Leveraged Finance

High-touch relationship banking on a global scale

Consultative. Committed. Leading. This defines our approach, which is recognized by our private equity and institutional clients. SMBC’s global leveraged finance platform provides domestic and cross-border financing solutions utilizing loan, fixed income and direct lending markets. We structure fully underwritten financings for both middle market and large-cap issuers to support LBOs and add-on acquisition transactions. Our intelligent global solutions are grounded in decades of leveraged finance experience.

Americas team delivers for clients

We provide a full suite of products, including capital markets advisory services, leveraged lending, syndicated finance, as well as high-yield fixed income1.

Fully underwritten and best-efforts arrangements of broadly syndicated and club transactions for middle market and large-cap issuers are executed by our team of experts.

Our Americas team coordinates closely and seamlessly with our other Leveraged Finance offices in Japan, Asia and Europe to offer competitive cross-border solutions.

Proactive support for middle market banking and large corporates

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


Transaction structures may include senior secured debt, second-lien debt, mezzanine debt, and bridge financing for high-yield bonds1. We also partner with our M&A colleagues to identify potential leveraged buyout targets for sponsors, as well as facilitate introductions of sponsor-backed portfolio companies to Japanese buyers for exit opportunities.

On a real global playing field for middle market business, we offer: 

  • A comprehensive suite of bank products: In addition to lending for various M&A needs, we provide working capital lines and coordinate closely with our product partners to provide equipment purchase and leasing facilities, project finance structures, and subscription-line services.
  • Expertise in structuring: We improve the marketability of middle market transactions through our team’s extensive understanding of market conditions and credit-friendly structures.
  • Flexibility in approach: We commit to and hold pro-rata transactions, Term Loan B structures, “unitranche” facilities, multi-currency facilities, and asset-based lending facilities.
  • Lead role capabilities: We lead and co-lead transactions, underwriting the capital structure and offering distribution capabilities.


Clients are all about growth—so are we 

Our rapidly expanding Middle Market Leveraged Finance team partners with management and sponsors to structure financings, which can evolve with the more sophisticated needs of growing businesses. Our middle market team focuses on companies with EBITDA of $20 million to $100 million positioned across many industry segments.  


Our Large Cap Leveraged Finance team services companies with EBITDA of $100 million and above, through the arrangement of leveraged loans and bridge financing for high-yield bonds.

In collaboration with SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc.