Brendan Wood International Announces TopGun Investment Minds in the World of Oil and Gas

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Brendan Wood International's Global Oil and Gas TopGun Awards finds the best oil and gas investment minds in the business based on objective evaluations from over 600 sell-side analysts working in the sector.

These TopGun Investment Minds generated best results in the hyperactive, challenging oil and gas investment sector.

Performance and Career Advisory firm Brendan Wood International has just concluded its worldwide search for the top investment minds in the global oil and gas business. With oil and gas prices on the rise, the booming Canadian oil sands, and global demand greater than ever, it is no surprise that oil and gas investments represent such a large portion of the investment capital in the market today. In this environment, it was harder than ever to select the best investment minds in the business, even though Brendan Wood’s selection panel consists of the most selective and highly acclaimed analysts in the field.

More than 600 sell side analysts globally participated in the hunt for excellence. This exclusive panel includes almost all the TopGun oil and gas specialists from the sell side of the Street. The US oil and gas industry is replete with talent. Twenty-two Investment Minds received accolades from a Selection Panel of sell side analysts who cited work ethic, exceptional investment discipline, knowledge of the business, and a thorough understanding of global dynamics relative to this controversial and fast-changing sector.

BlackRock matched Franklin Resources for most TopGuns in the space. BlackRock’s Robert Shearer, Denis Walsh and Daniel Rice were designated TopGuns while Franklin Resources has John Kohli, Matthew Adams, and Frederick Fromm. Capital Group and Fidelity Investments followed with two TopGuns apiece.

The TopGun US Oil & Gas Investment Minds are:
Mike Grealish; Adage Capital Management
David Wheeler; AllianceBernstein
Christian Zann; Balyasny Asset Management
Daniel (Dan) Rice; BlackRock Inc
Robert Shearer; BlackRock Inc
Denis Walsh; BlackRock Inc
Jacinto Hernandez; Capital Group Companies
Frank Hu; Capital Group Companies
James Wicklund; Carlson Capital LP
Matthew Crossland; Citadel Group
David Donnelly; Diamondback Advisors
John Dowd; Fidelity Investments
Andrew Parr; Fidelity Investments
Matthew Adams; Franklin Resources Inc.
Frederick Fromm; Franklin Resources Inc.
John Kohli; Franklin Resources Inc.
Maura Shaughnessy; MFS Investment Management
Todd Heltman; Neuberger Berman
Tim Parker; T. Rowe Price
Charles Robertson; Talek Investments
Paul Chambers; TPH Asset Management
Shawn Reynolds; Van Eck Global

It is not surprising given the structure of the Canadian market landscape and the increasing productivity of the Alberta sands, that many generalist portfolio managers are noted by the sell side for their oil and gas expertise. The sell side elected nine Investment Minds who are considered oil and gas aficionados, in that their portfolios are concentrated on the sector.

The TopGun Canadian Oil & Gas Investment Minds are:
Robert Lyon; AGF Funds Inc.
Jéan-Fréderic Bérard; Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Scott Vali; CI Investments
John Stephenson; First Asset Management, Inc.
Norm Lamarche; Front Street Capital
Andrew Taylor; Goodman & Company Investment Counsel
John Priestman; Guardian Capital LP
Miranda Hubbs; McLean Budden
Ari Levy; TD Asset Management

European portfolio managers tend to combine oil and gas in a broader context of energy stocks, signaling a slightly different take on the business. Even against this broader definition, 10 TopGuns emerged with a very strong lead over their peers.

The TopGun European Oil & Gas Investment Minds are:
Emmanuel Martin; Amundi Asset Management, France
Luis Amusategui; Cygnus Asset Management, Spain
Susana Penarrubia Fraguas; DWS Investment GmbH, Germany
Carine Salvy; Ecofin Ltd, United Kingdom
Daniel Lacalle; Ecofin Ltd, United Kingdom
Steven Ho; JP Morgan Asset Management, United Kingdom
Charles Whall; Newton Investment Management, United Kingdom
Karen Kharmandarian; Pictet Asset Management, Switzerland
Christopher Wheaton; RCM - Allianz Global Investors, United Kingdom
Alberto Vigil-Escalera; Santander Asset Management, Spain

When it comes to the Pacific Rim, Middle East and South America, there are several investors that reach TopGun status, but with no expertise predominantly focused on the oil and gas business, although they show as TopGun regional Investment Minds, as reported elsewhere. These outstanding TopGuns will be celebrated throughout the industry in the months ahead, deservedly so.

“The portfolio managers who achieved TopGun status in the oil and gas industry in the current climate have had to fight their way through the hyperactivity in the sector and investment returns that are truly hard to beat,” said Johann Rodrigues of Brendan Wood International. “For most portfolio managers, it’s a great sector to be in; the wind is at their back. This is a much tougher environment to distinguish yourself in. Yet clearly, the sell side is predicting that these TopGun portfolio managers will endure for the long-term.”

TO DISCUSS THE RESULTS Learn more about the implications of this worldwide search by contacting the project leaders. Brendan Wood International is a worldwide Performance and Career Advisor assisting both firms and individuals. The firm has conducted more than 1,000 offsites and management strategy sessions for financial institutions and corporations worldwide. Brendan Wood seeks out optimal financial service relationships for corporations and places TopGun executives and investment professionals in senior rainmaker assignments.

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