To select the members for Institutional Investor’s 2021 Asia’s Top Corporate Access Providers, we invited participants in the 2021 All-Asia Research Team and 2021 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 2021 All-Asia Research Team survey, representing the buy-side point of view, we received responses from 693 investors at 434 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.

From the 2021 All-Asia Executive Team Survey, representing the corporate point of view, 164 corporates voted for both sell-side firms and third-party providers. The five attributes ranked were: Conferences, Feedback, Investor introductions, Non-deal roadshows and Site visits.

Each attribute score was based on the place awarded to the firm. Scores were then aggregated to create the overall result.

The Corporate Access Leaders table, based on the corporates’ responses, tabulated each firm’s overall scores to produce a table comprised of the top-ten firms.

The names of those surveyed are kept confidential to ensure their continuing cooperation. Voters are required to meet eligibility requirements, and all ballots are subject to review by II’s Research Operations Group.