Integrated Annual Report 2015

About the Investec group

We strive to be a distinctive specialist bank and asset manager, driven by commitment to our core philosophies and values

Who we are

  Founded as a leasing company in Johannesburg in 1974.     We acquired a banking licence in 1980 and were listed on the JSE Limited South Africa in 1986.  
  In July 2002, we created a dual listed companies structure (DLC) listed in London and Johannesburg.     A year later, we concluded a significant empowerment transaction in which our empowerment partners collectively acquired a 25.1% stake in the issued share capital of Investec Limited  
  Since inception, we have expanded through a combination of substantial organic growth and a series of strategic acquisitions.     Today, we have an efficient integrated international business platform offering all our core activities in the UK and South Africa.  


We value
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Distinctive performance

Client focus

Cast-iron integrity

Dedicated partnership


Outstanding talent

  • empowered, enabled and inspired


Passion, energy, stamina and tenacity

Entrepreneurial spirit

Distinctive offering

Leverage resources

Break china for the client

Moral strength

Risk consciousness

Highest ethical standards

Respect for others

Embrace diversity

Open and honest dialogue

Unselfish contribution to colleagues, clients and society

Our philosophies

Single organisation


Focused businesses

Differentiated, yet integrated

Material employee ownership

Creating an environment that stimulates extraordinary performance.

What we do

We are an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a niche client base in three principal markets – the UK and Europe, South Africa and Asia/Australia.   Investec focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in three core areas of activity, namely: Asset Management, Wealth & Investment and Specialist Banking.

Our strategic goals and objectives are based on the aspiration to be recognised as a distinctive specialist bank and asset manager. This distinction is embodied in our entrepreneurial culture, which is balanced by a strong risk management discipline, client-centric approach and an ability to be nimble, flexible and innovative. We do not seek to be all things to all people and aim to build well-defined, value-added businesses focused on serving the needs of select market niches where we can compete effectively.
The Investec distinction
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Client-focused approach

Specialised strategy

Sustainable business

Strong culture

  • Clients are at the core of our business
  • We strive to build business depth by deepening existing and creating new client relationships
  • High level of service by being nimble, flexible and innovative.
  • Serving select market niches as a focused provider of tailored structured solutions
  • Enhancing our existing position in principal businesses and geographies through organic growth and select bolt-on acquisitions.
  • Contributing to society, macro-economic stability and the environment
  • Well-established brand
  • Managing and positioning the group for the long term
  • Balancing operational risk with financial risk while creating value for shareholders
  • Cost and risk conscious.
  • Strong, entrepreneurial culture that stimulates extraordinary performance
  • Passionate and talented people who are empowered and committed
  • Depth of leadership
  • Strong risk awareness
  • Material employee ownership.


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