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|BEST BANK: BRD – Groupe Société Générale
BEST DEBT HOUSE: ABN Amro
BEST M&A HOUSE: Rothschild
BRD – Groupe Société Générale wins the best bank award for the second year in a row, thanks to its superior return on average assets of 3.17 and its cost-income ratio of 50.52 – the lowest among Romania’s largest banks. It will have to stay on its toes, though, as the newly privatized Banca Comerciala Romana – Romania’s largest bank by assets, which was sold to Erste Bank late last year – begins to benefit from its parent’s expertise.
The award for best debt house goes to ABN Amro for acting as joint bookrunner on both of Romania’s two Eurobonds. These were for the City of Bucharest and Banca Comerciala Romana, and both were issued in 2005.
Rothschild wins the award for best M&A house, having done the most deals, including advising Erste Bank, together with JPMorgan, on its successful bid for Banca Comerciala Romana.