Credit's European Awards are based on a poll of investors carried out during April and May 2009.

Credit received 479 valid responses to the poll from asset managers, banks, hedge funds, pension funds and insurance companies in Europe. Participants were asked to vote using an online questionnaire for their top firms in order of preference across a range of categories.

The votes were weighted, with three points for the first place, two points for the second place and one for third. Points were the