Top 18 Investment Banks in South Africa

What is Investment Bank?

Investment bank is a  type of bank that acts as an intermediary that undertakes large and complex financial transactions on behalf other companies or government. Such financial transactions include underwriting/ issuing house for securities issuing companies and investors, facilitating merger of 2 competitors, as financial advisory and brokerage. Investment bank also handles pension funds.

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There are many investment banks in Republic of South Africa, but we have compiled 18 top investment banks in South Africa for you. 

Top investment banks in South Africa include:

  1. Absa Bank Limited
  2. Absa Capital LimitedA
  3. frican Alliance LimitedA
  4. frican Investment Advisory
  5. BNP Paribas South Africa
  6. Bridge Capital Group Limited
  7. Circle Capital Group Limited
  8. Citibank South Africa
  9. Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance
  10. Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc.
  11. FirstRand Bank Limited
  12. IQUAD Group Limited
  13. Mellenthin & Co.
  14. Merchant West Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  15. Nodus Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  16. Novitas Capital Advisors Proprietary Limited
  17. Rencap Securities (Pty) Limited
  18. The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

Note: the list is in Alphabetical order

1 Absa Bank Limited

As an investment bank, Absa Bank ltd provides savings and investment services to individual and retail and ccommercial and corporate customers. It equally offer other banking services such as transactional accounts, issuance of credit cards, prepaid debit cards; car, personal, overdraft and education loans; international banking services, working capital, asset financing, property finance.

As an investment bank, it also provide corporate and investment banking, and wealth management products and services. It customers cut across different sectors of the economy such construction, logistics and supply chain, agribusiness, manufacturing, technology, public sector, and retail and franchising

Founded in 1991 with Head Office in Johannesburg, Absa Bank is a subsidiary of Barclay’s Africa Group Limited. It operates in South Africa and Namibia.


7th Floor Barclays Towers West 15 Troye Street Johannesburg, 2001 South Africa

27 11 350 4000

2 Absa Capital Limited

Absa Capital Limited is an investment bank in South Africa, which provides merchant banking, corporate banking, and treasury products to the corporate market. Absa is a subsidiary of Absa Bank Limited. It offers the following products and services: corporate finance, investment banking services, trade and commodity financing, capital and debt market products, project finance, custodial services, securities lending, and international banking services.

Formerly Absa Corporate and Merchant Bank, Absa Capital Limited has it corporate office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its customers span across other African countries, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia.


180 Commissioner Street Absa Tower, North Johannesburg, 2000 South Africa

27 11 350 4000

3 Africa Alliance Bank

African Alliance Limited is an investment bank in South Africa that offers investment banking services such as capital raising, merger and acquisition, privatization, debt issuance, restructuring advisory, and corporate finance. It customers include pension funds administrators, corporate organizations, national government, municipalities and government parastatals.

It was established 1992 in South Africa, but currently operates other African countries such as Gaborone, Botswana, Mauritius, Ebene,


Suite 23 Melrose Blvd Melrose, 2196 South Africa


4 African Investment Advisory

African Investment Advisory, a subsidiary of Africa Investor Ltd, is an investment banking firm that provides financial advisory services. It services include capital funding, private debt and equity placements, merger and acquisition, etc. Sectors covered are manufacturing, telecommunications, oil and gas, power, transport, and tourism. It customer base includes World Bank, UNDP, IMF, UN Conference on Trade and Development, and  ADB.


93 Protea Road Afrifocus House Chislehurston Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

27 11 783 2431

5 BNP Paribas South Africa

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BNP Paribas South Africa provides personal banking, corporate and investment banking, and investment protection services.

The firm is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.


27 11 088 2101

6 Bridge Capital Group Limited

Founded in 1999, Bridge Capital Group Limited is one of the top investment banks in South Africa that provide management consulting, investment advisory,  business financing services to growing businesses. Its specialty includes merger and acquisition, asset valuation, capital raising, IPO, restructuring and recapitalization, due diligence management buy-in and buy-out, regulatory services etc. Its clientele base has Crux Technologies, Deloitte Consulting, Reunert Lted, Kelgran Limited, Aquila Growth Limited, Tedelex (Pty) Limited, and others. Bridge Capital is headquartered in Johannesburg with another office in Benmore South Africa.


27 Fricker Road Illovo Johannesburg, 2196 South Africa

27 11 268 6231

7 Circle Capital Group

Circle Capital Group provides capital funding for all kinds of businesses especially the retail, restaurants, trucking and construction sectors.

Some of its financing options include merchant cash advance, equipment financing, business debts consolidation.

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Ikechukwu Evegbu

Ikechukwu Evegbu is a graduate of Statistics with over 10 years experience as Data Analyst. Worked with Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. A prolific business development content writer. He's the Editor, Business Compiler

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