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Awards of Excellence

Nordic and Baltic regional awards

Best Bank: Nordea
Best Debt House: RBS
Best Equity House: Danske Bank
Best M&A House: Morgan Stanley

Danske Bank continues to dominate the Danish market and has total assets more than six times larger than second-placed Nordea. But Nordea looks to be the more impressive bank in the past year and is growing faster and more profitably. In the 12 months to the end of March 2007, it increased its assets by an impressive 28.61% while net income grew a staggering 49.33%. Shareholders have enjoyed a 14.86% compound five-year growth rate in total equity and a market-leading return on equity – at least among the large banks in Denmark – of 17.71%. Although Citigroup tops the DCM league tables for the 12 months to the end of March 2007, with a 15.44% share and nine deals to its name, it is absent from the standout – and largest – deal of the year from Denmark. The multi-tranche issue from Nordic Telephone Co, a vehicle backed by private equity firms Apax, Blackstone, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Permira and Providence Equity Partners, to fund its €15.3

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