SMBC Group is a top bank in the bilateral and syndicated loan market and has a solid track record in developing long-term and sustainable relationships with top-tier core clients.
As a major international bank, SMBC Group is one of the most active and recognised players in wholesale financial markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The bank’s specialist corporate banking teams have well-established relationships with sovereign and corporate customers alike, maintaining deep and long-lasting partnerships with top-tier core clients, local financial institutions, multilateral and national banks, and finance ministries.
Customers of the bank benefit from a wide variety of financial products and services spanning the majority of industries. SMBC Group can provide syndicated and bilateral loans and specialist financial advisory services for project, trade and asset finance, as well as deposits and foreign exchange. SMBC Nikko provides debt and equity capital markets and derivative products under integrated bank-securities operations.
With a presence in London since 1918, SMBC Group’s predecessors – Sumitomo and Mitsui – were two of the earliest Japanese banks to operate in Europe. Over the century, the bank focused on acting as a reliable partner for its European customers. It opened a representative office in Düsseldorf in 1969, and expanded its presence further throughout the 1970s and 1980s with offices in Brussels, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Frankfurt and Dublin, and finally Amsterdam in 1990. Today, its network of professionals across Europe offer local knowledge and the bank can support its clients’ businesses by leveraging SMBC Group’s strength and network in Asia.
SMBC Group was one of the first foreign financial institutions to be active in central and eastern Europe during the period when the region transitioned to free-market economies in the early 1990s. The bank was among the first to arrange syndicated fundraising, and provide European Investment Bank guarantees and loan facilities. It remains one of the leading international banks in the region with local support provided by its Prague branch.
With a long history of providing financing in Turkey, the bank is a frequent lender in aircraft finance and has an extensive track record as a financial advisor and lender for healthcare infrastructure in the country. SMBC has a representative office in Istanbul.
SMBC Group has been active in Russia and the former Soviet Union countries for many years. JSC Sumitomo Mitsui Rus Bank is based in Moscow.
SMBC Group has been operating in the Middle East since the 1970s, and the region remains a major focus for the bank’s activities. Its clients are well served through an extensive on-the-ground presence with a regional hub in Dubai and offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha and Riyadh.
The bank has been active in Africa for many years, establishing representative offices in Cairo in 1975 and Johannesburg in 1996.
Through our network of EMEA offices, we have staff dedicated to working with and meeting the needs of subsidiaries, affiliates, joint ventures and branches of Japanese and other Asian corporations doing business in the region. As an Asian-centric institution, we are supporting Japanese and Asian corporates to become more global and operate across more borders. Our multilingual staff are very familiar with the needs of companies operating a long way from home.
We provide a valuable, relationship-based service covering a whole range of commercial banking products by working in partnership with our branches in Japan and across Asia. Our specialist team operates as an incubator to support our clients and accelerate the integration of the business activities of domestic and international offices for a more seamless operation to earn the highest trust of our customers.