Global Client Business Department (GCBD)

Gateway to Japan - GCBD supports business on a global basis by linking global firms with the Japanese market.

Established in January 1999 to support foreign global firms expanding into Japan, GCBD is the only department among Japanese mega banks that is dedicated to business with foreign companies.
It is highly appreciated by our customers for offering Japanese financial services to foreign companies in Japan at the same level of convenience as in their home countries through close cooperation with overseas offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

GCBD is comprised of professionals with practical and extensive experience at overseas offices, who can meet foreign firms’ needs quickly and accurately, not to mention responding in English and other languages

In addition to providing financial services such as deposits, loans, and cash management, the department offers a broad range of services such as providing industry trend and regulatory information, business matching not only between foreign firms but also with Japanese companies, and support for business alliances and mergers.

Furthermore, the Gateway to Japan Desk, which was established in 2015, actively supports our customers’ business in Japan by promoting investment in Japan by foreign corporations and overseas investors.

SMBC aims to be the best partner for foreign firms expanding into Japan as a top-class professional group by being deeply involved in customers’ strategies and providing solutions that meet the needs of our customers.

Main services

The department provides various financial solutions to customers to meet their diverse business needs, as well as providing high value-added services.

Finance solutions

Project finance (solar/biomass power generation, etc.), non-recourse loans, trade finance, asset securitization, accounts receivable & inventory finance, lease finance, MBO/LBO finance

Settlement solutions

Cash management services (incl. SWIFT basis) and online settlement products

Risk hedging solutions

Guaranteed factoring, interest rate derivatives, exchange rate derivatives, commodity derivatives

Other solutions

Business matching opportunities with foreign and Japanese firms, business solutions collaborating with SMBC’s affiliated companies.