High-Touch Relationship Banking on a Global Scale

Consultative. Committed. Leading. This defines the SMBC approach recognized by our private equity and institutional clients. From underwriting acquisitions to financing new capital structures at the portfolio company level, we bring an intelligent global solution grounded in decades of institutional experience.

Direct Lending

Proactive Support for Middle Market Banking and Large Corporates

Whether the requirement is leveraged buyout financing, recapitalization for a new acquisition, or growth capital, we have the capabilities and expertise to meet our clients’ needs.

Transaction structures may include senior-secured debt, second-lien debt, mezzanine debt, and bridge financing for high-yield bonds*. In addition, we can identify potential LBO targets for sponsors as well as facilitate introductions of sponsor-backed portfolio companies to Japanese buyers for exit opportunities.

As the only Japanese bank with a middle market business, we offer:

  • A comprehensive suite of bank products:  In addition to lending for various capital needs, we provide working capital lines, equipment purchase and leasing facilities, project-finance structures, and subscription-line services.
  • Expertise in structuring:   Our team has extensive understanding of market conditions and credit-friendly structures and can improve the marketability of middle market transactions.
  • Flexibility in approach:  We commit to pro-rata transactions, Term Loan B structures, unitranche facilities, USD and Euro facilities, and asset-based lending facilities.
  • Lead role capabilities:  We lead and co-lead transactions, underwriting the capital structure and offering complementary distribution capabilities.

Our Clients Are All About Growth. And So Are We.

Our rapidly expanding middle market leveraged finance team works with management in excellent companies with EBITDA of $10 million to $100 million positioned across all industry segments.

Our Large Corporates leveraged finance team works with companies with EBITDA of $100 million-plus through leveraged loans and bridge financing for high-yield bonds. We participate in both syndicated and club transactions.

*Offered through SMBC’s investment bank, SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc.

Indirect Lending

Lender Finance

SMBC provides securitization financing to asset managers and business development companies in the leveraged loan asset class. With expertise across a broad range of industries, our securitization practice is primarily focused on supporting managers in the middle market institutional lending area. We have aggressively expanded our activities to support our institutional clients by providing liquidity and leverage for their managed funds and special purpose vehicles. SMBC has committed billions of dollars via multiple loan securitization platforms.

Related Services

M&A Advisory via SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc.

  • Equity:  Co-investments and partner introduction for strategic initiatives
  • Deal sourcing:  Introduction of potential LBO targets to sponsors
  • Exit advisory:  Introduction of sponsors’ portfolio companies to Japanese strategic buyers