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Middle East Awards for excellence 2006 winners

All the financial institutions doing business in the Middle East have had excellent results in the past year. Bank after bank has delivered record profits, with the best showing earnings up by 100% or more.

Euromoney Awards for excellence 2006
Bahrain
I Egypt I Iran I Israel I Jordan I Kuwait I Lebanon I Morocco I Oman I Qatar I Saudi Arabia I United Arab Emirates I Lifetime Achievement

BEST BANK: National Bank of Kuwait
BEST INVESTMENT BANK: HSBC
BEST DEBT HOUSE: ABN Amro
BEST EQUITY HOUSE: Credit Suisse
BEST M&A HOUSE: Deutsche Bank
BEST PROJECT FINANCE HOUSE: BNP Paribas
BEST TREASURY AND RISK MANAGEMENT HOUSE: Samba
BEST CASH MANAGEMENT HOUSE: HSBC






The region is awash with liquidity, there are more investable opportunities than for many years, governments are paying their bills to the private sector on time, regional companies are better managed than ever and more of them are looking for international expansion – none more so than DP World which has recently won a contested takeover for British ports operator P&O.

It could, however, be the last year of easy profits for all but the best managed of Arab banks. For the financial sector is on the verge of some of the most dramatic changes since the oil boom of the 1970s led to the influx of western banks desperate to recycle petrodollars.

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