AsianInvestor today announces the the final recipients of its fourth annual Institutional Excellence Awards, designed to recognise the leading asset owners in Asia Pacific for their investing capabilities, prowess and innovation.

Today's award winners were revealed at our exclusive awards dinner last night (December 6) at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore, where we hosted a raft of top executives from institutional investors. We extend our congratulations to the following organisations:

Japan 
Japan Post Bank

Southeast Asia
Employees’ Provident Fund (Malaysia)

Insurance company
Cathay Life

Individual Contribution to Institutional Investment
Adrian Orr, chief executive, New Zealand Superannuation Fund

The winners of the other awards were unveiled in late October in three announcements, which can be viewed by clicking on the relevant link: institution type, country/region and proficiency.

Recipients were honoured for showing investment excellence relative to their peers in their local market or across the region. We focused upon developents in institutional set-up and objectives, taking into account both recent developments and longer-term performance.

To decide on the recipients of these awards, our editorial team requested direct input from an array of leading asset owners across the region. We also canvassed senior executives at fund management firms, consultancies, banks and other service providers, to generate a shortlist of asset owners deserving of recognition. We then, where necessary, requested additional information from short-listed institutions before making our final decisions. 

AsianInvestor would like to thank the many people throughout the region who helped us for their time and candour. Full write-ups of these and all our other awards will be available in the coming weeks on our website, and will be presented in AsianInvestor’s December/January magazine edition.

Asia Pacific is a region with highly diverse asset owners of varying sophistication, capabilities and objectives. These awards are not designed to merely to choose the most advanced investors in each institutional investor class, but to recognise asset owners that continue to push themselves to improve, or to maintain a standard of market excellence over long periods of time. 

In some cases the awards recognise asset owners that have made incremental improvements. In other cases they are meant to highlight trailblazing organisations at a regional or global level. Our focus emphasised governance, investment capabilities and the ability to adapt to long-term changes in market return expectations. 

The awards were revealed at AsianInvestor’s Institutional Excellence Awards dinner on Wednesday (December 6) at the Ritz Carlton Millenia in Singapore.