Sponsors

Foundation Sponsor

Norges Bank Investment Management

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) manages the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. NBIM’s mission is to safeguard and build financial wealth for future generations. It aims to do this with acceptable risk, in a responsible, efficient and transparent manner. The fund invests globally in equities, fixed income and real estate. It holds shares in more than 9,000 companies and had a market value of approximately US$950 billion at the end of June 2017.

Founding Sponsor

CLSA

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Hong Kong, CLSA operates from 20 cities across Asia, Australia, the Americas and Europe. CLSA is recognised as a leading Asian capital market and investment group that connects global investors to insights, liquidity and capital to drive their global investment strategies.

Award-winning research, an extensive Asia footprint, direct links to China and highly experienced finance professionals differentiate CLSA’s wide range of services in asset management, corporate finance, capital markets, securities and wealth management.

As the international platform of CITIC Securities, CLSA is uniquely positioned to facilitate cross-border capital flows and connect China to the world and the world to China.

Principal Sponsor

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aberdeen Standard Investments is headquarted in Scotland. It is the asset management business of Standard Life Aberdeen, one of the world’s largest investment companies. It has around 1.2m shareholders and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Standard Life Aberdeen group was formed by the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management on August 14, 2017.

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a leading global asset manager dedicated to creating long-term value for its clients. With over 1,000 investment professionals, it manages £583 billion of global assets for clients in 80 countries supported by 50 relationship offices.

It is a high-conviction, long-term investor that believes teamwork and collaboration are the key to delivering repeatable, superior investment performance. Aberdeen Standard Investments is resolute in its commitment to active asset management.

Supporting Sponsor

EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services it delivers helps to build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. EY develops outstanding leaders who assist in delivering its promises to all of its stakeholders. In so doing, it plays a critical role in building a better working world for its people, clients and their communities.

EY refers to the global organisation and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.

Gala Dinner Sponsor

China Universal Asset Management

China Universal Asset Management (CUAM) was founded in May 2004. It is one of the fastest-growing and well-respected asset managers in China. Headquartered in Shanghai, CUAM provides a full range of services to retail and institutional investors through branch offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hong Kong. The firm ranks among the top-tier Chinese fund houses with US$74 billion in assets under management and 35 million investors, as at June 30, 2017.

As a proactive participant in domestic and international markets, CUAM was one of the first organisations to be licensed as an investment manager for QDII, segregated accounts, insurance assets, QFII/RQFII, as well as National Social Security Fund onshore and offshore. The firm also manages funds domiciled in Hong Kong, Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands, to provide comprehensive product solutions globally. CUAM was the first financial institution from China to join ACGA.

For the past 13 years, CUAM has been awarded many accolades including ‘Golden Fund Top Companies’ by Shanghai Securities News, ‘Best Bond House’ and ‘Best Electronic Trading Platform in China’ by Asia Asset Management.

Luncheon Sponsors

Capital Group

Capital Group is one of the most successful fund management groups in the world with an 86-year history of managing equity, fixed-income and private equity assets for all types of investors. Since 1931, Capital Group has been singularly focused on delivering superior, consistent results for long-term investors using high-conviction portfolios, rigorous research and individual accountability.

Today, Capital Group manages more than US$1.5 trillion in long-term assets for individual and institutional investors around the world.

Capital Group has been serving investors in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 30 years, employing more than 260 associates at its offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Cartica Management

Cartica Management is a concentrated, long-only emerging markets investment manager with US$3 billion assets under management. As a single strategy manager, Cartica manages a series of parallel fund vehicles all investing together with a particular emphasis on improvements in corporate governance.

Its specialised active ownership strategy seeks to enhance publicly traded company valuations by persuading firms to adopt new policies (including dividend policies, levered recaps, disposal of non-core assets, eliminating structures that prevent efficient allocation of capital) which will be rewarded by the market.

Founded in January of 2008 by a team of former senior executives of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation along with a senior investment executive, Cartica is privately held, employee- and majority women-owned.

Workshop Sponsors

Blackpeak

Blackpeak is an international investigative research and risk advisory firm dedicated to uncovering critical risk-related information for our clients worldwide. It specialises in investigative due diligence, investigations and security, and business intelligence research. Each project is executed by its in-house team with unmatched in-country expertise, using customised investigative methodologies. Blackpeak’s team members have been managing risk consulting projects for more than 20 years covering all industries across the globe. Founded in Asia, the firm now operates from strategic locations in key financial and economic centres, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and New York.

Centre For Audit Quality

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organisation dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. The CAQ fosters high quality performance by public company auditors, convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention, and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. Based in Washington, DC, the CAQ is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs.

CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organisation is a champion for ethical behaviour in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has over 152,000 members in 163 countries and territories, including 145,000 CFA charterholders, and 148 member societies.

Media Partner

Financial Times

The Financial Times (FT), one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined print and digital global daily audience of over two million. With today’s boards under more pressure than ever before, the FT has designed a diploma to equip internationally-minded independent non-executive directors (INED) for the specific requirements of the role. This in-depth learning assists INEDs to carry out their duties successfully for their own benefit and to increase long term value for companies whose boards they sit on. An international network of senior leaders opens up a life-long network for future learning, networking and support.

Supporting Organisation

Institutional Investor Advisory Services

Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS) is an advisory firm, dedicated to providing participants in the Indian market with independent opinion, research and data on corporate governance issues as well as voting recommendations on shareholder resolutions on close to 700 companies representing 95% of the market cap.

Today IiAS is recognised for its fiercely independent and objective voting recommendations and for shaping the governance debate in India. Its research and advocacy have resulted in a number of regulatory changes. Some of these include companies being mandated to disclose a dividend policy, appoint independent women directors (proposed), boards focussing on cyber security (proposed) and re-tasking the stakeholder committee (proposed).

Subscribers receive access to bespoke research under the “Institutional EYE” umbrella, comprising event-based and thematic research and regulatory and policy updates. IiAS assists institutions with their engagement with company management and boards.

IiAS offers two cloud-based solutions: IiAS ADRIAN and comPAYre. The former captures shareholder meetings and voting data and provides packaged data that can be used to gain insights on how investors view specific issues and gain greater predictability regarding how they might vote. The comPAYre platform provides users access to remuneration and pay-versus-performance data for executive directors across S&P BSE 500 companies over a six-year period.

Organiser

Asian Corporate Governance Association

The Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) is an independent, non-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting long-term and substantive improvements in corporate governance in Asia through research, advocacy and education.

ACGA’s membership network comprises 115 blue-chip companies, including global investment institutions, listed and unlisted companies, insurers, financial intermediaries, professional firms and educational bodies based in Asia and around the world. See graphics overleaf.

Independent Research and Publications
ACGA is well known for its regional report CG Watch, which provides members with an in-depth analysis of corporate governance in Asia and Australia. Since 2003, eight CG Watch reports have been published in collaboration with CLSA (a founding ACGA member).

Our bimonthly publication, the Asia Regional Briefing (ARB), provides contemporary analysis of corporate governance developments and issues from 11 Asian markets.

Advocacy
Since our last conference we have been active in consulting members and preparing submissions to regulators on a range of issues: Hong Kong’s proposed third board; India’s new corporate governance committee; Japan’s revision to its stewardship code; and Singapore’s possible listing of dual-class shares.

Confidential meetings are regularly facilitated so that members from Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America can interact and discuss pertinent issues in corporate governance in Asia. These discussions are enhanced by member participation in our two specialised working groups focusing on Japan and Korea.

This year, ACGA organised two member delegations, the first to China and the second to Korea, to meet and engage with organisations from the public and private sectors. These interactive and highly practical meetings aid members’ understanding of current practices and enable them to engage directly with the companies and bodies that are of collective interest. Members achieve a level of access that could not be realised on an individual basis. Since 2009, we have led 16 member delegations to 10 Asian markets.

Education
We launched our annual conference in 2001, and since then we have held the event in a different Asian country each year. Apart from our conference, in spring and autumn we host specialised in-person member briefings in Hong Kong and Singapore (and ad hoc meetings in other locations). We also offer in-house presentations for members on specialised topics.

Website
We have relaunched our website. New features include an advocacy archive featuring white papers, submissions and presentations from 2004 onwards. During November 2017, we will be launching our members-only site offering information and content exclusively for members.