Criteria for Section C, REGIONAL AWARDS

For Regional Awards, the performance and data is for the period to November 30, 2023.
  1. Alternatives House of the Year. This will be awarded to an alternatives house that the judging panel believed has achieved an outstanding level of performance and client servicing capability in the region. The firm can be managing a variety of alternative strategies such as long/short equity, private credit and bank loans, funds of hedge funds, funds of private equity funds, macro, and convertibles including property or real estate. Please provide supporting data on AUM and third party endorsements, if any.
  2. Asian Asset Consultant of the Year. Given the issues and challenges of navigating global markets at a time of heightened uncertainties, the role of asset consultants is also coming under sharper focus. This award will recognise the role and contribution of an asset consultant to the funds and pensions industry in Asia; the incumbent has to demonstrate a solid track record in pensions advisory and a high level of strategic input for its clients. Please also explain new initiatives in the region in the past year and plans for the future.
  3. Asian Bond House of The Year. Please explain how your institution has progressed in the past one year and steps implemented to retain market share at a time of heightened competition. Please provide supporting data on AUM, size of team and resources and new initiatives undertaken for the period to November 30, 2023.
  4. Best Securities Trading Platform. This award will recognise how your institution is capturing new volumes in Asia from market participants based on your robust platform, its benefits and efficiency of execution whether for hard or local currency bonds. Please provide supporting data and third party endorsements, if any.
  5. Asian Rising Star. This award will go to the market participant that has become the one to watch having already demonstrated great promise within the country’s asset management industry. The winning entry will have demonstrated significant financial achievement, enterprise, integrity, innovation and strategic development. Please provide supporting data on assets under management.
  6. Best Application of ESG. ESG strategies have three major components: environment, social and governance. Specific to your firm’s ESG approach, please explain how the three components are applied across your research and investment processes in Asia. Please explain how your firm’s ESG policies and strategies have been adopted and integrated into your portfolios (whether firm wide or by specific asset classes) and the research methodology and scoring system used. Please provide supporting data on assets and third party endorsements, if any.
  7. Best Climate Change Strategy in Asia. Climate risk is now recognised as an existential threat globally and the recent evidence bears this out; this award will recognise an institution (stock exchange, bank, asset manager, insurer, sovereign wealth fund, corporate) for its efforts in de-carbonisation in the ongoing energy transition as part of the journey to achieve a Net Zero emission world. Please explain how your institution is responding in Asia to this challenge and steps implemented to date and plans for the future.
  8. Best ESG Engagement Initiative. With the increasing adoption of ESG strategies and the implementation of the stewardship code of conduct and in line with the SDG goals, institutional investors play a critical role in improving corporate governance of listed companies. Please explain how your institution is set up in terms of stewardship and engagement, reporting on voting and market impact in Asia. Please also provide how your ESG team is structured and the number of company engagements in the past 12 months in Asia and the outcomes.
  9. Best ESG Manager in Asia. In a post pandemic world, ESG strategies remain more relevant than ever. Even so, the ESG universe has come under much sharper focus with regulators addressing a host of issues not the least of which is greenwashing. Please explain your firm’s ESG approach, its set up in Asia and more importantly, provide specific examples of your ESG investment strategies in Asia. Please indicate the size of your ESG team, resources, products and assets under management in Asia for the period to November 30, 2023.
  10. Best Impacting Investing Manager. Impact Investing is still a relatively new theme in Asia and assets under management are still relatively low. At its core, impact investing combines financial returns and societal returns for a specific mandate or cause. Please explain how your firm is making a difference in deploying this strategy in either public markets or private markets, the research and investment process, and assets under management.
  11. Best Asset Management House. Post pandemic please explain how your firm is benefitting from the measures implemented in the past two years and how your firm is poised for the next chapter of growth in the region going forward as new opportunities beckon. Please provide supporting data for the period to November 30, 2023.
  12. Best Asset Management House in Asia – 28 years (new). As part of AAM’s 28th anniversary this year, the judging panel will honour one institution for the progress that the firm has achieved in the past 28 years in Asia. Progress is measured in terms of size of AUM over this period, expansion of franchise and regional presence as well as introducing innovative products that have made an impact in the region. Please provide supporting data for the period to November 30, 2023.
  13. Best Value Investing Manager. Value Investing is making a comeback and the renewed focus on fundamentals (profits and cash flow) is opening up new opportunities. Please explain how your firm is set up, size of AUM, track record and new initiatives in the past one year to November 30, 2023.
  14. Best Digital Wealth Management in Asia. This award will recognise how your firm has been able to harness new technology to enhance the distribution of innovative investment products and to provide a platform for investors to manage their savings and investments in a timely and cost efficient manner. Please provide supporting data to show investment range of investment offerings, size of franchise and amounts raised in the past two years.
  15. Best Fund Administrator in Asia – Retail. This award will recognise how fund administrators are addressing the needs of clients in a more demanding regime not just in terms of the evolving regulatory requirements but also in the critical area of more innovative and cost effective solutions using the latest technologies and systems. It will also address the investments being made to improve the automation processes, service delivery of end-to-end solutions, and compliance monitoring. The judging panel would also like to see the staff resources and level of expertise within the group. Please provide a list of mandates won by types of clients and funds in the region in the last 12 months to November 30, 2023.
  16. Best Fund Administrator in Asia – Alternatives. This award will recognise how your institution has adapted to the complex and challenging world of administering alternative products in the region, providing top notch end-to-end solutions, compliance monitoring, and regulatory reporting using the latest technologies and systems. Please provide supporting data on scale of franchise, mandates won by number and types of clients in the past 12 months to November 30, 2023. Client endorsements will be helpful too.
  17. Fintech Innovation in Securities Servicing. Please explain how your institution is embracing Fintech for the buy side in Asia to enhance your value proposition and how your clients are benefiting from these innovative solutions at a time of heightened competition. Please explain how your firm is addressing the critical challenges in cyber security.
  18. Best Middle and Back Office Services Provider. This award will recognise a provider with best-in-class solutions for the buy side for their middle and back office requirements in Asia. Please explain how you address evolving client demands in data and service delivery for timely decisions, operational efficiency and regulatory requirements, with supporting data on your client base in the region, significant mandates won in 2023, and testimonials from a few key clients.
  19. Best Global Custodian in Asia-Pacific. Please explain how your institution has fared in the region in the past 12 months in terms of assets growth, significant mandates won, new markets developed, etc. in light of the issues affecting global markets. How are you responding to client demands in the region across the broad range of services and markets that they operate in terms of new demands? How are you meeting the heightened requirements of risk and compliance and the increasing move to provide the full range of front, middle to back office services? How are you addressing developments shaping digital currencies and assets? Please provide supporting data of your franchise in Asia-Pacific.
  20. Best Custodian in Asia-Pacific – 28 years (new). In recognition of the 28thAnniversary of AAM this year, the judging panel is looking to honour one institution that has significantly expanded its franchise in terms of growth of assets under administration, network and resources, and made significant contributions to the region’s financial markets in the past 28 years. Please provide supporting data citing specific past and present achievements for the period from 1995 to November 30, 2023.
  21. Best Digital AssetsCustodian for Institutional Investors. The digital asset universe is gathering momentum with the growth of cryptocurrencies, tokenisation of traditional assets and rollout of central bank digital currencies in the pipeline in several jurisdiction. Please explain how your firm is making its presence felt to serve the growing pool of institutional clients, your technology and the platform that has been established.
  22. Best Domestic Custodian in Asia (new). This award recognises contributions by domestic banks in the region which offer custody and related services in their home market. Please explain how your institution has fared in the market in the past 12 months in terms of assets growth, significant mandates won, new product/services introduced, and market advocacy. How are you responding to client demands in competition with other foreign or domestic custodians in your market? How are you meeting the heightened requirements of risk and compliance? How are you addressing developments shaping digital assets and currencies? Please provide supporting data in your submission for the period to November 30 2023.
  23. Best Infrastructure Platform in Asia (new). This new award recognises the initiatives undertaken by a public stock exchange, depository, clearing house or other related platform over the past 12 months that have significantly enhanced the market infrastructure for the benefits of its participants, whether in terms of improving market liquidity, operational efficiency, cross-border connectivity, service delivery, coverage of instruments, risk mitigation, etc.
  24. Best Insurance Asset Manager. The winning asset manager will have demonstrated the ability to deliver service, performance, and innovative solutions. Please also explain how the firm has embraced new technology to improve the services that it provides and the components the company has put in place to commit to responsible investing for the period to November 30, 2023.
  25. Best Multi-Asset House. This award will go to the applicant that has put forward the best case for building a multi-asset portfolio while proving significant capital market and risk management expertise. The judges will be looking for evidence of how thoughtful portfolio diversification is an investment strategy and proof that by combining multiple asset classes with low or negative correlations, an investor may achieve a higher portfolio return and a significant reduction in risk.
  26. Best Real Assets House. The winner in this category will have enhanced the reputation of their real assets investment strategy during the 12-month period to November 30, 2023. Evidence of success will include growth in AUM, pattern of net inflows, stability of performance, product development and innovation, increased acceptability and uptake in target markets.
  27. Best Securities Financing House. Please explain how your institution has strengthened your franchise in the Asia-Pacific region in the past 12 months and new initiatives undertaken for the period to November 30, 2023.
  28. Best Smart Beta Strategy. This award will go to the asset management house or pension fund that has demonstrated the best “smart beta” approaches; in doing so they will have combined both passive and active elements to deliver the best of both worlds: transparent construction, the promise of diversification, and all at low cost. Please explain how such strategies are put together and how they have performed over the past two years to November 30, 2023.
  29. CEO of the Year in Asia. The global macro environment has been challenging to say the least given the  continued rise in rates, inflation and heightened geo-political risks. Not surprisingly, investors have sought the refuge of defensive strategies. Please explain how you have led your firm during this challenging period, including managing expectations of your key stakeholders and clients . Please also explain how your franchise has fared and steps implemented to position your firm for growth going forward. Please provide supporting data for the period to November 30 2023.
  30. CIO of the Year in Asia. Please explain how you have navigated the markets during the difficult conditions in the last 12 months, mitigate risks and position your portfolios for the next market cycle. Please provide supporting data on the portfolios that you are responsible for, size of investment team, investment performance, and new initiatives, if any for the period to November 30, 2023.
  31. ETF Index Provider of the Year in Asia. The winning applicant will have been at the forefront of developing accurate, objective and superior indices in the region. They will demonstrate how they have developed sophisticated index concepts in response to continuous growth of the ETF market and expanded their index offering on a regional level and across all asset classes.
  32. ETF Manager of the Year. This award addresses the key achievements of the ETF provider in the last 12 months, new products launched across the region, scale of existing franchise, number of funds listed in the region, and efforts to promote investor education, and enhance usage of ETFs in the institutional and retail marketplace for the period to November 30, 2023.
  33. Fintech Innovation in Asian Asset Management. This award recognises a firm’s product or service offering that has made a significant difference for your clients. Please explain how your firm is deploying or has deployed cutting edge technology or technologies to offer better outcomes for your clients at the retail, wholesale or institutional level. Please explain your online presence and use of apps.
  34. Index Provider of the Year. This recognition will be awarded to the index provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through index introductions, research, and adviser support during the pandemic. Please also provide information on size of assets and number of funds that track your indices in the region.
  35. ESG Index Provider of the Year. Allocations to ESG strategies are growing across the region including from a host of asset owners and pension funds. Please explain how your institution is meeting client demands by structuring innovative indexes based on your proprietary research methodology; please provide supporting data on take-up and size of client assets that track these indices.
  36. Most Innovative Index. Your organisation has developed and launched an index (or a series of indices) that are leading edge and captures the new opportunities that are presenting themselves; these are indices that track new sectors or industries in the New Economy such as in the clean energy universe, technology, transportation, healthcare and infrastructure.
  37. Plan Sponsor of the Year. The award recognises the progress and achievements of a pension fund in Asia. Please explain how your pension fund has coped in the past one year especially on managing investments and operations; please also explain how the use of technology was deployed for member communications, reporting and engaging key stakeholders.
  38. Most Resilient Fund. This award recognises how your fund has outperformed in the last one year during a period marked by rising inflation, rates and heightened geo-political risks. Please explain what strategies were in place to capture the emerging opportunities while retaining the risks parameters that your fund has in place. Please provide performance data and size of fund for the period to November 30, 2023.
  39. Best Quant Manager (new). This new award will recognise a manager whose investment process has proven to be robust in the current market regime and more importantly, has demonstrated resilience and delivered risk adjusted  performance for its clients, either at the country level or in the region. Please provide supporting data for the two year period to November 30 2023, including size of the relevant portfolio.
  40. Most Innovative Application of Artificial Intelligence. AI strategies are gaining traction as firms incorporate these technologies into their investment process in managing portfolios. Please explain how your institution is positioned for example in using CHATGPT and Large Language Models or other processes and their outcomes and impact for your clients in the region.
  41. Best Digital Assets Manager. As an asset class, digital assets are evolving with market penetration and take-up across the region still in its infancy. Please explain your firm’s strategy in managing these assets in Asia including tokenized assets, your specific focus and achievements and new initiatives in the past 12 months to November 30, 2023.
  42. Best Institution for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In the second year of this newly created award, please explain how institution is structured in Asia-Pacific, progress and achievements to date and plans for the future.
  43. Best Technology Providerfor Asset Management & Servicing. Technology is playing an increasingly critical role in the investment process, from optimising workflows, managing trade execution, collecting and analysing data, managing risk and compliance, to service delivery and digital transformation. The winner of this award enables investment firms and asset servicing organisations in Asia Pacific to harness its outstanding platform to meet fast-evolving client and market needs, handle multiple asset classes, and achieve competitive advantages. Please provide data on take-up, aggregate AUM of your client base in the region, growth over the past 12 months, and also client endorsements.

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