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Executive Search & Recruitment

With an financial executive search career spanning over 20 years, Alex Duffus has carried out searches on behalf of a variety of clients:

  • Sell-side

    • global bulge-bracket banks, small-cap specialist brokerages, sectoral research boutiques, etc.

    • recruiting predominantly equity research analysts, specialist salespeople and economists, but also candidates for supervisory analyst, editorial and product management positions.

  • Buy-side

    • long-only institutional asset managers, hedge funds (long/short and event driven), private wealth managers, etc.​​

    • recruiting equity analysts (either sectoral or generalist) and sector-focused portfolio managers


In addition to introducing candidates from directly competing companies, Alex has a long-standing track record of placing candidates from outside the equity research industry - from corporates, from management & strategy consultancies and from non-government organisations.

Searches have been conducted across the globe.  Candidates have been sourced from Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America, South Africa, the Middle East and Australia for positions in a variety of locations.

Competitor Analysis & Market Intelligence

Ariadne Search has compiled a very large proprietary dataset of staffing information.  Of equal benefit to equity research management and to human resource departments, this is a thorough quantitative analysis of equity research and specialist sales personnel at the leading sell-side institutions.

We also provide our clients with timely market intelligence on competing firms.  For example, significant hires or departures, compensation levels (expected and actual), changes in strategy, etc.

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