As financial institutions, investment banks like ours provide an extensive array of financial products and services tailored to meet the needs of various clients, including corporations, governments, and institutional investors. These offerings can be generally categorized into three primary segments: corporate finance, sales and trading, and asset management.
- Corporate Finance: This category encompasses products and services designed to assist clients in raising capital through the issuance of securities or borrowing funds. Investment banks play a vital role in underwriting initial public offerings (IPOs), which allow companies to raise capital by offering shares to the public. Additionally, they offer their expertise in facilitating mergers and acquisitions (M&As), enabling companies to grow or consolidate their operations strategically. Furthermore, investment banks provide valuable advice and guidance on corporate restructuring, recapitalization, and other essential financial matters.
- Sales and Trading: This segment involves the purchase and sale of various financial instruments, including stocks, bonds, and derivatives. Investment banks employ specialized teams of traders who execute transactions on behalf of clients and for the banks' proprietary accounts. By acting as market makers, investment banks help maintain liquidity in financial markets, ensuring the smooth functioning of these markets and enabling clients to buy and sell securities with ease.
- Asset Management: Asset management encompasses a range of investment products managed by professional investment managers on behalf of clients. These products may include mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and other sophisticated investment vehicles designed to meet clients' unique needs and objectives. Many investment banks house dedicated asset management divisions, which develop, manage, and offer these investment products to clients.
In addition to these core offerings, investment banks often provide an array of supplementary financial services.
- For example, they may offer wealth management services to high-net-worth individuals, helping them preserve and grow their wealth through customized investment strategies.
- Investment banks also conduct in-depth research, analyzing various industries, markets, and companies to generate actionable insights for their clients.
- Moreover, they may provide prime brokerage services, catering to the specific needs of hedge funds and other institutional clients by offering trade execution, financing, and other essential support services.
In summary, investment banks provide a comprehensive suite of products and services aimed at enabling clients to raise capital, manage risk, and achieve their financial objectives. By leveraging their expertise, resources, and networks, investment banks play a pivotal role in facilitating financial transactions and fostering economic growth.
Some of our Products
We at International Finance Bank take in consideration that clients' needs are diverse. We will custom design a product that will meet those needs whether it be Corporate, Humanitarian or Personal, whether it be a new Bond issue, Certificate of Deposit, Stocks, Derivatives etc., we have the capability to provide you with the best product available at the risk level and profit level you may require.
- Corporate accounts: These accounts are designed for business transactions, allowing corporations to deposit and withdraw funds, make payments, and manage cash flow.
- Corporate savings accounts: These accounts offer corporations the opportunity to earn interest on their excess funds while providing liquidity for short-term needs.
- Corporate credit cards: These cards provide corporations with a convenient method for making purchases and managing expenses, often with additional benefits such as rewards programs, expense tracking, and flexible credit limits.
- Business loans: Banks offer various types of loans to corporations, including term loans, working capital loans, and equipment financing. These loans can help corporations fund their operations, expand their businesses, or invest in new projects.
- Lines of credit: A line of credit is a flexible borrowing option that provides corporations with access to funds when needed, up to a predetermined limit. Corporations can use lines of credit to manage cash flow, finance short-term needs, or make strategic investments.
- Trade finance: This includes products and services that facilitate international trade, such as letters of credit, import and export financing, and trade credit insurance.
- Cash management services: These services help corporations optimize their cash flow and manage liquidity more effectively. Examples include account reconciliation, automated clearing house (ACH) transactions, and lockbox services.
- Treasury services: Banks offer a range of treasury management solutions to help corporations manage their financial risk, including foreign exchange and interest rate risk management, and investment management services.
- Commercial real estate loans: These loans are designed to finance the acquisition, development, or refinancing of commercial properties, such as office buildings, retail centers, or industrial facilities.
- Merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory: Banks provide M&A advisory services to help corporations with the strategic planning, valuation, negotiation, and execution of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
- Capital markets services: Banks assist corporations in raising capital through debt or equity issuance, by providing services such as underwriting, securities issuance, and syndication.
- Corporate trust services: These services include acting as a trustee, paying agent, or registrar for corporations that issue debt securities or manage employee benefit plans.
What makes us different?
Flexibility in Thinking and different Financial Instruments
Protected Investment in GOLD and Rare Minerals in Brazil (Clearstream)
- ISIN: DE000A1A2084
- WKN: A1A208
The Rare Earth Elements sector with its strategic importance to manufacturing and electronics is -so far- dependent on China, who controls 97% of the production of these minerals for the high-tech industry.
This issue secures financing for independent mines in Brazil with proven, probable reserves or inferred resources of Gold and Tantalum, Niobium as well as other Rare Earths Elements and Rare Metals and thus creates an alternative supply source for manufacturers of electronics and other goods (from airplanes to cars, etc.) all over the world, thus expanding the reserves by minimum 25%. (125% Capital Protection + high return possible)
The Structured Products Group addresses a client need for integrated, customized risk management solutions.
The group includes professionals from both Investment Banking and Risk Management disciplines, who structure derivatives solutions for companies and executives with unique financing requirements.
Multi-disciplinary in its approach, covering equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, credit, tax, and accounting issues, the group works to ensure clients get the best advice.
Guaranteed Investment Certificates
What they Are
GICs are generally one to five-year deposits with a bank or other financial institution like a trust company.
How they Work
GICs are issued in your name and can't be sold except to the institution that issued them. You agree to keep the money in the GIC for a set period in return for a set rate of interest. Compound GICs pay you interest on your interest. Instead of paying the interest to you outside the GIC, the interest is added to your original deposit.
GICs are relatively safe investments. An important risk is that you'll need to access your money before the GIC matures. If this happens, you'll likely lose some of your interest. There's also a risk if you lock in your money in a five-year GIC and interest rates go up two years later. You'll have missed an opportunity to earn more on your money.
GICs mostly pay higher rates of interest than bank savings accounts, but less than many other investments. Rates are higher for longer term GICs and for larger deposits.
Credit Derivatives Department specializes in developing products to help our corporate clients manage their credit risk. Credit derivatives are contracts that allow one party to transfer the credit risk and return related to a given asset to another party, without actually transferring the underlying asset. Compared to the markets for other derivative products, the global market for credit derivatives is relatively small, but it is growing rapidly.
Through integration of leveraged loans, second lien loans, mezzanine and high yield bonds, the Leveraged Finance Group provides "one-stop" debt financing solutions for clients.
The Leveraged Finance Group is exclusively responsible for the origination of all non-investment grade debt products. IFB has served as Lead Arranger and Book Runner on a number of bond financings.
Corporate Bonds and Debentures
Our Clients and their Companies sell bonds when they want to borrow money to grow and expand. They promise to pay your money back on a future maturity date and pay interest in the meantime.
There are different kinds of corporate bonds.
- Some are secured by specific assets which you can seize if the company fails to pay interest or return the original principal amount when the bonds mature.
- Others that aren't secured are called debentures. They are merely a promise to pay you. Corporate bonds often also have added features.
- You might be allowed to convert your bonds into the company's stock, or the company might have the right to buy back the bonds before they mature.
We create hedge and other funds for our clients.
A fund that can take both long and short positions, use arbitrage, buy and sell undervalued securities, trade options or bonds, and invest in almost any opportunity in any market where it foresees impressive gains at reduced risk. Hedge fund strategies vary enormously -- many hedge against downturns in the markets -- especially important today with volatility and anticipation of corrections in overheated stock markets. The primary aim of most hedge funds is to reduce volatility and risk while attempting to preserve capital and deliver positive returns under all market conditions.
When governments need to borrow, they issue bonds in various denominations or face values. The face value is returned to you on the bond's future maturity date and you get paid interest in the interim.
We utilize natural resources to create an underlying that the government can use to create a capital protection
What they Are
Treasury bills (T-bills) are very safe short-term investments issued by the federal government and some provinces.
How they Work
Governments issue Treasuries in very large denominations of $1 million or so. Banks and investment dealers break these up and sell them to investors. You always buy a T-bill at a discount to its face value. That means you pay less than what you'll get back when the government cashes it for you. T-bills are mostly offered in terms of one month to just under one year. You might pay $975 for a T-bill and get back $1,000 when it matures one year later. Your profit is stated as a percentage of your investment, in this case it would be about 2.56% ($25 on $975). Even though your return on T-bills is a capital gain, the government treats the return as interest income, which is taxed at a higher rate.
Treasury bills are considered among the safest investments, especially when they have three months or less to maturity. Should you need your money before the T-bills mature, you can always sell them on the open market through an investment dealer.
The Investment Grade Capital Markets Group structures, prices, markets and syndicates all of the firm's new issue, investment grade preferred stock and fixed income securities.
Its three groups:
- Coverage Officers,
- Syndicate and
- Private Placements
work closely with Fixed Income Sales and Trading teams, Investment Banking and Research to provide clients with innovative and cost effective financing solutions.
Loans and Credit Lines
Tailored Money when you need it.
We believe that credit is a key component to any sophisticated investment plan. So in developing a financial plan to meet your financial circumstances and objectives.
If you are looking for liquidity to help leverage existing assets, or credit facilities (possibility for an overdraft under special conditions, i.e. risk-less trading transaction) to create additional wealth, our flexible credit services can provide you with opportunities to maximize your returns
Bank Guarantees and SBLCs
A bank guarantee or an SBLC is an undertaking by a bank to pay the guarantee beneficiary a specified amount upon a written demand if the Bank's client fails to fulfil his obligation. We can help customers to meet their contractual obligations or to win a tender even in the case of insufficient funding.
Types of guarantees issued by our Bank or organised by us from larger international financial institutions:
- tender guarantee (security deposit)
- performance bond
- guarantee of payment, e.g. for purchased goods or services
Proof of Funds
Our "Proof of Funds" (POF) and Verification of Deposit (VOD) letters, or per Swifts and KTTs, are services that you may use for your convenience. The intended use for the POF or VOD letters is to give you, the client, a letter to provide to the necessary parties involved in your real estate or commercial transactions to show you are either pre-qualified or have the funds to purchase real estate when doing a back-to-back closing (or extended back-to-back closing) and using our services to fund the "A to B" portion of the back-to-back closing. You may only use our POF or VOD letters when making offers to purchase real estate when doing a back-to-back closing (or extended back-to-back closing). We will not be responsible for the misuse of this POF letter anyway.
Preferred and Common Shares
We create Shares for our Clients and help on you IPO
A preferred share is a special type of stock that regularly pays you a set amount of money out of the company's profits called dividends. They're called preferred because you get preferential claim to the profits ahead of common shareholders.
When you buy common shares you become a part owner of the company. You will share in the profits of the company if it does well, either by seeing the value of your shares rise, by being paid dividends out of the firm's profit, or both. If the business performs badly, you probably won't get any dividends and the value of your shares will drop.
Options and Futures
Options are not securities themselves, but are contracts that let you to buy or sell a security like a stock at a set price between now and a certain future date. Options give you the ability to hedge investment risks or to earn magnified gains through what's known as leverage.
Futures are a derivative investment. Rather than representing shares of ownership, like stocks, or a loan, like bonds, futures contracts are contractual agreements that derive their value from an underlying asset. Futures can be used to hedge certain price risks -- or to take on that risk by speculating on the future price of an asset.
We create, issue, manage and trade any cryptocurrencies to secure wealth for our clients
IFB aims to meet your needs by understanding your priorities and placing them at the heart of your personal wealth management strategy. Our intention is to develop long-term partnerships with our clients based on mutual trust. At the forefront of that process you’ll find our dedicated Relationship Managers representing your interests and aspirations and taking care of your wealth. Our clients include entrepreneurs, businessmen, companies and partnerships.
Your Dedicated Relationship Manager
A relationship built on trust, integrity and confidentiality based on Relationship Managers who identify themselves with your needs. With their long-term experience in the business, our Relationship Managers are able to translate your personal priorities into practical and feasible financial goals. They develop individual investment strategies to help you realize your goals. Their high quality personal service is backed up by the resources of IFB and its global partners.
Keeping your objectives in constant focus
The Relationship Manager’s appreciation of your needs begins with an in-depth analysis of your present situation and your ongoing priorities. This analysis serves as the starting point from which we develop your personal wealth management strategy. Once this is implemented, constant monitoring allows us to make any adjustments to your portfolio indicated by changing market conditions, or by changes in your personal circumstances.
Our Services make us different
At IFB, investing is driven by your needs rather than by our products. Is your wealth highly liquid, overly concentrated, or is it tied up in one or more business or partnership? How is your wealth structured? Is the return generated by your portfolio appropriate for the level of risk you bear? What is your time horizon for achieving your investment goals? How directly do you want to be involved in managing your portfolio? Would you like to minimize taxes?
Once we know the answers to such questions, we help design an investment strategy tailored to your needs. If you have major philanthropic plans, for example, the assets you intend to donate should be managed with this need in mind. If your business requires you to put your own capital at risk, your portfolio should be structured accordingly. Your situation and your goals are unique; we believe your investments should be too.
Drawing on our own extensive research into long-term market trends, we will create an asset allocation framework that encompasses your financial assets: traditional, publicly traded fixed income and equity securities – your core portfolio – and to the extent appropriate, opportunistic investments, which capitalize on a particular market theme or investment expertise. After examining your needs, goals, and tolerance for risk, we can help you find the balance that is right for you.
As you prefer, we can manage your investments on a discretionary basis, advise you on investments you choose yourself, or connect you with leading third-party managers. Whatever course you choose, you will have access to institutional-quality investments that have been chosen or structured for private clients, selected by one of the world’s premier investment organizations, and coordinated with your other assets to create a successful investment program.
Holding and Transferring
Having accumulated assets to benefit the people and organizations you care about puts you in an enviable, but challenging position. Various forces can deprive you and your family of the full value of your wealth. Taxes erode assets, and inflation reduces their purchasing power. Control and ownership issues can threaten the continuity of your business and your legacy. Proper planning can help you to overcome these challenges. While preparing for the final transfer of your assets is vital, we believe sound wealth planning strategies should help preserve and even grow your wealth during your lifetime and allow you to keep enjoying it along the way. By addressing the ownership, location, and structure of your assets with regard to both the future and the present, we will work with you and your advisors at every point in your financial life cycle.
Whether you want to purchase a yacht or jet, help a family member launch an entrepreneurial venture or monetize your illiquid assets, credit can be one of your most effective financial tools.
When deciding how to raise needed capital, you often face a choice between liquidating invested assets and using leverage. We can help you compare the costs and risks associated with both alternatives, taking into account interest expense, transaction costs, capital gains tax exposure, and the potential investment return that you may forego. Whatever your purpose, we can provide advice in the context of your overall objectives and wealth plan, and we can customize a solution with an optimal debt structure.
IFB is a known provider of credit to private clients. We can lend against almost any type of asset, including art, real estate, aircraft, restricted stock, concentrated stock positions, and certain stock options. If you face an unusual or complex situation, a cross-border transaction, a challenging legal or tax structure, a liquidity need at a closely held company, we have the expertise and global presence to address it.
Organizing and Simplifying
The time and attention required to manage complex finances effectively can be overwhelming. Investment programs have to be planned and implemented. Financial information needs to be collected, taxes paid, legal entities structured. Changes in your circumstances, especially business transitions, can further complicate matters. Whether it is day-to-day financial management or serving the needs of a large, multi-generational family, many wealthy individuals may not have the time, interest, or expertise to take on these tasks
Should your art collection stay in the family or become part of a community’s cultural heritage? What steps can you take - before, during, and after the sale - to receive the best return on your business asset? How do you ensure that family members will be adequately provided for if the unexpected should occur? What do you hope to achieve through your philanthropic efforts? Wealthy individuals and their families often face such difficult issues. At IFB, we recognize that many of our clients also need specialized advisory services to help maximize the value of their wealth and realize their vision of success.
From art, to philanthropy, to mergers and acquisitions, dedicated professionals at IFB provide expertise in meeting the needs of our clients. As with everything we do, we integrate our specialized advisory services into your overall wealth management plan to include your investment, estate planning, and financing objectives. We work with you and your advisors to find the best way to leverage our capabilities for the benefit of you and your family
By earning the trust and respect of our investors, we are among the leaders in all our key markets. For this success, we rely on our ability to offer expertise through our proven, team-based investment processes in every asset class, from alternative investments to equities to fixed income. When clients invest with us, they are putting their money in a name they trust, one that strives to deliver excellent investment management and the highest quality of service. Leaving management decisions to us does not mean that you stay out of touch, however. Your private banker at IFB will send you regular reports on your portfolio’s performance. You will also be able to discuss at short notice any changes in your circumstances that may influence investment decisions. Your portfolio management will be in good hands. Not only does IFB have an experienced team of in–house investment professionals, it also takes advantage of a global network of investment strategists and asset managers.
Mergers and Acquisitions
We are a globalist mergers and acquisitions adviser. The firm provides comprehensive advice to clients on a range of strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and dispositions, restructurings and reorganizations. Through its global network, the firm serves clients throughout the world and international clients seeking to invest.
Working closely with clients and our global industry specialists, our experienced M&A team provides in-depth understanding of the marketplace in which clients operate and extensive experience in identifying strategic opportunities
At the heart of our corporate finance expertise is the integrated approach that we take to understanding our clients' issues. Our team is based on industry/sector groupings and is supported by our M&A and capital markets teams. We play an important role as part of the boardroom advisory team on all matters affecting the company's development and growth. Specifically, we seek to establish a long-term advisory relationships with clients, advising on any planned strategic moves such as mergers, acquisitions and disposals and developing and executing an appropriate financial solution. Our financial advisory activities include advice on equity issuance, balance sheet restructuring, returns of capital and valuations.
We act as the interface between the client company, the relevant Exchange and the investment community, ensuring that each understands the motivating forces of the other. In this role we draft and review public announcements, create investor relations programs and give ad hoc advice in respect of contentious investor issues.
Equity Capital Markets
As a distributor that specializes in the international distribution of equity to institutional investors on a pan European and global basis, we work in close conjunction with our corporate finance teams, we advise our corporate clients on the structure, size, timing and pricing of any capital raising, including:
Initial Public Offerings; Primary issues for listed companies; Rights issues; Placing and Open Offers; Vendor Placements; Cash Placements; Secondary transactions for listed companies; Accelerated Book Build Offerings; and Block Trades
Debt Capital Markets
We are widely recognized for our exact debt advisory, ability to raise capital, and risk management, combining superior origination strength and structuring expertise with exceptional distribution capability. Our reputation is based first and foremost upon sound advice, supported by our broad product expertise and underwriting capabilities (be they high-grade or high-yield). The firm's broad ranging debt capabilities include:
International Capital Markets
Internationally, we are active in the distribution of equity issues on behalf of international companies. We distribute equities globally, acting in a range of capacities from global coordinator to co-lead manager. We are recognized for our consistent performance in all issues, our ability to work with other houses and for the aftermarket service we provide to both issuers and investors.
In our office we have dedicated capital market teams searching for opportunities to work jointly on specific projects in the best interests of our clients..
The Equities business forms a key part of the Investment Banking division. Our analysts cover the major stocks in all areas of specialization. Our research and execution skills are highly valued by many of the world’s largest institutional investors.
Our approach to equity research is based on an independent judgment and impartial advice. Our teams of professional analysts are based in the main financial centers, with the abilities to research companies and economies in Europe, USA and Asia-Pacific.
We provide for a greater variety of institutional clients based in Europe, the United States and Asia. The firm is a participant in block trades, carrying out a large percentage of the bought deals by value over the last years. Separate teams are dedicated to the debt and equity-linked secondary markets.
Placements & Asset Management
A private placement is a direct offering of securities to a limited number of sophisticated institutional investors. Investors in privately placed securities include insurance companies, pension funds, mezzanine funds, equity funds and trusts. Securities issued as private placements are exempt from public registration under the Securities Act of 1933. The private capital markets offer issuers a wide variety of long-term capital ranging from senior secured notes to mezzanine financing to preferred and common equity. Each specific financing can be tailored to an issuer's specific needs. IFB Capital Markets can give clients access to the private placement market to arrange the following types of capital:
Fixed Income Placements
Fixed Income Placements include placement of Senior Secured Notes, Senior Unsecured Notes, Straight Coupon Subordinated Notes and Dividend-only Preferred Stock. Characteristics include final maturities between 3 and 30 years, fixed rates, flexible covenant structures, highly confidential transactions and low issuance costs. IFB Capital Markets is a significant participant in the top 15 placement agents in the traditional fixed income private placement market. Our experienced transaction team manages all phases of an issuer's transaction from origination to funding. IFB's placement team has demonstrated to a wide variety of first-time as well as repeat issuers that we add significant value in both complex and more traditional transactions.
Mezzanine & Private Equity Capabilities
Mezzanine and Private Equity Placements include Subordinated Notes with Warrants, Convertible Subordinated Notes, and Preferred Stock with Warrants, Convertible Preferred Stock and Common Equity. Characteristics include terms that are customized to business plans and projected cash flow, highly confidential execution and long-term, patient investors. Funds provide financial and operating flexibility and are available for growth, mergers & acquisitions, and recapitalizations.
IFB Capital Markets Mezzanine and Private Equity Placements Group is unique among within our industry as we are one of the few financial institutions offering services dedicated solely to the structuring and placement of mezzanine and equity. We have raised junior capital in a variety of industries for companies at virtually every stage of the corporate life cycle. Our distribution network is extensive, representing thousands of investors ranging from angel investors to venture capitalists
Strong privacy regulations in Comoros jurisdiction
Comoros, an archipelago located in the Indian Ocean, is an offshore jurisdiction that has been gaining attention for its privacy regulations and asset protection capabilities.
The Comoros jurisdiction offers several key features that can be beneficial for offshore banking clients seeking confidentiality and strong privacy protections:
- Flexible regulatory environment: The Comoros jurisdiction has a relatively flexible regulatory environment, which may be attractive for offshore banking clients seeking a less stringent framework. However, it is important for offshore banks operating in Comoros to maintain high standards of compliance and transparency to ensure they are not perceived as facilitating illicit activities.
- Anonymity and privacy: Comoros offers a high level of privacy for offshore banking clients, including the use of nominee directors and shareholders. This enables clients to maintain anonymity in their financial dealings, making it difficult for third parties to trace the ownership of assets.
- Limited information sharing: While Comoros is not a signatory to the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), it has signed Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) with a limited number of countries. This means that Comoros is not required to automatically exchange financial account information with other jurisdictions, providing an additional layer of privacy for its offshore banking clients. However, this also means that offshore banks operating in Comoros must be vigilant in their anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) efforts to avoid facilitating tax evasion or other illegal activities.
- Asset protection: Comoros offers a range of asset protection vehicles, including international business companies (IBCs), trusts, and foundations. These legal structures provide clients with a means to protect their assets from potential creditors, lawsuits, and other financial threats while maintaining confidentiality.
In summary, the Comoros jurisdiction offers a relatively high level of privacy and asset protection for offshore banking clients. However, it is essential for offshore banks operating in this jurisdiction to maintain high standards of compliance and transparency to ensure they are not facilitating illicit activities or contributing to the erosion of the global financial system's integrity.
Anonymity is an essential aspect of offshore banking services, as it allows clients to maintain privacy and protect their identity in financial transactions. While adhering to anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) regulations, our offshore bank can still offer a certain level of anonymity to their clients through various means:
- Numbered accounts: One of the ways to maintain client anonymity is by offering numbered accounts. These accounts use a unique number instead of the account holder's name, making it more difficult for third parties to identify the account owner. The bank's personnel who handle numbered accounts are typically trained to exercise strict discretion and maintain confidentiality.
- Nominee services: Offshore banks can provide nominee services for clients who wish to keep their names off public records. Nominee directors and shareholders can be appointed to act on behalf of the account holder, thereby keeping the client's identity confidential. However, the bank should maintain appropriate records of the beneficial owner to comply with AML and KYC regulations.
- Privacy-focused jurisdictions: Offshore banks can operate in jurisdictions known for their strong privacy laws, which provide additional legal protection for client anonymity. These jurisdictions typically have strict banking secrecy laws that prohibit the disclosure of client information to third parties without proper authorization.
- Encrypted communications: To further protect client anonymity, offshore banks can offer secure and encrypted communication channels. This ensures that sensitive client information and financial transactions remain confidential and protected from unauthorized access or interception.
- Confidentiality agreements: Offshore banks can enter into strict confidentiality agreements with their employees and service providers to ensure the privacy of client information. This helps maintain a culture of secrecy and discretion, further safeguarding client anonymity.
If you want to discuss with us your special needs, please get in contact with our director Djassi Mulenga.