A leading mid-market debt provider

SMBC Group is one of the most active lead arrangers and underwriters of leveraged buy-out loans (LBOs) in Europe.

The leverage finance team offers fully underwritten capital solutions to both private equity and corporate customers through senior, super senior, second lien, unitranche and high yield bond financings. This broad product set enables the bank to provide finance solutions for both mid-market and large-cap transactions.


SMBC Group applies an integrated approach to leveraged finance through originating and structuring new transactions, as well as managing an existing portfolio of around 170 European companies for over 90 financial sponsors.

A dedicated team of 80 professionals in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Dublin cover deal origination, execution and portfolio management.

Core mandate

  • Pan-European lender with product ranging from clubs to widely syndicated deals across the senior and junior capital tranches.
  • Full life cycle approach, with support extended from initial financing, refinancing and exits, across multiple ownership periods.
  • Focus on sponsored transactions, corporate cross-overs and postIPO financings, supporting European companies with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) greater than €10m.