Corporate Secretary

Entry guidelines

Before starting your nominations, please carefully read the entry guidelines below.

Key dates for 2023

Open for entries April
Entry deadline Midnight (ET) on Friday, July 21
Shortlisted companies are contacted September onwards
Short lists announced publicly Wednesday, October 11
Awards ceremony and winners revealed Wednesday, November 8


Who can nominate and be nominated?
Corporate secretaries, general counsel, governance officers and compliance officers at any company listed and domiciled in the US can be nominated.

Entries can be submitted directly by an individual or company nominating itself, or by an outside law firm, vendor or service provider on behalf of a nominee.

There are no restrictions on the number of categories a company can be nominated for.

What are the categories?

Market cap definition

Full details of the category descriptions can be viewed by clicking here.

What are the entry requirements?
All work submitted must have been undertaken within the US or, in the case of overseas work, have been initiated or co-ordinated in the US.

The judges will be looking for demonstrable quantitative and qualitative results. Please submit all entries according to the following format:

Please note: all submissions must relate to work carried out in the period July 2022 to July 2023.


How much does it cost to enter?
For 2023, the awards are free to enter.

Can I start my entry online and finish it at a later date? 
Yes you can. Our nomination form allows submitters to save their entry as a draft and add to it at a later date.

Can I amend my entry once I have clicked submit?
No, entries cannot be amended once they have been submitted for the judges review.

What supporting documents are allowed? 
We can accept most file types via the nomination form. If you have any issues uploading a file, please email it to [email protected].

There is no limit or word count for supporting documents, but please avoid including superfluous documents if they are not relevant to the entry. Remember it is quality and relevance that matter.

Can I hyperlink text in the entry form?
No, the entry form does not allow for text to be hyperlinked. However, there is space in the supporting documents section to add links that support your nomination.

How will my entry be judged?
The judging process is made up of three simple phases:

The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. Judges are not required to make comments against every submission.

Will my entry be shared with anyone else apart from the Corporate Secretary team and the judging panel?
Information from your entry (including any files you upload) may be made public after the awards to substantiate your nomination. If you do not wish for your entry to be shared in this way then you should mark it as confidential. There will be an opportunity to do this on the entry form.

When will I know if my entry has made the short list?
We will inform short-listed companies and individuals via email from September onwards.

I have a question that is not answered here. Who do I contact?
You can contact Lauren Wilson, head of event operations, by email at [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 5339.

I have all of the information I need, how do I start my entry?
Click here
to go to the entry form and follow the instructions to start the process.

Good luck!