Following on from last year's trend, four of the five banks in the Middle East's top five banks by return on capital are from Iran.
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Three of the top five Japanese banks by return on capital also feature in the country's top 10 banks by Tier 1.
There were substantial rises and falls in Tier 1 capital among the EU's top 10 banks in 2014.
This year's EU banks ranking shows how selective the region's economic recovery has been, with Greek and Spanish lenders edging into the black, while Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Slovenian and Cypriot institutions are continuing to struggle.
The top two western European lenders by return on capital are both Italian. Lenders from Turkey, the Netherlands and the UK make up the top five list.
The crisis at Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo has raised fresh doubts about the recovery of banks in the peripheral eurozone.
New York leads the world’s international finance centres for inbound and outbound foreign direct investment into the financial services sector, but other US financial centres are also proving attractive destinations.
The top lender in this year's return on capital ranking for Asia-Pacific (excluding China and India) is unchanged from last year.
With a ROC of 54.68%, Nairobi-based Equity Bank leads the top five African banks by return on capital ranking.
Two new entrants make it onto China's top banks by return on capital ranking, with one of them taking the crown as China's best performing bank by this measure.