Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) - a top-tier Japanese bank and core member of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), a Tokyo-based bank holding company ranked amongst the largest 25 banks globally by assets under management.
Four centuries of history
The history of the Sumitomo and Mitsui companies date back more than four centuries. They began as family businesses in Japan and later became banks; Mitsui in Tokyo in 1876 and Sumitomo in Osaka in 1895. The first European branch of Sumitomo Bank opened in London in 1918. SMBC was established in 2001 following the merger of Sumitomo and Sakura banks, the latter was formed following the earlier mergers of Mitsui, Taiyo and Kobe banks.
With a presence in London since 1918 and rooted in the stability of Japan and growth of Asia, SMBC reaches out around the world to provide the advice, connections and support that create value. Our clients choose SMBC because we offer local knowledge and global expertise that span a wide range of financial services. SMBC will strive to be your bank of choice through the next century and beyond.