Best bank: BRD – Groupe Société Générale
BRD remains the bank to watch in Romania, having reported the highest net profit of any Romanian bank in 2007. Net profit rose by 43% to €279 million-equivalent. Despite sizeable investments in technology, network expansion and staff recruitment and training, which helped it to attract 300,000 new customers in 2007, BRD still maintained its position as the most profitable bank in Romania, with a return on equity of 35.4%. On the retail side, the bank boosted lending by 45% as well as launching a new life insurance arm, BRD Fond de Pensii. In corporate banking, the bank provides a comprehensive range of products and services spanning small businesses through to multinational corporations.