I was doing some research on compiling a list of the banks who have received a decline in their credit rating (go to http://www.bankrate.com/rates/safe-sound/bank-ratings-search.aspx for an excellent resource) and came across this interesting piece.  Many of those banks we have been reading about in headline news are listed below and included in the top assets in the world.

Four lists of banks have been compiled below.

  1. The first is a list of the largest Eurozone banks by assets according to data I compiled via the Forbes Global 2000 list. This excludes non-Eurozone banks from nations like the UK or Denmark but includes ING Groep as a bank.
  2. The second is the same list but also including the non-Eurozone banks.
  3. The third list is a list of the largest European banks by assets would include any Swiss, Russian, Norwegian or other European banks.
  4. Finally, the fourth list is just a global list as a reference point on size. The list now includes all of the too-big-to-fail US institutions.
Top 40 Eurozone Banks By Assets
BNP Paribas France 2,952.22
Crédit Agricole France 2,227.22
Deutsche Bank Germany 2,150.60
ING Group Netherlands 1,667.62
Société Générale Group France 1,468.72
UniCredit Group Italy 1,438.91
Banco Santander Spain 1,438.68
Commerzbank Germany 1202.99
Intesa Sanpaolo Italy 877.66
Dexia Belgium 828.74
Natixis France 769.48
BBVA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Spain 760.39
KBC Group Belgium 462.66
CIC Group France 351.15
Deutsche Postbank Germany 325.12
Banca MPS Italy 292.22
Erste Bank Austria 278.9
Bank of Ireland Ireland 256.98
Allied Irish Banks Ireland 249.26
Banque Nat de Belgique Belgium 212.96
Landesbank Berlin Germany 200.8
Banco Popular Español Spain 185.5
SNS Reaal Netherlands 184.22
UBI Banca Italy 168.46
Banco Popolare Italy 166.15
National Bank of Greece Greece 140.48
BCP-Banco Com Português Portugal 136.25
Raiffeisen International Bank Austria 118.58
Banco de Sabadell Spain 117.85
EFG Eurobank Ergasias Greece 113.92
CAM Group Spain 108.25
Espirito Santo Finl Luxembourg 108.15
Bank of Greece Greece 98.58
Alpha Bank Group Greece 90.26
Bankinter Spain 78.06
Piraeus Bank Greece 75.95
Volksbank Austria 73.06
BPER-Emilia Romagna Italy 73.05
Banca Popolare di Milano Italy 62.26
IKB Germany 59.02

Top 40 EU Banks By Assets

BNP Paribas France 2,952.22
Royal Bank of Scotland United Kingdom 2,727.94
HSBC Holdings United Kingdom 2,355.83
Crédit Agricole France 2,227.22
Barclays United Kingdom 2,223.04
Deutsche Bank Germany 2,150.60
ING Group Netherlands 1,667.62
Lloyds Banking Group United Kingdom 1,650.78
Société Générale Group France 1,468.72
UniCredit Group Italy 1,438.91
Banco Santander Spain 1,438.68
Commerzbank Germany 1202.99
Intesa Sanpaolo Italy 877.66
Dexia Belgium 828.74
Natixis France 769.48
BBVA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Spain 760.39
Nordea Bank Sweden 729.06
Danske Bank Group Denmark 597.03
KBC Group Belgium 462.66
Standard Chartered Group United Kingdom 435.56
CIC Group France 351.15
Deutsche Postbank Germany 325.12
SEB-Skand Enskilda Bank Sweden 323.28
Svenska Handelsbanken Sweden 297.27
Banca MPS Italy 292.22
Erste Bank Austria 278.9
Bank of Ireland Ireland 256.98
Swedbank Sweden 251.18
Allied Irish Banks Ireland 249.26
Banque Nat de Belgique Belgium 212.96
Landesbank Berlin Germany 200.8
Banco Popular Español Spain 185.5
SNS Reaal Netherlands 184.22
UBI Banca Italy 168.46
Banco Popolare Italy 166.15
National Bank of Greece Greece 140.48
BCP-Banco Com Português Portugal 136.25
Raiffeisen International Bank Austria 118.58
Banco de Sabadell Spain 117.85
EFG Eurobank Ergasias Greece 113.92

Top 40 European Banks By Assets

BNP Paribas France 2,952.22
Royal Bank of Scotland United Kingdom 2,727.94
HSBC Holdings United Kingdom 2,355.83
Crédit Agricole France 2,227.22
Barclays United Kingdom 2,223.04
Deutsche Bank Germany 2,150.60
ING Group Netherlands 1,667.62
Lloyds Banking Group United Kingdom 1,650.78
Société Générale Group France 1,468.72
UniCredit Group Italy 1,438.91
Banco Santander Spain 1,438.68
UBS Switzerland 1,288.19
Commerzbank Germany 1202.99
Credit Suisse Group Switzerland 988.91
Intesa Sanpaolo Italy 877.66
Dexia Belgium 828.74
Natixis France 769.48
BBVA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Spain 760.39
Nordea Bank Sweden 729.06
Danske Bank Group Denmark 597.03
KBC Group Belgium 462.66
Standard Chartered Group United Kingdom 435.56
CIC Group France 351.15
Deutsche Postbank Germany 325.12
SEB-Skand Enskilda Bank Sweden 323.28
DnB NOR Norway 315.61
Svenska Handelsbanken Sweden 297.27
Banca MPS Italy 292.22
Erste Bank Austria 278.9
Bank of Ireland Ireland 256.98
Swedbank Sweden 251.18
Allied Irish Banks Ireland 249.26
Sberbank Russia 220.62
Banque Nat de Belgique Belgium 212.96
Landesbank Berlin Germany 200.8
Banco Popular Español Spain 185.5
SNS Reaal Netherlands 184.22
UBI Banca Italy 168.46
Banco Popolare Italy 166.15
National Bank of Greece Greece 140.48

Top 40 Banks in the World By Assets

COMPANY COUNTRY ASSETS ($BIL)
BNP Paribas France 2,952.22
Royal Bank of Scotland United Kingdom 2,727.94
HSBC Holdings United Kingdom 2,355.83
Crédit Agricole France 2,227.22
Bank of America United States 2,223.30
Barclays United Kingdom 2,223.04
Deutsche Bank Germany 2,150.60
JPMorgan Chase United States 2,031.99
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Japan 1,999.58
Citigroup United States 1,856.65
ING Group Netherlands 1,667.62
Lloyds Banking Group United Kingdom 1,650.78
Mizuho Financial Japan 1,538.94
Société Générale Group France 1,468.72
UniCredit Group Italy 1,438.91
Banco Santander Spain 1,438.68
ICBC China 1,428.46
UBS Switzerland 1,288.19
Wells Fargo United States 1,243.65
Commerzbank Germany 1202.99
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Japan 1,202.59
China Construction Bank China 1,106.20
Bank of China China 1,016.31
Credit Suisse Group Switzerland 988.91
Intesa Sanpaolo Italy 877.66
Fannie Mae United States 869.14
Goldman Sachs Group United States 849.00
Freddie Mac United States 841.78
Dexia Belgium 828.74
Morgan Stanley United States 771.46
Natixis France 769.48
BBVA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Spain 760.39
Nordea Bank Sweden 729.06
Royal Bank of Canada Canada 608.05
Danske Bank Group Denmark 597.03
National Australia Bank Australia 574.41
Westpac Banking Group Australia 519.03
Toronto-Dominion Bank Canada 517.28
Commonwealth Bank Australia 500.2
KBC Group Belgium 462.66

*Note: This list includes all banks and diversified financial institutions that are privately-held i.e. not owned exclusively by government. So, it excludes the German Landesbanks and the Spanish Cajas but it includes the likes of RBS and Lloyds. It excludes insurance companies except ING (because of its significant banking operations). It excludes Berkshire Hathaway (an insurance company) which is listed as a diversified financial but includes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which are also listed as diversified financials.

For a full review of the article connected to these charts go to http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2010/06/the-largest-european-banks-by-assets.html