Financial Data
Updated 16 Jan 2021

South Africa

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Standard Bank products

Established reputation in Africa

Our relationship with our customers is grounded in a spirit of constant dialogue, rather than simply ‘pushing products’. We focus on understanding your business and its unique requirements coupled with your needs, challenges and key business drivers. We then recommend solutions that are tailor-made to suit your business needs.

We pull together our Client Service Team – dedicated professionals with complementary expertise to assist you in finding the right solution for your business. We support you with a knowledgeable and skilled Relationship Manager for your day-to-day business needs complemented by a strong team of sector experts and credit originators to cater for the needs of your business.


Standard Bank branches 
Trading name Standard Bank
Standard Bank branches 657
Standard Bank ATMs 7197

Our range of product capabilities include the following:

Transactional Products & Services

Gain more control over your payments and collections from any location

Standard Bank assists you throughout your working capital cycle with our extensive range of Transactional solutions. We provide you with the following services:

Transactional products and services   
Foreign currency current accounts Foreign deposit accounts
Telegraphic transfers Bulk payments (channel)    (BOL)
Real time gross settlement (RTGS) Card acquiring
Mobile banking Receipt referencing service
Sweeping - Domestic Sweeping - Regional
Debit card payments Credit card payments
Beneficiary account validation Electronic clearing house
Online banking platform    (BOL)
Letter of credit (LC)
Payment undertaking Promissory note
Standby LC Avalised drafts
Guarantees Invoice discounting

  Available    Not available

Payments & Collections

  • Access to extensive branch network
  • Management of physical cash on site
  • Access to local clearing for electronic credits
  • Local knowledge
  • Access to local clearing
  • Access to online banking and Swift
  • Control over disbursements
  • Standard payment formats
  • Cross-border fund flow regulation
  • Understand settlement processes.

Risk & Account Management

  • Counterparty risk
  • Currency risk
  • Trade risk
  • Control over documentation
  • Account structuring oversight and access
  • Domestic currency accounts (LCY and FCY, resident and non-resident)

Liquidity Management

  • Interest maximisation
  • Cash consolidation
  • Managing trapped cash

Self-service banking

Foreign Exchange

Mitigate local and cross-border transactional risks

Our foreign exchange value chain includes a holistic offering of dedicated client portfolio management, dealing and structuring, research and e-commerce. We also have a strong presence in the offshore market, where we actively strive to engage and deal with many of the large institutional investors and corporate accounts. Our position in both the on-shore and off-shore, buy-side and sell-side markets provides us with the ability to access deeper liquidity pools, enabling us to consistently price in volume and in all market conditions.

A team dedicated to exchange control regulations in all presence countries is able to provide expert advisory services. Our clients are allocated a dedicated FX and money markets dealer, a Global Markets sales manager, as well as access to a specialist FX structuring salesperson to work with you to identify more complex and appropriate hedging structures.

We can provide you with the following solutions:

Global markets   
Spot Commercial paper
Forwards Repos
Swaps Treasury bills
Options Corporate bonds
Callable forward Wholesale deposits
Call notice deposits Government bonds
Cross currency interest swap

  Available    Not available

Investment Banking

Delivering optimal balance sheet solutions

Standard Bank assists you by delivering optimal balance sheet solutions. Our extensive range of Investment Banking solutions include:

Investment banking 
Corporate Finance (Equity & Debt Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions)
Mining, Energy & Infrastructure Diversified and Leverage Lending
Structured Finance (team based in South Africa)
Strategic Investments (team based in South Africa)

  Available    Not available


  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate restructurings
  • Power and infrastructure advisories
  • Initial public offerings
  • Capital raisings
  • Leverage buy-outs
  • Valuations

Capital Markets

  • Book buildings
  • Hybrid instruments
  • Investment grade and high yield instruments
  • Structured equity

Structured Debt

  • Debt arranging
  • Financial structuring, underwriting and lending
  • Tailored lending instruments
  • Optimising capital structure

Strategic Investments & Special Situations

  • BEE strategic investments
  • Infrastructure equity
Exchange Controls

South Africa does not impose exchange controls on non-residents, but exercises exchange controls over residents and transactions they conclude with non-residents. South African residents can invest ZAR10 million per calendar abroad in terms of their Foreign Investment Allowance (FIA) and ZAR1 million in terms of their Single Discretionary Allowance (SDA). Furthermore, due to recent amendments, an individual may now use their SDA for any legal tender without the need to produce documents at time of payment. Please be advised that travel and land arrangement payments are exempt from the SDA dispensation. South African companies do not qualify for a FIA. With approval, companies may invest abroad through an approved Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) structure.

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