Author: Andrea Fiano

Global Finance names the World's Best Developed Market Banks 2012

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NEW YORK, March 20, 2012 Global Finance magazine has announced its annual awards for the World's Best Banks in Developed Markets. A full report on the selections will appear in the May issue of Global Finance . The winners of this year's awards are those 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 bankers, corporate financial executives and analysts throughout the world. In selecting these top banks, we considered factors that range from the quantitative objective to the informed subjective. Banks were invited to submit entries supporting their selection.

Objective criteria considered included: growth in assets, profitability, geographic reach, strategic relationships, new business development and innovation in products. Subjective criteria included the opinions of equity analysts, credit rating analysts, banking consultants and others involved in the industry. The mix of these factors yields leading banks that may not be the largest, the oldest or the most diversified in a given country, but rather the best— the banks with which corporations around the world would most likely want to do business.

Winners were selected in 27 countries. This year, winners were not selected in Iceland.

"We recognize these banks for their outstanding accomplishments," says Global Finance 's publisher, Joseph D. Giarraputo. "Global financial markets are extremely difficult and conditions in each market may have differed but the winning banks were all noteworthy in their dedication to satisfying their customers' needs."

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North America
Regional Winner JPMorgan Chase
Bermuda HSBC Bank Bermuda
Canada Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
United States JPMorgan Chase

Regional Winner Santander
Austria RZB/Raiffeisen Bank International
Belgium KBC
Cyprus Bank of Cyprus
France Crédit Mutuel
Germany Deutsche Bank
Greece Alpha Bank
Ireland Bank of Ireland
Italy Intesa Sanpaolo
Luxembourg Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat
Netherlands Rabobank
Portugal Banco Santander Totta
Spain Santander
Switzerland Credit Suisse
United Kingdom HSBC

Nordic Region
Regional Winner SEB
Denmark Danske Bank
Finland Nordea
Norway DnB
Sweden SEB

Asia/Pacific and Middle East
Australia ANZ
Hong Kong Bank of China (Hong Kong) (BOCHK)
Israel Bank Hapoalim
Japan Mitsubishi UFJ Financial
New Zealand Kiwibank
Singapore DBS Bank