Edison Group expands investment companies team

Edison Group, an international research and investor relations consultancy, has expanded its investment companies team with the appointment of Victoria Chernykh and Richard Sloss as Investment Directors.

Innovative and highly focused, Chernykh has over 15 years of experience in assessing the potential of investment companies, equities, bonds and alternatives - and brings deep knowledge of portfolio composition and construction across a breadth of strategies. She joins Edison having spent the past three years at UK investment bank Panmure Gordon, where, most recently, she headed the investment funds’ research team.

Chernykh began her career as a research analyst at Company Watch and followed it with senior roles at Commerzbank, Religare Capital Markets, S&P Global Markets and Tilney Bestinvest, where she was a senior member of  the multi manager funds team. Her expertise in the field led her to being named one of the Top 25 Wealth Managers 2015 by Citywire.
Sloss brings 35 years of experience within equity markets both on the buy and sell sides. Having began his career at Scottish Amicable (now Prudential) as a Fund Manager, he then moved on into the Institutional Brokerage space working for NatWest Markets, Deutsche Bank, Landsbanki and Shore Capital covering UK equities, Pan-European equities and Investment funds. Most recently, Sloss was UK equity and investment companies Director at Cantor Fitzgerald. Richard will be based in Scotland and in his new role, will assist the team in their coverage of investment companies across Scotland, North of England and London.
Their appointment, following that of Joanne Collins as a senior analyst in the team earlier this year, is part of the expansion and enhanced capabilities of Edison’s investment companies offer. The team has now become the largest at Edison with ten experienced analysts covering more than 60 trusts.
This is part of Edison’s ongoing growth path, fuelled by increasing demand for its research insights, global distribution reach and market-leading digital investor relations approach.
Edison has led more than  180 investor roadshows so far this year and been appointed by another 27 listed companies in the last quarter alone, adding to its portfolio of more than 400 corporate clients.
Over the same time period, Edison welcomed almost 6,000 new readers to its research, with downloads increasing by 25 per cent as existing subscribers increased their consumption as well. Edison’s research was accessed more than a quarter of a million times in May alone.
The increasing demand led the firm to open a new office in Amsterdam, covering the Benelux region, and to sign a partnership in South Africa with leading research firm ALG. Adding to offices in the US, Israel and Germany as well as the London HQ.
Neil Shah, Director of Research at Edison Group, says: “Victoria has an outstanding reputation and in-depth understanding of both business and the needs of investment companies. Her experience will complement our existing market-leading investment trust team and help enhance the support and high-quality research we provide our investment trust clients.”
Victoria Chernykh, Investment Director at Edison Group, adds: “I am delighted to be joining Edison at such an exciting time for both the firm and the investment companies’ team. Edison is enhancing the digital capabilities of both its research and IR offer as well as building up its investment trust franchise, which is already one of the strongest in the market, and I look forward to playing my part in our future growth.”
Richard Sloss, Investment Director at Edison group, says: “Edison Group’s  investment companies team has a powerful position in the UK closed end space. In the current environment the team is perfectly positioned to excel due to its depth, expertise and the amount of resource available. I am very much looking forward to working with the team at this exciting time for the company, providing high quality coverage and widening our distribution across institutions, wealth managers and retail investors".