About the event

Champagne Reception: The Ballroom
Dinner: The Great Room
After-Party: The Ballroom
Grosvenor House
Park Lane
W1K 7TN       
Tel: 020 7499 6363

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

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

Host: Ed Byrne
After-Party Band: The Soul Jets

Nearest Tube
Marble Arch or Hyde Park Corner

Overnight Accommodation
The special rate for IFR Awards Dinner guests on the night of Tuesday January 24 2017 is £311.00.  Please note that rates include VAT, exclude breakfast and are offered subject to availability at the time of booking.

To book, contact the Grosvenor House Reservations Team on 020 7012 7629, quoting code EG4.  Alternatively log onto www.londongrosvenorhouse.com, entering EG4 in the Corporate/Promotional code box.

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

Accessing the event

Disabled Access
Should you need assistance accessing The Grosvenor House, please contact cmp.awards@thomsonreuters.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 hostess to be matched to the guest list.  If they are on the guest list, they will be admitted to the event.

Forgotten ID?
The guest will 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 24 2017.  However:

  • After 10am on Monday January 23 2017, dietary requirements can no longer be guaranteed.
  • After 12pm on Monday January 23 2017, 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 24 2017, 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.

IFR will mail or same-day courier any UK invitations up until Friday January 20 2017.  After this deadline, invitations will be labeled with the booker’s name and left at the hotel’s concierge for collection on the night.

What is included in the ticket price for one table?
Champagne served during reception
Four course dinner to include: 2 bottles of white wine, 3 bottles of red wine, 2 bottles of still water and 2 bottles of sparkling water

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.

Ordering additional drinks before the event
You can order additional drinks for your table before the event by completing this Pre-Function Wine Order Form and submitting no later than 72 hours before the event.

  • If paying by credit/debit card, please also complete this Credit Card Authorisation 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 cmp.awards@thomsonreuters.com  by midday Thursday January 19 2017.

Dietary Requirements
All dietary requests, including KOSHER and HALAL received prior to 12pm Thursday January 19 2017 will be catered for.  These should be denoted on your guest name form and sent to cmp.awards@thomsonreuters.com

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

PLEASE NOTE: KOSHER requests will incur a direct charge of £130 from The Grosvenor House.  HALAL requests will be provided a chicken dish at no extra charge.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on or before 28 October 2016 will be refunded in full.
Cancellations received after 28 October 2016 will be refunded in full if Thomson Reuters
is able to resell the table/s (or seat/s).  Non-attendance at the event will be charged at
full rate.  All cancellations and changes must be in writing and emailed to

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 awards are presented on stage?
The Top Awards are presented with trophies on stage.  This year, these Awards are:
Bank of the Year
Bond House of the Year
Equity House of the Year
Loan House of the Year
Derivatives House of the Year
Emerging Markets Bond House of the Year
Capital Markets Adviser of the Year
M&A Adviser of the Year
Restructuring Adviser of the Year
Issuer of the Year
SSAR Issuer of the Year
Financial Issuer of the Year
Corporate Issuer of the Year
US Bond House of the Year
Euro Bond House of the Year
Yen Bond House of the Year
Structured Equity House of the Year

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 Award.  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 Thomson Reuters employees, the winners of the Top Awards are invited to sit at the top table.

What is the Tombstone auction?
Over the years, Thomson Reuters has raised more than £24 million for Save the Children, largely though the tombstone auction at the IFR Awards Dinner.  This sees companies pledge amounts of money to the charity, competing to lead the tombstone as the organisation to have pledged the highest amount.  Pledges are cumulative.

Post Event

All event images will be available to download, in JPEG format, from www.ifrawards.com by midday on Friday January 27 2017.

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

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


The IFR Awards are part of the Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence, recognising corporate and individual success in the global financial industry.
Click here to find out more.

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