Standard Bank Group recognised in the EMEA Finance Achievement Awards 2014

Jun 18, 2015

Standard Bank Group, Africa’s leading lender by assets, has again been recognised at the annual EMEA Finance Achievement Awards, scooping 21 accolades across the capital markets and project finance categories.

This is the eighth consecutive year that Standard Bank has received multiple awards from EMEA Finance, which continues to recognise the group’s leading position in the African capital markets. EMEA Finance is a leading bi-monthly global industry publication that reports on the major financial events initiated and influenced by the international financial industry active in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (the EMEA region).

David Munro, Chief Executive, Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank said: "We are delighted to receive these accolades from EMEA Finance, which recognise that we are deeply invested in Africa’s growth, partnering with our clients on their business strategies. These awards are a testament to our expertise in Africa and Standard Bank’s commitment to providing solutions to meet the daily needs of our clients.”

Standard Bank’s achievements for this year’s awards include:

Loans winners

  • Best syndicated loan house in Africa: Standard Bank
  • Best syndicated loan in EMEA: INT Towers Limited /IHS Holdings Limited US$800mn loan
  • Best syndicated loan in Africa: First Quantum Minerals' US$3bn loan
  • Best supranational syndicated loan: Africa Finance Corporation's US$300mn loan
  • Best financial institution syndicated loan: Standard Bank's US$700mn loan

M&A winners

  • Best cross-border M&A deal: Woolworths acquisition of David Jones

Equity capital markets winners

  • Best equity house in Africa: Standard Bank
  • Best IPO in Africa: Seplat
  • Best follow-on funding in EMEA: Woolworths' ZAR9.98bn offering
  • Best follow-on funding in Africa: Diamond Bank's NGN50.37bn offering

Private equity winners

  • Best private equity exit: Actis exits Umeme

Debt capital markets winners

  • Best sovereign bond in EMEA: Kenya's US$2bn issuance
  • Best supranational borrower: African Development Bank

Structured Finance

  • Best structured finance deal in EMEA: Oando Energy Resources' ConocoPhillips Nigeria acquisition financing

Project Finance Awards

  • Best project finance house in Africa
  • Best power deal in EMEA: Kpone IPP in Ghana 
  • Best project finance deal in Africa: Kpone IPP in Ghana               
  • Best power deal in Africa: Gigawatt gas-fired power plant in Mozambique        
  • Best sustainability deal in Africa: Lake Turkana Wind farm project          
  • Best water deal in Africa: Rehabilitation of Luachimo hydroelectric power project in Angola          
  • Best social responsibility deal in Africa: Longlake private hospital in South Africa

Among the awards won was that of Best IPO in Africa for the Seplat listing which raised $500 million in London and Lagos. The acquisition of one of Australia’s leading retailers David Jones, by Woolworths, also won best cross-border M&A deal for Standard Bank.

Mr Munro said the awards validated Standard Bank’s Africa focused strategy, with a particular emphasis on natural resources and infrastructure. “The value that we bring to our clients arises from our extensive presence and experience in sub-Saharan Africa, our people who are passionate about Africa, our connectivity to select emerging markets outside of Africa and our ability to access capital from developed economies in Europe and North America.”

Standard Bank has built strong in-country advisory capabilities in a number of key global markets, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique, China and London, delivering a full range of corporate and investment banking services to clients across various emerging markets.

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