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BNP Paribas Wins IFR’s Bank of the Year


London - Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the winners of the International Financing Review (IFR) Awards 2012.

IFR is the authoritative source of capital markets intelligence and the IFR Awards represent the key industry benchmark of global capital markets excellence. Winners are selected by IFR’s independent, global team of expert reporters and analysts.

Key winners are below and a full list of winners can be found here:

Bank of the Year – BNP Paribas

Bond House – Deutsche Bank

Equity House – Deutsche Bank

Loan House – JP Morgan

Securitisation House - Barclays

Derivatives House – Credit Suisse

Restructuring Adviser - Blackstone

Emerging Markets Bond House – HSBC

High-Yield Bond House – JP Morgan

Issuer of the Year – Wells Fargo

“All the teams and I are very honoured to receive this prestigious Award,” said Jean-Laurent Bonnafe, CEO of BNP Paribas. “I want to express my gratitude to IFR for selecting us, and to our clients, around the world, who choose to work with us. Their satisfaction is the result of the commitment shown by our employees.

“In these challenging times for the financial services industry, BNP Paribas successfully completed an ambitious adaptation plan for the new regulatory environment. Today, with a 9.5% Basel III fully-loaded common equity Tier 1 ratio, BNP Paribas is one of the best-capitalised leading global banks, and has, furthermore, consistently remained profitable since its creation. This will enable us to continue to develop and provide a first class service to our clients globally" added Bonnafe.

The IFR Awards will be presented at the 18th Annual IFR Awards Gala Dinner, attended by over 1,000 senior investment bankers on 23 January, 2013 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of Save The Children, will attend the dinner, which is the charity’s largest annual fund raiser, and last year raised nearly £1.3 million. Over £20 million has been raised for Save The Children at IFR Awards dinners.

About IFR Awards

The IFR Awards are selected by IFR’s expert capital markets journalists. Starting in October, the journalists start an exhausting round of interviews with hundreds of market participants. These meetings give an opportunity for capital markets professionals to stake their claim to individual awards and to give their views on the performance of their peers. They also give the reporters the chance to gauge the market’s thoughts on the most important transactions of the year. In addition, the IFR team takes soundings from treasurers and investors before deciding on a shortlist in each award category. The final decision is then made by the senior IFR editorial team.

About IFR

IFR is the world’s leading source of international capital markets intelligence. Published weekly in print and on the web, IFR provides in-depth coverage of developments in global financing markets, including analysis of all international bond, syndicated loan, leveraged finance, high-yield debt, emerging market, equity and convertible issues, as well as developments in the derivatives market. It is read by all major banks, brokers, investors, corporate and government borrowers.

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