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Categories and criteria

Judges score entries for excellence, demonstrated clearly and concisely, in these key areas: performance, growth, innovation, development, client service, commitment to Europe and the industry, achieved between June 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

INDIVIDUAL & COMPANY AWARDS

European Personality of the Year
Nominated by the Funds Europe advisory board and readers (please see entry requirements for European Personality and CIO of the year). The winner will be an outstanding, high-profile, high-achieving member of the asset management community. The winning entry will be someone who has made a personal contribution during the twelve months to June 30, 2020 to the success, growth, development and profile of their organisation and to the reputation of the industry.

European CIO of the Year
Nominated by the Funds Europe advisory board and readers (please see entry requirements for European Personality and CIO of the year). The winner will have achieved growth and excellent investment returns through strong, innovative leadership, strategic thinking and successful achievement of stated investment aims.

European Asset Management Firm of the Year (three awards)

  1. AuM at June 30, 2020 less than €20 billion
    Entries must demonstrate exceptional outcomes for the stated investment strategy across a smaller or more limited range of funds during the twelve-month period.
  2. AuM at June 30, 2020 €20-€100 billion
  3. AuM at June 30, 2020 greater than €100 billion

Entries must demonstrate exceptional outcomes for the stated investment strategy across a broad range of fund types during the twelve- month period. All three sub-categories key evidence includes AuM at the start/end of the twelve-month period, pattern of net inflows, number of funds and their performance figures, and a list of markets in which the firm is active. Further evidence of success may include the firm’s record in customer service, product development and launches, and thought leadership or research.

SOCIAL AWARDS

Outstanding Community Contribution of the Year
We aim to award submissions that demonstrate positive impact on communities external to the submitting company. The community award will look to highlight initiatives such as charitable training, youth placements and other community projects tackling social challenges.

Diversity and Inclusion Leader of the Year
The winner of this award will show contributions to diversity and inclusion in the industry or related group. The submission must evidence long term and sustainable support for diversity and inclusion – demonstrating that the outcome is not a one-off or temporary initiative. Entrants should also evidence measurable initiatives that have a positive impact on diversity and/or inclusion.

SPECIALIST AWARDS

European Alternative Investment Manager of the Year*
European Specialist Investment Firm of the Year (excluding alternatives)*
European ETF Provider of the Year
European Smart Beta Provider of the Year

The winners in these categories will have enhanced the reputation of their particular investment speciality during the twelve-month period. Evidence of success will include growth in AuM, pattern of net inflows, stability of performance, product development and innovation, increased acceptability and uptake in target markets. The submission must also demonstrate a coherent company culture contributing to its success and explain why this speciality works for it.

(* examples for specialist investment  firm include “Fund of Funds”, “Currency Manager”, “Socially Responsible Investment” and “Fixed Income Manager”. Examples for alternative investment manager include “Real Estate, “Private Equity” and “Infrastructure”)

BUSINESS AWARDS

European Fund Launch of the Year
We will reward a fund launch from the eighteen months to 30 June 2020 that brought to market a brand new product. The entry should state the rationale for the product, list markets and dates where the product was launched, state how the product is innovatory and/or different and/or timely, include marketing campaign objectives and outcomes, and give figures for assets gathered for this product in the eighteen-month period.

European Marketing Campaign of the Year
We will reward a campaign for a brand or product which has appeared in the European marketplace. The entry should describe the aim(s) of the campaign, provide a list of target markets, describe media used to reach specific market segments, explain the rationale for those choices, and provide analysis of what made it an outstanding and successful campaign.

European Thought Leadership of the Year
The winner of this award (company or individual) will have published ground-breaking research or opinion (typically in one or more white papers) that judges consider most relevant and vital to solving challenges faced by asset managers. The field is wide open: challenges may range from operational risk management to diversification, from provider selection to more effective performance measurement.

European Consultant of the Year
Entries are welcomed from the legal, academic, investment advisory or technology advisory sectors. The winner will be an advisor or consultancy that has shown a strong commitment to the European funds industry. In the twelve- month period the advisor will have contributed significantly and demonstrably to the successful performance of its clients. The entry may include one or more outline case-studies where significant value has been added; an indicative list of contributions to industry-wide thinking or research; and examples of innovatory practice.

SUPPORT AWARDS

European Administrator of the Year
European Hedge Fund Administrator of the Year
European Alternative Administrator of the Year*
European Specialist Administrator of the Year*
European Custodian of the Year
European Transfer Agent of the Year

The winning entries will demonstrate, as appropriate to their sector, their achievements in the twelve months to June 30, 2020 by listing business wins or renewals listing domiciles in Europe and asset classes covered; providing AuA/AuC figures for the start and end of the period; describing innovatory practice and investment in new technology or support infrastructure; providing evidence of having benefitted from smoother operations and/or new value-added services; and listing significant contributions to industry-wide thinking or research. (* examples for alternative administrator may include “Real Estate”, “Private Equity” or ‘Infrastructure”. Examples for specialist are “ETF”, “SRI”, etc.)

Entries deadline: Monday, 21 September, 2020

Please email Sam Buttress at [email protected] with any questions or enquiries.


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