Best Bank: Nova Ljubljanska Banka
Continued uncertainties over its ownership structure notwithstanding, it’s very much business as usual with Nova Ljubljanska Banka which retains its top spot in Slovenia thanks to a universal banking franchise that enables it to take full advantage of the country’s post-EU accession boom. In 2006 the bank posted yet another impressive set of results. Although NLB is the largest trader of equities in Slovenia, Euromoney’s award for best equity house goes to local investment banking boutique Publikum. Thanks to a mix of local and international talent, Publikum consistently provides the most insightful research on the Slovenian equity markets as well as being a big trader in its own right.