BEST DEBT HOUSE
BEST EQUITY HOUSE
BEST M&A HOUSE
The perennial battle between CSFB and UBS for the title of best bank in Switzerland is won this year by UBS. Its drive to attract new clients has delivered impressive market share in retail banking. In Switzerland, UBS has about 3.5 million individual client accounts, about 25% of the savings and mortgage markets for individuals, and 32% of the country's credit card business. UBS has 301 branches in Switzerland and is introducing a "two-zone" policy whereby customers can process every-day transactions through an ATM, or speak to a client adviser on more complicated matters. On the institutional side, UBS has nearly 145,000 corporate clients, including nearly 7,500 large companies, while its payment, securities, and custodial services for financial institutions support UBS Investment Bank's 'Bank for Banks' strategy.
CSFB beats UBS by a large margin in the debt capital markets business according to Bondware. From May 2004 to April 2005, it managed eight bond issues worth $871 million for Swiss corporates, compared with UBS's two deals worth $293 million. It managed 89 issues worth SFr18.5 billion ($14.5