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INFINZ Awards Recognises Excellence in Capital Markets

INFINZ Industry Awards Recognises Excellence in Capital Markets


The 2015 INFINZ Industry Awards were celebrated on Thursday 14 May at a gala black-tie dinner at The Langham Hotel in Auckland. A record 800 guests enjoyed an evening celebrating excellence in the capital markets industry in New Zealand.

The Hon Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, delivered the keynote address.

Two Fellowships and 13 Awards were presented to finance professionals and corporate leaders to recognise excellence in their respective categories. The Awards are facilitated by the Institute of Finance Professionals in New Zealand Inc (INFINZ), an association representing more than 900 professionals operating in the capital markets in New Zealand.

“By highlighting the outstanding participants in our industry, we hope to raise standards across the entire marketplace,” says Jim McElwain, Executive Director of INFINZ.

Many of the 13 winners are determined by judging nominations from the industry, with 27 experienced professionals having acted as judges, contributing their time and energy to determine the awards in the areas in which they have special expertise.

In addition, some awards are decided through voting. Fifteen leading fund managers are polled to determine the broking-related awards, including that of Research Analyst of the Year. These institutions and the research analysts from the six full-service sharebroking firms operating in New Zealand are polled for the Market Leaders Best Corporate Communicator Award.

“The focus of the judges and the industry is on those actions and individuals who have added most value to corporate New Zealand and hence the economy,” commented Jim McElwain.

The Award Winners are as follows:

First NZ Capital - Market Leaders Best Corporate Communicator
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

NZX - Emerging Leaders Best Corporate Communicator
Abano Healthcare Group

The Business - Institutional Banking Innovation
BNZ Community Finance for low income-earning individuals or families
EY - Debt Deal of the Year
Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme $150m Facilities to fund Stage 1

Borrower: Central Plains Water

Joint Lead Arrangers: ANZ New Zealand & Westpac New Zealand

Trustees Executors – NZ Debt Market Issue of the Year
ASB Notes NZ$ 400m subordinated, unsecured debt securities of ASB
Issuer: ASB Bank
Arranger: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Arranger and Joint Lead Manager: Goldman Sachs New Zealand

Joint Lead Managers: ASB Securities, Deutsche Craigs, Forsyth Barr, MacQuarie Capital (New Zealand)

Massey Business School - Fund Manager of the Year – Bonds
AMP Capital Investors

PwC - Equity Issue of the Year
Vista Group IPO
Issuer: Vista Group
Lead Manager: Macquarie Capital

Chapman Tripp - Fund Manager of the Year – Equities
Devon Funds Management

Chapman Tripp - M&A Transaction of the Year

Takeover of Synlait Farms by Synlait Farms Holdings for $223 million
Take-over target: Synlait Farms
Lead Financial Advisor: Cameron Partners
Commercial Adviser: Empire Management

Milford Asset Management - Sharebroking Firm of the Year
First NZ Capital Securities

AUT Business School Executive Education – Research Analyst of the Year
Stephen Ridgewell, Craigs Investment Partners

Craigs Investment Partners - Excellence in Treasury
Auckland International Airport

CTPartners - Leadership Award

Mike Daniell, Chief Executive Officer of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation

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, 15 May 2015.

ENDS

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