Top Investment Banks in Kenya

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Most probably you have consumed the services of a traditional bank. Maybe you have ever banked a check, withdrew money, or got a loan. By and large, you are familiar with how it works.

However, do you know an investment bank? If you were to take a wild guess, you may say it is just like the bank at the corner you are used to dealing with. But this is not the case. 

An investment bank is a financial institution that works in corporate finance. They help private companies launch initial public offerings (IPOs), access capital markets (stocks and bonds), help pension funds and mutual funds in investing among many other things.

For a practical example picture this: Safaricom wants to expand its network and switch to 5G. It needs $1 billion for expansion and resolves to float a bond to get the money. 

To handle this complex process, an investment bank will be called upon to offer its services. Their work will be to find buyers for the bond, handle all the paperwork, and ensure the company acquires the targeted capital. In a nutshell, this is what an investment bank does.

So, which are the top investment banks in Kenya? In alphabetical order:

1) African Alliance Kenya Investment

Part of Africa Alliance group, this investment bank serves national governments, municipalities, parastatals, pension funds and large to the medium-sized public, and private companies. It provides services in asset management, corporate finance, stock broking, research, private equity, and third-party administration.

Asset management office

Physical Address

4th floor 

Kenya Re Towers 

Upperhill Off Ragati Road 

PO Box 27639-00506

Nairobi, Kenya

Phone number: +254 709 997000

Fax: +254 20 271 0247

Email: info@africaalliance.com

Securities office

Physical Address

1st Floor Wing B 

Transnational Plaza 

Mama Ngina Street 

PO Box 27639-00506

Nairobi, Kenya

Phone number: +254 703 057000

Email: info@africaalliance.com

2) CBA Capital

It is a subsidiary of the Commercial Bank of Africa Limited. It provides expert advice on corporate finance to governments, institutions, and corporations. One of its main services is capital rising where they advise customers on optimal capital structure, debt size, timing, and pricing.

Physical Address

Commercial Bank of Africa

Mara and Ragati Roads, Upperhill

Phone number: +254 20 2884444 

Mobile: +254 711 05644 /+254 732 156444

Fax: +254 20 2734616

Email: iqueries@cba.co.ke

3) Dyer & Blair Investment Bank

This investment bank executed the $840 Million Safaricom IPO. Its core functions are in corporate finance and advisory services. It strives to be trusted advisors to their clients. They serve key sectors including financial institutions, agribusiness, industrials, consumer/retail, energy, utilities, infrastructure, telecommunications, and technology.

Nairobi Office

Physical Address

7th Floor, Goodman Tower, off Waiyaki Way

Postal address: P.O. Box 45396 – 00100

Nairobi, Kenya

Phone number: +254 (709) 930 000

Email: research@dyerandblair.com

Mombasa Office

Physical Address

HFCK Permanent Building Moi Avenue

Postal address: P.O. Box 45396 – 00100

Phone number: +254 (709) 930301/ +254 (709) 930302

Email: shares@dyerandblair.com

4) Equity Investment Bank

This investment bank is a subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. It specializes in capital raising, structured finance, equities, and fixed income.

Physical Address

Ground Floor, Equity Centre

Hospital Road, Upperhill

P.O.Box 75104-00200

Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: 2262000

Mobile: +254 711026000/ +254 732112030

Email: info@equityinvestment.co.ke

5) Faida Investment Bank

This investment bank started as a securities and brokerage firm in 1995. In December 2007, it transitioned into an investment bank. It has branches in both Nairobi and Kigali.

Its aim is to link investors with opportunities that will lead to wealth creation. Faida also has a strong research department that releases weekly reports, industry reports, and macroeconomic reports.

Head Office

Crawford Business Park,

State House Rd, Nairobi Kenya

020 7606026-37

WhatsApp: +254 743 552341

info@fib.co.ke

Nairobi Office

Windsor House, 1ST floor

 Along University Way

Telephone: 020 2243811 – 3

 Mobile: 0733 243 811/ 0724 721 014

WhatsApp: +254 743 552341

info@fib.co.ke

6) Genghis Capital 

It started as a stock brokerage firm in 2008. Later, in August 2016, it was acquired by Overtime Capital Limited and became a fully-fledged investment bank. Its services include asset management services, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, and offering business advice.

Physical Address

1 st Floor, Purshottam Place, Westlands  Road, Nairobi.

P.O BOX 9959-00100

Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: +254 709 185 000

Email: info@genghis-capital.com

7) Kingdom Securities

In 2009the Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited bought 60% of Bob Mathews Stockbrokarage for 150 million shillings. It later rebranded into Kingdom Securities Limited (KSL), and formally started operations on June 11th, 2009.

It is supported by the distribution network of 140 Co-op Bank branches nationwide.

It assists firms to raise capital through the stock market.

Physical Address

Co-Operative Bank House 5th Floor

Haile Selassie Avenue

P.O. Box 48231 – 00100 NAIROBI

Tel. 020-2776000, 0703027000

KSL Direct Line: +254 711049039

Email: info@kingdomsecurities.co.ke

8) NIC Capital

It is a subsidiary of NIC Bank. It was established in 2006 when directors of NIC Bank resolved to have an Investment Bank which would support the growing financial needs of Kenyan and East African corporates. Some of its clients are Centum Investment, Longhorn Publishers, Precision Air, KaluWorks among many others.

Physical Address

Ground Floor, NIC House, Masaba Road, Upperhill,

P.O. Box 44599-00100 

Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: +254 (20) 2888217

Mobile: +254 (711)041 111/ +254 (732)041 111

Email: nic-capital@nicgroup.com

9) Standard Investment Bank

It is one of the largest investment banks in Kenya. It has a proven record in implementing large and complex transactions for both local and foreign investors. Its client base boosts of governments, corporations, fund managers, retail investors, financial institutions, and high-net-worth individuals. 

Physical Address

ICEA Building, 16th Floor Kenyatta Avenue 

P.O. Box13714-00800

Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: 2220225/2228963/7/9

Email: info@sib.co.ke

10) Renaissance Capital (Kenya)

Renaissance Capital has operations in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Russia, and CIS. In Kenya, the firm offers equity and debt capital markets, M&A, global markets including equity and equity derivatives, fixed income, FX and IR derivatives, commodities, REPO, financing, as well as research and prime brokerage.

Physical Address

10th Floor, Pramukh Tower

Westlands Road, Westland’s

Telephone: +254 (20) 368-2000   

Email: info@rencap.com

Other top investment banks in Kenya are ABC Capital, Afrika Investment Bank, Apex Africa Capital, Hakuna Ventures, Francis Drummond & Company, Old Mutual Securities, SBG Securities, Sterling Capital, Suntra Investment Bank among many others.

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Anthony Kiratu is the Founder of Finsolutions. He is a financial analyst with over 5 years experience in research, investment advisory, valuation and financial modelling. Anthony is a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts and Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He is passionate about development of African Capital Markets through training of investors and dissemination of information for sound financial and investment decision making process. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Certified Investment and Financial Analyst course in the subjects of International Finance, Portfolio Management, Equity Investment Analysis, and Fixed Income Securities. Email: anthony@finsolutions.co.ke Contact: +254 780216631

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