Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, is a leading African investment bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups in Africa. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.
We are a proud African investment bank with an extensive deal footprint across 35 African countries. RMB has funded several infrastructure and resource finance projects, mergers and acquisitions, and developments in many African countries over the past decade.
Our knowledge of local financing requirements, legal and jurisdictional frameworks, together with the expertise and balance sheet of FirstRand Bank, enable us to service the needs of the rapidly expanding African economy.
As the investment banking arm of the FirstRand Group, RMB has access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and subsidiaries in the UK, India, China, and the Middle East.
RMB OfficesSouth Africa
RMB Representative OfficesAngola
RMB Subsidiaries of FirstRandBotswana
RMB’s international footprint
RMB is an investment bank built on Traditional values. Innovative ideas. This business philosophy is the pledge that underpins everything we are and everything we do. To deliver on this philosophy, we employ smart, talented and passionate people who are committed to excellence and who can thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
We believe exceptional performance is only possible with exceptional people, which is why our strategy does not live in files, but in our people. RMB is a place where exceptional people can embrace our collaborative and owner-manager culture and drive their particular lines of business as though it’s their own.
At RMB we nurture and celebrate inspired thinkers and entrepreneurs who challenge the boundaries, engage in vigorous debate, create their own opportunities and apply thinking that can change our world. We do not subscribe to business-as-usual practices – rather big thinking that requires our employees to stretch themselves, to push the boundaries, to think differently, have an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to make a difference in the world.
Because we believe that a combination of skills is often the best way to reach innovative solutions, we create opportunities for talented individuals from diverse industries (over and above financial services) and walks of life. That’s why it is not unusual to run into lawyers, aeronautical engineers and even medical doctors at RMB. Would you like to join our world? You can apply to join RMB through one of these avenues:
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Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) was founded by Paul Harris, Laurie Dippenaar and GT Ferreira in 1977. Paul Harris was the out-of-the-box thinker; Laurie Dippenaar, the numbers man, and GT Ferreira, the skilled negotiator. The vision, drive and complementary strengths of this trio transformed the fledgling outfit into one of South Africa’s leading investment banks, and one of South Africa’s most powerful brands.
Today, RMB is one of the leading African investment banks, with over 1 500 employees and an impressive track record of profitability and innovation. The RMB brand is more than just a product or service – it is a promise of added value to our clients. It is supported by our values, encased in our culture, lived by our talented people and expressed in the different elements that make up our corporate identity.
RMB cemented its market leading position on a number of fronts the past couple of years:
FirstRand Bank Limited is the second largest listed banking group (by market capitalisation) on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The Group is differentiated by its owner-manager culture and operates through a portfolio of four separately branded franchises:
The world is demanding greater corporate transparency. Investors want access to more accurate and relevant information about companies, transactions, markets and risks. Our banking system is robust and strong because of our outstanding corporate governance practices. We believe the way we govern our corporation, and our commitment to fair dealing and integrity in the way we conduct our business, play a central role in the strength and health of the global economy.
Climate change is real and is affecting all of us, our stakeholders and their communities. Being part of the FirstRand Group, we are continually exploring ways to address environmental concerns. One way to minimise the impact of climate change is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Together with FirstRand, we undertake regular carbon footprint audits to monitor our progress to reduce emissions.Read more …
We support FirstRand’s belief that transformation is about more than scorecards or Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) credentials – it’s about improving the macro-environment; redressing investment balances by financing development infrastructure; supporting employment equity; developing black business and equitable ownership.
We actively promote and drive transformation and skills development in all our portfolio companies, through training and apprenticeship opportunities, procurement and creating a representative workforce.