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CLSA regains Asia’s No.1 brokerage for research and sales as voted by global institutional fund managers

23 November 2012

CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets (‘CLSA’), has regained the top ranking in the Overall Combined Regional Research and Sales for Asia (ex-Australia & Japan) this year after slipping to the second in 2011, according to the 23rd annual Asiamoney Brokers Poll, a survey with more than 5,900 individual responses received from around 2,300 institutions.

CLSA’s return to the top was testament to its strength in providing clients unrivalled equity research and economic analysis, through the highest quality sales services. CLSA once again secured the top four overall places in the poll: No.1 Overall Combined Regional Research and Sales (ex-Australia & Japan), No.1 Overall Regional Research (ex-Australia & Japan), No.1 Overall Regional Sales (ex-Australia & Japan) and No.1 Best Overall Regional Sales Services (ex-Japan).

Known by institutional fund managers globally for its second-to-none unconflicted research, CLSA was voted No.1 Most Independent Research Brokerage along with its equity strategist Christopher Wood who ranked the No.1 Best Strategist in Asia (ex-Japan) for the tenth time. CLSA’s technical analyst Laurence Balanco retained the title of No.1 Best Quantitative/Technical Analyst in Asia (ex-Japan) for the fifth consecutive year, whilst CLSA head of China consumer Xiaopo Wei scooped Asia’s No.1 Best Analyst for both Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples (ex-Japan). For the first time, CLSA head of Asia telecom & internet research Elinor Leung was ranked No.1 Best Analyst for Software & Internet Services (ex-Japan).

During the current market difficulty, CLSA has maintained its client-centric model which was recognised by global fund managers in countries such as Australia, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand where CLSA won the title of No.1 Best Salesperson in each of these markets according to the poll this year.

In Australia and Japan, CLSA has retained the same excellent results in the Overall Combined Research & Sales and maintained the No.2 position in Japan and No.3 position in Australia.

Overall, CLSA secured nearly 100 No.1 positions in research, sales and sales trading which include, but are not limited to:

No.1 Best Regional Individual Analyst No. 1 Best Regional Team (ex Japan) No.1 Best Overall Country Research No.1 Best Analyst by Country No1. Best Salesperson by Country No1. Best Overall Sales Services by Country No.1 Best in Sales Trading by Country No.1 Best Overall Execution by Country No.1 Most Improved Brokerage over the last 12 months by Country No.1 Best for Events and/or Conferences No.1 Best for Roadshows and Company Visits

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About Asiamoney 2012 Brokers Poll

The Asiamoney 2012 Brokers Poll surveys global institutional fund managers across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, it continues to be the largest poll of its kind for the Asia-Pacific region. This year, the poll attracted a total of 5,914 valid individual responses which was 33.5% higher than 2011. In terms of the number of institutions that voted, the poll did witness a slight drop in the number to about 2,300 this year. For further information, please visit http://www.asiamoney.com.

About Asia Plus Securities

CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets is Asia’s leading and longest-running independent brokerage and investment group. The company provides equity broking, investment banking and asset management services to global corporate and institutional clients.

Renowned for service excellence, product innovation and award-winning market intelligence, CLSA has built its reputation on unrivalled equity research and economic analysis which is consistently ranked the best in Asia.

CLSA was ranked the No.1 broker in Asia for the past 19 years in the Asiamoney No.1 Brokers Poll 1990-2008 published in July 2009. The company was voted Best Overall Brokerage in Asia (ex-Australia and Japan) for Combined Research and Sales in 2012-2007 (except 2011) and No.1 Most Independent Research Brokerage the past 11 years in the annual Asiamoney Broker’s Poll (except 2005). CLSA has ranked No.1 for equity strategy in Institutional Investor’s All-Asia Research Poll between 2003 and 2012 (except 2006 and 2010).

CLSA is one of the world’s largest agency brokers and one of Asia’s largest independent equity brokers. The group’s investment banking services include equity public offerings (primary and secondary) and M&A advisory. Alternative asset management is offered through a range of Asia-based funds under CLSA Capital Partners.

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Hong Kong, CLSA has over 1,500 dedicated professionals located in 21 cities across Asia-Pacific, as well as Europe and the US. CLSA’s major shareholder is France's Crédit Agricole, which merged in 2003 with Credit Lyonnais. In July 2012, China’s CITIC Securities became a minority shareholder of CLSA and in November 2012 Crédit Agricole and CITIC Securities signed a sale and purchase agreement for the remaining equity stake in CLSA, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.

Additional information is available at www.clsa.com.

For further information, please contact:

Anna Tehan, Head of Communications
Tel: (852) 2600 8196
Email: anna.tehan@clsa.com
Media Team: Email: media@clsa.com
Mandy Ho, Communications Manager
Tel: (852) 2600 8193
Email: mandy.ho@clsa.com