Institutional Investor Launches 2021 Developed EUROPE, 2021 UK Small & Mid-Cap and 2021 Emerging EMEA Research Rankings

Institutional Investor Launches 2021 Developed EUROPE, 2021 UK Small & Mid-Cap and 2021 Emerging EMEA Research Rankings
Exane BNP Paribas maintains first place as the top research provider in the Developed Europe survey, J.P. Morgan gets the top spot in Emerging EMEA and Peel Hunt is best broker for UK Small & Mid-cap

London – 9th September, 2021 – Institutional Investor Research (II Research) surveys are the leading provider of market sentiment in the financial industry. Over the past year, almost entirely disrupted by the Covid pandemic, the quantity of written research has increased exponentially, making the quality of research  providers and their analysts’ performance ever more competitive. Assessing this quality, as measured by independent feedback from the buy-side, has become more important than ever before. 

This year, updates to the survey methodology included the removal of the overall country research categories from the Leaders’ tables, to create country results focused on local brokers for the Developed Europe survey. These country results also included Sales, Corporate Access and Trading & Execution  categories to re-create the best broker results. The UK Small & Mid-cap survey and pan-European Trading & Execution were also integrated into the same portal. In the Emerging EMEA survey, the best Russia broker was an aggregate of Russia Trading, Sales, Corporate Access and Research, while Russia Research was an aggregate of only the Russia research sub-sectors. 

The 2021 Developed Europe Research results reflect the opinions of 4,226 portfolio managers and analysts, an increase of 40% since 2020, from 1,468 institutions. The total number of votes has also increased from last year, by 27%. 

The 2021 UK Small & Mid-cap results reflect the opinions of 515 portfolio managers and analysts at 331 institutions, also a sharp rise in voter participation from 43% vs last year. 

The 2021 Emerging EMEA Research results reflect the opinions of 991 portfolio managers and analysts (an increase of 7% from 2020) at 538 institutions. 

Results Highlights 

Developed Europe Research 

The Leaders’ Board remains intensely competitive, with a maximum of 36 positions available. Exane BNP Paribas maintained first place with 33 published positions, and only five positions separate the first and fifth placed firms. BofA Securities claimed second place with 32 positions, followed by UBS, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley. Citi was placed sixth with 24 positions. Credit Suisse made a strong gain of eight published positions, rising four places to seventh place in the Leaders’ Table. 

Exane BNP Paribas also claims first place in the analyst-ranked tables with 44 positions, followed by  BofA Securities (42), J.P.Morgan (35 positions) and UBS (34). 

UK Small & Mid-Cap Research 

331 asset management firms participated in the UK Small & Mid-cap survey; a rise of 128 firms from 2020 when the survey was polled separately to the Developed Europe survey; not quite the previous numbers from Extel in 2019 but rebounding from the lows of 2020. 

Peel Hunt has won the newly revived Best UK Small & Mid-cap Broker award, an aggregate of all 18 research categories, plus the Sales, Trading, Corporate Access and Corporate Broking categories; they also came first in Research. Investec rose to second place, squeezing the winner in 2019, Numis Securities, into third place. Liberum Capital retained fourth place Broker. Jefferies, Barclays and Berenberg all showed strong quality in fifth to seventh place, and Panmure Gordon placed eighth. 

Emerging EMEA Research 

J.P. Morgan achieved first place in the Emerging EMEA Leaders’ Table with 17 published positions as in 2020. HSBC jumped to second place, gaining two positions at 16, with BofA Securities a close third with 15 positions. UBS was fourth with 12 published positions. Morgan Stanley also gained three published positions for fifth place. Specialist brokers Renaissance Capital and Wood & Co. also increased their market share.

In the commission-weighted analyst tables, HSBC came out in first place with 29 published positions, followed by J.P. Morgan with 24 positions and UBS with 23. BofA Securities came in fourth place with 15 positions to complete the leading winners. 

For Russia, Best Broker was dominated by Russia local brokers Sberbank CIB in first place and VTB Capital in second. Four Global Banks then took third to sixth places. The Research crown was taken by VTB Capital, but it was Corporate Access and Sales that allowed Sberbank to clinch Best Broker.  Only BofA Securities and J.P. Morgan of the global banks managed to achieve a published position for the Emerging EMEA Leaders’ Table from Overall Russia Research. 

David Enticknap, Head of II Research says: “Feedback we receive from our asset management  voters, is that sell-side firms have significantly increased research output over the year; access to quality  research remains highly competitive and selection of that quality has become more acute than ever.  We have centralised contributions from 120 firms across the survey, supporting our initiative to receive input directly from buy-side firms to reduce the disruption to the industry.” 

The results for Developed Europe Research can be found here:

The results for Emerging EMEA Research can be found here:

The results for UK SMID Research can be found here:

For more information, or a demo on how to interrogate the data, contact David Enticknap, Head of II Research, on +44 7577 457088 or

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For over 50 years Institutional Investor has consistently distinguished itself among the world’s foremost media companies with ground-breaking journalism and incisive writing that provides essential intelligence for a global audience. In addition, since 1972, Institutional Investor Research (II Research)  has offered highly-respected proprietary benchmark research and rankings, providing independent  feedback on the sell-side and corporate performance; II Research aims to be the first-choice as well as  independent validation source of qualitative market intelligence for all three sides of the investment  community and has a global presence spanning Europe, Asia Pacific, the US and Latin America. 

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