Fixed Income and Credit Research

Fixed income and credit research solutions tailored to meet organisational objectives and provide actionable deliverables.

Fixed Income and Credit Research Services

We are the largest independent fixed income and credit research service provider that specialises in providing Mutually Exclusive and Collectively Exhaustive set of fixed income and credit research support services to asset managers and investment banks. We have a team of over 200 credit research analysts; they are specialists in Emerging Markets and Developed Markets and, by asset class, in Distressed Debt, Sovereign, Sub-sovereign and Corporate and Financial issuers. The team combines qualitative and quantitative fundamental credit research with technological solutions that not only improve our speed to market but also provide actionable insights.

Our fixed income and credit research team is spread across geographies and credit ratings and even the unrated spectrum, including distressed issuers and workouts. The team is well supported by several best practices documents, Acuity’s proprietary training modules (CFA accredited), and access to long-serving in-house sector and asset class experts. This helps credit analysts to continuously upgrade their subject matter expertise and move up the value chain of fixed income and credit research.

Fixed Income & Credit Research support we offer

Automation and workflow management platforms

How we are different

Experience
Experience

200+ credit research analysts - Asset classes (HY, IG, Non-rated), sectors (Sovereign, sub-sovereign (munis) supranational and agency, Corporate and Financial) and geographies (EM, DM and Frontier Markets)

Quality
Quality

Access to long standing in-house sector, asset class experts - Acuity’s proprietary fixed income and credit research training - Knowledge library that provides access to sector nuances, standard templates and best practices built over 15 years

Process Optimisation
Process Optimisation

Standard Operating Procedure documents - Quality checklists - Query logs and feedback loop

Technology
Technology

Efficiency gains through automation - Improved turnaround time

What we have done

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Fixed Income Research for a US Based Investment Bank
What we are proud of

$400 K

annualized savings

25%

reduction in time for earnings/events releases

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Fixed Income Research for a Japanese Investment Bank
What we are proud of

$3m

savings since inception

50%

time savings

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Fixed Income Research Support for a Europe Based Asset Manager
What we are proud of

30%

increase in new coverage

>3000

projects delivered

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Meet our experts

Ramesh Punugu

Director

Ramesh has over 19 years of experience in global capital markets – research and investment banking. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Ramesh worked with the offshore research and analytics units of Crisil and iGate, managing sell-side research and investment banking teams for global clients. He started his career as an investment banker at Ind Global Financial Trust (currently part of Ernst & Young’s corporate finance practice in India), advising companies on M&A and capital raising. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Technology.

Ramesh Punugu
Pradeepa Kuppusubramanian

Director, Fixed Income and Credit Research

Pradeepa has over 13 years of work experience, including 11 years in fixed income and credit research. She heads the fixed income and credit research teams across our global delivery locations. Pradeepa has extensive experience in setting up, scaling, and managing buy-side and sell-side client engagements, and working closely with clients to meet their evolving needs and exceed their expectations. Her asset class expertise includes focus on complex high-yield, distressed and defunct issuers; and US Municipals. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she was an associate in the audit and business advisory wing of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Pradeepa is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Pradeepa Kuppusubramanian
Pedro Armstrong

Senior Director, Head – Commercial Banking and Asset Management Business Development

Pedro Armstrong is a Director at Acuity Knowledge Partners and leads business development efforts in the Americas for the Corporate and Commercial Banking, Buy-side, and Sell-side segments. He is responsible for managing key client engagements and works in partnership with capital market firms to provide customized solutions across research and analytics support, origination and lending support, and marketing and compliance support. He has been with the organization for 12 years, serving in various roles across Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, and now the US. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was a Central Bank Regulator at the Central Bank of Barbados. Pedro, who is a British Chevening Scholar, holds a Master’s degree (honors) in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School, City University, London.

Pedro Armstrong
Chanakya Dissanayake

Managing Director/Country Head, Sri Lanka

Chanakya Dissanayake leads the investment research vertical at Acuity and counts over 16 years with the firm. In addition, Chanakya manages the Colombo delivery center that provides investment research, quant – data science , commercial lending and FMS services. Investment research vertical is responsible for the buy-side, sell-side and private wealth management clientele that obtains equity and fixed income research from Acuity. Chanakya is a CFA charterholder and a fellow member of ACCA (UK) and CIMA (UK).

Chanakya Dissanayake
Balaji Ramakrishnan

EMEA Head – Banking & Asset Management

Balaji Ramakrishnan leads Europe and Middle East business development for Acuity. Having spent his formative years in core banking technology operations, he brings a deep understanding of credit processes and the ability to make analytics-driven decisions. He works closely with senior client stakeholders as a trusted partner, shaping the business case for scaled efficiencies through centralisation, standardisation and intelligent automation within Commercial Lending and Asset Management verticals.

Balaji has established long-term partnerships with banks, asset managers and insurance firms across a number of front and middle office transformation initiatives over the past 20 years. Prior to Acuity, he worked at Accenture and Oracle, serving European financial services clients. He holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Balaji Ramakrishnan
Marie Filotti

Head, APAC Business Development

Marie Filotti heads APAC Business Development at Acuity Knowledge Partners and is based in Hong Kong. She joined the firm in 2018 after 13 years in Investment Banking and Capital Markets, mainly at Nomura (previously Lehman Brothers), and also worked on the corporate side, having run Investor Relations at a China-based ASX-listed gas company. She uses her experience in the industry to advise our clients on best practices in implementation of engagements across all sectors. Marie holds a BA from Yale University and a Masters in Finance from Sciences-Po Paris.

Marie Filotti
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