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Asia (ex-Japan’s) Top Corporate Access Providers

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A lagging China has benefited other countries in the region—and it has also kept Asia’s top corporate access providers on their toes.

“Asia is a diverse region with unique characteristics and deep complexities,” said Dennis Zhang, Asia head of corporate access for Morgan Stanley. “When client interest shifts from one country to another, we need to be nimble and take quick action to put in place events and themes that address their new areas of focus.”

The exodus of investors from China over the past couple of years has boosted adjacent markets as liquidity moved over to India, Japan, Taiwan, and to a lesser extent ASEAN and Korea, according to Vivian Lee, head of APAC corporate access at UBS. But 2024 has marked a change, with investor sentiment tentatively warming in China.

To select the members for II Research’s 2024 Asia’s Top Corporate Access Providers, we invited participants in the 2024 Asia Research Team and 2024 Asia Executive Team Surveys to provide feedback on the firms that provided the best corporate access on a number of attributes.

From the 2024 Asia Research Team survey, representing the buy-side point of view, we received responses from 690 investors at 397 firms. This group rated sell-side firms on a scale from 1 to 5 across the following corporate access attributes: Team Quality, Field Trips, Conferences, Roadshows, Logistics, and Virtual Events.

Each vote was weighted by the voting firm’s Asia (ex-Japan) commission range and the rating awarded to create the rankings.

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 attribute to produce a table of the top-ten firms.

From the 2024 Asia Executive Team Survey, representing the corporate point of view, 256 corporates voted for both sell-side firms and third-party providers. Voters ranked their top four firms in the following attributes: Virtual conferences, Feedback, Investor introductions or ad hoc requests, Non-deal roadshows, and Reverse roadshows/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 Research's Operations Group.

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