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Istanbul, October 6th, 2009 - Global Finance magazine hosted its thirteenth annual Best Bank Awards ceremony on October 6th, 2009, in Istanbul (Turkey), at the same time as the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank. More than 200 bank CEOs and senior financial officers and central bankers attended the Ceremony. It will be open to journalists.

Global Finance - a monthly magazine founded in 1987 - has a long tradition in recognizing the best financial institutions in the world and its awards have become a recognized and trusted standard of excellence in finance.

Global Finance this year has identified the best banks in 123 countries, as well as the best banks globally in 11 key banking categories.

In selecting this year’s winners, Global Finance’s editorial team considered objective and subjective factors. Objective criteria included growth in assets, profitability, geographic reach, strategic relationships, new business development and product innovation. Subjective criteria included the opinions of equity and credit-rating analysts, banking consultants and others in the industry, as well as corporate financial executives. The winners are not always the biggest banks but, rather, the best banks - those with the qualities that corporations should look for when choosing a bank.

“A year after the failure of some major financial institutions, companies and investors are looking for assurance of their banks’ credit-worthiness,” said Joseph Giarraputo publisher of Global Finance. “But also, more than ever, they are demanding superior competence. Hopefully, these lists will help them find the most competent financial partners.”

For editorial information please contact:
Dan Keeler, Editor, phone: +1 212 447 7900 ext 232, email: dan@gfmag.com

Global Finance announces the "WORLD'S BEST BANKS 2009"
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GLOBAL FINANCE WORLD'S BEST BANKS 2009
GLOBAL JPMorgan Chase
Corporate
HSBC
Consumer
Credit Suisse
Private
Standard Chartered
Emerging Markets
State Street Global Advisors
Asset Management
The Bank of New York Mellon
Custody
J.P. Morgan
Investment Bank
Citi
Cash Management
BNP Paribas
Trade Finance
Deutsche Bank
Foreign Exchange
HSBC
Sub-Custody
NORTH AMERICA Butterfield Bank
Bermuda
Scotiabank
Canada
JPMorgan Chase
United States
EUROPE International Commercial Bank
Albania
Bank Austria
Austria
Belarusbank
Belarus
KBC
Belgium
Raiffeisen Bank Bosna i Hercegovina
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Privredna Banka Zagreb
Croatia
Bank of Cyprus
Cyprus
Raiffeisenbank
Czech Republic
Danske Bank
Denmark
Swedbank
Estonia
Pohjola Bank
Finland
BNP Paribas
France
Commerzbank
Germany
EFG Eurobank
Greece
OTP
Hungary
Intesa Sanpaolo
Italy
Aizkraukles Banka
Latvia
Swedbank
Lithuania
Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat
Luxembourg
Komercijalna Banka
Macedonia
HSBC Bank Malta
Malta
Moldova Agroindbank
Moldova
Rabobank
Netherlands
DnB NOR
Norway
Bank Pekao
Poland
Banco Espírito Santo
Portugal
BRD-Groupe Société Générale
Romania
VTB
Russia
Raiffeisen Banka
Serbia
Tatra Banka
Slovakia
Nova Ljubljanska Banka
Slovenia
Santander
Spain
Handelsbanken
Sweden
Credit Suisse
Switzerland
Akbank
Turkey
UkrSibbank
Ukraine
HSBC
United Kingdom
ASIA HSBC Armenia
Armenia
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Australia
International Bank of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
Janata Bank
Bangladesh
ICBC
China
Bank of Georgia
Georgia
HSBC
Hong Kong
HDFC Bank
India
PT Bank Central Asia
Indonesia
Resona Holdings
Japan
Kazkommertsbank
Kazakhstan
AsiaUniversalBank (AUB)
Kyrgyz Republic
ICBC Macau
Macau
Public Bank Berhad
Malaysia
Khan Bank
Mongolia
Habib Bank
Pakistan
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Philippines
United Overseas Bank
Singapore
Shinhan Bank
South Korea
Commercial Bank of Ceylon
Sri Lanka
Chinatrust Commercial Bank
Taiwan
Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
Thailand
Credit-Standard Bank
Uzbekistan
Asia Commercial Bank
Vietnam
LATIN AMERICA Banco Macro
Argentina
FirstCaribbean International
Barbados
Belize Bank
Belize
Banco de Crédito de Bolivia
Bolivia
Itaú-Unibanco
Brazil
Banco Santander Chile
Chile
Bancolombia
Colombia
Scotiabank Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Banco Popular Dominicano
Dominican Republic
Banco Pichincha
Ecuador
Banco Agrícola
El Salvador
Banco Agromercantil
Guatemala
Banco Atlántida
Honduras
Scotiabank Jamaica
Jamaica
Banamex
Mexico
Banco General
Panama
Interbanco
Paraguay
BBVA Banco Continental
Peru
Banco Santander Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Republic Bank
Trinidad & Tobago
Banco Santander Uruguay
Uruguay
BBVA Banco Provincial
Venezuela
MIDDLE EAST Ahli United Bank
Bahrain
Commercial International Bank (CIB)
Egypt
Parsian Bank
Iran
Commercial Bank of Iraq
Iraq
Mizrahi Tefahot
Israel
Arab Bank
Jordan
National Bank of Kuwait
Kuwait
BLOM Bank
Lebanon
BankMuscat
Oman
Qatar National Bank
Qatar
Samba Financial Group
Saudi Arabia
Bank Audi Syria
Syria
Emirates NBD
United Arab Emirates
Arab Bank Yemen
Yemen
AFRICA Arab Banking Corporation Algeria
Algeria
BES Angola
Angola
Standard Chartered Bank Botswana
Botswana
Ecobank Côte d’Ivoire
Côte d’Ivoire
Nib International Bank
Ethiopia
Trust Bank
Gambia
Ghana Commercial Bank
Ghana
International Commercial Bank
Guinea
Barclays Bank of Kenya
Kenya
Wahda Bank
Libya
Mauritius Commercial Bank
Mauritius
Attijariwafa Bank
Morocco
Standard Bank Namibia
Namibia
FirstBank
Nigeria
Banque Commerciale du Rwanda
Rwanda
Ecobank Senegal
Senegal
Standard Bank
South Africa
Al Salam Bank Sudan
Sudan
Ecobank
Togo
Banque de Tunisie
Tunisia
Stanbic Bank Uganda
Uganda
Standard Chartered Bank Zambia
Zambia