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AGF Service Providers
Awards 2020

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About the Awards

It is FREE to enter; there are 43 categories, all rewarding excellence in African Asset Servicing



About event

Be recognised and honoured in the African Fund Services space by participating in the 2020 AGF Africa Service Providers Awards. The Awards were created to honour and generate both industry and public recognition of the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of Fund Service Providers covering Africa. The 5th edition of the prestigious AGF Service Providers Awards are a recognized symbol of excellence as we are the only international awards in African Fund Services.

The winners will be invited to participate in the November issue (Special Edition) of Africa Global Funds magazine. The Awards issue will feature interviews, analysis, and/or opinion commentary with participating companies. The Awards issue will be distributed free of charge.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1.718.787.6105 or awards@africaglobalfunds.com

Deadline for submissions: September 15th, 2020.

Please note that the judging period is from July 2019 to June 2020.

Entry requirements

Entrants will be asked to submit a case study (up to 500 words) or statement that fulfils stated objectives of each award. Please note that the judging period is from July 2019 to June 2020.

  • Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only.
  • Deadline for submissions: September 15th, 2020.
  • All information submitted will be for the use of judging and will remain confidential.
Methodology

Submissions will be assessed by the appointed panel of judges. In assessing a submission, judges will be looking for the following, but not exclusive, attributes:

  • The entry fulfils the stated award criteria
  • Clear identification of the service objectives
  • Evidence of a satisfactory client outcome
  • Key differentiators of your service
  • The use of innovation and/or technology brought to the task
  • Levels of ongoing service and support to the client
  • Levels of Best Practice

Those judged best in their category will progress to the finalist stage. The 2020 awards shortlist will be announced in September.

From the finalists, the judging panel will decide on the winning and highly commended entries.

NOTE: The judges' decision is final. The judges have the right to determine the standards of an award and to withhold an award in any category, if, in their view, the entries are not of sufficient merit. The judges also have the right to give a number of special awards.

Confidentiality

We recognize and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Entries are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organizations or individuals that have not won an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry. Therefore if you enter the Awards, but are not successful, this will remain confidential.

All entries and supporting material will be destroyed after the winners are announced.

The organizers reserve the right to use information contained in the winning entries (apart from contact details and any content marked not for publication) for subsequent publicity, promotions and other activities relating to the Awards.

Judging guidelines

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective.  We select individuals to serve as judges who have distinguished themselves in their field and who demonstrate exceptional leadership ability and vision. We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy and integrity. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles.

Judges will take part in a judging conference call, where the winners will be decided, with one expert per category will be asked to summarize the judges’ comments and provide any additional input as required. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep information about entries and the final winners confidential.

The Judging panel

The judges are carefully selected for their wealth of experience and expertise, as well as their absence of conflicts of interest. The list of judges will be announced shortly, and published on this page.

IMPORTANT: The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries. 

Categories & Entry Forms

Below are the individual award submissions



The Awards are open to companies providing services to the African asset management industry (traditional and alternative assets).

Entries will be judged on many factors including commercial success and business growth; sales/market share figures; demonstration of product innovation; future development possibilities; and positive customer feedback.

Please note that the judging period is from July 2019 to June 2020.

  • Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only
  • Deadline for submissions: September 15th, 2020
  • All information submitted will be for the use of judging and will remain confidential

It is FREE to enter! Entrants can enter multiple categories.

NOTE: A separate entry must be supplied for each award.


The categories for this year are: Status Action
Best Advisory Firm - Fund Structuring Not on file
Best Advisory Firm - Private Equity Not on file
Best Independent Advisory Firm Not on file
Best Investment Survey Provider Not on file
Best Tax Advisory Firm Not on file
Best Accounting and Audit Services Not on file
Best Banking and Custody Provider: Global Custodian Not on file
Best Banking and Custody Provider: Sub-Custodian Not on file
Best Placement Agent Not on file
Best Transition Manager Not on file
Best Derivative Clearing Provider Not on file
Best Securities Lending Provider Not on file
Best Transfer Agent and Shareholder Services Not on file
Best Depository Solution Not on file
Best Brokerage Services Not on file
Best Prime Broker - Capital Introduction Not on file
Best Prime Broker - Technology Not on file
Best Regulatory Hosting Platform  Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Hedge Funds Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Investment Funds Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Under $20bn Private Equity Funds Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Over $20bn Private Equity Funds Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Real Estate and Infrastructure Funds Not on file
Best Investment Administrator - Pension Funds Not on file
Best Collective Investment Scheme Trustee Not on file
Best Middle-Office Solution Not on file
Best Fund Rating Service Not on file
Best Index Provider Not on file
Best ETF Provider Not on file
Best Third-Party Fund Distributor Not on file
Best Legal Service - Investment Funds Not on file
Best Legal Service - Private Equity Not on file
Best Offshore Law Firm Not on file
Best Offshore Law Firm: Client Service Not on file
Best Fund Accounting and Reporting Software Provider Not on file
Best Portfolio Management Software Provider Not on file
Best Private Equity Software Provider Not on file
Best Data Management Solution Not on file
Best Risk Management Solution Not on file
Best Tech Infrastructure Provider Not on file
Best Research and Data Provider - Capital Markets Not on file
Best Capital Matching Platform Not on file
Best Research and Data Provider - Private Equity Not on file
Best Marketing and Communications Consultancy Not on file
Best SME Financier Not on file

2019 Winners Announced

We congratulate the following winners and thank everyone who attended the Gala Awards Dinner.

The event was a great success; we wish everyone prosperous growth in 2020!



Advisory services: fund structuring
  • Dentons
Advisory services: private equity
  • RisCura
Independent advisory firm
  • Bravura
Best Investment Survey Provider
  • Alexander Forbes
Tax advisory firm
  • Webber Wentzel
Banking & custody provider: global custodian
  • BNY Mellon
Banking & custody provider: sub-custodian
  • Standard Bank
Placement agent
  • Asante Capital
Derivatives clearing provider
  • Investec
Securities lending provider
  • Standard Bank
Brokerage Services
  • Investec
Prime Services
  • Investec
Prime broker - capital introduction
  • Investec
Prime broker - technology
  • Investec
Regulatory hosting platform
  • Afriwise
Fund administrator: hedge funds
  • Maitland
Fund administrator: investment funds
  • Maitland
Fund administrator: private equity funds over $20bn
  • IQ:EQ
Fund administrator: private equity funds under $20bn
  • Prescient Fund Services
Fund administrator - real estate & infrastructure funds
  • Intercontinental Trust
Investment administrator - pension funds
  • Standard Bank
CIS Trustee Services
  • Standard Bank
Best Middle-Office Solution
  • SS&C Advent
Index provider
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices
Legal services: investment funds
  • Webber Wentzel
Legal services: private equity
  • Bowmans
Fund accounting & reporting software provider
  • SS&C Advent
Portfolio management software provider
  • Fundamental Software
Private equity software provider
  • SS&C Advent
Data management solution
  • Eagle Investment Systems
Risk Management Solution
  • Finastra
Capital Matching Platform
  • Neu Capital
Research & data provider: capital markets
  • FactSet
Research & data provider: private equity
  • Preqin
SME Financier
  • GroFin
Marketing & communications consultancy
  • Flow Communications

Judges

The judges are carefully selected for their wealth of experience and expertise, as well as their absence of conflicts of interest.



Judging guidelines

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective.  We select individuals to serve as judges who have distinguished themselves in their field and who demonstrate exceptional leadership ability and vision. We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy and integrity. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles.

Judges will take part in a judging conference call, where the winners will be decided, with one expert per category will be asked to summarize the judges’ comments and provide any additional input as required. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep information about entries and the final winners confidential.


IMPORTANT: The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries.