Regional Awards for Excellence 2012: Africa
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Regional Awards for Excellence 2012: Africa

Best Bank: Ecobank
Best Investment Bank: Deutsche Bank
Best Debt House: Standard Bank
Best Equity House: Renaissance Capital
Best M&A House: Goldman Sachs
Best Flow House: Standard Chartered
Best Project Finance House: Standard Bank
Best Cash Management House: Standard Chartered
Best Risk Adviser: Standard Bank 

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Ecobank is small compared with rivals such as Standard Bank and the African operations of Standard Chartered, but it boasts a large presence in the fast-growing and smaller markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

Best Bank

The continent’s original pan-African group is now the largest financial institution in the continent by geographical outreach, operating in 33 economies. The quality of its management, strategic outlook and growing profitability in a continent with strong structural growth prospects stand the institution in good stead.

Arnold Ekpe, CEO, Ecobank
Arnold Ekpe, CEO, Ecobank: oversaw a transformational year for the group

In recent years, Ecobank has expanded its franchise in a bid to establish a universal banking presence, offering retail, corporate and, to a lesser extent, investment banking services. But the past year might prove transformational for the group, with two big acquisitions in Nigeria and Ghana that have propelled it to a top-tier ranking in both countries.

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