Investment bank taps ROI research for investors

Lazard Freres & Co., a global investment bank with offices around the world, has partnered with Wellesley, Mass.-based Nucleus Research Inc. Monday to provide investors with IT ROI research to help them make better decisions on investing in IT vendors and user companies.

Lazard's clients, which include hedge funds and other investment banks, will be able to access research analyzing the ROI of IT vendor products, as well as case studies that assess the returns customer companies have obtained from IT investments, said Rebecca Wettemann, vice president of research at Nucleus.

Under the Equity Research Service, Lazard clients will be able to purchase annual subscriptions to Nucleus Research ROI reports, including case studies and vendor profiles. In addition, Lazard customers that subscribe to the service will get bimonthly electronic newsletters from Nucleus and have access to Nucleus analysts.

Erick Brethenoux, a vice president at Lazard Freres in New York, said the company considered other research firms but decided that the information provided by Nucleus was "geared more for financial investors."

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