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Estonia

Best bank
Hansabank Best debt house
HSH Nordbank

Best equities house
Hansabank Markets

Best M&A house
Hansabank

Hansabank has a 53% share of the lending market and 57% of the deposit market, compared with SEB-owned Eesti Ühispank?s 35% of lending and 28% of total deposits.

Hansabank is in all three Baltic republics, with most of its assets generated in Estonia. Its assets in Estonia increased by 60%, and it has a cost/income ratio of 49.29%. Hansabank was upgraded by Fitch Ratings to a single-A rating in April.

HSH Nordbank wins best debt house for its project finance and real-estate finance activity. It acted as sole lead arranger for a six-year syndicated loan for shipping company Tallink. It also acted as sole lead arranger for e42 million in real-estate finance for Hotel Viru. The firm was also a lead arranger in the e25 million facility for Sampo Bank Estonia. This was the first syndicated loan on the international capital market for an Estonian bank in more than three years.

There was little primary equity market activity. Hansabank Markets, which takes the best equities house award, advised Estonian women?s apparel producer Klementi on the listing of its additional shares on Tallinn stock exchange.

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