Domestic and international investors agree: The best equity sales team in China belongs to China International Capital Corp.

Over 1,300 buy-side analysts and money managers surveyed by Institutional Investor named CICC the No. 1 provider in the eighth annual All-China Sales team.

CICC defended its pole position, which it has maintained since the survey first debuted in 2012. The bank’s mainland peer Huatai Securities — newly crowned the country’s top research provider in II’s All-China Research Team ranking — rose from last year’s fifth place finish to take second. UBS captured third place, making it the highest-ranked international firm. GF Securities placed fourth, while Guotai Junan Securities rounded out the top five.