile Limited $165m 3 year Debt Facility
Borrower: 2degrees Mobile Limited
Sole Mandated Lead Arranger & Underwriter: BNZ

Trustees Executors – NZ Debt Market Issue of the Year
Winner New Zealand Debt Management Office’s NZ$2.5 billion 20 September 2030 Inflation Linked Bond:
Issuer: The New Zealand Debt Management Office
Lead Managers; Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Westpac Banking Corporation (acting through its New Zealand Branch)

Craigs Investment Partners – Excellence in Treasury
Winner Contact Energy Limited

PwC - Equity Issue of the Year
Winner EBOS Group Limited: $239m Capital Raising
Issuer: EBOS Group Limited
Joint Arrangers, Joint Lead Managers and Underwriters: Forsyth Barr Limited and UBS New Zealand Limited

Chapman Tripp - Fund Manager of the Year – Equities
Winner Milford Asset Management

Milford Asset Management - Sharebroking Firm of the Year
Winner Craigs Investment Partners

Massey University College of Business – Fund Manager of the Year - Bonds
Winner AMP Capital Investors

Chapman Tripp Mergers & Acquisitions Transaction of the Year
Winner EBOS Group Ltd: Acquisition of Symbion
Acquirer: EBOS Group Limited
Lead Financial Advisor, UBS New Zealand Ltd.
Joint Arrangers, Joint Lead Managers and Underwriters: Forsyth Barr Limited and UBS New Zealand Limited

AUT Business School Executive Education - Research Analyst of the Year
Winner Arie Dekker, Craigs Investment Partners

Heidrick & Struggles - Leadership Award
Winner Mark Waller, Managing Director/CEO of EBOS Group Limited

The AUT Business School and Auckland Centre for Financial Research - Best Sharebroking Sector Analyst and Service Teams (The winners and placegetters in each of 20 sectors or service areas will be advised in The Business in the NZ Herald on 9 May.)

Two INFINZ Fellowships were also conferred - on David Green, who is Managing Director, Institutional, ANZ, and Sue Brown, who leads the FMA’s Strategy, Innovation & Engagement change programme.

INFINZ is the leading industry body for capital markets professionals in New Zealand. INFINZ has a membership of over 700 individuals drawn from across the capital markets and includes treasury professionals, investment analysts, fund managers, bankers, lawyers and students.

About the INFINZ Industry Awards
2014 is the 12th year of the INFINZ Industry Awards. Their purpose is to recognise excellence in the NZ capital markets and to raise standards in the marketplace. Each Award has its own criteria and judging process. Most awards are determined by judging submissions but some are determined by voting. Twenty-six individual judges, 15 fund managers and six broking firms were involved in judging the 2014 awards. INFINZ Fellowships are also conferred to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to the NZ capital markets. INFINZ wishes to acknowledge APN NZ Media as the INFINZ Industry Awards Media Sponsor in 2014.


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