Managing director, global head of the asset management group at UBS investment bank, UBS AG, London
Unlike other bankers widely cited by CEOs, Steven Niemczyk, the London-based head of UBS' asset management practice, has gathered no moss.
While competitors for the hearts and minds of top money management executives have spent more than a decade with their respective companies, Mr. Niemczyk has moved, and moved again jumping to UBS from Morgan Stanley in 2006, after joining Morgan from Lazard LLC at the end of 2001.
A number of CEOs say they're more than willing to update Mr. Niemczyk's contact information, calling him one of the industry's brainiest bankers.
He's a very smart guy, said one New York-based CEO, noting that industry bigwigs like BlackRock's Larry Fink will look to him for an objective view and Mr. Niemczyk will provide a ridiculously exhaustive study. Mr. Fink couldn't be reached for comment.
He's capable of seeing all the implications, said James P. McCaughan, CEO of Principal Global Investors, Des Moines, Iowa. The law of unintended consequences? He'll see them, Mr. McCaughan said.
One private equity investor in money management firms, who declined to be named, said Mr. Niemczyk is a pre-eminent compensation guy, who is widely consulted when people are working out complicated agreements involving non-solicit and non-compete terms.
Mr. Niemczyk declined to be interviewed or photographed for this story, insisting in an e-mail that his influence on developments in the industry is modest in the larger scheme of things.
Final words: Bankers get far too much credit for their role in big deals. I prefer to take a lower profile and let my clients ... take the credit, he wrote.