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Awards for Excellence 2009: Georgia

Best Bank: Bank of Georgia

For banks in Georgia the big event over the past 12 months was not the financial crisis but the South Ossetia war between their government and the Russians last August. Against this unpropitious backdrop, Bank of Georgia continued to demonstrate its resilience, despite an almost 100% fall in profits in 2008. Revenues, for example, increased by 42.3%, and total assets by 10.3%. The bank was also able to raise funds in the international markets. It raised $443.7 million in long-term funding for instance.

Its investment-banking arm, Galt & Taggart Securities, held the leading position in equities trading in Georgia, with an 85% market share.