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Turkey

Best bank
Akbank Best debt house
Morgan Stanley

Best equities house
Garanti Securities

Best M&A house
Citigroup

Best local partner
TSKB

Several Turkish banks have turned in strong performances in the past 12 months, with Garanti and HSBC doing particularly well as the economy picked up after a tough 2002.

However, Akbank has set new heights for the sector.

Akbank?s profit in 2003 was TL1,508 trillion ($1 billion), which was the highest ever in the history of Turkish banking. Its record-breaking performance was in part attributable to its consumer loans business, which grew by 328%. It is now the number one bank in consumer loans, mortgages and car loans. It is the number one provider of corporate and commercial loans as well, and its Turkish lira loan business grew by 183% in 2003.

Key loans included a $200 million funding for Turkcell, arranged in February 2004. Akbank?s securities custody business also grew by 64%. Its mutual fund business grew by 99%, bringing the bank to the number two position in the market.

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