Awards for Excellence 2009: Brazil
Best Bank: Itaú Unibanco
Big isn’t always best, as certain global banks have proved this year. But in the case of Itaú Unibanco, the maxim holds true.
In November 2008, Banco Itaú and its smaller rival, Unibanco Holdings, merged their operations. The deal produced a financial conglomerate with about $265 billion in assets, making it the largest bank in the southern hemisphere.