Banque Nationale de Paris' bid to create a $1 trillion-asset bank by taking over Societe Generale and Banque Paribas has brought to the fore a simmering debate over whether bigger is better.

Bankers, analysts, and consultants broadly agree that size will increasingly separate the winners from the losers in the race to build global financial institutions. However, they add that size alone will not make a bank a winner.

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