Overview

For the best access to corporate executives in Asia, investors turn to Morgan Stanley.

The global investment bank placed first in Institutional Investor’s ranking of Asia’s Top Corporate Access Providers for the seventh year in a row, as voted on by more than 840 investors at 470 money management firms. Morgan Stanley’s reign at the top of the leaderboard continues despite a change in methodology which weighted votes by how much respondents paid in sell-side commissions, as opposed to their level of assets under management.

Citi was ranked second by buy-side investors, while Bank of America Merrill Lynch placed third.

This year’s corporate respondents, however, were less enamored with Morgan Stanley as a corporate access provider, ranking the bank fifth. CLSA-CITICS came first according to the 216 total corporations that voted, followed by Citi in second, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. in third.