AsianInvestor today announces the second set of recipients of its seventh annual Institutional Excellence Awards, which are designed to recognise the region's leading asset owners in terms of their capabilities and investing prowess across Asia Pacific. 

This category of awards reveals the winning asset owners by institutional type. We began by announcing the winners by market area on Wednesday (December 16) and will conclude with winners by proficiency on Friday (December 18). 

Recipients in the institutional categories are recognised for excellence against their peers across the region. Given the breadth of the region and different markets contained within, the level of sophistication can vary greatly, so we attempt to judge both ogoing excellence and improvements to investing processes.

INSTITUTIONAL WINNERS

PENSION FUND  SMALL (less than $50bn AUM) 
Public Officials Benefit Association (Korea)

PENSION FUND  LARGE (over $50bn AUM)
National Pension Service (Korea)

LIFE INSURER
Ping An Insurance (Group) Company (China)

SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND
New Zealand Super Fund 

INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR INTO ASIA PACIFIC 
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Canada)

These awards are not designed 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 make deliberative efforts to become more sophisticated, process-driven investors with an eye towards long-term returns. 

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 then discussed these nominations with a panel of  expert anonymous judges, drawn from the Asia investment industry. In addition, we canvassed the views of senior executives at fund management firms, consultancies, banks and other service providers, and conducted internal research, before making our final decisions. 

AsianInvestor would like to thank our judges for their time and candour, along with the many people throughout the region who helped us in this awards process.

Complete write-ups explaining our decisions and profiling these institutions will appear online early in 2021, and will also be presented in the Winter 2020/2021 print edition of AsianInvestor.

Winners who are interested in receiving a physical award or wish to have logo rights to help publicise news of their success should speak to AsianInvestor's publisher Tom Griffin, at [email protected].