Best of breed in banking at Royal Courts

TO THE Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand last night for a black tie dinner to inaugurate the very first Wealth Briefing European Awards.

The newcomer on the financial awards circuit describes itself as recognising the “best of breed” in global private banking, wealth management and trusted advisor communities.

So, which wealthy firms were deemed best in show at last night’s ceremony?

Schroders was named best UK private bank for domestic clients and RBC for international clients; and in the European-wide market ABN AMRO won the gong for domestic clients and BNP Paribas took the international trophy. Best Wealth Management Newcomer in 2013 was won by Sorbus Partners, Rothschild took the ultra-high-net-worth team award and Canaccord Genuity was given best M&A deal of the year. Law firm Baker & McKenzie snatched best legal team, Barclays won for best online marketing campaign and Coutts took the trophy for best brand launch.

And the glue holding the night together? Compere Sophie Raworth, who had just about recovered from this year’s London marathon. Apparently the newsreader was just happy to finish, having previously passed out at mile 24 and been rudely woken by paramedics, who had to break the news that she was not – as she had been insisting – at a concert in Leeds.