Our business

We know Africa. As a connected, real economy bank, our insight and experience helps unlock opportunities and mitigate risk for our broad range of clients. Our differentiator is our long-term commitment to Africa, our home, underpinned by a heritage of more than 150 years on the continent.
Standard Bank Corporate & Investment Banking

With experienced teams and fit-for-purpose operations, we are a trusted advisor and banking partner. We provide services to governments, parastatals, larger corporates, financial institutions and international counterparties. We serve our clients’ local and cross-border requirements for banking, finance, trading, investment, risk management and advisory services.

Quick view:

  • Full spectrum of corporate and investment banking services offered, backed by universal banking capabilities and the financial strength of the Standard Bank Group
  • On-the-ground presence in 20 countries in Africa and other key markets outside Africa
  • Focus on sectors relevant to real growth and development in Africa
  • Over 2 300 Corporate & Investment Banking employees worldwide
  • Cross-border capabilities within and outside Africa
  • In-depth research capabilities
  • Long-standing relationships with governments, regulators, key industry players and investors in all the countries in which we have a presence

With our on-the-ground knowledge, risk appetite and balance sheet, we are involved in some of the biggest deals in Africa.

Making progress real by partnering for growth

Banking across Africa requires a thorough understanding of complex and varied banking, transaction and regulatory requirements. A bank that understands the intricacies of local markets, sees the opportunities and manages the risks is an essential partner to business success.

Standard Bank has more 150 years’ experience of banking in Africa. We have the experience, skill and relationships to assist our clients negotiate often challenging and complex financial and regulatory cross-border environments in Africa and beyond. This is supported by strong in-country teams across our extensive presence in 20 countries in Africa, including South Africa, and other selected markets. Our in-depth research drives our understanding of market dynamics in countries with rapidly developing economies.

We have refined our capabilities in step with the needs of emerging markets clients and developing sophistication of African markets. We have also grown in tandem with the globalisation of capital markets and rise of emerging markets as powerhouses of global economic growth.

We customise our leading banking capabilities to local needs and conditions. This is strengthened by our long-standing relationships with governments, regulators, key industry players and investors in all the countries in which we have a presence.

Financial solutions for your every banking need

Standard Bank is a trusted partner to in-country, regional and international organisations that are working across Africa. We provide independent input into strategic decision-making, backed up by carefully executed solutions across advisory, financing, lending, trading and transactional requirements. We put together the right team to take a client’s business forward.

Trade and investment flows are increasing between emerging markets, and between emerging and developed markets. With specialist skills and proven cross-border transaction capability within and outside Africa, we connect our clients to these opportunities, helping them achieve their objectives.

Through our substantial investments in information technology, we are enhancing our digital capabilities across our markets and product lines. Our secure, reliable electronic platforms provide clients with online access to leading banking services, from Business Online and International Trade to cash management, foreign exchange, and equity and commodity products across Africa.

Standard Bank’s relationship managers provide one point of contact for you, and work to develop a detailed understanding of your business and aspirations as they evolve. Relationship managers link you to the full banking capabilities of Standard Bank, and our specialist product and global distribution teams develop appropriate solutions that work for your business.

Connecting Africa to a world of opportunity

Africa is our home. We connect individuals, businesses and governments in, for and across Africa to opportunities that move them forward.

We have the depth of local knowledge and partnerships to understand and manage the various risks that face your business, across political, operational and security risks, in and beyond the countries in which we operate. This includes a detailed understanding of the changing policy and regulatory environments at country and regional level. In understanding the risk environment, we unlock the real opportunities for businesses in Africa and for organisations looking to be part of unstoppable growth on the continent.

As a result, Standard Bank participates in some of the largest deals on continent, driven by our appetite for developing African opportunities and backed by Standard Bank Group’s balance sheet. We believe in finding the right deals for our clients and for Africa, facilitated by our fit-for-purpose points of reference in developed and developing pools of capital.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC), the world’s biggest bank, is a 20.1% shareholder in Standard Bank. This relationship has been strengthened through our 40% shareholding in ICBC Standard Bank Plc, a leading financial markets and commodities bank with 78 offices in 52 countries worldwide. It is a powerful strategic relationship and provides access to the world's fastest growing economy. It has enhanced our ability to facilitate and finance increasing trade flows between Africa and Asia.

Through our on-the-ground presence in 20 countries in Africa and other key markets globally, our local insight and proven experience in emerging markets, we connect you to opportunities across Africa and beyond.

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