AsianInvestor’s Korea Awards 2014 are now open for nominations and submissions. These awards recognise the best in asset management in Korea, for both domestic and international investments, across asset classes and strategies.

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 nominating themselves or third parties. All submissions must be made no later than Friday, March 28.

Some shortlisted candidates may be requested to make a pitch in person. We will be organising pitches in Seoul on April 15-16. Pitches will be in English.

The winners will be announced online at www.asianinvestor.net in the week of May 5-9. The awards will be presented at a dinner on June 12 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 on the following links to see last year's award winners for investment performance and marquee winners and service providers. Click the following link to see photos from our 2013 awards dinner.

Categories

We have three categories of awards this year:

  • investment management;
  • marquee investment awards; and
  • service providers.

Investment management
Eligibility: Any asset management company registered onshore, whether Korean or foreign-owned. 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 1-year and 3-year periods, where applicable, both in nominal and risk-adjusted returns (i.e. Sharpe ratio). All time periods refer to the calendar year 2013.

Submissions should be 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, as well as a contact person at your firm. There is no standard application form.

The list of individual awards in this category is as follows:

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 focused on mid/small cap stocks
Best international equities manager
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 income distribution product (onshore)
Best private equity fund
Best real estate management company
Best new hedge fund launch
Best manager of fund of hedge funds
Best investment advisory company
Best for socially responsible investing
Best new fund launch
Best contributor to the corporate pensions industry (fund houses, commercial banks, insurance companies and securities companies are eligible)

Best buy-side trading firm (considerations such as best at execution, best at sourcing liquidity and using benchmarks, most trusted and innovative)

Marquee investment awards
Here is a list of the individual awards within this category:

Institutional investor of the year
This can include 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 
This can include 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 2013?

We accept nominations from the investors and from third parties.

Buy-side COO of the year
Nominations can include individuals from asset managers and asset owners. Which COO has demonstrated skill in setting up or running a firm’s operations and platform to perform to the best of its ability in 2013? We accept nominations from investors and 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 and risk management. We accept nominations from distributors and third parties.

Best business development
This goes to a buy-side firm, large or small, that can show it is expanding into new business segments successfully, based on AUM growth, innovation, product, distribution and performance. Ideally the successful business model is expanding the industry and “growing the pie”.

Institutional solutions provider, onshore
This award is for a firm registered onshore that provides the best or most innovative products, services, strategies and tools to enable Korean institutions to meet their investment challenges.

Institutional solutions provider, equities

Institutional solutions provider, fixed income

Institutional solutions provider, alternative investments

These three awards are for firms both onshore and offshore that are providing the best strategies and innovative products in core asset classes to Korean institutions. The product mix may include domestic as well as international strategies. There is one winner per category.

Fund house of the year
Which onshore asset manager has done the most for its clients in 2013, based on performance, innovation, and industry leadership? We accept nominations from asset managers and third parties.

Service providers

Eligibility: Any relevant provider registered onshore, either Korean or foreign. Submissions must relate to activity in calendar year 2013. Submissions should be a brief written document, in Korean or English, explaining why your organisation deserves to be considered the best in 2013 (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.

Here is a list of the individual awards within this category:

Best onshore custodian
Best onshore fund administrator
Best law firm for asset management