AsianInvestor’s Korea awards 2015 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 Tuesday, February 3.

Some shortlisted candidates may be requested to make a pitch in person. We will be organising pitch meetings in Seoul on February 9-10. Pitches will be in English.

The winners will be announced on www.asianinvestor.net in the week of March 2. The awards will be presented at a dinner held in conjunction with AsianInvestor’s 9th Korea Institutional Investment Forum at the Westin Chosun on June 18. The dinner will be organised by Dr Lee and AsianInvestor.

There are sponsorship opportunities available for the awards dinner. Interested parties should email business development manager Terry Rayner on terry.rayner@asianinvestor.net, or call him on +852 3175 1963.

Categories
We have two main categories this year: investment management and marquee awards.

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, in nominal and risk-adjusted returns (i.e. Sharpe ratio). All time periods refer to calendar 2014.

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.

Our consolidated list of individual awards in this category is as follows:

Best Korea equities manager (large fund house, above $10 billion)
Best Korea equities manager (small fund house)
Best international equities manager

Best Korea fixed income manager (large fund house, above $10 billion)

Best Korea fixed income manager (small fund house)
 
 

Best international fixed income manager
 
Best ETF manager
 

Best new fund launch (traditional and alternative)



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

Consumer bank distributor of the year
 

Securities firm distributor of the year
 

Insurance firm distributor of the year
 



Which distributor has had most success in helping Korean individuals invest, both domestically and overseas? Criteria for this award 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 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. 


Institutional solutions provider (equities, fixed income, alternatives)

This award is 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.

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 2014?

Fund house of the year

Which onshore asset manager has done the most for its clients in 2014, based on performance, innovation and industry leadership? We accept nominations from asset managers and third parties.