We have benefited in our home markets from our clients' return to traditional values such as safety, predictability and fairness, as well as from our local presence. In mortgage lending business, we posted a new record and further strengthened our leading market position. In Swiss onshore banking, we continued to attain our growth objectives on a step-by-step basis with Bank Linth.
The expansion of international private banking business continues to be at the centre of our growth strategy. The bank that we opened in Vienna during the year under report delivers our services to the Austrian market, and also acts as an ideal gateway for intensifying the acquisition of new clients in Central and Eastern Europe.
In 2009, we increased our investments in strategy research, which benefited our strategy funds and mandates. Measured against the comparison group of the Lipper universe, our funds achieved excellent results. In addition, the number of custodian bank mandates entrusted to us developed very positively.
The introduction of the new IT platform represents one of the largest projects in our corporate history. Besides enabling an optimisation of work processes, the new system also provides enhanced efficiency in the LLB Group's organisational procedures.