China's Top Corporate Access Providers

Ranking Overview Methodology

In the 2021 ranking of China’s Top Corporate Access Providers, CICC topped the overall survey, followed by UBS in second and the addition of more global firms down the ranks. Morgan Stanley took third, while Citi and JPMorgan Chase & Co. placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

As in the other surveys, two additional leaderboards were created to capture the difference between the international and domestic view. CICC topped the mainland leaderboard, while UBS was No. 1 on the international ranking.

But no matter where investors are based, corporate access has continued to evolve since the onset of the pandemic, when the whole industry went instantly virtual.

“A large portion of our corporate access activities switched from offline meetings to online conferences since the pandemic broke out,” CICC’s Haizhou reported. “For those clients who feel necessary to meet management, we arranged tailor-made corporate visit trips for them based on our strong corporate connections.” Online corporate calls have increased more than 500 percent since 2019 and a recent investment conference in Shanghai comprised both onsite and online portions for corporates and investors.

“When the Covid situation is brought under control, we believe in-person meetings are still more preferable for some clients,” he added. “However, going hybrid also gives the flexibility to keep things going without interruption under the ever-changing Covid situation.”

With more than two years of experience and technology enhancements, CICC believes corporate access can only become “more scalable and user-friendly.”

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For the ranking of China’s Top Corporate Access Providers, voters were invited to rate firms on criteria at the firm level only across six performance attributes.

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