Author: Joseph Giarraputo

Location: IMF Annual Meetings, Istanbul

WORLD’S BEST BANKS 2009

Global Finance’s 13th annual Best Banks awards ceremony was held in early October in Istanbul, as the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank were in session. Durmus Yilmaz, governor of the central bank of the Republic of Turkey, was the guest of honor. Ziya Akkurt, CEO of Akbank, the best bank in Turkey, and Metin Ar, CEO of Garanti Securities, the best investment bank in the country, also offered welcomes.

The awards were announced in previous issues of this magazine. For a full list of 2009’s award winners, visit gfmag.com.

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1: Guest of honor Durmus Yilmaz, governor of the central bank of the Republic of Turkey;
2: Banco Espírito Santo’s Pedro Homem collects the bank’s award for best bank in Portugal;
3: Karen Fawcett, Standard Chartered’s head of global transaction banking, collects the award for best global emerging market bank;
4: Global Finance publisher Joseph Giarraputo welcomes delegates;
5: Eisa Al Eisa, managing director and CEO, Samba Financial Group, collects the award for best bank in Saudi Arabia;
6: Akbank CEO Ziya Akkurt addresses the gathering;
7: Richard Beaurenaut, head of trade finance at BNP Paribas, collects the award for best global trade finance provider;
8: CaixaBI board member António Carlos Bastos Martins picks up the award for best investment bank, Portugal;
9: Delegates at the Global Finance best banks awards ceremony;
10: Timothy Keaney, co-CEO of BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, picking up the award for best global custodian;
11: Marcos Manuel Madureira collects Santander’s award for best bank in Latin America;
12: Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Omar, CEO of Kuwait Finance House, with the award for best Islamic bank, GCC Region;
13: Metin Ar, CEO of Garanti Securities, collects the award for best investment bank, Turkey;
14: Zdenek Tuma, governor of the Czech National Bank, collects his award as one of the world’s top-rated central bankers;
15: Millennium BCP board member José João Guilherme picks up the award for best FX bank in Portugal;
16: Rabobank managing director Frederik R. Hoek collects his bank’s recognition for being among the world’s safest banks; and
17: Saad Azhari, chairman and general manager of BLOM Bank, accepts the award for best bank, Lebanon, from Joseph Giarraputo.

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