Asia Risk Awards 2018 Categories


Regulator of the year

This category aims to recognize the best regulator in the Asia-Pacific region.  With agreement globally almost secured in the post crisis regulatory agenda, the focus shifts to implementation. We will focus on the regulator who is ahead of the game,  has been proactive instead of reactive when it comes to acting against any excessive risk build up and one which takes a balanced approach in allowing just the right amount of risk appetite to encourage innovation while at the same time ensuring market integrity remains intact.

House of the year

  • House of the year Asia ex-Japan 

  • House of the year Japan 

  • Regional house of the year

Banks nominating themselves for Asia Risk’s Asia-ex Japan, Japan and regional house of the year awards should be strong in at least three asset classes. Case studies supporting how the bank has met client needs are very important. Equal weight will be placed on examples relating to risk management and structuring of investment products. Evidence to back up claims, in the form of client references, will be vital to success – what your clients say about you is one of the most important parts of the process.

Asset class house of the year 

  • Credit derivatives house of the year

  • Currency derivatives house of the year

  • Equity derivatives house of the year

  • Interest rate derivatives house of the year

  • Energy/commodities derivatives house of the year

  • Structured products house of the year

  • RMB house of the year

The criteria for the individual asset class awards is the same as for the house awards mentioned above, except this time, market leading structuring and risk management will be judged at a product level.


  • Deal of the year

To reflect the growing importance of risk solutions at work, this category will spotlight individual client engagements. Pitching banks should present a case study that highlights creativity, teamwork and a good outcome for the client – the resulting risks must be shown to have been managed appropriately.

  •  Bank risk manager of the year 

This award appreciates the achievement of an institution’s risk management leadership. It recognizes an individual’s role in augmenting the risk management function of the institution. Applicants should outline risk management processes, policies and systems, and describe any improvements made to the risk function over the past 12 months.  Of particular importance is how the risk management function performed during any particular episodes of volatility or market turbulence that was witnessed.

  • Risk data analytics house of the year

This category is open to banks, asset managers, securities houses, consultants and tech vendors who can demonstrate innovation and cutting edge use of big data to enhance risk modeling, tools to navigate the regulatory quagmire and product structuring. Points will be awarded for product innovation that is supported by robust risk management practices. The judges will also look at how satisfactorily the product offering addresses the needs of the market, or tackles particular challenges that clients are facing.

  • Quant house of the year

The Asia quant house of the year award will go to the financial institution that has proposed the most innovative and efficient quantitative solution in Asia. Both buy-side and sell-side quantitative models are eligible, as long as they are currently applied within the pitching financial institution or its clients. Models may pertain to any area of quantitative finance. 
Entries should be in the format of a scientific paper or a presentation and need to be sufficiently detailed for the judging panel to evaluate the merit of the proposed method. It is advisable to include numerical applications or case studies to support the validity of the solution. Where applicable, clients will be consulted.

  • Sustainable investment house of the year

This award is aimed at, financial institutions and fund managers who are at the forefront of facilitating or investing in sustainable investment and transparency themes that help enhance risk management.
This category offers an opportunity to showcase expertise and commitment to investment factors that factor in environmental, social and ethical standards along with good corporate governance. Such factors are increasingly in demand by investors and a growing sector of the investment industry 

  • Clearing bank of the year

  • ETF provider of the year

  • Derivatives exchange of the year 

  • Private bank of the year 

  • Collateral manager of the year 

  • Technology provider of the year

  • Technology development of the year

  • Broker of the year

  • Securities house of the year

  • Clearing house of the year

This section of the awards recognises best practice in providing services to banks and other financial institutions in relation to derivatives and risk management.  Submissions should focus on case studies that demonstrate innovation and volume of business conducted in the last 12 months.

Country house of the year

  • Australia

  • China

  • Hong Kong 

  • Indonesia 

  • Malaysia

  • South Korea 

  • Singapore

  • Taiwan

  • Thailand

  • Vietnam 

The individual house awards are looking for best practice in both risk management and derivatives use. For advanced economies, such as Australia and Singapore, or those with burgeoning derivatives markets such as South Korea and Malaysia, winners will be required to demonstrate an ability to manage complex structures. For the other countries it is more likely that risk management will be the differentiator between houses: how have firms dealt with liquidity and credit risk management requirements, for example? For both groups demonstrating a firm understanding of counterparty credit risk – such as the implementation of CVA throughout the business – will be beneficial.