Celebrating (re)insurance market talent


9 Sept 2021

We are excited to return to live events to celebrate the best-in-class airline, lessor and OEM financings to have closed over the past calendar year, while recognising the organisations and teams that played central roles in these deals.


Join us for an evening of extraordinary networking, celebration and international recognition.


2020 Winners




4 January 2022



 18 February 2022

Shortlist Announcement


15 April 2022

LIVE Awards Ceremony


5 May 2022 

Shortlisted Companies Include

Acrisure •  AmWINS • Aon • Arceo AI • Ascot Group • Ascot Re •  Association of Professional Insurance Women • AXA XL • AXIS • Axis Re • Benchmark Insurance • BMS Re • Brit Global Specialty US • British Airways Cyber Attack Response • Burns & Wilcox • Cape Analytics • Chisel AI • Chubb Insurance • Clutch Analytics • CNA Insurance • Cowbell Cyber • Energetic Insurance • Everest Insurance • Executive Perils • Groundspeed Analytics • Hamilton Insurance • Hippo Insurance • HW Kaufman Group  • Hylant • ICAT •  Marsh • McKenzie Intelligence • McLarens • New Energy Risk • New Paradigm Group •  NFP Property & Casualty • ODNsure.com • PERse • ProSight Specialty Insurance •  Risk Point • RT Specialty • SCOR • Sedgwick • Sirius • Snapsheet • The American Equity Underwriters • The Bold Penguin Exchange • Thimble • Third Point Re • Tiger Risk Partners • Tremor Risk Transfer Marketplace • VAST • Victor North America

Entry Criteria

Regional and Global Product Awards Entry and Evaluation Criteria 


The AFJ Global Awards recognise excellence among market participants on deals across the airline, lessor and OEM financings in all regions around the world. The Awards will be judged by an external, expert judging panel from a shortlist determined by the AFJ editorial team. 

They celebrate the pivotal role played by companies participating in one, or more, of the most outstanding air finance transactions that reached financial close and funded in the 2021 calendar year.  

The AFJ editorial team – together with the independent panel of expert judges -  look for deals that include one or more of the following elements: 


  • Innovation – Who is truly innovative and shaping new financing structures in the marketplace? The judges want to hear about the participants’ roles in executing pathfinder transactions, such as those using new finance structures 

  • Timing – The judges will take into consideration the timeline for the transaction, including complexity and length of time from mandate award to financial close 

  • Size – Size can be a strong factor taken into the judges’ consideration but quality of the deal is also important 

  • Complexity – The judges like to see complex new structures but can also be persuaded by execution of simple financings that set new benchmarks, are for new issuers or attract new investors 

  • Overcoming obstacles – Transactions where participants overcame almost insurmountable obstacles such as tight deadlines, volatile market conditions, unattractive asset type or bringing a new product/structure to market will be rated highly 


Did the transaction create a new market benchmark? - Did the transaction reach a new LTV threshold for a given rating or a new coupon or spread low? Did the transaction bring a new entrant to the market? 


Submissions should demonstrate that the nominated deal meets at least two of the above elements and moved the market forward. They should include as much information as possible about the unique features of each deal, highlighting obstacles that had to be overcome, as well as identifying elements that set it apart from other transactions to have closed in that region or category. 


To be considered for an AFJ Global Award, a transaction must have closed and funded between 1 January and 31 December 2021.  


Team Awards Criteria   

Entries for these categories will be judged on the following criteria. 

  • Effective Communication 

  • Adaptability 

  • Collaboration 

  • Vision 

  • Commitment 

Please ensure at least two of these criteria are referenced in your submission. We also encourage that the full team be credited where appropriate. 

AFJ Awards 2021 Judges

Michel Dembinski

Former Head of Aviation EMEA, MUFG Bank


John Feren

Former Executive, Aviation Capital Group and Boeing

Richard Forsberg

Former Head of Strategy, Avolon

David Goring-Thomas

Former MUFG Managing Director - Head of Global Aviation Finance

Bertrand Grabowski

Former board member of DVB Bank's Aviation and Rail Businesses

Declan Kelly

Former Chief Commercial Officer GECAS/Chairperson Aircraft Leasing Ireland

Please note that the judges will not vote in categories in which their current or former employers are nominated.


The AFJ Global Awards are split into five types: Regional Deal Awards, Global Product Awards, Special Awards, Team Awards and Individual Awards

Regional Awards:

  • Asia-Pacific Deal of the Year

  • Middle East Deal of the Year

  • Africa Deal of the Year

  • Europe Deal of the Year

  • Latin America Deal of the Year

  • North America Deal of the Year

Team Awards:

  • Aviation Finance House of the Year

  • Lessor of the Year Lessor

  • Treasury Team of the Year Airline

  • Treasury Team of the Year

Individual Awards

  • Aviation Finance Person of the Year (selected by AFJ)

  • Lifetime Achievement Award (selected by AFJ)

Global Product Awards: 

  • Bank Loan Deal of the Year

  • Guaranteed Financing Deal of the Year

  • Tax Lease Deal of the Year

  • Operating Lease Deal of the Year

  • Sale and Leaseback Deal of the Year 


  • Structured Lease Deal of the Year

  • Used Aircraft Deal of the Year

  • Equity Deal of the Year

  • M&A Deal of the Year

  • Lessor Unsecured Bond Deal of the Year

  • Airline Unsecured Bond 


  • Deal of the Year

  • EETC Deal of the Year

  • ABS Deal of the Year

  • Cargo Deal of the Year

  • New fund/alternative financing platform of the Year


Special Awards:

  • News Event of the Year (selected by AFJ)

  • Overall Capital Markets Deal of the Year*

  • Innovative Deal of the Year*

  • Editor’s Deal of the Year (selected by Olivier Bonnassies, AFJ Managing Editor)

  • Overall Deal of the Year* *

(short-list selected by AFJ based on above submissions; winner selected by judges)


Get Involved

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