About Us

A rich history underscores purpose, potential, and prosperity

Our company was built on long-lasting relationships and trust—earned through an unshakable foundation and shared success. A steadfast commitment to honor runs through everyone in our organization.

We use research and we listen to understand what the client really needs. Offering our consultative style throughout our relationship, we lead with innovation paired with enduring expertise. Our unique approach has built close partnerships with our clients and delivered unprecedented growth for generations.

We offer a range of commercial and investment banking services to our corporate, institutional, and municipal clients. Our approach of knowing our clients, their business, and their unique story, helps us empower them to achieve their goals in a dynamic world.

In the Americas, we are more than 4,000 employees strong, with a presence in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the U.S. We are all united in our dedication to delivering client success.

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Leading through expertise and leading by example

SMBC Group in the Americas is led by dedicated individuals with deep industry experience and shared cultural values. They nurture strong, long-lasting client relationships and care deeply about the well-being, safety, and success of employees.

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Culture and Values

Investing in people and the planet

We are committed to the growth of our clients, the development of our people, and the advancement of society. We believe prosperity can be achieved without sacrificing honor and integrity. That’s why we promote a better and safer world for all.

The organizational culture is determined by the actions of the people within it. The way we conduct ourselves as individuals demonstrates who we are as a company. Our Values serve as building blocks of our culture and give rise to the behavior expected of all employees.

Understanding, accepting, and choosing to act in accordance with our company’s standards, industry regulations, and the principles of honesty and fairness is essential to our business.

Our clients are our reason for existence. Our deep commitment to each relationship allows us to tailor solutions based on valuable insights.

We challenge established methods and solutions and embrace new ideas and perspectives to generate growth for clients and for the good of the organization.

We work swiftly and efficiently for client success, without sacrificing accuracy and diligence for proper compliance and risk management.

We are one team using the collective knowledge of our diverse talent across the Americas to better serve our clients across the globe.

Diversity and Inclusion

Strength from different perspectives

The diversity of our employees is the source of our resilience. We believe that an array of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives will create a stronger organization, generate creative solutions, and build a better society. We stand against intolerance and ensure every office is welcoming and inclusive.

Our employee-led Enterprise Resource Groups (ERGs) acknowledge the diversity in our organization, create awareness, and drive conversations around problem-solving, leadership, and collaboration. These groups continue to grow in number and perfectly embody how the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.

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Awards and recognition underscore leadership

SMBC Group in the Americas is consistently recognized for our business, sustainability, and being an inclusive workplace. Our people make all of this happen on behalf of our clients and ourselves.

2021
Global Bank of the Year
Project Finance International
2021
Infrastructure Bank of the Year Latin America
LatinFinance
2021
Financial Advisor of the Year
LatinFinance
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Sustainability

Committed to protecting our future

As a financial institution, we understand the role we play in building a more sustainable world. We are committed to acting as responsible stewards of our environment and communities. Our 10-year plan, GREENxGLOBE 2030, represents our vision for enabling a prosperous future for upcoming generations.

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More than 400 years of endless growth and stability

From our roots as Japanese merchants to our present as an international financial firm, SMBC boasts more than four centuries of integrity and innovation. More than a hundred years ago, we bravely ventured to the Americas, bringing along our focus on long-lasting relationships and tradition of honorable service. Our people have continued to earn trust, while forging a path of innovation for the stakeholders we serve.

 

1590
The Sumitomo family business opens

Masatomo Sumitomo, a native of Kyoto, started a copper-refining business and established industrial capital integrating copper-mine development, refining and export.

1673
The Mitsui family business opens

Takatoshi Mitsui opened Echigoya, a high-volume kimono retail store—perhaps the world’s first and largest in terms of space and employees—in Edo, present-day Tokyo.

1674-1875
The Mitsui and Sumitomo families expand capabilities

Mitsui and Sumitomo strengthened their capabilities in imports and exports, finance, transportation, and manufacturing to become two of the top business names in Japan.

1876
Mitsui Bank established

The Mitsui family established Mitsui Bank, the first private sector bank in Japan.

1895
Sumitomo Bank established

The Sumitomo family established Sumitomo Bank in Osaka with the capitalization of one million yen.

1916
San Francisco Branch of Sumitomo Bank opens

The first commercial bank from Japan to open a branch overseas.

1918
Japan established its New York Agency (converted to Branch status 1922)

Expanding its footprint in the Americas.

1922
New York Branch of Mitsui Bank opens

Expanding its footprint in the Americas.

1957
Brazil subsidiary of Sumitomo Bank opens

Entering one of the most dynamic emerging markets in the world.

1981
Manufacturers Bank joins Mitsui Bank

To serve middle market and small business clients.

1988
Los Angeles Branch of Sumitomo Bank opens

Expanding its footprint in the Americas.

1990
Mitsui Bank merges with Taiyo Kobe Bank

To form Mitsui Taiyo Kobe Bank.

1992
Mitsui Taiyo Kobe Bank renamed Sakura Bank

The Sakura brand is highly complementary with strength in Eastern Japan.

2001
Sakura Bank and Sumitomo Bank merge

To form Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

2002
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group established

To enhance governance and strengthen strategic businesses of the group.

2007
Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing formed

To expand business into finance and leasing space.

2009
Nikko Cordial Securities (now SMBC Nikko Securities) joins SMFG

Well respected broker-dealer added to world-wide capability.

2010
SMFG listed on New York Stock Exchange

In a pivotal move, SMFG’s shares start trading on Wall Street.

2013
SMBC Rail Services joins SMBC

Expanding the leasing and equipment space to SMBC.

2017
American Railcar Leasing, of the United States, joins SMFG

SMFG completes American Railcar Leasing acquisition.

An international network of passionate collaborators

In the Americas, we are powered by more than 4,000 dedicated industry experts. We work to deliver comprehensive financial solutions to institutions in seven countries across the Americas.