The inaugural Structured Products awards have a very simple objective: to recognise excellence and innovation.
Awards have been broken down into five sections. Our innovation of the year award was open to every company active in the structured products market - whether they were a distributor, index provider, or technology company.
Our structurer awards were open to the banks who manufacturer derivatives-based investment products, and our distributor awards were open to those companies that sell these products on to the end investor, at the retail or high-net-worth level.
Specialist awards recognise innovations by a variety of companies who have stood out as leaders in their specialist areas - ranging from technology innovations to excellence in the field of sharia compliance.
Finally, our regional awards commend companies that have shone as leading lights in Asia and North America. They also serve as a precursor to more in depth awards for the regions, to be published in 2006.
Winners were chosen from a large field in every category, after careful consideration by Structured Products editorial team. Over the past year, we have noted achievements and asked the market for their opinions as to who is the best in the business. We took these comments on board, conducted our own research and devised a shortlist for each category. We then conducted interviews with the respective companies and decided upon the winner in-house.
Structured Products congratulates all the winners, and encourages those who missed out to look forward to next year's awards.
Award write-ups were compiled by Paul Lyon, Shamillia Sivathambu, Amanda Lee and John Ferry.
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