Published: April 30, 2018
A round-up of the winning banks, investment banks, brokers and asset managers from this year's EBA's.
Time to pop the bubbly! One could be forgiven for wanting to make the most of a generally good year across the European banking sector. There was still a lot of working being done getting ready for IFRS 9 and the omnipresence of the global and European regulatory regimes, however, nearly ten years or perhaps eight years depending on when you consider the global financial crisis to have reached and impacted European shores later, banks have and continue to reinvent themselves and work out their problem loans and focus on their core strengths.
The best of the best are those financial institutions who embrace the changing environment and landscape. It appears increasingly apparent to us that the future of banking is in the phone, particularly if you follow the upward trajectory in profit and customers acquired that banks are experiencing in some of Europe’s largest markets like Turkey, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Deal-making was brisk and our winners and their corporate customers alike were active in the capital markets. Dentons’, our best law firm in CEE & CIS, Warsaw office grew revenues by over 8% from the previous year and their top 20 cases exceeded €7bn in value. Our best investment bank in CEE & CIS, Raiffeisen Bank International helped bring Belarus back to the attention of international investors after a six-year absence raising US$1.4bn for the sovereign and nearly half of this funding was placed at a 10-year tenor, which is the longest maturity ever for the country.
This awards package celebrates ten years that we have recognized the achievements of Europe’s retail and investment banks as well as asset management and brokerage operations. Congratulations to all our winners, here is to the next 10 years, with all its likely ups and downs, challenges and opportunities. We know that our winners have the grit to succeed.