Today AsianInvestor launches part two of our Asset Management Awards for 2016. These incorporate what were formerly two sets of awards, one for service providers and one for investment performance.

We launched the asset services awards last week (click here for details). Now we are announcing the process for investment performance, which features awards by asset class, country and marquee categories. All pitches must be made using our digital application form. We will not accept separate written pitches.

Accompanying this article in today’s newsletter we also publish details on how to pitch, explaining the criteria our team is looking for.

For investment performance we have three categories: asset class, individual markets and marquee awards. For asset classes we do not accept pitches – rather we shortlist firms, then request pitches. For individual countries and marquee awards we accept pitches from all types of managers: long-only, hedge and private.

The deadline for receiving pitches is Wednesday, March 9. We will arrange pitch meetings for shortlisted candidates to take place from March 10 to April 1. The sooner you submit your pitch, the sooner we can line up an interview. We will announce the winners online in the week commencing April 18.

AsianInvestor will celebrate its awards at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, May 26 in Hong Kong. This will form part of AI Week, a three-day series of industry events taking place between May 24 and 26 comprising workshops, panels, private discussion groups, awards and conferences. It will include our 11th annual Asian Investment Summit, featuring investors from the region’s leading funds.

For public markets, we will shortlist candidates based on third-party sources of institutional fund performance data. We do not accept pitches. Candidates must show top-ranked performance in absolute or risk-adjusted terms over one, three or five years. We will then contact shortlisted candidates and request submissions. 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

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 online applications from managers of long-only, public, hedge and private funds.

The markets for best fund house are:

China offshore (Hong Kong operating arms of mainland-based companies)
Hong Kong

Our marquee awards are designed to highlight the best in asset management. We welcome online applications 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.

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.

Alternative manager of the year: To the best overall manager of hedged, private or other non-traditional strategy in Asia Pacific, demonstrating a combination of the best execution, investment performance, asset gathering and innovation.

Asia fund house of the year: To the best overall fund house based in Asia Pacific, judged on areas including 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 [email protected].

We look forward to engaging with you. Good luck! We hope to see you on May 26.