Financial institutions

Preferred partner

Standard Bank’s specialist financial institutions team has in-depth knowledge of often challenging and complex financial and regulatory environments across Africa. We are a respected partner, providing robust and reliable services to financial institutions, across bank sector clients and non-bank financial institutions, with a focus on Africa. As a leading African bank, we have the experience and capability to support escalating trade and investment flows, and increasingly sophisticated financial needs of these clients and their stakeholders.

Global bank sector

The goal of our global bank sector team is to become the preferred African partner for international banks, supporting cross-border and regional relationships between our clients. International banks recognise us as the preferred gateway bank into Africa, as we are able to replicate structures across the continent, manage risk and support the business needs of their clients’ African growth strategies.

We offer all our clients the expertise and understanding of a local bank with international reach.

Non-bank financial institutions

Our non-bank financial institutions team supports regulated financial services entities in Africa such as asset managers, insurance companies, pension funds, hedge funds and stockbrokers. We work internationally where needed, for example in trading risk products such as corporate or government bonds. We help clients with pure money market investments with the flow of funds between them and their investments, and with cross-border flows. Our team can structure solutions to de-risk and hedge clients’ positions.

As the leading custody provider on the continent, we offer global and regional custody solutions for client assets.

A leader in Africa

With deep experience in African markets, we understand financial systems at different levels of maturity and markets at different stages of development. This enables us to provide solutions that are fit-for-purpose and highly relevant to our clients wherever their business takes them.

Backed by strong research and expert local teams, we advise clients on regulatory changes, financial markets and regional opportunities to support their success.

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Why talk to us?
  • We are an African bank - our strategic focus and expertise in resources on the continent allow our clients to enter Africa with confidence.
  • We have unique expertise in African risk – we evaluate, originate and distribute market risk across a broad regional and international network. We have established and complementary relationships with our partners in Europe, Asia and the US for risk participation.
  • We have a broad client base - through our extensive network in Africa and strategic partnerships with banks in non-presence countries, we service a broad international client base and respond promptly when evaluating opportunities and establishing focused deal teams.
  • We have an established sector focus – with a thorough understanding of the needs of financial institutions, especially those with interests in Africa.
  • We trade 24 hours a day - we offer around-the-clock trading in area across fixed income trading to derivatives, foreign exchange and bonds through our offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai, Johannesburg, London and New York.
  • We have access to assets across Africa – especially assets not generally available through other sources.
  • We offer a dedicated service–every client has a dedicated relationship manager who provides a complete service by drawing on expertise from all our product areas.
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