Ratings Advisory and Consulting

Ratings Advisory

Ratings advisory services, tailored for the specific needs of investment banks, commercial banks and advisory firms

Ratings Advisory Support

With credit ratings playing a significant role in attracting investors to the debt markets, the workloads of rating advisory firms have also increased exponentially in recent years. This presents a challenge to ratings advisory firms, as the longer an analyst takes to prepare a detailed rating assessment of an issuer, the fewer mandates a rating advisory firm could advise on in a particular year. The growing importance of sustainability in credit assessment of corporations has further increased the workloads of the ratings advisory teams.

Rating advisory firms can leverage Acuity Knowledge Partners’ expertise in developing standardised models and outputs based on rating agency methodologies, and reduce their time to market. Our team of ratings advisory experts have an in-depth understanding of the major rating agencies’ frameworks and can help our clients in initiating credit ratings, developing a theme, providing expert advice, preparing management for rating agency presentation, monitoring ratings and providing other value-added services including ESG risk assessment.

Support we Offer for Ratings Advisory Teams

Automation and workflow management platforms

How we are different

COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS ACROSS RATINGS ADVISORY
COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS ACROSS RATINGS ADVISORY

We empower bankers with exhaustive research and analytics support across the ratings advisory and debt advisory services value chain

SEASONED PROFESSIONALS
SEASONED PROFESSIONALS

Our team of experts with strong ratings advisory background provides support by creating dynamic operating cash flow models that show indicative overall rating analysis

EXPERIENCED TEAM TO UNDERTAKE COMPLEX TASKS
EXPERIENCED TEAM TO UNDERTAKE COMPLEX TASKS

Our highly experienced analysts provide support on various scenarios, including first-time ratings, rating upgrades, capital structure optimisation and debt capacity analysis

INDUSTRY PIONEERS
INDUSTRY PIONEERS

With over two decades of experience working with leading banks and advisory firms, our team can support clients in all ratings considerations to develop a compelling credit story

What we have done

Debt capital markets (DCM) and rating advisory support to a Singapore-based commercial bank
What we are proud of

15%

more client-facing time, with 3-FTE support

USD30k

annual cost savings per headcount

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Rating advisory for China-based, Greater-China-focused commercial bank
What we are proud of

Fast turnaround of Rating Advisory (RA) solutions

Developed and executed a highly efficient process meeting client deadline

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Rating advisory for Singapore-based, Asia-focused commercial bank
What we are proud of

Covered debut/existing issuers across 10+ sectors

Timely turnaround on urgent requests

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Meet our experts

Anish Ailawadi

Senior Director, Investment Banking

Anish has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners for over 13 years and presently heads the Investment Banking vertical. He is based out of our Gurgaon office and oversees delivery teams and client engagements for various bulge-bracket banks, mid-size banks, regional banks, advisory and boutique firms across M&A, Industry Coverage, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Loan Syndications and Leveraged Finance. During his tenure, he also set up a shared services center for one of his clients in India. Anish is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has done his Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi University.

Anish Ailawadi
Anish Ailawadi

Senior Director, Investment Banking

Adrian Wright

Senior Director, Investment Banking, Private Equity and Consulting Business Development

Adrian leads Business Development across Investment Banking, Private Equity and Consulting clients in EMEA and APAC. He has 20 years' experience working in the financial services industry, having spent 13 years working in Equity Capital Markets for Rothschild and RBS, before moving to Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2013. He has a deep knowledge of financial markets, having originated and executed over USD50bn of ECM transactions across a wide range of sectors, products and geographies. He has extensive experience working with and advising the majority of Investment Banking coverage and product groups, and leading global Private Equity firms. Adrian holds a MA (Hons Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Adrian Wright
Adrian Wright

Senior Director, Investment Banking, Private Equity and Consulting Business Development

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
Marie Filotti

Head, APAC Business Development

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