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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  long-term commitment to Africa, our home, underpinned by a heritage underpinned by a heritage if over 150 years  on the continent.

We operate in 20 countries in Africa, including South Africa, as well as in other key markets globally, with fit for purpose points of reference in developed and developing pools of capital. Our global connections provide us with increasing opportunities to drive Africa's growth.     

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Recent Deals
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.

Oceana Group Limited - R4.6-billion

Standard Bank is proud to have played a key role in expanding the Oceana Group’s international footprint through its R4.6-billion acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries, a leading fishing company in the USA. The acquisition was completed in July 2015. Oceana is the largest fishing group in Africa, listed on the JSE with a market capitalisation of R14-billion (US$1-billion).

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.

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