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INFINZ Awards Recognises Excellence in Capital Markets

INFINZ Industry Awards Recognises Excellence in Capital Markets

The 2016 INFINZ Industry Awards were celebrated on Thursday 19 May at a gala black-tie dinner at The Langham Hotel in Auckland. A record 820 guests enjoyed an evening celebrating excellence in the capital markets industry in New Zealand.

Rob Everett, Chief Executive of the Financial Markets Authority, delivered the keynote address.

An inaugural Distinguished Fellowship was presented to Sir John Anderson. Sir John has had an outstanding career in the financial services industry and in the wider community with Chief Executive and Director positions at Southpac, National Bank and the ANZ. He sits on seven boards, has been New Zealand Chairman of the World Wide Fund for Nature, Chair of the multi-party Employment Task Force in 1994 and Chair of New Zealand Cricket.

A Fellowship was presented to David Bell, GM ASB Business Ventures, for his role in delivery of programmes bringing the capital markets eco-system together, including serving as Chairman of the annual INFINZ Conference.

Thirteen 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 over 1,200 professionals operating in the capital markets in New Zealand.

An Emerging Leaders Award was introduced following the extraordinary growth of the Young Finance Professionals group which has grown to 500 members since its inception two years ago. Sponsored by The University of Auckland Business School, this award recognises the importance of the under-35 age group of professionals in the capital markets eco-system.

Don Braid was awarded the Caldwell Partners Leadership Award. Acknowledged for his depth of industry knowledge and understanding, Don has implemented the Mainfreight board’s long-range strategy to become the best in its business and has helped the company to become a global supply chain business with over 240 branches around the world offering sophisticated logistics solutions. Over the five years to 31 March 2015, annual revenue rose 53% to $2.1 billion and the share price has almost doubled.

“The INFINZ Awards are directed at raising standards in the capital markets in New Zealand, thereby enhancing the capacity for NZ businesses to raise debt and equity and grow the economy,” says Jim McElwain, Executive Director of INFINZ (the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc.).

Many of the award categories are determined by judging nominations from the industry, with 30 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 determined through voting. Fifteen leading fund managers are polled to determine the broking-related awards, including that of the Research Analyst of the Year. These institutions and the research analysts from the five full-service share broking 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

Hellaby Holdings

The Business - Institutional Banking Innovation

Westpac – Facilities to Solar City for residential solar power

Massey Business School - Fund Manager of the Year – Bonds

Fisher Funds Management

Trustees Executors – NZ Debt Market Issue of the Year

Rabobank New Zealand Branch NZD 400 million 5 year Fixed Rate Notes

Issuer: Rabobank New Zealand Branch

Organising Participant and Joint Lead Manager: ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

Joint Lead Manager: Westpac Banking Corporation (acting through its New Zealand branch)

The University of Auckland Business School - Emerging Leader

Daniel Kieser, Founder and Managing Director of Shareclarity Limited

Chapman Tripp - Fund Manager of the Year – Equities

Salt Funds Management

PwC - NZ Equity Market Transaction of the Year

Origin Energy Limited $1.8bn divested shareholding in Contact Energy Limited

Vendor: Origin Energy

Issuer: Contact Energy

Bookrunner and Underwriter: Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited

Financial Advisor to Vendor: Luminis Partners

Milford Asset Management - Sharebroking Firm of the Year

First NZ Capital

EY Debt Deal of the Year

Auckland Prison $300m PPP

Borrower: Next Step Partners LP, Managed by HRL Morrison & Co.

Financial Advisor: Macquarie New Zealand Limited

Sole Lead Arranger: Westpac New Zealand Limited

AUT Business School Executive Education – Research Analyst of the Year

Arie Dekker, First NZ Capital

Craigs Investment Partners - Excellence in Treasury

NZ Local Government Funding Agency

Caldwell Partners - Leadership Award

Don Braid, Group Managing Director, Mainfreight Limited

Auckland Centre for Financial Research, AUT Business School - Sharebroking Sector Research and Service Area Awards

These awards, in about 20 sectors or service areas, will be advised in the Business Herald, 20 May.


INFINZ is the leading industry body for capital markets professionals in New Zealand. INFINZ has a membership of 1200 individuals drawn from across the capital markets and includes treasury professionals, investment analysts, fund managers, bankers, lawyers and

About the INFINZ Industry Awards

2016 is the 14th 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.

INFINZ wishes to acknowledge NZME as the INFINZ Industry Awards Media Sponsor in 2016.


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