THE biggest investors' forum in Asia will be staged in Hong Kong this week, with 350 fund managers from around the world due to hear or meet more than 60 chief executives from around the region. The combined funds under management of the investors attending Credit Lyonnais' second annual forum, which opens today, is estimated at US$3 trillion. Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia senior managing director Gary Coull said the four-day event would provide investors with an opportunity to hear first-hand how Asian companies were performing. Executives from Hong Kong biggest corporates will attend, including Sun Hung Kai Properties, Chinese Estates, Wharf, CITIC Pacific, First Pacific, HSBC and Hang Seng Bank. 'No other event in Asia offers such a comprehensive, one-stop opportunity,' Mr Coull said. The forum, being held in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, offers investors 60 formal presentations with follow-up workshops, amounting to 500 hours or 60-man days. Individually arranged one-on-one talks also have been planned. 'With 12 countries represented, there is no better way to get the most up-to-date information on such a wide array of companies,' Mr Coull said. Other groups visiting include DBS Land from Singapore, Philippine Long Distance Telephone, Astra International from Indonesia, Siam City Bank from Thailand, along with YTL Corp, Technology Resources Industries and Renong group from Malaysia. 'There is one little-known spin-off of last year's Forum,' Mr Coull said. 'With so many high-powered businessmen overlapping, it is not surprising that numerous deals were struck as well,' he said. Credit Lyonnais is planning to provide full share-dealing facilities, with a wide range of securities services for investors to keep up with their office and markets around the world. Investors will be able to trade from the hotel. Mr Coull said the forum was part of a programme that had been running in the previous weeks, with events for investors to meet businesses. In Taiwan, the brokerage organised a 12-company seminar. In China, there were seminars involving 12 Shenzhen companies and 22 in Shanghai. 'The fact that so many investors have taken advantage of these conferences is a sign that interest in Asia is alive and well, even if markets continue to trade sideways,' Mr Coull said. Events also include a harbour cruise and a round of golf.