About the event

Grosvenor House
Park Lane
W1K 7TN       
Tel: 020 7499 6363

Champagne Reception: The Ballroom
Dinner: The Great Room
After-Party: The Ballroom

Dress Code
Gentlemen: black bow tie worn with black dinner suit
Ladies: formal evening/long dinner dress

Event Timings

Champagne Reception:   18:30
Dinner Commences:   19:30
Awards Ceremony:   22:00
After Dinner Party:   22:30
Carriages:   02.00


Host: Kevin Bridges
IFR Tombstone Host: Gyles Brandreth
Reception Band: Natalie Williams and Band
After-Party Band: Madhen

Nearest Tube
Marble Arch or Hyde Park Corner

Guests are not permitted to bring photographic equipment to the venue.  Two professional photographers, hired by IFR, will be present and available to take winner/team shots post award ceremony.

These photos will be available to download from www.ifrawards.com by midday on Friday February 1 2019.


Disabled Access
Should you need assistance accessing The Grosvenor House, please contact cmi.awards@refinitiv.com

Each guest must have their original hard-copy ticket plus one of either a valid driving licence or a valid passport.

Forgotten Ticket?
Only the original hard-copy entry ticket will be accepted.  No photocopies or images on smartphones.  If the guest has not got his/her ticket, they must provide their name and their ID to a member of the IFR team on arrival to be matched to the guest list.

Forgotten ID?
The guest will need to provide his/her name to be matched to the guest list.  The guest will then need to phone the table host who will need to come and identify the guest in order to grant them access.

No ticket, no ID and not on the guest list?
The guest will not be permitted entrance to the event

Booking Tables
What is the deadline for booking tables/guest registration?
Tables can be booked right up until 3pm on Tuesday January 29 2019.  However:

  • After 10am on Monday January 28 2019, dietary requirements can no longer be guaranteed.
  • After 12pm on Monday January 28 2019, dietary requirements can no longer be guaranteed and the name of the new guests will not be reflected on the printed table plan but new names will be added to the guest list.
  • After 3pm on Tuesday January 29 2019, no new names can be added to the guest list.

Due to Palace security directives, any names not on the guest list will be refused entry.

Tickets for tables booked on or before January 4th will be mailed on 7th January by UK 1st class post, or couriered if being sent outside of the UK.  Tables booked after 5th January will be couriered within 3 days working days of booking.

After this deadline, invitations will be labeled with the bookers/guests name and left at the Grosvenor House, concierge desk, located at the main hotel entrance, Park Lane.


What is included in the ticket price for one table (10 Guests)?

  • Access to the Champagne reception
  • Champagne served during reception
  • Four course dinner to include:
    • 2 bottles of wine white – Chardonnay, Macon-Villages Domaine de la Grange Magnien, Louis Jadot 2016/17*
    • 3 bottles of red wine – Grenache/Syrah Cotes du Rhone Rouge, Dauvergne Ranvier 2016/17*
    • 2 bottles of Hildon Mineral Water Still and 2 bottles of Hildon Mineral Water Sparkling.*
  • Access to the post-Awards party in the Ballroom

*Please note: if you have booked a table of 11 or 12 guests this will include: 3 bottles of white wine, 3 bottles of red wine, 3 bottles of still water and 3 bottles of sparkling water

What is not included in the ticket price?
Additional drinks to the above – including additional bottles of wine – are chargeable.  See below for how to order.
Drinks at the after-party are also chargeable.

How do I pay for my seats/table
On receipt of your booking, an invoice will be issued by the Refinitiv Client Services team and sent electronically to the booker within 72hrs days.

Refinitiv request payments to be made via bank transfer to the account details outlined on the invoice within the period stated, 30 days.

Any payment enquiries should be directed to cmi.awards@refinitiv.com

Ordering additional drinks before the event
You can order additional drinks (see Beverage Menu) for your table before the event by completing the Pre-Function Wine Order Form and submitting direct to Grosvenor House (grosvenor-house.private.hospitality@marriott.com) no later than 48 hours before the event.

If paying by credit/debit card, please also complete the Credit Card Authorisation section on the Pre-Function Wine Order Form

If paying by cheque, please make it payable to GH Operating Company Ltd, mark for the attention of the Private Hospitality Department and include the date and name of the event. 

Please ensure that you leave seven working days for clearance

Should you have any queries, please call Grosvenor House on 020 7399 8122/8449 or email grosvenor-house.private.hospitality@marriott.com

Ordering additional drinks during event
On the night please locate your wine waiter who will be happy to provide you with a wine list and take your order.  Card and cash payments are accepted.

Table Positions
Tables are allocated on a strictly first-come, first-served basis – meaning that the earliest booker gets the best location.  Every table is positioned according to when it was booked – meaning that tables that are not booked together may not be positioned together.  The exceptions are that Bank of the Year and the overall event sponsor will be granted one prime-located table, regardless of date booked.

Seating Plans
IFR offers to coordinate name cards to be placed on your table.  Please send the IFR seating plan form to cmi.awards@refinitiv.com by midday Thursday January 24 2019.

Dietary Requirements
All dietary requests, including VEGETARIAN, KOSHER and HALAL received prior to EOB Friday January 11 2019 will be catered for.  These should be denoted on your guest name form and sent to cmi.awards@refinitiv.com

Any received after this date will be noted but cannot be guaranteed.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no extra charge for Vegetarian, Kosher and Halal requests.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on or before 26 October 2018 will be refunded in full. Cancellations received after 26 October 2018 will be refunded in full if Refinitiv is able to resell the table/s (or seats). Non-attendance at the event will be charged at full rate. All cancellations and changes must be in writing and emailed to cmi.awards@refinitiv.com.


About the awards

How are winners of the IFR Awards selected?
Winners are selected by IFR’s experienced and impartial editorial team, based on a company’s performance throughout the Awards year.  The Awards year runs from November to November.  Companies are encouraged to pitch for Awards in October of each year, but winners are not restricted to those that do.  For more information, click here.


What trophies/stage awards are presented?

Listed in no particular order
Bank of the Year
Bond House of the Year
Equity House of the Year
Loan House of the Year
Capital Markets Adviser of the Year
Emerging Markets Bond House of the Year
M&A Adviser of the Year
Restructuring Adviser of the Year
Bank of the Year for Financial Institutions
Bank of the Year for Governments
Bank of the Year for Financial Sponsors
SSAR Issuer of the Year
Financial Issuer of the Year
Corporate Issuer of the Year
Financing Package of the Year
US Bond House of the Year
Euro Bond House of the Year
Yen Bond House of the Year
SSAR Bond House of the Year
Covered Bond House of the Year
SRI Bond House of the Year

The following trophies will not be presented on stage but will be available for collection at the certificate wall, post ceremony
North America ABS House of the Year
North America MBS House of the Year
EMEA Structured Finance House of the Year
Emerging EMEA Bond House of the Year
Americas Loan House of the Year
EMEA Loan House of the Year
North America Equity House of the Year
EMEA Equity House of the Year
Americas Structured Equity House of the Year
EMEA Structured Equity House of the Year

A certificate for every company involved in every Award – including those Awards that also carry a trophy – will be available for collection at the certificate wall, post ceremony.

Who collects the awards from the stage?
IFR invites the most senior employee at the company or the most senior employee within the asset class that relates to the Award, to the stage to collect the trophy.  Generally, only one person may come to the stage to collect each Award but exceptions can be made – for example in instances where there are co-heads.

Should award collectors give speeches?
Only the collector of the Bank of the Year Award may give an acceptance speech.

Who gets invited to the top table?
Along with HRH The Princess Royal and senior IFR and Refinitiv employees, the winners of the Top Awards are invited to sit at the top table.

Tombstone auction for Save the Children
Over the years, the investment banking industry has raised more than £26 million for Save the Children through the tombstone auction at the IFR Awards Dinner.  The tombstone auction sees companies pledge amounts of money to the charity, competing to become the tombstone’s bookrunner as the organisation to have pledged the highest amount.  All pledges are cumulative.


To give an idea of the value associated with becoming the tombstone bookrunner, below are the contributions received over the past three years:

£500,000 – JP Morgan (2018)
£525,000 – Citigroup (2017)
£800,000 – UBS and UBS Optimus Foundation (2016)

Tombstone tiers are dynamic based on bids received but, as a guide, the average bids to get into the Senior co-lead and Co-lead brackets last year were £80,000 and £30,000 respectively.

Donations can also be accepted prior to the event, allowing bidders to have more air time on the large stage screens when the tombstone commences.  Should this be of interest to you, please contact:

Gemma Howell – Senior Manager, Special Events
E: G.Howell@savethechildren.org.uk
T: +44 (0) 203 763 0503


Post Event

All event images will be available to download, in JPEG format, from www.ifrawards.com by midday on Friday February 2 2019.

Unclaimed, missing or incorrect certificates
All enquires to be directed to paul.holliday@refinitiv.com.

Certificate reprints and replica trophies
All enquiries to be directed to gloria.balbastro@refinitiv.com.

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