Our History

We boast a unique heritage. Originally created by the British Crown, we can trace our roots back to 1749, and have provided banking services to emerging markets since 1833.

Crown Agents Bank is committed to facilitating trade and investment between emerging markets and the rest of the world.

Crown Agents Bank has recently been carved out from the international development organisation Crown Agents. Helios Investment Partners – utilising funds under their administration – has acquired Crown Agents Bank and Crown Agents Investment Management (CAIM). Now a fully independent financial institution, the Bank still maintains a close working relationship with Crown Agents to the benefit of its clients and partners.

Our History

The first joint agents general for crown colonies were appointed by the British government to manage grants, raise capital and provide procurement services


Began raising capital by floating loan bonds on the London Securities market.


By 1930 Crown Agents had raised £450m for its clients through more than 200 loans.


The rules governing Crown Agents’ client base were relaxed, allowing relationships with fully independent countries – Iraq becoming the first


Managed the world’s first sovereign wealth funds.


Crown Agents Bank appointed by DFID to provide management, administration and banking services for disbursement of UK Aid.


Crown Agents Financial Services Limited was established to act as a banker to Crown Agents and its clients.


Crown Agents Financial Services Limited changes name to Crown Agents Bank.
Crown Agents Asset Management changes name to Crown Agents Investment Management Limited.


Crown Agents Bank appointed to panel of 20 banks authorised to arrange and administer loans under UK Export Finance’s £3billion Direct Lending Facility.


Acquired by funds advised by Helios Investment Partners

Who we work with

We work with a wide range of organisations, including:

Financial institutions across Africa and the developing world, including central banks, leading local commercial banks, global banks, pension and investment fund managers and Export Credit Finance agencies

Corporates and organisations with international transactional needs, including pension schemes and global payroll services


Development organisations and NGOs


Our Services

Payments and cash management
Treasury and foreign exchange
Export credit finance
Trade finance and working capital.

Regulation & Ownership

Crown Agents Bank is wholly owned by Helios Investment Partners LLP and is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority in the UK.

Robust risk management

We have strict governance and operational processes in place to scrutinise the accuracy of each transaction, with appropriate involvement from our Directors. Compliance with our governance and processes is regularly audited.

Capital adequacy

The levels of capital requirements are based on activity levels. The Prudential Regulation Authority reviews the capital adequacy periodically, together with the rest of our externally audited accounts.

For more information about any of our products and services, please do not hesitate to get in touch.