Banking Awards 2017

The World Finance Banking Guide 2017 offers an insight into the scale of transformation sweeping the banking sector


In keeping with a more-than-five-year trend in which those slow to change have fallen by the wayside, the banking sector has this year been awash with major regulatory and technological change. Virtually unrecognisable from that of a few years ago, this is a new era for banking: one in which the customer lies at the heart of every decision, and sustainability as opposed to profitability is key. Survival – it seems – rests on the ability of banks big and small to keep pace with the rate and scale of the transformation, and nowhere else is this more visible than among the banks featured in this year’s World Finance Banking Guide.

Banking Guide 2017

Trust in the banking sector has been restored, and customer-centricity has emerged as an absolute requirement if banks harbour any hopes of survival. People – not profitability – can make or break a business, and many a major name has committed to that sentiment in the hope of pushing ahead of its rivals. New operating strategies have emerged to put customers and employees at the centre of businesses, and technology has proven decisive in the sector’s transformation.

Aside from restoring faith in the sector, technology has paved the way for new and innovative names, and while they can hardly compete with industry stalwarts on scale, a technology-first mentality has opened the door to a range of new opportunities. Investment in IT is no longer an option but a requirement for any bank with aspirations of becoming a market leader. And as much as these investments have proven costly, the benefits to both bank and customer cannot be understated.

Elsewhere, a raft of regulatory reforms has done a great deal to redefine the operating environment. While the burden has, for some, proven too much to bear, others have treated this new regulatory system as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Of course, the debate over whether these reforms are beneficial at all will rage on, but the overhaul itself is proof of the fact that banking is a changed proposition.

As much as markets have regained a foothold this past year, stability rests in large part on the banking sector and its ability to push money into and around the economy. This is a banking sector that rests on a threefold commitment to customer service, compliance and innovation, without which this new economic landscape would not exist. The guide provided with this issue takes a look at how banking in all its various forms is spearheading these latest developments, and realising a more sustainable measure of prosperity.

As ever, we’ve scoured the globe for the names that have truly set their markets alight and the ones that have not only exceeded expectations, but also delivered where others have failed. Our research team, together with input from our readers, has delved into the markets to find out which individuals and institutions have pushed the envelope and provided the very best in leading financial services.

With our in-house judging panel, we have selected the finest performers of the year – a challenging task with many tightly contested categories. In the supplement, readers will find insight into each of the year’s leading institutions, as well as those individuals who have made a real difference on each continent. Once again, congratulations to our winners, who we hope to see much more of in the months and years to come.


World Finance Banking Awards 2017

Best Banking Groups

AntiguaBOI Bank

AzerbaijanPASHA Bank

BruneiBaiduri Bank


ArgentinaBanco Macro

BoliviaBanco Mercantil Santa Cruz

ChileBanco de Crédito e Inversiones

CuraçaoBanco del Orinoco

CyprusEurobank Cyprus

EgyptArab African International Bank

GhanaZenith Bank Ghana

JordanJordan Islamic Bank

Dominican RepublicBanco Popular Dominicano

FranceCrédit Mutuel Group

IndonesiaBank Rakyat Indonesia


MacauICBC Macau



MyanmarCB Bank

NigeriaGuaranty Trust Bank

PeruBanco de Crédito del Perú

PhilippinesRizal Commercial Banking Corporation

QatarQatar National Bank

Saudi ArabiaSamba Financial Group


South KoreaWoori Bank

Sri LankaPeople’s Bank

TaiwanMega International Commercial Bank

ThailandBangkok Bank


UAEUnion National Bank

Best Investment Banks

Brazil BTG Pactual

Bahrain Securities and Investment Company

Canada RBC

Chile BTG Pactual Chile

Colombia BTG Pactual Colombia

Dominican Republic Banreservas

France BNP Paribas

Germany BNP Paribas Germany

Iceland Arion Bank

Italy Mediobanca

Kazakhstan JSC Kazkommerts Securities

Pakistan Habib Bank

Saudi Arabia SaudiMed

Spain Haitong

Sri Lanka CAL

UAE Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Best Private Banks

ArgentinaICBC Argentina


AustriaErste Private Banking

BelgiumVan Lanschot

CanadaBMO Private Banking

ChileBanco de Crédito e Inversiones

Czech RepublicČeská Spořitelna

DenmarkDanske Bank

FranceBNP Paribas Banque Privée



IndiaKotak Mahindra Bank

ItalyBNL Gruppo BNP Paribas

KenyaStanbic Bank

LiechtensteinKaiser Partner


MexicoBanco Ve por Más


NigeriaFirst Bank of Nigeria

PeruBBVA Continental

QatarInternational Bank of Qatar

RomaniaErste Private Banking

Saudi ArabiaSaudi British Bank

SingaporeMaybank Singapore

South AfricaInvestec



ThailandKasikorn Bank

UAENational Bank of Abu Dhabi

UkraineOTP Bank

US (East)Brown Brothers Harriman

US(West)Bank of the West

Best commercial banks

VietnamSaigon Commercial Bank

AzerbaijanPASHA Bank

ArgentinaBanco Macro

BrazilBanco Bradesco



BelgiumKBC Bank

CanadaBMO Bank of Montreal


Dominican RepublicBanco de Reservas

GhanaAccess Bank Ghana

HungaryING Bank Hungary

ItalyBNL Gruppo BNP Paribas


Hong KongHSBC

IndonesiaBank Central Asia

KenyaKenya Commercial Bank

MacauBanco Nacional Ultramarino


MexicoBanca Mifel

MozambiqueBanco BCI

MyanmarAYA Bank

NigeriaDiamond Bank

PeruBanco de Crédito del Perú

PhilippinesRizal Commercial Banking Corporation


QatarAl Khalij Commercial Bank

Saudi ArabiaSaudi British Bank

South KoreaShinhan Bank

Sri LankaSampath Bank

ThailandSiam Commercial Bank

UAEEmirates NBD

USBank of the West

Best Retail Banks

PortugalSantander Totta

AngolaBanco de Fomento Angola

ChinaChina Merchants Bank

EgyptEgyptian Gulf Bank


ArgentinaBanco Santander Río

Dominican RepublicBanreservas


MyanmarAYA Bank

netherlandsABN AMRO


QatarCommercial Bank of Qatar

TurkeyGaranti Bank

NigeriaGuaranty Trust Bank

PolandBank Zachodni WBK

Sri LankaSampath Bank

UAEUnion National Bank

Best Sustainable Banks

BahrainEskan Bank

BrazilEmpresta Capital

EgyptArab African International Bank

MexicoCompartamos Banco


ChileBanco de Crédito e Inversiones

KenyaEquity Bank Kenya


MozambiqueBanco BCI


QatarQatar National Bank

Sri LankaPeople’s Bank

NigeriaAccess Bank

PhilippinesBank of the Philippine Islands

Saudi ArabiaBanque Saudi Fransi

UAENational Bank of Abu Dhabi

Most Innovative Banks

North AmericaCapital One

Latin AmericaBanco de Chile

AfricaGuaranty Trust Bank

AsiaDBS Bank

Middle EastGulf Bank

AustralasiaANZ Group