Morgan Stanley remains undefeated in its ability to grant investors access to Asian companies – but perhaps not for much longer.

Institutional Investor’s sixth annual ranking of Asia’s Top Corporate Access Providers saw buy-side voters once again rank Morgan Stanley as No. 1, as they have every year since the survey launched in 2013. This year, however, the New York-based bank tied for first with rival UBS Group, which has been gradually moving up the roster from its fourth-place debut five years ago.

More than 2,800 investors at 1,085 firms participated in II's 2018 survey, representing some $1.7 trillion in Asian equities, excluding Japan. They rated firms based on corporate access offerings such as one-on-one meetings with executives, site visits, investor conferences, and non-deal roadshows. Voters also considered attributes such as their communication and execution of logistics.

Morgan Stanley also kept its foremost positions among corporate voters, who separately ranked their favorite corporate access providers in their second year of being surveyed by II. Just under 200 corporate voters participated in the survey.