Investor Services

Standard Bank amongst the world’s best Sub-custodian Banks

We have recently been awarded best sub-custodian bank by two independent publications, a solid achievement where our clients participate in rating our capabilities across our markets and our competitors. Increasingly our clients are reviewing our capabilities across a wide range of requirements to ensure they choose the right partner with whom to entrust their client assets.

Confirming our reputation, we were appointed winners in 11 of our markets in the Global Investor magazine’s Sub Custody Survey 2017 in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This bears testimony that in a survey of top-end businesses we were voted for the most across 12 service categories, including settlement, client service and relationship management.

“Being recognised in the global community again demonstrates how we are partnering with our clients to provide them with exceptional custodial services” says Charl Bruyns, Head Investor Services.

In addition, in the Global Finance magazine’s 16th annual World’s Best Sub-custodians rankings we received the accolade as regional winner for Africa and country wins in Nigeria, Namibia and Mozambique. The awards covered seven global regions and more than 80 countries, and selection criteria included customer relations, quality of service, competitive pricing and knowledge of local regulations and practices. Says Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher and editorial director of Global Finance. “With these awards, we recognise those sub-custodians that do the best job of meeting their clients’ needs in increasingly complex markets.”

Receiving accolades by both publications is a true feather in the cap of the Investor Services team in Nigeria: ‘Winning such prestigious awards such as these reassures our clients of the high quality of service that Stanbic IBTC Bank provides to them. We as Custodians are also happy that despite the challenging environment where we operate, we still stand out amongst our peers. Our investments in people and technology have combined to make our clients continue to see us custodian of choice in our market. Being a member of the Standard Bank Group also ensures that our policies and standards of operations are world class” says Akeem Oyewale, head Investor Services Nigeria.

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From processing cross-border securities trades, safekeeping clients' financial assets and servicing their portfolio, the role of the global custodian has expanded to include securities lending and investment administration. Investor Services at Standard Bank is a leading provider of an extensive and sophisticated range of custodial and investment related services, and is uniquely positioned to service local and foreign institutional investors from South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Our well-established and broad range of services includes:

  • Settlement and safekeeping services for local equities, bonds and money market instruments
  • Monitoring of corporate actions
  • Global custody services in 101 international markets through our alliance with the Bank of New York
  • Securities lending
  • Trustee services
  • Investment administration including investment accounting, compliance monitoring and performance measurement
  • Regional custody network service capabilities in 11 sub-Saharan Africa markets including South Africa
  • American Depository Receipts (ADRs)
  • Electronic access to custody and settlement information for assets held at our Investor Services division

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Why talk to us?
  • Our technical expertise and continuous investment in technology ensures we remain at the cutting edge of service provision.
  • We offer a broad range of products and services, and work with our clients to develop innovative solutions that complement our core custodial offering.
  • We provide an integrated and holistic solution for our clients, providing access to Standard Bank's banking, institutional brokerage and equity derivatives specialists, as well as foreign exchange and cash management services.
  • We service eight of the top 10 global custodians and six of the top 10 brokers .
  • Standard Bank settles over 40% of all securities transactions processed through STRATE, the South African Central Securities Depository for listed securities (STRATE).
  • We act as trustee to 17 unit trust management companies with approximately 470 portfolios and over USD54.8 billion in collective investment scheme assets.
  • Our strategic alliance with the Bank of New York  and our presence in sub-Saharan Africa enable us to provide custodial and securities services around the clock in more than 100 international markets and 10 sub-Saharan countries.
  • As one of the leading providers of South African custodial services, Standard Bank’s key differentiator is our consultative approach to relationships, combined with executive management’s commitment to the custodial services business. This commitment is evidenced by the following:
    • Extensive experience and product offerings
    • Investments in technology platforms for custody, accounting and internet
    • Constant drive to enhance products or service levels
    • Leadership position in the market which empowers Standard Bank to drive and initiate market developments and issues
    • We provide an electronic solution, Custody Communications via our Business Online channel, for clients to access custody and settlement information for assets held at our Investor Services division.
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Recent Accolades
Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Africa - 2018

Global Finance Magazine

Best Sub-Custodian Bank Mozambique and Namibia - 2018

Global Finance Magazine

Best Sub-Custodian Bank, Nigeria - 2018

Global Finance Magazine


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