Foreign banks in the United States remain strategically disadvantaged relative to U.S. moneycenter and superregional banks, even though they hold 29% of total U.S. banking assets, according to a New York-based bank consulting firm.

The franchises of foreign banks, typically defined by the number and depth of their relationships with U.S. corporate and institutional clients, "is significantly weaker than that of U.S. banks," according to a study from CBM Group Inc.

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