Pamela Finelli, Nicolas Mougeot & team Deutsche Bank
The buy side says: The Deutsche team provides excellent customized research.
Newcomers Pamela Finelli and Nicolas Mougeot shepherd Deutsche Banks six-member team to No. 1 in this sector, which hasnt been published since 2006. (Deutsche claimed the top spot that year too.) Last March the analysts informed long equity investors that, with volatility at an 18-month low, it was an opportune time to buy equity-volatility swaps, as a hedge. The following month, as Greeces debt crisis heated up and concern over other European sovereign issues grew, volatility spiked. They were especially helpful in their approach to gauging the appropriate notional value of volatility swaps for every type of equity portfolio, recalls one grateful client. Finelli, 38, joined Deutsche in 1999 from Bankers Trust, armed with a bachelors in business administration from Pennsylvania State Universitys Smeal College of Business, which she earned in 1994. Mougeot, 36, arrived from BNP Paribas in 2006, after having graduated from Switzerlands Université de Lausanne with a masters in banking and finance in 1997 and a Ph.D. in finance in 2001.