Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets and earnings, has been awarded a number of accolades in several regional categories at The Banker Magazine’s annual Deals of the Year Awards 2014.
These awards recognise excellence for deals completed across Africa, taking into account the various categories for deal submissions.
One of the notable transactions for which The Banker magazine recognised Standard Bank, was its role in arranging Aspen Pharmacare’s USD 2,6bn dollar funding package. This involved structuring a deal which required the bank to underwrite, arrange and syndicate debt for subsidiaries of the Aspen Pharmacare Group.
Standard Bank Group was also recognised for the following deals:
- Best Islamic Finance Deal for Osun State, Nigeria
- Best Real Estate Deal for Orange Farm, Eyethu Mall
- Best Restructure of Term Facilities for Polo Park Mall
Stanbic IBTC acted as the joint issuer and bookrunner for the Islamic finance deal for the Osun State Government of Nigeria. This transaction was the first time a Sukuk bond was issued in West Africa and saw increased demand from institutional investors with the transaction increased from ₦10 billion (USD 61,87 million) to ₦11,4 billion (USD 72 million). Stanbic IBTC was also involved in the restructuring of term finance for Polo Park Mall in Enugu State, Nigeria including overseeing the addition of equity into the deal.
The Eyethu Orange Farm Mall in Gauteng represents a significant milestone in the development of non-metropolitan areas as it is the first mall of its kind in the Orange Farm area. Standard Bank provided debt structuring and debt finance, to the project.
“Winning these accolades across numerous categories is testament to Standard Bank’s African capabilities and on the ground local expertise in the markets in which we operate,” said David Munro, Chief Executive of Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank Group, adding that “Our distinctive African footprint has allowed us to gain strategic insights into the various African markets within which we operate, ensuring that we are uniquely placed to provide our clients with world class service.”
Standard Bank continues to position itself as the leading bank on the continent through its operations in selected countries in Africa. By recently adding Cote d’Ivoire to its list of operations in Africa, Standard Bank is able to deliver a full range of corporate and investment banking services to clients across various emerging markets, having built strong in-country advisory capabilities. In total, Standard Bank now operates in 20 countries across Africa, including South Africa.
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