AsianInvestor announces the 2011 Korea Awards and is now open to nominations and submissions. These awards are meant to highlight the best in asset management and providing services to the buy-side in Korea, for both domestic and international investments.

All nominations and applications may be submitted to Dr. Lee Insup at insup.lee@asianinvestor.net. We accept these in both Korean and English. Anyone who is nominated by a third party, or would like to nominate their own firm, must email to us a written submission no later than Thursday, January 20.

Some shortlisted candidates may be requested to make a pitch in person. We will be organising pitches in Seoul on January 27 and 28. Pitches will be in English.

The winners will be announced online at www.asianinvestor.net in the week of February 14. The awards will be presented at a dinner on March 16 at the Lotte Hotel, organised by Dr Lee and AsianInvestor. There are sponsorship opportunities available for the awards dinner. Interested parties should contact Rebekka Kristin, associate publisher of AsianInvestor, on 852 2122 5203 or rebekka.kristin@asianinvestor.net

Categories

Investment management

Eligibility: any asset-management company licensed onshore. Korean or foreign firms both eligible for all awards. Track records may be based on both absolute returns and on risk-adjusted returns (measured as Sharpe ratios), over 1 and 3-year periods. All investment strategies are domestic unless otherwise indicated.

To submit a bid for any of these awards, please provide us with a brief outline of why your firm deserves to win, including related performance data, asset-gathering results, and team experience. We recommend submissions in the form of a one-page Word document. Please keep your submissions brief and to the point. Make sure to include your firm’s name and the award category on your submission. There is no standard application form.

Best Korea equities manager, large fund house (AUM $10 billion and above)
Best Korea equities manager, small fund house (AUM below $10 billion)
Best Korea equities manager, mid/small cap
Best international equities manager (onshore)
Best Korea fixed income manager, large fund house (AUM $10 billion and above)
Best Korea fixed income manager, small fund house (AUM below $10 billion)
Best international fixed income manager (onshore)
Best ETF manager (locally listed)
Best private-equity fund
Best real-estate fund
Best fund for sustainable investments
Best new fund launch (within calendar year 2010)

Marquee investment awards

Domestic institutional investor of the year – includes public and corporate pension funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, monetary authorities, cooperatives, state-linked funds and insurance companies. This is a subjective award meant to recognise an institution promoting best practices, good performance, and taking steps to raise the bar for the entire industry. We accept nominations from the investors and from third parties.

Institutional CIO of the year – includes public and corporate pension funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, monetary authorities, cooperatives, state-linked funds and insurance companies. Which asset owner’s CIO has delivered the best risk-adjusted performance in 2010? We accept nominations from the investors and from third parties.

Domestic distributor of the year – includes commercial banks, private banks, insurance companies (for unit-linked investments) and securities companies operating onshore. What distributor has had the most success in helping Korean individuals invest, both domestically and overseas? Criteria include volume, education, product mix, risk management. We accept nominations from the distributors and from third parties.

Fund house of the year – what onshore asset manager has done the most for its clients in 2010? Based on performance, innovation, and industry leadership. We accept nominations from the asset managers and from third parties.

Service providers

Eligibility: any relevant provider registered onshore, both Korean and foreign. Submissions must relate to activity in calendar year 2010. Submissions should be a brief written document, in Korean or English, explaining why your organisation deserves to be considered the best in 2010 (please limit submissions to two pages in Word format). We also welcome testimonials from clients. Any client data/names will be kept strictly confidential, and will be used only for the purpose of judging these awards.

Best onshore custodian
Best securities finance (agency or principal providing onshore securities lending and collateral management)
Best law firm for asset management
Best sell-side broker, equities (including sales trading, facilitation, block trading)
Best sell-side broker, electronic trading
Best asset consultant