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Awards for Excellence 2009: India

Best Bank: HDFC
Best Investment Bank: Deutsche Bank

Although ICICI, long India’s strongest private-sector bank, managed to look mildly foolish last year, unveiling losses connected to the US sub-prime market, rival HDFC Bank has emerged looking stronger than ever. Driven by chairman Deepak Parekh and chief executive Aditya Puri, a man who enjoys peace and quiet over profits and quarterlies, HDFC posted a 53.1% year-on-year rise in first-quarter 2009 revenues, to Rs53.7 billion ($670 million). It also posted strong gains in net revenues, up 34% year on year in the first three months, to Rs35.1

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