Equity capital markets

The go-to bank for African capital

Sub-Saharan Africa is becoming a significant growth region for global equity investors as opportunities in the region outperform traditional investment destinations. The shift aligns with the increasing size, liquidity and sophistication in many equity capital markets in Africa.

Standard Bank understands African markets and opportunities, and we have unrivalled knowledge and expertise in leading African and emerging markets equity transactions. We use local knowledge and international experience to maximise investor demand, both in-country and internationally, to provide our corporate clients with strategic equity advice and execution that is customised to meet their unique requirements. We provide our institutional and consumer clients with comprehensive company and market research, equities trading, derivatives trading and asset management.

We cover a wide range of assets, from major international names to domestic stocks, and are leaders in positioning them to a global investor base. With a leading platform to connect capital flows into, out of and across Africa wherever it is set, we are proud of our role as a conduit for African capital. Our success in sourcing, originating, structuring and executing deals across Africa, both domestically and internationally, has supported significant growth in Standard Bank’s equity platform, counter to the trend for most other trading platforms.

With local product knowledge and strong local and regional relationships, our on-the-ground teams ensure that we understand and can safeguard investments for our clients.

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Why talk to us?
  • We have the largest African equity broking platform and a market-leading platform to distribute equity for Africa corporates, both domestically and internationally. Our global distribution platform extends our services to clients in the United Kingdom, United States, continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
  • We have a highly experienced and dedicated African and emerging markets sales team with long-standing relationships across the platform with leading investors.
  • We work in the key centres of Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi and London.
  • We offer a dedicated and recognised specialist African/emerging markets equity research platform covering 23 countries and 18 sectors.
  • In terms of value, we are #1 in Nigeria, #2 on the JSE (through SGB Securities) in South Africa, and #3 in Kenya. In 2014, we were the leading equity trading platform in both Nigeria and South Africa.
  • In the 2012-2015 year-to-date league tables, Standard Bank ranks as the #2 Bookrunner for African equity issuance, raising over USD5.5 billion for African companies in the period.
  • Through our strong experience in trading equity and commodities, our universal offering and sizable balance sheet, Standard Bank provides its corporate clients with support and guidance throughout the financing cycle.
  • With our unique offering of both African and international presence and exposure, Standard Bank leverages the strong product experience of our on-the-ground teams. We can combine this with the right international capital markets strategy to deliver the optimum equity capital markets results for our African clients.
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