This is the sixth year for AsianInvestor’s Korea Awards, and the country's funds industry has never been bigger, standing at $679 billion in assets under management, according to the Korea Financial Investment Association. Several of this year’s winners have enjoyed rapid AUM gains thanks to strong returns delivered over the past several years.

But the industry has also never faced greater challenges, including falling interest rates, fee compression and questions over the value added by active managers. AsianInvestor’s awards showcase real performance: although backward-looking, the awards do make the case for dynamism in the Korean funds industry.

Winners submitted written documents, and those shortlisted attended pitch meetings in Seoul with AsianInvestor editorial staff; some additional interviews were conducted by telephone. Awards cover services for both institutional and retail clients, except for the 'institutional solutions provider' categories. The decisions are made by AsianInvestor's editorial team.

Complete write-ups for each award will appear in the May edition of our print edition. Congratulations to the winners.

PRODUCT AWARDS

Best Korean equities manager
(large fund house)
Shinyoung Asset Management

Best Korean equities manager
(small fund house)
Lazard Asset Management

Best Korean equities manager, small and mid-cap
NH-CA Asset Management

Best international equities manager
Schroder Investment Management

Best Korean fixed-income manager
Baring Asset Management

Best international fixed-income manager
Mirae Asset Global Investments

ETF manager of the year
Mirae Asset Global Investments

Best alternatives manager
Samsung SRA Asset Management

INSTITUTIONAL SOLUTIONS AWARDS

Institutional solutions provider: equities
MFS Investment Management

Institutional solutions provider: fixed income
Columbia Threadneedle

Institutional solutions provider: alternatives
Gaw Capital

MARQUEE AWARDS

CIO of the year
Kang Sung-Seog, Korean Teachers’ Credit Union

Korea asset manager of the year
To be announced with AsianInvestor’s regional Achievement Awards this April