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Awards for excellence - Western Europe

BEST BANK
UBS

BEST DEBT HOUSE
Deutsche Bank

BEST EQUITY HOUSE
UBS

BEST M&A HOUSE
Merrill Lynch

BEST AT RISK MANAGEMENT
JPMorgan

BEST AT CASH MANAGEMENT
ABN Amro

BEST AT INVESTOR SERVICES
JPMorgan

BEST SMALLER BANK
Banco Finantia

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Retail banking in Europe is about to undergo dramatic change. Since the introduction of the euro, the market has been awaiting major cross-border consolidation. In the past 12 months this has started to materialize.

The largest cross-border retail banking acquisition to date involved Spain's Santander acquiring UK mortgage bank Abbey in the second half of 2004. The scale and success of this transaction is one of the reasons why Santander wins Euromoney's global best bank award for 2005. In a further big cross-border deal, and as this issue of Euromoney went to press, Italy's UniCredit looked all set to buy Germany's HVB. More such deals will surely follow.

Contenders

In the absence of true multi-market retail banks, contenders for the best bank in western Europe award have tended to come from the wholesale side of the business.

At first glance, this year's winner, UBS, fits that bill.

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