Nomura Securities in Japan

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Nomura (NYSE:NMR), Japan’s largest investment bank, is preparing to launch a subsidiary focused on enabling institutional clients’ exposure to the decentralized space, the Financial Times reported Monday, citing people with knowledge on the matter.
The new unit will consist of a number of digital asset services with around 100 staff by the end of 2023, the people told the FT.
The Japanese brokerage, which held discussions regarding its crypto-related plans for four years, is joining a slew of global lenders that already offer digital asset services to institutional clients, including Goldman Sachs (GS), Bank of New York Mellon (BK) and Citigroup (C).
“If we don’t do this, then it’s going to be more difficult down the line to be competitive,” a Nomura executive said, as quoted by the FT.
Nomura’s (NMR) move comes as cryptocurrencies like bitcoin (BTC-USD) and ethereum (ETH-USD) swoon in the wake of tighter monetary policy and recession risks. “Any asset class at the moment that has discounted cash flow is all under huge stress in an inflationary environment. But I think . . . many managers will be looking and thinking about potentially allocating towards blockchain technology and blockchain opportunities,” the executive added.
Last week, (May 13) Nomura launched over-the-counter crypto derivatives.


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