Time to build a banking empire
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Time to build a banking empire

The Asian meltdown has thrown up opportunity as well as crisis. For the region's big banks it is an unprecedented chance to grow into regional players as weak banks go bankrupt or are taken over. Several Asian banks have long expressed regional pretensions. But which of them stand a serious chance of becoming the pre-eminent Asian player? Steven Irvine reports.

Likelihood of becoming Asia's top regional bank
(* highest possible score = 100 )
Bank Score
Development Bank of Singapore 65
Bangkok Bank 42
Sanwa Bank 31
Maybank 22
Source: Euromoney bank analysts poll
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