Jefferies and Japan’s Sumitomo expand alliance into Canada By Reuters

Jefferies and Japan’s Sumitomo expand alliance into Canada By Reuters

(Reuters) – Jefferies Financial will strengthen its presence in Canada through an expanded partnership with Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui (NYSE:) Banking Corp (SMBC), as it looks to tap into the dealmaking market in the country.

The companies said on Thursday they have worked together on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, healthcare and leveraged finance since 2021.

U.S. investment banks have been sharpening their focus on Canada, which offers a competitive advantage.

Easing wage inflation and potential interest rate cuts in Canada are expected to boost mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2024, analysts have said.

SMBC and Jefferies, which set up an investment banking unit in Canada a few months ago, have been strengthening their partnership.

Last year, the Japanese firm boosted its U.S. presence by combining its U.S. equity and M&A business with Jefferies. The deal also included SMBC’s parent, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group , increasing its stake in the U.S. investment bank.

In January, the two companies extended their alliance in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) markets.

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