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Standard advises Chinese on power acquisitions in Brazil

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Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 18 January 2011 – Standard Bank Group “’ Africa’s largest bank by assets “’ has acted as the sole financial adviser to the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) on its US$1.8 billion acquisition of 100% ownership of seven power transmission companies in Brazil.

The acquisitions are one of the largest investments made by a Chinese company in Brazil.

SGCC, the world’s largest utility, has bought the seven companies from Spanish groups Cobra, Elecnor, Isolux and Abengoa.

Craig Bond, Chief Executive of Standard Bank in China said it was pleased at being the adviser.

SGCC was ranked as the eighth largest company on the Fortune 500 in 2010. It has more than one billion customers and more than 1.6 million employees.

Bond said Standard’s "understanding and long-standing presence in these markets played a key role in ensuring a high quality solution for the SGCC."

Marcio Santiago, Head of Power and Infrastructure, of Standard Bank in Brazil said: "This landmark transaction, the largest and most significant of its kind in Brazil, is testament to Standard Bank’s cross-border capabilities, both in China and in Brazil where Standard Bank is advising clients on a number of major infrastructure transactions."

In March 2008 the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) purchased a 20% stake in Standard Bank Group Limited.