Moving to the buyside research

with all else being equal, which is more important for moving the the buyside from sell side research? 1) ok/new analyst on the street (6 yrs exp)-non lead analyst, covers 7 companies, BB firm 2) new analyst on the street( 3 yrs exp)-lead analyst, covers 21 companies, large mm firm

my firm would probably prefer 1.), we are a 300B+ mutual fund.

Number one will likely make it easier as a bulge bracket is likely to have a larger client base than a middle market shop; more opportunities to build relationships with your buyside counterparts.