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Banking

Finland

Best Bank: Nordea
Best Debt House: Deutsche Bank
Best Equity House: Nordea
Best M&A House: Nordea

Awards of Excellence

Nordic and Baltic regional awards

Sampo Bank grew rapidly in the year to the end of March, with asset growth of an impressive 10.78%, and is well positioned for future years. However, Nordea, the largest bank in Finland, continues to lead the market in terms of assets – and its asset growth of 8.27% is notable – and return on equity, with a 21.33% return in the period covered by the awards.

In debt capital markets, only Deutsche Bank has been shown to have depth and breadth in Finland: the bank not only has the largest market share of deals in the period under review at 14.23% compared with second-placed BNP Paribas’ 10.92% but also attained that share with double the number of deals. Deutsche Bank’s bookrunner role on the Republic of Finland’s €5 billion deal in May 2006 was the icing on the cake: a total of €9 billion of demand was generated, allowing the 10-year benchmark to be priced through Bunds – the first issue to do so.

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