Three mutual fund companies with U.S. parents, Fidelity Investments of Boston, Chase Fleming Asset Management of Romford, England and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers of London, top the list of best recognized mutual fund names in Europe, according to a recent survey. However, one of those companies apparently achieved this status by virtue of the European company it recently acquired.

For the survey, Sector Analysis, a market research firm in London, interviewed 950 representatives of European institutions that use and distribute mutual funds, said Magnus Spence, founder and executive director of Sector Analysis. The survey was conducted in eight European countries - France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, the U.K., and Spain.

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