AsianInvestor has embarked on a research project to identify the top 100 asset management companies by assets invested in Asia-Pacific.

Through this venture, the first categorisation of its kind we believe, we aim to underline how fund houses weight this region versus the rest of the world. In other words, are they just paying lip-service to Asia as a great growth opportunity, or are they putting real money to work here.

The main list of 100 firms we have compiled is based in absolute AUM numbers, although we also break out derivative lists, such as the leading global fund firms invested in Asia by percentage of global assets.

We will publish our lists in full in the forthcoming June edition of AsianInvestor magazine, with an accompanying write-up. But we are giving our online readers an early taster, revealing a new segment from our top 100 list each week, in descending order.

We began last week with 91-100, featuring nine Asian firms and one global house, Threadneedle Investments. This week we unveil numbers 81-90, below. Again, the list is dominated by Asian companies, with a broad spread taking in China, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Korea.

There are also four global firms, with a late adjustment meaning that Threadneedle now appears in both lists, at the expense of Pinebridge, which now sits in 90th place. The first column of numbers below represents Asia-Pacific AUM in billions, the latter is global AUM in billions.