Executive Summary

Global Pandemic Disrupts Plans of Institutions and Asset Managers color blocks

Asian institutional assets have grown by more than 80% since 2012, reaching nearly $15 trillion in 2020.

Over that same period, institutions throughout Asia increased the portion of their assets distributed outsourced to external firms for management from 16% to 22%.

Allianz Global Investors and PIMCO, the 2020 Greenwich Quality Leaders in Asian Institutional Investment Management, both stepped up as soon as the crisis began by reaching out to clients and helping them navigate the volatility.


Between January and March 2020, Greenwich Associates conducted 144 interviews with senior decision-makers at the largest institutional investors in Asia (ex. Japan). Senior fund professionals were asked to provide detailed information on their investment strategies, quantitative and qualitative evaluations of their investment managers, and qualitative assessments of those managers soliciting their business. Countries and regions where interviews were conducted include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong/Macau, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.