Adviser Rankings Ltd (ARL) shows the relationship between all 2,060 LSE quoted companies and their retained Corporate Advisers. These companies are drawn from UK and overseas* domiciled companies with equity shares fully listed on the London Stock Exchange.
We publish two quarterly Rankings Guides which contain the much publicised rankings tables for Auditors, Financial Advisers, Financial PR Advisers, Law Firms, Registrars and Stockbrokers, These league tables are based upon their number of quoted clients and their client market capitalisation for the main FTSE indices. Advisers are also ranked according to their number of clients in the eight main FTSE sectors. All published rankings and statistics are compiled by Adviser Rankings Ltd using our proprietary database.
Information relating to institutional advisers, is updated using primary sources. Company news releases to the London Stock Exchange are constantly monitored, along with statutory reports and press comment. Advisers regularly inform ARL of changes to their client list, and a quarterly proof is sent to each adviser requesting an update of their quoted client list.
It is important to note that whenever a request is received from an adviser to add a client to their list, the relevant company is always contacted by ARL to approve the request. This methodology is consistently applied, and ensures that the quoted companies themselves ultimately determine which advisers are linked to their record. No relationship is listed unless it has been approved by both the client and the adviser. We only show retained advisers to quoted companies, and not those of an ad hoc nature.
For ranking scores in relation to the tables, a single point is awarded to reflect a confirmed client relationship, regardless of whether it is a sole or joint appointment. Please note that a “(J)” after a client name denotes a joint appointment with another adviser.
FTSE 100 – The index is comprised of the largest 100 stocks listed on the London Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalisation, and represents approximately 81% of the total market by definition.
FTSE 250 – This index is comprised of the next 250 stocks listed on the London Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalisation – this currently represents approximately 15% of UK market capitalisation.
FTSE SMALL CAP – This is comprised of companies with a market capitalisation below the FTSE 250, but above a fixed limit – this currently represents approximately 2% of UK market capitalisation.
FTSE FLEDGLING – This index consists of all UK companies which qualify for inclusion in UK Index Series but are too small to be included in the FTSE All-Share Index. Companies whose full market capitalisation is greater than 0.2% of the full market capitalisation of the FTSE Small Cap will be added to that index, providing they meet the liquidity criteria for the FTSE All-Share Index.
AIM – This was established in 1995 to cater for new and growing businesses seeking the benefits of a public quotation with a flexible regulatory approach. It has become the most successful growth market of its type.
SECTORS – Quoted companies are grouped into eight main FTSE industry sectors: Basic Materials, Consumer Goods, Consumer Services, Financials, Health Care, Industrials, Oil & Gas and Technology. The Telecommunications and Utilities sectors have very few companies and we therefore do not rank Advisers in these two sectors as the meaningful value is limited.
* International main market companies are also included, but only those that supply regular share prices to The London Stock Exchange.