Strongest Banks in Europe

UBS, HSBC and Banco Santander are amongst the strongest banks in Europe.

Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide and has offices in over 50 countries. The addition of the Interhandel's capital resources, which propelled UBS into the top spot among Swiss banks in 1968, has made UBS, in terms of capital, one of the strongest banks in Europe.

Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the biggest banking and financial services organisations in the world. It provides a comprehensive range of financial services to its customers through four customer groups and global businesses: Personal Financial Services (including consumer finance); Commercial Banking; Global Banking and Markets; and Global Private Banking.

Banco Santander is the only Spanish bank to have received the Global Bank of the Year awards from The Banker. In addition, Santander was named Best Bank in the World by Euromoney magazine in 2005 and 2008. By the end of 2008, Santander was the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and third in the world by profit. It is the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America, with leading positions in the United Kingdom and Portugal and a broad presence in Europe through its Santander Consumer Finance arm.

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