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Leading analyst takes home INFINZ research award

Last night’s prestigious INFINZ Industry Awards celebrated excellence and leadership in New Zealand’s capital markets industry.

The awards recognise innovation and excellence in the country’s financial and capital markets, and work to raise standards across the industry.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is proud to sponsor two categories:

- Research Analyst of the Year award where the winner is decided by voting amongst the larger New Zealand based fund managers which actively invest in Australasian Equities, and

- Best Sharebroking Sector Research and Service Area Awards, where the awards are determined by polling the leading Fund Managers and notified today in the New Zealand Herald.

Congratulations to Stephen Ridgewell, Senior Research Analyst at Craigs Investment Partners, winner of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research Analyst of the Year Award for 2018.

The voting institutions highlighted Stephen’s 100 per cent commitment to alpha generation and his proven ability to predict major changes supported by sound research. His research and models on aged care, healthcare, media and technology and helpful approach were also commended.

The firm’s Chair and INFINZ Fellow, Lloyd Kavanagh says "We’re very proud to sponsor the INFINZ research awards because financial analysis is critical to the success of New Zealand’s capital markets.

"Stephen is a leader this his field and sought after for his ability to make bold calls, backed by his thorough research and fresh insights."

The firm’s Senior Associate Elena Kim was one of three finalists, and the only legal professional, in the Emerging Leader award category for her performance and contribution to the industry.

Specialising in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital market transactions, Elena leads and coaches deal teams to offer clients excellent commercial advice.

"Elena is a star performer in our Corporate team. She proactively seeks opportunities and is curious about what drives our clients’ businesses. Elena’s work demonstrates her commitment to always deliver the best commercial outcomes, and we are incredibly proud of her achievement," says Lloyd Kavanagh.

Elena has been involved in many iconic and market-leading transactions including the Tegel IPO (the largest IPO in New Zealand in 2016) and the sale of Tuatara Brewing Company to one of the largest brewers in the world, DB Breweries Limited.


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