Diversified lending and leverage

Your partner for success

Diversified Lending and Leverage has a presence in sub-Sahara Africa. Our relevant sector expertise, detailed understanding of our client’s businesses and collaboration across other specialist areas across Standard Bank enables us to provide the most appropriate funding solutions to our clients. The team services corporates, private equity sponsors, governments and state-owned entities.

Our dedicated team of professionals services clients in Standard Bank’s presence and non-presence countries through three regional hubs based in South Africa (covering South and Central Africa), Kenya (covering East Africa) and Nigeria (covering West Africa), as well as our London office. 

We have the ability to provide financing across the entire capital structure – senior unsecured, senior secured, subordinated, mezzanine and redeemable preference shares. We have the willingness to structure and fund large underwriting requirements that are typical in large acquisition finance and leveraged finance transactions. We have expertise in refinancing or restructuring existing finance arrangements.

We have concluded numerous ground-breaking finance deals, many of which represent the first or the largest transaction of their kind in the sub-Saharan African market.

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  • We have deep knowledge and experience in the South African market and across the rest of Africa, including cross-border financing requirements.
  • We are experienced transactors who focus on bespoke financing solutions for clients.
  • Our focus is on execution, supported by proven analytical and structuring skills.
  • We are willing to structure and fund large underwriting requirements that are typical in large acquisition finance and leveraged finance transactions.
  • We have expertise in refinancing or restructuring existing finance arrangements.
  • We have concluded numerous ground-breaking financing transactions, many of which represent the first or the largest transactions of their kind in the sub-Saharan African market.
  • These transactions and the awards received by the team are testament to our extensive expertise and specialist knowledge, and our ability to effectively partner with our clients to achieve their growth and/or emerging market expansion ambitions.
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Recent Deals
Brait New Look GBP 783 million

In another landmark transaction, Brait recently acquired a 90% interest in New Look, a leading fast value fashion clothing retailer in the UK for GBP783 million.

USD 35 million CMA facility

Standard Bank arranged and underwrote a USD35 million Collateral Management Agreement (CMA) for AFGRI Mauritius Investments Limited (AMIL) to finance the purchase of soft commodities stores in collateral managed locations across its African subsidiaries.

Brait Virgin Active ZAR 12.2 billion

Standard Bank advised Brait in relation to its acquisition of an ~80% interest in the Virgin Active Group and acted as Corporate Finance Advisor to Brait on this ZAR12.2 billion investment.