Rajeev Kannan
Executive Officer and Head of Investment Banking Asia & Pacific


Rajeev Kannan joined Sumitomo Bank in May 1997 and has over 25 years of Investment banking and Debt Finance experience globally. He is currently based in Singapore as Executive Officer, Head of Investment Banking, Asia of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) In his role, he is responsible of various products including Derivatives, Syndications, Project Finance, ECA Finance, Asset Finance, Securitisation and M&A & Sponsor Finance.

Prior to this role, Rajeev was Director & General Manager, Structured Finance Department based in Tokyo headquarters where Rajeev was responsible for Structured Finance business in Japan and globally. Rajeev moved to Tokyo in April 2012 as General Manager of Project & Export Finance Department and was promoted to Director & General Manager of Structured Finance Department in April, 2015. Rajeev was first non-Japanese Director/General Manager to be based in SMBC’s Tokyo headquarters.

Prior to moving to Tokyo, Rajeev was based in Singapore and was Head of Structured Finance Asia Pacific, with responsibility for infrastructure & project finance, M&A and sponsor finance, ECA finance, and aircraft finance for the Asia Pacific region.

Rajeev has also been involved in key SMBC initiatives in Asia such as a) Clifford Capital Pte Ltd (a company established jointly with Temasek Holdings of Singapore with support from Singapore Ministry of Finance), b) PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance (IIF) (a finance company established with Indonesian Ministry of Finance, IFC, ADB, DEG), c) Core India Infrastructure Fund (a PE fund established with Kotak Mahindra Bank and Brookfield Infrastructure) and FDN in Columbia (a finance company owned by Columbia’s Ministry of Finance, IFC, CAF and SMBC).

Rajeev is a member of Board of Director of Clifford Capital Pte Ltd and also a Board of Commissioners of IIF and sits on the investment committee of Core India Infrastructure Fund.  

Prior to joining SMBC, Rajeev worked for ICICI Bank in Mumbai for around 3 years from 1994 to 1997 after graduating from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani in India with a master’s degree in management and engineering.

Rajeev was born in India and now resides in Singapore with his wife, who is a diplomat’s daughter and two children. Rajeev enjoys running, golf, cricket and racquet sports and looks forward to traveling and learning about new cultures and cuisines.