Bank of America Merrill Lynch was chosen by the buy-side as the top firm in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of corporate access providers in emerging Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

More than 260 investors at 172 firms overseeing some $382 billion in equities across the regions voted for their favorite providers, based on services such as one-on-one meetings with executives, factory tours, and investor conferences.

BofA Merrill Lynch beat out peers including second-place JPMorgan Chase & Co. and third-place Citi for the title of Emerging EMEA’s Top Corporate Access Provider, as voted for by money managers.

In addition to placing first among buy-side voters, BofA Merrill Lynch also came in second among the 55 corporate respondents participating in the survey. Goldman Sachs placed first in that ranking, with UBS coming in third.