HOW TO ENTER AND THE JUDGING PROCESS
These awards are decided by the editors and journalists of Risk.net. The judging process is split into three parts:
- Submission of pitch documents | Deadline: September 8, 2020
There's no minimum or maximum length for the submissions (pitches can be as short as two pages, or as long as twenty). There's also no set structure or format - it is an opportunity for you to tell us why you deserve to win. Most pitching firms will be asked to set aside time for an off-record meeting, which plays a far bigger part in determining the eventual winners.
Submissions should include case studies and examples of best practice or key deals. Client references are also required – for shortlisted candidates, feedback from clients will often be the decisive factor.
- Pitch meetings | September and October 2020
Second, and far more important, are the off-record pitch meetings. Please don’t assemble the entire business – any more than five people and it starts getting unwieldy; two or three is probably optimal. If we need extra info, we can always follow up. (Worth noting that, in this year’s special circumstances, we’re expecting to hold the vast majority of the pitch meetings as video or audio calls – although we’d love to see you face-to-face if policies allow).
- Due diligence on shortlisted candidates, including client calls | November 2020
Third, for shortlisted firms only, is the due diligence process. In most cases, this means calling clients. These conversations are off-record.
In each category we select a winner only – no second place, no silver medal, no highly commended – and the decision is made by the Risk.net editorial team on the basis of the information we gather during the three stages of the process.