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: Katherine Ryan
IFR Tombstone Host: Jonny Gould
Reception Band: Natalie Williams and Band
After-Party Band: Madhen

Nearest Tube
Marble Arch or Hyde Park Corner


A further two professional photographers, hired by IFR, will be present during the main show and available to take winner/team shots post-ceremony.  These photos will be available to view and download at www.ifrawards.com on Friday 31st January 2020.

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 28 2020.  However:

  • After 10am on Monday January 27 2020, dietary requirements can no longer be guaranteed.
  • After 12pm on Monday January 27 2020, 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 28 2020, 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 3rd will be sent on 6th January.  Tables booked after 3rd January will be sent 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 – Picpoul de Pinet, Petite Ronde, Languedoc 2017/18, France
    • 3 bottles of red wine – Carignan, Rare Vineyards Vieilles Vignes 2017/18, France
    • 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:
*wine quantities based on a table of 10.  Additional bottles can be purchased using the wine order form
*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 requests payments to be made via bank transfer to the account details outlined on the invoice within the period stated, 30 days and/or before the day of the event.

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

Ordering additional drinks before the event
You can order additional drinks for your table before the event by completing the wine order form and submitting direct to Grosvenor House (grosvenor-house.private.hospitality@marriott.com ) no later than 48 hours before the event.

To pre-pay by credit/debit card, please contact grosvenor-house.private.hospitality@marriott.com to obtain a SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT LINK
You may also make an advance payment by BACS or CHAPS (please contact grosvenor-house.private.hospitality@marriott.com for further details), ensuring all funds are received before the event.

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

Please note: All payments are requested at the event on the table, either by cash or credit/debit card. N.B. A discretionary 12.5% service charge will be added to all beverages. A full VAT receipt can be obtained from your wine waiter on the evening on settlement of your bill.

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 23 2020.

Dietary Requirements
All dietary requests, including VEGETARIAN, KOSHER and HALAL received prior to EOB Friday January 10 2020 are guaranteed to 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.

Personal data
Any personal details about yourself or guest(s) provided on the Guest Name Form will be used by IFR to fulfil our obligations to you in relations to these Awards. We will also use these details to keep you informed about the 2020 IFR Awards Dinner.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on or before 25 October 2019 will be refunded in full. Cancellations received after 25 October 2019 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
ESG Opinion Provider of the Year
Foreign Exchange Derivatives House of the Year
Credit Derivatives House of the Year
Equity Derivatives House of the Year
Covered Bond House of the Year
Niche-Market Bond House of the Year
Western Europe Issuers Bond House of the Year
US Issuers Bond House of the Year
Yen Bond House of the Year
Euro Bond House of the Year
Financing Package of the Year
ESG Issuer of the Year
Restructuring Adviser of the Year
Corporate Issuer of the Year
Financial Issuer of the Year
SSAR Issuer of the Year
Bank of the Year for Financial Institutions
Bank of the Year for Financial Sponsors
Bank of the Year for Governments
M&A Adviser of the Year
Capital Markets Adviser of the Year
ESG House of the Year
Emerging Markets Bond House of the Year
Derivatives House of the Year
Interest Rate Derivatives House of the Year
Loan House of the Year
Equity House of the Year
Bond House of the Year
US Bond House of the Year
SSAR Bond House of the Year
Bank of the Year

The following trophies will not be presented on stage but will be available for collection in the foyer, post ceremony

EMEA Structured Finance House of the Year
Emerging EMEA Bond House of the Year
EMEA Loan House of the Year
EMEA Equity House of the Year
EMEA Mid-Market 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 also be available for collection in the foyer, 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?
The Top Table consists of 10 VIPs, including senior representatives from Refinitiv and the IFR Editorial team, and HRH The Princess Royal

Tombstone auction for Save the Children
Over the years, the investment banking industry has raised more than £27.5 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 four years:

£500,000 – JP Morgan (2019)
£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:

Lisa Allcott – Event Manager, Special Events
E: l.allcott@savethechildren.org.uk
T: +44 (0) 20 7012 6400


Post Event

All event images will be available to download, in JPEG format, from www.ifrawards.com on
31 January 2020.

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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