2010 Regional awards for excellence: Western Europe
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2010 Regional awards for excellence: Western Europe

The escalating European sovereign debt crisis has caused some analysts to question the financial health of even some of the strongest, best-run banks in the region. This is primarily because of the banks’ exposure to the bonds of EU governments and the possibility of restructuring or defaults among southern European eurozone members.

Awards for Excellence 2010


Best bank BNP Paribas
Best investment bank Credit Suisse
Best equity house JPMorgan
Best M&A house Goldman Sachs
Best debt house Barclays Capital
Best risk management house Deutsche Bank
Best FX house Deutsche Bank
Best cash management house Deutsche Bank
Best project finance house BBVA
Best bank in Nordic region Nordea
Best investment bank in Nordic region JPMorgan

Country awards

Add to this the economic difficulties facing much of the region – minimal economic growth, plummeting real estate markets and high unemployment – and the picture looks bleaker still.

But some banks are better placed to deal with this gloomy outlook than others, and are equally well positioned to benefit from any improvement in the economic or market outlook for the region.

BNP Paribas is without question the stand-out bank in western Europe. Its platform is much larger and more diverse than any of its competitors’, in no small part because of its acquisition of Fortis Bank in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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