With our Asia desk, you’ve stepped into the world of global banking

Enter a world-class arena of knowledge and experience with global solutions that truly meet your needs. We would be extremely privileged to bring out our expertise in construction, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, equipment & manufacture, energy, trading, etc. to meet your customized financial solutions.

Barclays has operated in Kenya since 1916, giving Barclays Bank of Kenya an extensive footprint of 120 outlets and 234 ATMs across the country. It holds a reputation as one of the leading blue-chip companies on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

The China Development Bank (CDB) is one of Barclays Group’s shareholders, with a 3.1% stake valued at EUR2.2 billion. Moreover, CDB and Barclays agreed to cooperate in Africa in areas like corporate banking, investment banking, and retail business banking.

The Asia Desk was established in July 2014 and the cooperation is aimed at fostering Asian multinational companies’ development in Africa. The team comprises local and Chinese colleagues and it is supported by international teams across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. The world-class knowledge and experience in various markets enable us to provide you with solutions that truly meet your needs. Barclays is represented in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia. We are present in various Asian locations like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, New Delhi, Singapore, Taipei (Taiwan), Shanghai and more.

Up-to-date intelligence

Be smart and receive innovative intelligence on the Kenyan market.

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Global network

Connect with the global market.

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In-country support

We offer seamless corporate banking services and help local subsidiaries.

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Our African footprint boasts a global reputation for excellence

Our products are provided in local and foreign currencies and are intended to drive trade flows.

What you get
Working capital
  • Working capital finance 
  • Distributor and supplier finance 
  • Asset finance 
Cash management
  • Tailored corporate account charge (Asian clients) 
  • Common internet frontend 
  • Collections 
  • Domestic and cross-border payments 


  • Letters of credit 
  • Guarantees or bonds 
  • Import and export finance 
Risk management


  • Competitive foreign exchange rates
  • Foreign exchange hedging options

Our solutions aim to drive investment opportunities

Wat you get
Term lending
  • Term loans 
  • Advisory and arranging services 
Investment banking
  • Absa Corporate and Investment Banking Capital to offer mergers and acquisitions 
  • Equity capital markets 
  • Debt capital markets
  • Debt and leverage finance 
  • Project finance and risk solutions group 
Sectors focus


  • Oil and gas 
  • Power, utility and infrastructure
  • Telecommunications
  • Financial services 
  • Fast-moving customer goods (FMCG) 
  • Manufacturing sector and more 



Our services

Experience our internet and mobile banking platforms, as well as a 24-hour call centre that offers superior service to all customers. It’s your gateway to up-to-date intelligence on the Kenyan market. It also provides a global relationship network to support Asian multinational corporation developments in Africa.

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Group level

A Global Relationship Director is responsible for parent relationship and the overall co-ordination within Asia.

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Regional level

A Regional Relationship Director is based in South Africa and responsible for the client relationship in Africa.

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In-country subsidiary 

In-Country Subsidiary Directors are responsible for the provision of corporate banking services for local subsidiaries.

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Our Awards

Best Cash Management Bank
Kenya 2014

Best Corporate Bank
Kenya 2013

Best Foreign Investment Bank
Kenya 2013

Best Bank in M&A (closed deals)
Sub-Sahara Africa & South Africa 2013

Need more help?

Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd
The Westend Building, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi
P.O. Box 30120-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya


Jiawen Xiao +254 710750522



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