Those banks which were able to articulate the strategy that drove their financial performance and how they overcame regulatory, competitive and economic hurdles were most like to impress the judges in this year's Bank of the Year awards. This year, we made awards in 149 countries. The global and regional winners are profiled here.
The best banks of the past 12 months from central and eastern Europe.
Western Europe's slow growth, low-interest rate environment is not the most lucrative landscape for the region's banks, but this year's western European Bank of the Year winners have shown impressive levels of expertise and innovation to negotiate these difficult times.
Slow growth across Europe and Western sanctions on Russia coupled to make 2015 a difficult year for many central and eastern European banks but those featured in this year's Bank of the Year awards remained nimble allowing them to produce impressive results.