NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 18, 2015) - UBS vaults from fifth place all the way to first on the All-Europe Research Team, Institutional Investor's annual ranking of the region's best sell-side equity analysts, seizing top honors for the first time since 2010.

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The Swiss bank captures 30 positions, a whopping 50 percent increase over its 2014 total and two more than the firms that share the second tier, Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan Cazenove. Last year's winner, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, tumbles to fourth place, while Morgan Stanley slips one rung to No. 5.

UBS's victory -- its 17th -- is especially sweet as this year marks the 30th anniversary of the ranking. To commemorate this milestone, II aggregated the survey data for the past three decades to determine which firms and team leaders have racked up the most appearances over that period. The Zurich-based banking behemoth is far out in front, having amassed a stunning 1,345 spots since 1986. In second place overall, with 784 spots, is Bank of America Merrill Lynch, followed in third by Credit Suisse, with 724.

Among individuals, Patrick Wellington holds the record for most appearances, with 28 since 1989; this year the Morgan Stanley analyst leads the team in second place in the Media sector.

Sanford C. Bernstein's Andrew Wood has finished in first place more often than any other researcher: 17 times since his 2004 debut. This year he is again No. 1 in Food Producers and in Household & Personal Care.

The 2015 All-Europe Research Team reflects the opinions of more than 2,040 money managers at 775 institutions overseeing an estimated $6.2 trillion in European equities.

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