call them the Oscars of the City and yesterday the BBC’s presenter Emily Maitlis compered the 39th annual Thomson Reuters Extel survey, celebrating the City’s top performing professionals.
Most notably, perhaps, Swiss bank UBS won the award for the leading pan-European brokerage firm for equity and equity-linked research for the twelfth year in a row. The win means that UBS has now exceeded a record of 11 wins by James Capel, which is now part of HSBC.
Andrew Wood of Sanford C Bernstein, who is a former City A.M. awards winner, was given the title of top equity analyst of the year for the seventh time in eight years, despite being based first in New York and since last year in Singapore.
Sanofi won the award for the best company for investor relations, becoming the first ever French-based winner, and breaking the run of five different German companies winning this category in the last five years.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch won sector team of the year for its chemicals coverage.
More than 450 people packed into the City’s Guildhall for the event at which presenters included Greg Barker, the minister for energy and climate change and Helena Morrissey, the chief executive of Newton Investment Management.