2016 Asia's Top Corporate Access Providers

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Trio of Firms Tops 2016 Roster of Asia’s Top Corporate Access Providers

No single firm stands out in investors’ minds as the undisputed champion when it comes to providing access to Asia’s corporate chieftains. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse climb from second place to join last year’s winner, Morgan Stanley, atop Institutional Investor’s 2016 roster of Asia’s Top Corporate Access Providers. Each earns a place in every one of the survey’s 18 industry sectors that produced publishable results.

However, when a rating of 4 is applied to each first-place position, 3 to each second-place position and so on, Morgan Stanley pulls well ahead of the pack, with a weighted score of 64 to BofA Merrill’s 45 and Credit Suisse’s 40.

In fourth place overall is UBS, with 17 spots, followed by Citi, with 13.

A total of 47 firms make the cut (plus an additional 28 that receive an honorable mention). Click on the Leaders link in the navigation table at right to view the highest-ranked institutions.

Data regarding ranked firms not appearing here are available from the Institutional Investor Research Group; for information please contact Esther Weisz at 212-224-3307 or eweisz@iiresearchgroup.com.

Each year, II asks money managers that vote in the broader All-Asia Research Team survey to indicate which sell-side firms excel at arranging meetings with the nation’s top executives, and this year we received responses from some 2,220 investors at 860 institutions that collectively manage an estimated $1.4 trillion in Asia ex-Japan equities.

Among the highlights of the 2016 results:

• Morgan Stanley captures first place in 14 categories — that’s nearly five times the number of sector victories claimed by any other firm. Credit Suisse comes in second when firms are measured by this metric, with three first-place finishes.

• Citi logs the biggest sector gains. Its team position total rises by five, to 13.

• Deutsche Bank is alone among the top-ranked firms in having fewer positions this year than in 2015.

• Internet is the only sector in which no firm earns a runner-up position. Power, Property, Telecommunications and Transportation have the most runners-up, with four apiece.

For information about how we compiled this ranking, click on Methodology.


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