For the second year in a row, UBS is the top pick for investors desiring access to European public company executives.

The firm took first place in the buy-side point-of-view category of Institutional Investor's 2018 ranking of Europe's Top Corporate Access Providers, once again beating out second-place Bank of America Merrill Lynch for the top honors. Deutsche Bank placed third, climbing one spot from fourth place in 2017.

The 2018 ranking was based on responses from more than 1,000 investors at 572 firms that collectively oversee some $4 trillion in European equities. Those firms that scored top marks were rewarded for facilitating one-on-one meetings, organizing site visits and factory tours, hosting investor conferences, holding non-deal roadshows, communicating logistics, and providing ongoing feedback between corporations and investors.

In addition to the buy-side ranking, II also ranked corporate access providers from the corporate point-of-view, based on votes from 362 corporate respondents. In this list, Kepler Cheuvreux claimed first prize, outranking 2017 leaders Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan Cazenove, which fell to second place and seventh place, respectively.