AsianInvestor announces that its Korea Awards 2012 is now open for nominations and submissions. These awards recognise 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, in the English language. We welcome individuals and firms to nominate themselves, as well as to nominate third parties. All submissions must be made no later than December 23.

Some shortlisted candidates may be requested to make a pitch in person. We will be organising pitches in Seoul on January 10-12. Pitches will be in English.

The winners will be announced online at www.asianinvestor.net in the week of February 13. The awards will be presented at a dinner on March 14 in Seoul, organised by Dr Lee and AsianInvestor. There are sponsorship opportunities available for the awards dinner. Interested parties should email Terry Rayner at AsianInvestor, or call him on +852 3175 1963.

You may click here to see last year's award winners, and here to see photos from the dinner.

Categories

Investment management

Eligibility: any asset-management company licensed onshore. Korean or foreign firms eligible for all awards. The product or strategy must be available to Korean investors.

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. Please include track records over a 1-year and 3-year period, where applicable, both in nominal and risk-adjusted returns (i.e. Sharpe ratio).

We recommend submissions in the form of a maximum 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 balanced fund (onshore)

Best private-equity fund

Best real-estate fund

Best manager of funds of hedge funds

Best futures company

Best investment advisory company

Best fund for sustainable investments

Best new fund launch (within calendar year 2011)

Best contributor to the corporate-pensions industry (fund houses, commercial banks, insurance companies and securities companies are eligible)

Marquee investment awards

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.

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 2011. We accept nominations from the investors and from third parties.

Distributor of the year, commercial bank
Distributor of the year, insurance company
Distributor of the year, securities company

Which 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 – which onshore asset manager has done the most for its clients in 2011, 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 2011. Submissions should be a brief written document, in Korean or English, explaining why your organisation deserves to be considered the best in 2011 (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 onshore fund administrator

Best securities finance (agency or principal providing onshore securities lending and collateral management)

Best law firm for asset management

Best firm for asset-management audit and tax

Best sell-side broker, equities (including sales trading, facilitation, block trading, electronic trading)

Best asset consultant