Global Finance names the winners of its 24th annual awards for the World’s Best Banks, by region and by country

Author: Gordon Platt

The banking industry worldwide is undergoing an accelerated pace of change as the result of technological, regulatory and economic developments. Nonetheless, there is a solid underpinning to the business—based on trust and partnership—that has held steady for centuries. Strong relationships with clients and good risk management are the keys to success.

In a rapidly changing world order, risk managers have to take more on. But as these awards demonstrate, even in the riskiest regions, banks that pay close attention to their asset quality and their clients’ businesses can be very successful. They also can make enormous contributions to the development of economies in which they operate, from lending to small and medium enterprises to funding huge infrastructure projects.

In this, our 24th annual survey, Global Finance has identified the best banks in more than 150 countries and eight regions. The winners are not necessarily the biggest banks, but rather, the best—those with the qualities that corporations should look for when choosing a bank. They are banks that attended carefully to their customers’ needs in difficult markets and accomplished better results while laying the foundations for future success.

All selections were made by the editors of Global Finance after extensive consultations with corporate financial executives, bankers and banking consultants, and analysts throughout the world. Banks were invited to submit entries supporting their selection. Our selection criteria include growth in assets, profitability, strategic relationships, customer service, competitive pricing, and innovative products. In addition, editors conducted a poll of Global Finance’s corporate readership to increase the accuracy and reliability of the results. 

World’s Best Banks By Region 2017

Africa

Standard Bank

Asia-Pacific

ICBC

Central & Eastern Europe

Raiffeisen Bank International

Latin America

Santander

Middle East

Arab Bank

North America

Bank of America

Western Europe

ING

 

 

Best Banks In North America 2017

REGIONAL WINNER

Bank of America

Bermuda

Butterfield Bank

Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

United States

Bank of America

 

 

Best Banks In Latin America 2017

REGIONAL WINNER    

Santander

Argentina

Banco Macro

Bahamas

Scotiabank Bahamas

Barbados

Scotiabank Barbados

Belize

Belize Bank

Bolivia

Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz

Brazil

Banco do Brazil

Chile

Banco de Chile

Colombia

Banco de Bogota

Costa Rica

Scotiabank Costa Rica

Dominican Republic

Banco Popular Dominicano

Ecuador

Produbanco

El Salvador

Banco Agricola

Guatemala

Banco Agromercantil

Honduras

Banco Ficohsa

Jamaica

National Commercial Bank of Jamaica

Mexico

Banorte

Nicaragua

Banco Lafise Bancentro

Panama

Banistmo

Paraguay

BBVA Paraguay

Peru

Banco de Credito del Peru

Puerto Rico

Banco Popular de Puerto Rico

Trinidad & Tobago

Republic Bank

Turks & Caicos

Scotiabank Turks & Caicos

Uruguay

Banco Santander Uruguay

US Virgin Islands

Scotiabank US Virgin Islands

Venezuela

BBVA Provincial

 

Best Banks In Western Europe 2017

REGIONAL WINNER    

ING

Andorra

Credit Andorra

Austria

BAWAG PSK

Belgium

ING Belgium

Cyprus

Bank of Cyprus

Denmark

Danske Bank

Finland

OP Financial Group

France

Credit Mutuel

Germany

DZ Bank

Greece

Eurobank Ergasias

Iceland

Landsbankinn

Ireland

Bank of Ireland

Italy

Intesa Sanpaolo

Liechtenstein

Liechtensteinische Landesbank

Luxembourg

Banque Internationale a Luxembourg

Malta

HSBC Malta

Monaco

CFM Indosuez Wealth

Netherlands

ABN Amro Bank

Norway

Nordea

Portugal

Banco Santander Totta

Spain

CaixaBank

Sweden

Swedbank

Switzerland

UBS

United Kingdom

Lloyds Bank

 

 

Best Banks In Central & Eastern Europe 2017

REGIONAL WINNER    

Raiffeisen Bank International

Albania

Banka Kombetare Tregtare

Belarus

Belarusbank

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Raiffeisen Bank dd Bosna i Hercegovina

Bulgaria

UniCredit Bulbank

Croatia

Privredna banka Zagreb

Czech Republic

Ceska sporitelna

Estonia

Swedbank Estonia

Georgia

TBC Georgia

Hungary

OTP Bank

Kosovo

TEB

Latvia

SEB banka Latvia

Lithuania

Siauliu bankas

Macedonia

Ohridska Banka Societe Generale

Moldova

Moldova Agroindbank

Poland

mBank

Romania

Banca Transilvania

Russia

Sberbank

Serbia

Raiffeisen Bank Beograd

Slovakia

VUB Group

Slovenia

SKB Banka

Turkey

Akbank

Ukraine

Raiffeisen Bank Aval

 

Best Banks In The Middle East 2017

REGIONAL WINNER    

Arab Bank

Bahrain

Ahli United Bank

Egypt

Commercial International Bank

Iraq

Bank of Baghdad

Israel

Bank Hapoalim

Jordan

Arab Bank

Kuwait

National Bank of Kuwait

Lebanon

Bank Audi

Oman

Bank Muscat

Palestine

Bank of Palestine

Qatar

Qatar National Bank

Saudi Arabia

Samba Financial Group

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Yemen

Arab Bank Yemen

 

 

Best Banks In Africa 2017

REGIONAL WINNER  

Standard Bank

Algeria

Societe Generale Algeria

Angola

Banco Millennium Atlantico

Benin

Ecobank Benin

Botswana

Stanbic Bank Botswana

Burkina Faso

Ecobank Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Ecobank Cameroon

Côte d’Ivoire

Societe Generale de Banques en Côte d’Ivoire

DR Congo

Rawbank

Djibouti

BCIMR

Ethiopia

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia

Gambia

Ecobank Gambia

Ghana

GCB Bank

Guinea

Societe Generale de Banques en Guinee

Kenya

Equity Bank

Madagascar

Bank of Africa Madagascar

Malawi

Standard Bank Malawi

Mali

Ecobank Mali

Mauritius

Standard Bank Mauritius

Morocco

Attijariwafa Bank

Mozambique

Millennium bim

Namibia

Standard Bank Namibia

Nigeria

First Bank of Nigeria

Rwanda

I&M Bank Rwanda

Senegal

Societe Generale de Banques au Senegal

Sierra Leone

Zenith Bank

South Africa

Standard Bank

Tanzania

CRDB Bank

Togo

Ecobank Togo

Tunisia

Banque Internationale Arabe de Tunisie

Uganda

Ecobank Uganda

Zambia

Barclays

Zimbabwe

CBZ Bank

 

Best Banks In Asia-Pacific 2017

REGIONAL WINNER      

ICBC

Afghanistan

Ghazanfar Bank

Armenia

Ameriabank

Australia

Commonwealth Bank

Azerbaijan

PASHA Bank

Bangladesh

The City Bank

Brunei Darussalam

Baiduri Bank

Cambodia

ABA Bank

China

ICBC

Hong Kong

The Bank of East Asia

India

State Bank of India

Indonesia

Bank Rakyat Indonesia

Japan

Mizuho

Kazakhstan

JSC Halyk Bank

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank

Macau

ICBC Macau

Malaysia

Public Bank Berhad

Mongolia

XacBank

Myanmar

Myanma Economic Bank

Nepal

Rastriya Banijya Bank

New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand

Pakistan

Meezan Bank

Philippines

BDO

Singapore

DBS

South Korea

Shinhan Bank

Sri Lanka

Commercial Bank of Ceylon

Taiwan

E. SUN Commercial Bank

Tajikistan

International Bank of Tajikistan

Thailand

Siam Commercial Bank

Uzbekistan

Asia Alliance Bank

Vietnam

Maritime Bank

 

 

Best Regional Banks In The US 2017

New England

Eastern Bank

Mid-Atlantic

PNC

Great Lakes

KeyCorp

Plains

U.S. Bancorp

Southeast

SunTrust

Southwest

Comerica

Rocky Mountain

Zions Bancorporation

Far West

First Republic

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