State Street Announces Winners of the 2018 Institutional Press Awards, Asia Pacific

Thursday, November 29, 2018 2:08 pm EST


"It has been both a challenging and stimulating task for the panel of judges to choose and honour the winners from an outstanding field of entries"

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced today the winners of the seventh annual State Street Institutional Press Awards, Asia Pacific, which recognizes outstanding institutional financial news reporting across the region.

A record number of submissions were received this year, with more than 200 entries from publications across Asia Pacific including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan and Philippine. This year, an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) category was introduced to commend the media’s reporting and analysis of the rise of ESG investing.

All winners were chosen by an independent panel of six industry professionals led by William Mellor, former senior writer and Asia correspondent with Bloomberg News, and currently independent writer, producer and consultant. The panel of judges also included:

  • Professor Anthony Fung, director, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, who was also the lead judge for the Chinese categories 
  • Andrew Main, veteran business journalist, emcee and commentator
  • Nick Pollard, managing director, Asia Pacific, The CFA Institute
  • Sally Wong, CEO, Hong Kong Investment Funds Association
  • Wu Chen, editorial director, The Economist Global Business Review

The outstanding contribution to institutional journalism recognition was awarded to Alison Tudor-Ackroyd, Managing Editor of Haymarket Financial Media, which publishes FinanceAsia, AsianInvestor and CorporateTreasurer. The judges were impressed with her breadth of experience in, and deep understanding of institutional journalism, her quality of writing, commitment to accurate reporting and the development of fledgling reporters in Asia Pacific. Alison has over 20 years reporting on institutional investment stories in Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Milan and Paris for the likes of Reuters and Wall Street Journal in addition to Haymarket.

“We congratulate all of the winners and highly commended journalists for their high quality and professional work,” said Wai-Kwong Seck, State Street’s Chief Executive Officer, APAC. “We are pleased to host this special event for the seventh year. It recognizes journalism’s significant contribution in bridging the gap between the investment community and the public to foster a deeper understanding of the latest developments in the financial world in this region.”

“It has been both a challenging and stimulating task for the panel of judges to choose and honour the winners from an outstanding field of entries,” said William Mellor, the lead judge for the press awards. “It is particularly rewarding to see that the enthusiasm for and participation in the Press Awards continues to grow each year. So, too, does the quality of submissions.”

The 2018 winners and highly commended are as follows:

Journalist of the Year – Pensions Issues

  • Winnier: Tim Burroughs [Winning article: Japanese LPs: Stirring giants (Asian Venture Capital Journal)]
  • Highly Commended: Jolie Ho [Winning article: China’s Retirement Race Against Time (AsianInvestor)]
  • Highly Commended: Carmela Mendoza [Winning article: CalSTRS’ Ailman on how to stay relevant in a world awash with capital (Private Equity International)]

Journalist of the Year – Investment

  • Winner: Peggy Sito [Winning article: How did 10 investors divvy up a 73-storey office tower? They picked ping pong balls from a hat (South China Morning Post)]
  • Highly Commended: Alison Tudor-Ackroyd [Winning article: Hong Kong's property tycoons finally unlocking value (FinanceAsia)]
  • Highly Commended: Richard Morrow [Winning article: Charting a course into A-shares (AsianInvestor)]

Journalist of the Year – Investor Services 

  • Winner: Justin Niessner [Winning article: Back office technology: Clearing cobwebs (Asian Venture Capital Journal)]
  • Highly Commended: Richard Newell [Winning article: Investing in Digital Defences (AsianInvestor)]
  • Highly Commended: Dan Barnes [Winning article: Get risk quick (Global Investor)]

Journalist of the Year – FinTech

  • Winner: Alison Tudor-Ackroyd [Winning article: Breaking the code: Behind Alipay's & WeChat's overseas push (FinanceAsia)]
  • Highly Commended: Shu-Ching Jean Chen [Winning article: Chinese Giant Ping An Looks Beyond Insurance To A Fintech Future (Forbes Asia)]
  • Highly Commended: Larissa Ku [Winning article: Cargill – the truth behind our blockchain LC transaction (The CorporateTreasurer)]

Journalist of the Year – Alternatives

  • Winner: Tim Burroughs [Winning article: Impact agenda: Attracting institutional capital (Asian Venture Capital Journal)]
  • Highly Commended: Alison Tudor-Ackroyd [Winning article: Landlords of the cloud: Data centres as investments (FinanceAsia)]
  • Highly Commended: Winnie Liu [Winning article: China family offices: In the money (Asian Venture Capital Journal)]

Journalist of the Year – Regulation

  • Winner: Arshiya Khullar [Winning article: Real estate’s anti-corruption crusade (Private Equity Real Estate)]
  • Highly Commended: Joe Marsh [Winning article: Moody's SFC penalty could harm China's capital markets (AsianInvestor)]
  • Highly Commended: Tim Burroughs [Winning article: Hong Kong technology IPOs: Size matters (Asian Venture Capital Journal)]

Journalist of the Year – ESG

  • Winner: Richard Newell [Winning article: From Passive Investor to Active Steward (AsianInvestor)]
  • Highly Commended: Richard Morrow [Winning article: Sizing up the status of ESG (AsianInvestor)]
  • Highly Commended: Morgan Davis [Winning article: Regulators and local innovators drive progress in southeast Asia (GlobalCapital)]

Award for Best Newcomer

  • Winner Ernest Chan [Winning article: Investing amid uncertainty (AsianInvestor)]
  • Highly Commended: Kate Lin [Winning article: China fund distribution remains rough (Fund Selector Asia)]
  • Highly Commended: Suhas Bhat [Winning article: AML & KYC: Tough year for banks, tough year for treasurers (The CorporateTreasurer)]

Award for Best Editorial Comment

  • Winner: Richard Morrow [Winning article: Making the long play (AsianInvestor)]
  • Highly Commended: Brad Maclean [Winning article: How GDPR Could Deflate the Blockchain Hype (Regulation Asia)]
  • Paolo Danese [Winning article: President Xi shows how to make stalling look like reform (GlobalRMB)]

Journalist of the Year – Investment (Chinese language category)

  • Winner: Wang Jiao [Winning article: 善用套保 成就現券風控「聰明人」(China Securities Journal)]
  • Highly Commended: Denis Lam, Zelda Yu [Winning article: 加息成趨勢 另類基金抗息魔 (iMoney)]
  • Highly Commended: Cho-Han Yang [Winning article: 不保證保本的目標到期債券保單 狂賣600億有理嗎? (CommonWealth Magazine)]

Journalist of the Year – Alternatives (Chinese language category)

  • Winner: Peter Chi-Yuan Chou [Winning article: 馬雲入股高鑫 阿里巴巴「新零售」戰略完成最重要一步 (Business Today)]
  • Highly Commended: Yao Yao [Winning article: 今年迄今中資對美併購銳降八成 美國對外來投資審查趨嚴 (21st Century Business Herald)]
  • Highly Commended: Irene Wong [Winning article: 教主的大愛與小愛 (Hong Kong Economic Journal)]

Journalist of the Year – Regulation (Chinese language category)

  • Winner: Jen-Wei Liang, Peter Chi-Yuan Chou [Winning article: 史上最殘酷 台商淘汰賽 中國限汙令衝擊全解讀 (Business Today)]
  • Highly Commended: May Lee [Winning article: 新盤歎慢板 樓價愈升愈急 政府掟空置稅 震懾地產商 (East Week)]

Journalist of the Year – FinTech (Chinese language category)

  • Winner: Ching-Shan Cheng, Pell Ng, Yui-Foon Choi [Winning article: Bitcoin狂潮席捲香港 (iMoney)]
  • Highly Commended: May Lee [Winning article: Airbnb大包圍搶客 辣㷫全城酒店大亨 (East Week)]
  • Highly Commended: Jing Chen, Kang-Wei Wong [Winning article: ICO不適合一般投資散戶 (Lianhe Zaobao)]

Journalist of the Year – ESG (Chinese language category)

  • Winner: Peter Chi-Yuan Chou [Winning article: 紅色刺客 舜宇光學揭密 (Business Today)]
  • Highly Commended: Ailin Zhou [Winning article: 除了MSCI納入名單 機構更看重234家A股公司的ESG評測 (China Business News)]
  • Highly Commended: Ching-Shan Cheng [Winning article: 綠色投資新趨勢 (iMoney)]

Award for Best Newcomer (Chinese language category)

  • Winner: Denis Lam [Winning article: 市場趨波動 無損趨勢投資優勢 (iMoney)]

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Institutional Journalism

  • Winner Alison Tudor-Ackroyd [Haymarket]

To read the winners’ articles and learn more about the awards, please visit

About State Street Corporation
State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) is one of the world's leading providers of financial services to institutional investors, including investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading. With $33.99 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $2.81 trillion* in assets under management as of September 30, 2018, State Street operates in more than 100 geographic markets worldwide, including the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For more information, visit State Street’s website at
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