Published On: Fri, Aug 6th, 2010

Nomura Boosts ECM Franchise in AEJ With New ECM Head

Nomura, the global investment bank, today announces the appointment of Mark Williams as Managing Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets (ECM) for Asia ex-Japan. This appointment is part of Nomura’s initiative to enhance its global ECM client coverage, especially in the robust Asia ex-Japan ECM market.

“Mark’s experience and reputation as one of the top ECM bankers in Asia will be instrumental in taking our ECM franchise to the next level,” said Patrick Schmitz-Morkramer, Nomura’s Head of Investment Banking, Asia ex-Japan.

“Equity capital raised in Asia ex-Japan in the first half of this year has already surpassed the amount raised in EMEA or in the US, and the deal flow is expected to remain strong. We are excited about the market opportunities here and ECM is definitely an area that Nomura is committed to building out as a firm.”

Nomura has benefited from recent strong momentum in the market and completed the US$491 million block sale of Hynix Semiconductor shares and the US$181 million block sale of Telekom Malaysia shares in consecutive weeks of July.

Mr. Williams joins Nomura from UBS where he was most recently Head of Asia Equity Capital Markets. During the past 14 years, Mr. Williams has built a successful track-record in landmark transactions including some of Asia’s largest IPOs, rights issues and block trades. He has also led a team responsible for origination and execution of pre-IPO, private investment in public equity, and other structured transactions.

Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Williams will cover clients across Asia ex-Japan, including Australasia. He will report to Patrick Schmitz-Morkramer, Head of Investment Banking, Asia ex-Japan locally, and globally to Ken Brown, global head of ECM.

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