France's Crédit Agricole SA built its sound reputation and support
base by lending to farmers, and today it operates one of the
largest retail network of banks in the country. As of July
2014, the French bank was the world's eighth-largest bank as
measured by total assets. The firm is also a formidable
investment bank. Crédit Agricole CIB (Corporate and
Investment Bank) offers clients capital markets, investment
banking, structured finance, and corporate banking services.
The CIB unit has offices in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemborg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway,
Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. Worldwide,
Crédit Agricole employs more than 75,000 people. The bank is
led by its CEO, Jean-Paul Chifflet,who grew up on a farm
and joined Crédit Agricole in 1973; 37 years later, in
2010, he was named its CEO.