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BNP Paribas named ‘Global Bank of the Year' by The Banker magazine

BNP Paribas, one of the largest and strongest financial services groups in the world, was Wednesday night named ‘Global Bank of the Year 2008' by The Banker magazine, at the ninth annual Banker Awards in London. BNP Paribas was also named ‘Best Bank in Western Europe' and ‘Best Bank in France'. UkrSibbank, BNP Paribas' subsidiary in Ukraine, was named 'Best Bank in Ukraine'.

The Banker magazine's commercial banking awards acknowledge the institutions that have managed the challenges of the financial crisis with skill, courage and expertise. The magazine noted that in a turbulent year, BNP Paribas' model “demonstrated a remarkable level of stability and resilience” and the bank has “excelled in key growth areas” and has been quick “to spot and grab the right opportunities”.

Baudouin Prot, BNP Paribas' CEO said: ‘”BNP Paribas' robust business model has a track record of delivering strong and diversified earning streams from all its business lines. This is thanks to its excellent client franchises and the quality of its teams. While obviously not immune to the financial crisis, BNP Paribas' stringent risk policy culture and good cost control during these difficult times have positioned it well to continue growing organically over the cycle. The acquisition of Fortis will present BNP Paribas with a unique opportunity to expand its pan-European footprint and become the largest bank in the eurozone in terms of deposits.”

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas ( is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 3 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in 85 countries, with more than 171,000 employees, including 131.000 in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank's two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.