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Awards

Western European Awards for Excellence 2013: By country

Regional Awards for Excellence 2013: Western Europe
Western Europe winners by country
Austria
Belgium
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Portugal
Spain
Switzerland
United Kingdom

Austria

Best Bank: Bank Unicredit Austria
Best Investment Bank: Goldman Sachs

Many Austrian banks avoided the excesses of the pre-crisis credit and real estate booms, but the country’s banking sector still faces challenges stemming from that period. Principal among these is the resolution of ailing nationalized lender Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International, which has received €2.2 billion in state aid since 2008 and is the third-largest lender to the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

The Austrian government has ruled out the establishment of a state-owned bad bank to deal with the problem and is looking to the privately owned banks themselves to stand behind any wind-down vehicle. The country’s two largest lenders – Erste Group and UniCredit Bank Austria – have already ruled out participation in such a deal; others are unlikely to be enthusiastic.

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