Elite Talent is Global

Remote analyst teams for banks & asset managers

Counterparty Credit Risk

Credit Investment & Trading

Commercial Loans

Market Risk Modelling

Equity Research

Counterparty Credit Risk

Credit Investment & Trading

Commercial Loans

Market Risk Modelling

Equity Research

Frontline Budget Efficiency

BANDWIDTH & BUDGET EFFICIENCY THROUGH GLOBAL TALENT

Consultant teams for business-as-usual

The world is full of talent. We put it at your service. Our next-generation offshoring services include rigorous and intensive training and oversight from European senior analysts. This results in low staff turnover.  Client engagement is run by London bankers. These practices take the service above and beyond the mass market models of the past.

Frontline Budget Efficiency

BANDWIDTH & BUDGET EFFICIENCY THROUGH GLOBAL TALENT

Consultant teams for business-as-usual

The world is full of talent. We put it at your service. Our next-generation offshoring services include rigorous and intensive training and oversight from European senior analysts. This results in low staff turnover.  Client engagement is run by London bankers. These practices take the service above and beyond the mass market models of the past.

CITY ANALYSTS ARE MADE NOT BORN. WE MAKE THEM.

Trainers

City veterans

We use the same types of trainer that trained us – City veterans. All of our trainers have least 20 years’ experience in Europe, the US, Tokyo, HK and Singapore. They are ranked analysts or Risk Management MDs and published in their respective fields.

City of London Training for Global Talent

Real world apprenticeships

The Frontline solution for activating global talent, developed since 2005, is that City veterans provide an intensive, hands-on, apprenticeship. This is unique amongst consultant providers. Training continues beyond the first year, with on-going mentoring and a world-class professional development program.

Established 2005

15 years of relationships & learning

Frontline Analysts was set up in 2005 by City bankers in order to meet a demand for higher-quality consultants. We have developed our practices in consultation with clients. These include top-5 banks from the US, Europe and Asia, global league asset managers and disruptive new players.

INTEGRATING CONSULTANTS INTO YOUR ORGANISATION

On a day to day basis, clients speak directly to the analysts producing the views and reports that they commission. Analysts are proud to take individual ownership and never hide behind managers.

As an additional layer of communication, Frontline Analysts’ Client Engagement function is based in London and staffed by experienced European bankers and risk managers. We stay in regular conversation with you, making sure that the engagement meets your needs on an on-going basis.

INTEGRATING CONSULTANTS INTO YOUR ORGANISATION

On a day to day basis, clients speak directly to the analysts producing the views and reports that they commission. Analysts are proud to take individual ownership and never hide behind managers.

As an additional layer of communication, Frontline Analysts’ Client Engagement function is based in London and staffed by experienced European bankers and risk managers. We stay in regular conversation with you, making sure that the engagement meets your needs on an on-going basis.

COUNTERPARTY CREDIT RISK TEAM

A large German bank wanted to provide European counterparty risk reports to the smaller banks in its network. We provided a dedicated team which works German hours exclusively for this client. London senior credit analysts oversee global analysts to produce hundreds of reports each year. All reports are written in the regulator-compliant template. Reports are translated into German and submitted for credit lines

MARKET RISK TEAM

One of the large Canadian banks required a global view on market risk factors for its offices in Toronto, London and HK. We provided a dedicated team, working across all three time zones exclusively for this client. The team blended Senior European & US analysts with global analysts. We analysed market risk factors such as assessing the possible impact of BIS risk consultation papers; and monitoring global geopolitical risk.

TRADING FLOOR RESEARCH FOR CORPORATE BONDS

A large UK bank, which already had a large Indian support unit, required higher-end analysis for US & European bank bond trading. We provided analysts situated globally and supported by London credit experts to work with the bank’s own London seniors.
FrontlineClients

How Clients Use Us

Credit Risk & Commercial Loans
Risk assessment of counterparties from loans, bonds, fx etc.; G7 and Emerging Markets; monthly return assessment vs covenants
Credit reports as per client templates
Market Risk
VaR model processing and breach assessment; new product assessment, stress testing
Model Risk
Developing credit models (PD, LGD and EAD), stress tests, pricing models and operational risk models; validation support for the above
Corporate Bonds
Loans and bonds; G7, Emerging Markets; SSA to IG to HY to distressed Supporting credit risk management, traders, DCM, PMs, analysts Morning notes, earnings previews and coverage, sector notes, conference call notes
Equity Research
Earnings previews and forecasts, earnings coverage, valuations, sector notes, conference call notes
Securitisation
Waterfall modelling, stress testing, originator assessment, underlying risk assessment
Anti-Money Laundering
SAR investigation by analysts with industry understanding; including colleague liaison
FrontlineClients

How Clients Use Us

Credit Risk & Commercial Loans
Risk assessment of counterparties from loans, bonds, fx etc.; G7 and Emerging Markets; monthly return assessment vs covenants
Credit reports as per client templates
Market Risk
VaR model processing and breach assessment; new product assessment, stress testing
Model Risk
Developing credit models (PD, LGD and EAD), stress tests, pricing models and operational risk models; validation support for the above
Corporate Bonds
Loans and bonds; G7, Emerging Markets; SSA to IG to HY to distressed Supporting credit risk management, traders, DCM, PMs, analysts Morning notes, earnings previews and coverage, sector notes, conference call notes
Equity Research
Earnings previews and forecasts, earnings coverage, valuations, sector notes, conference call notes
Securitisation
Waterfall modelling, stress testing, originator assessment, underlying risk assessment
Anti-Money Laundering
SAR investigation by analysts with industry understanding; including colleague liaison

Our Senior Team Leads

DARREN SHARMA

CEO

Darren founded Frontline Analysts in 2005 and is CEO. Previously he was a ranked fixed income credit analyst for 11 years, focusing on European banks. He has a wide range of experience on trading floors and as a regulator. Darren was a director on WestLB’s fixed income credit research team from 2000 – 2005. Before that Darren was a bank credit analyst at BNP Paribas group in Buenos Aires, previously at Société Générale in London & Paris. Darren started his career in bond market regulation at the Bank of England in 1994. He read PPE at Oxford University before taking a Master’s degree in Economics.

DAN DAVIES

EQUITY

Dan Davies is Managing Director for Training and QA at Frontline Analysts. Dan started his career as a regulator at the Bank of England. He spent 15 years in the private sector as an equity analyst, winning the Institutional Investor survey in 2011 with Credit Suisse and the Extel Survey in 2011 with CS and in 2012, 2013 and 2014 with Exane BNP Paribas. He has a first class degree in PPE from Oxford University and an MSc (Finance) from the London Business School.

DERMOT GLEESON

CREDIT RISK MANAGEMENT

Dermot has extensive experience as a credit analyst in Europe and Asia, as well as a regulator. He has been with Frontline Analysts since 2005. His previous roles include risk management at Mellon. From 1996-2003 he was at the Bank of England/FSA, supervising both UK and European banks. Dermot has also had experience with CLSA in Hong Kong, before which he worked in Treasury for HSBC. Dermot took the top first class degree in his finals at Trinity College, Dublin before gaining a distinction in his Masters in economics at the London School of Economics. Dermot is also a CFA charterholder.

KIMBERLY GASTON

MARKET RISK MANAGEMENT

A US native, Kimberly has over 20 years of experience in market risk, with particular expertise in governance and financial oversight. She has experience in developing and implementing risk measures to enhance the management and performance of complex global banking firms and CCPs, including at the Bank of England from 2016-2019. Previous roles include group market risk at Lloyds bank and in risk advisory at KPMG. Kimberly has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and read Russian at George Mason University.

 

DEREK JONES

US CREDIT

Derek’s past roles include JPM AM and Janus, covering credit reports on Investment grade, crossover and high yield companies. He also has extensive experience as a bond fund manager and as a sell side analyst, including JPM AM (2007- 2011), Panmure Gordon (1999-2003) and JP Morgan (1999-2009). Derek is a qualified UK accountant, and has been a FINRA/NASD/NYSE/SFA registered representative, supervisory analyst and principal in the USA, where based.

 

RANJITH PERERA

RISK MODELLING

Ranjith Perera is a Chartered Statistician, specialising in risk modelling. He is a credit, market and operational risk professional having gained risk experience over 15 years in U.K and the continent. He has experience in both wholesale & retail banking. Ranjith has worked at major global banks such as ABN-AMRO, LloydsTSB, RBS and Morgan Stanley. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of London.

DARREN SHARMA

CEO

Darren founded Frontline Analysts in 2005 and is CEO. Previously he was a ranked fixed income credit analyst for 11 years, focusing on European banks. He has a wide range of experience on trading floors and as a regulator. Darren was a director on WestLB’s fixed income credit research team from 2000 – 2005. Before that Darren was a bank credit analyst at BNP Paribas group in Buenos Aires, previously at Société Générale in London & Paris. Darren started his career in bond market regulation at the Bank of England in 1994. He read PPE at Oxford University before taking a Master’s degree in Economics.

DAN DAVIES

EQUITY

Dan Davies is Managing Director for Training and QA at Frontline Analysts. Dan started his career as a regulator at the Bank of England. He spent 15 years in the private sector as an equity analyst, winning the Institutional Investor survey in 2011 with Credit Suisse and the Extel Survey in 2011 with CS and in 2012, 2013 and 2014 with Exane BNP Paribas. He has a first class degree in PPE from Oxford University and an MSc (Finance) from the London Business School.

DERMOT GLEESON

CREDIT RISK MANAGEMENT

Dermot has extensive experience as a credit analyst in Europe and Asia, as well as a regulator. He has been with Frontline Analysts since 2005. His previous roles include risk management at Mellon. From 1996-2003 he was at the Bank of England/FSA, supervising both UK and European banks. Dermot has also had experience with CLSA in Hong Kong, before which he worked in Treasury for HSBC. Dermot took the top first class degree in his finals at Trinity College, Dublin before gaining a distinction in his Masters in economics at the London School of Economics. Dermot is also a CFA charterholder.

KIMBERLY GASTON

MARKET RISK MANAGEMENT

A US native, Kimberly has over 20 years of experience in market risk, with particular expertise in governance and financial oversight. She has experience in developing and implementing risk measures to enhance the management and performance of complex global banking firms and CCPs, including at the Bank of England from 2016-2019. Previous roles include group market risk at Lloyds bank and in risk advisory at KPMG. Kimberly has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and read Russian at George Mason University.

DEREK JONES

US CREDIT

Derek’s past roles include JPM AM and Janus, covering credit reports on Investment grade, crossover and high yield companies. He also has extensive experience as a bond fund manager and as a sell side analyst, including JPM AM (2007- 2011), Panmure Gordon (1999-2003) and JP Morgan (1999-2009). Derek is a qualified UK accountant, and has been a FINRA/NASD/NYSE/SFA registered representative, supervisory analyst and principal in the USA, where based.

RANJITH PERERA

RISK MODELLING

Ranjith Perera is a Chartered Statistician, specialising in risk modelling. He is a credit, market and operational risk professional having gained risk experience over 15 years in U.K and the continent. He has experience in both wholesale & retail banking. Ranjith has worked at major global banks such as ABN-AMRO, LloydsTSB, RBS and Morgan Stanley. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of London.

Contact Us

Frontline Analysts, 100 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG, UK

+44 20 7127 4661