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BEST BANK: Raiffeisen Banking Group (RZB)
BEST DEBT HOUSE: Deutsche Bank
BEST M&A HOUSE: Merrill Lynch

The Raiffeisen Banking Group includes Austria’s local and regional Raiffeisen banks as well as RZB, the central banking institution owned by the Raiffeisen banks, which also operates one of the largest banking networks in central Europe.

While the Raiffeisen banks have maintained their dominant share of the retail market, RZB has over the past five years managed to double its market share of the wholesale market to 25% – as measured by the percentage of Austria’s top 1,000 companies for which it is the principal bank.

The group’s M&A advisory business, Raiffeisen Investment, performed particularly well last year. It ranked number seven in the league table, thanks to advisory roles on deals such as Flughafen Wien and Rail Cargo Austria’s acquisitions in Slovakia, and is the only domestic bank in the top 10.

Deutsche Bank led some of the most innovative debt deals in Austria last year including the first strategic inflation-linked bond for a financial institution.

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