Today AsianInvestor launches part two of its asset management awards for 2015.

This year we have combined our service provider and investment performance awards. Collectively these are called AsianInvestor’s Asset Management Awards.

Although all the winners will be announced at the same time, we have staggered the pitch process.

We already launched our asset services awards in early February (click here for details). Now we are announcing the process for investment performance, which features awards by asset class, individual country and marquee. All pitches must be made using our new digital process. We will not accept separate written pitches.

Accompanying this article in today’s newsletter we also publish details on how to pitch, explaining what criteria our journalists are looking for.

For investment performance we have three categories: asset class, individual markets and marquee awards. For asset classes we accept pitches only for our alternative awards. For individual countries and marquee awards we accept pitches from all types of managers: public long-only, hedge and private.

The deadline for receiving pitches is Tuesday, March 31. Once we receive your pitch we will then arrange pitch meetings for shortlisted candidates no later than April 6-17. The sooner you submit your pitch, the sooner we can line up an interview. We will announce the winners online in the week beginning April 20.

AsianInvestor will celebrate its awards at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, May 21 in Hong Kong. This will form part of AI Week, a three-day industry event from May 19-21 comprising workshops, panels and private discussion groups. It will include our 10th annual Asian Investment Summit featuring investors from the region’s top funds.

Please get to work on your pitches, and good luck.

ASSET CLASS AWARDS
For public markets, we will shortlist candidates based on third-party sources of institutional fund performance data. Candidates must show top-ranked performance in absolute or risk-adjusted terms over one, three or five years. We will contact shortlisted candidates and request submissions be filed by a date to be determined. The public market categories are as follows:
Global fixed income, hedged
Global fixed income, unhedged
Emerging-market debt
Japan fixed income
Asian fixed income, US dollar
Asian fixed income, local currency
Chinese domestic fixed income
CNH bonds
Global equity
Emerging-market equity
Japan equity
Asia ex-Japan equity
China A-shares equity
Real-estate investment trusts

Alternatives (we accept pitches for these awards)
Hedged strategy
Private markets manager of the year

MARKET AWARDS
We invite submissions from businesses with local licences and locally domiciled investment products (regardless of whether the applicant company is headquartered locally or overseas) to compete to be named their market’s Fund House of the Year. We welcome submissions from managers of long-only, public, hedge and private funds.

The markets for best fund houses are:
Australia
China
China offshore (mainland-based companies operating in Hong Kong)
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Japan
Korea
Malaysia
Philippines
Singapore
Taiwan
Thailand
Vietnam

MARQUEE AWARDS
Our marquee awards are designed to highlight the best in asset management. We welcome pitches from all managers, regardless of country of origin, business model or investment strategy, as long as the pitch relates to managing and servicing clients, retail or institutional (or both), based in Asia Pacific.

For awards recognising clients, we welcome self-nominations and third-party nominations or suggestions. AsianInvestor will also shortlist candidates.

Distributors
Consumer bank of the year
Private bank of the year
(Distributor awards go to organisations that have demonstrated the greatest commitment to marketing investment products at the wholesale level in a manner suitable for its clientele.)

Best business development: To the firm raising assets from Asian clients based on superior organisation, product, performance and/or execution

Best retail product: To the firm introducing a product for retail investors in Asia that is innovative, tailored for Asian clients, and successful.

Best ETF manager: To the firm with not only a successful Asia business but one that is helping grow the pie for ETFs and their investors

Best institutional product/strategy: To the firm introducing a product for institutional investors in Asia that is innovative, tailored for local clients, and successful

Institutional solutions provider: To the firm that provides the best products, services, strategies and/or tools to enable Asian institutions to meet their investment challenges

Asia fund house of the year: To the best overall fund house based in Asia Pacific, recognised for a combination of business strategy, execution, investment performance, asset gathering, innovation and success

Asset manager of the year: To the best overall asset-management firm, global or local, that demonstrates the best combination of business strategy, execution, investment performance, asset gathering, innovation and success

For any editorial enquiries on this process, please email editors@asianinvestor.net.

We look forward to engaging with you. Good luck… See you on May 21.