Foreign exchange

Standard Bank’s flow business is the leading market maker in South Africa and Nigeria, the two largest markets in sub-Saharan Africa. We have a comprehensive network in sub-Saharan Africa with a presence in 20 African countries. We offer foreign exchange pricing in 30 of 54 African countries and settlement in 22 non-presence countries. We process 30% of Africa’s foreign exchange volumes (including South Africa).


We have a full suite of products, which includes both standard and customised solutions.


Our innovative and experienced teams have broad skills that cater to a diverse international and domestic client base across the continent. On-the-ground experts operate in 30 dealing rooms around the world and have specialist knowledge of their local markets, including the 20 countries in Africa in which we have a presence.
Standard Bank’s Global Markets Africa franchise plays a pivotal role in large-ticket deals with underlying foreign exchange exposure in capital and financial markets on the continent. Our strategic partnership with our largest shareholder, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), uniquely positions us to facilitate trade flows between China and Africa.


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