Awards will be presented in 14 categories, ranging from Best IT Department and Best Personal Contribution to Best Strategic Outsourcing and Best Risk Management Initiatives. In the running for the title of Best IT Department this year are, Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, DrKW, JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. To ensure that the awards are truly independent, the categories are being judged by a distinguished panel of over 40 banks, consultants, electronic brokerages and vendors from across Europe.
William Wright, Editor, Financial News comments:
"Financial News is extremely pleased that so many leading institutions are taking part as judges in these awards. To be able to bring together such impressive names, including our sponsors, the London Stock Exchange and Accenture, is proof not only that technology is growing in importance, but that the status of the awards is recognised within the investment banking industry."