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We provide services to governments, parastatals, larger corporates, financial institutions and international counterparties around the world, and serve our clients requirements for banking, finance, trading, investment, risk management and advisory services.

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Updated 04 Sep 2015

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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. Our long-standing relationship with Brait, coupled with our understanding of their business strategy, allowed us to move quickly to assist our client to close this transaction; once again demonstrating our Corporate Finance capabilities and expertise in the consumer sector. We successfully leveraged its cross-border relationships, Corporate Finance, Structuring and Private Equity Coverage teams in the United Kingdom and South Africa, which enabled Brait to sign and announce the transaction in less than six weeks. This transaction speaks to the strong relationships we have with our clients, both at home and internationally. We have no doubt that Brait’s acquisition of Virgin Active will be a ground-breaking transaction for them, and we look forward to partnering with them in the years ahead.

USD 35 million CMA facility, ,

Standard Bank arranged and underwrote a USD35 million Collateral Management Agreement (CMA) for AFGRI Mauritius Investments Limited (AMIL) to finance the purchase of soft commodities stores in collateral managed locations across its African subsidiaries.

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. Standard Bank was appointed as Joint Investment Bank and with the help of our cross-border, investment banking capabilities, Brait were able to achieve further geographical diversification within their international investment portfolio and gain a further foothold in the consumer sector. New Look has a significant presence in its home country, coupled with the opportunity to expand geographically into growth regions, including Europe and especially China, which is a priority market This transaction underpins Standard Bank’s ability to deliver complex cross border transactions in growing sectors; and speaks to our commitment and ability to partner with Brait as they drive their international expansion strategy forward.

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Real estate in Africa continues to drive growth potential, says Standard Bank Group

A growing consumer middle-class, powered by rapid urbanisation and shifting demographic trends is driving both property demand and growth opportunities in the real estate industry across the African continent.

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Exchange control relaxation in 2015 opens door to portfolio diversification, says Standard Bank Group

The relaxation of exchange controls announced in the 2015 Budget offers investors the opportunity to internationalise their asset bases and limit the risk of having all their eggs in a highly localised portfolio.

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Innovative partnerships can drive empowerment initiatives in the property sector, says Standard Bank Group

Standard Bank Group is proud to be partnering with Resilient Property Income Fund Limited, Capital Property Fund Limited and Fortress Income Fund Limited, who are key participants in the success of the Siyakha Education Trust.

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