To select the members for Institutional Investor’s 2020 Asia’s Top Corporate Access Providers, we invited participants in the 2020 All-Asia Research Team and 2020 All-Asia Executive Team Surveys to provide feedback on the firms that provided the best corporate access, overall and on a number of attributes.

From the 2020 All-Asia Research Team survey, representing the buy-side point of view, we received responses from more than 586 investors at 391 firms. This group rated sell-side firms on a scale from 1 to 5 for the overall corporate access they provided in 15 regions: Australia/New Zealand, China, Europe, Frontier Markets, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, North America, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Each vote was weighted by the voting firm’s Asia (ex-Japan) commission range and the rating awarded to create the rankings. Additionally, a second result was created using the assets under management, rather than commissions, as the weighting.

The Corporate Access Leaders table, based on the buy-side voter’s survey, was calculated by adding together a firm’s overall corporate access scores within each region to produce a table of the top-ten firms.