23.04.2020 – Leonteq AG

Leonteq and Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, launch collaboration

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Leonteq and Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, launch

23-Apr-2020 / 07:00 CET/CEST
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Zurich, 23 April 2020

Leonteq AG (SIX: LEON) announced today that it has launched a collaboration
with Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, for the
manufacturing and distribution of structured investment products.

Leonteq and Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, have
launched their collaboration for the issuance and distribution of structured
investment products. The company will join Leonteq's technology platform for
fully white-labelled issuers and leverage Leonteq's expertise to create and
distribute structured products. As part of the cooperation, Leonteq will
provide a broad range of services along the entire value chain, including
the launch of a structured product offering, as well as structuring, product
documentation, hedging of derivative components, market-making, lifecycle
management and processing. In this context, the intention of the
collaboration is for both Leonteq as well as Rand Merchant Bank (and other
group affiliates) to distribute structured investment products to their
respective clients, the first of which are expected to be issued at the end
of 2020.

Lukas Ruflin, Chief Executive Officer of Leonteq, stated: "We are delighted
that Rand Merchant Bank has chosen Leonteq to help expand its structured
products offering capabilities. This cooperation will give our clients
unique exposure to structured investment products issued in this region, and
we look forward to providing our new partner with our solutions and

Hendrik Fourie, Head of Structuring at Rand Merchant Bank, stated: "Our
collaboration with Leonteq will enable us to expand our financial services
offering, thus enhancing our value proposition for clients. With its
automated platform and extensive distribution capabilities in Europe and
Asia, Leonteq is our partner of choice."

Rand Merchant Bank is the corporate and investment banking division of
FirstRand Bank Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of FirstRand
Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Namibian Stock
Exchange. FirstRand Limited is one of the largest financial institutions in
Africa with a market capitalisation of CHF 10.7 billion as of 22 April 2020.
FirstRand Bank Limited reported total assets of CHF 89 billion and a total
capital ratio of 17.1% as of 31 December 2019.

For more information, visit Rand Merchant Bank's website www.rmb.co.za

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Leonteq AG is a Swiss company active in the finance and technology sector
with a focus on the structured products segment. Based on proprietary modern
technology, the company offers derivative investment products and services
and predominantly covers the capital protection, yield enhancement and
participation product classes. Leonteq acts as both a direct issuer of its
own products and as a partner to other financial institutions. Leonteq
further enables life insurance companies to produce capital-efficient,
unit-linked pension products with guarantees. The company has offices and
subsidiaries in 10 countries, through which it serves over 50 markets.
Leonteq AG is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: LEON). www.leonteq.com

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