Sector Overview

Standard Bank has expertise in industry sectors most relevant to real growth and development in Africa. Our sector specialists provide deep insight into the commercial, regulatory and operational realities in these strategically important, high-growth sectors. We customise our leading banking capability to local needs and conditions, informed by the knowledge of our on-the-ground teams. Our ability to connect our clients to opportunities is strengthened by strong relationships with governments, regulators, key industry players and investors in all the countries in which we have a presence.

Standard Bank has long-standing experience in providing financial solutions to clients in mining and metals; oil and gas; power and infrastructure; telecommunications and media; consumer; and financial institutions sectors. We also service the financial needs of national and multinational clients in sectors such as diversified industries and the public sector, automotive industries, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and international development groups. This extends to advising and financing both corporate and public sector clients in public private partnerships.

Financial institutions

We are a respected partner with in-depth knowledge providing robust and reliable services to financial institutions, including banks and non-bank financial institutions, across the globe.

Mining and metals

We are ideally positioned to advise and provide assistance to clients with corporate finance and market-led solutions for the mining and metals sector in Africa.

Oil and gas

With our long-standing risk management capabilities in Africa, Standard Bank offers all the financial solutions our clients require across the oil and gas value chain.

Power and infrastructure

With deep experience and expertise, Standard Bank provides specialist advice and helps clients to secure financing and refinancing for all power and infrastructure transactions.

Telecoms and media

Our knowledgeable team has deep and global sector specialisation, and we have grown and work with major operators as they expand across Africa and beyond.


Our team has the ability to unlock African potential for businesses seeking new markets, backed by a partner who offers sound commercial navigation and balance-sheet.

Real estate

Our real estate finance team offers the largest dedicated real estate platform of any financier in sub-Saharan Africa. We provide term and development funding through a variety of solutions specific to the needs of our clients.

  • Share
  • Email
Get in touch with us

Connect with the right client relationship and specialist teams to move you forward

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.

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.

Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter
giving you our latest insights