Nomura provides investment and global market capabilities across the United States. The financial turmoil of 2008 gave us the opportunity to establish a pre-eminent position as a world-class global investment bank. This has involved adopting a new client-centric mode, enabling clients to draw on the expertise and resources of Nomura's franchise in a seamless way. At the same time, significant enhancements were made to our investment banking platform, global distribution, structuring expertise and product capabilities. And of course, in October 2008, Nomura acquired the Lehman Brothers' Asian and European franchises.
As a result of this, over the last 18 months our business has been transformed. Since October 2008, Nomura has added more than 1,950 new employees outside Japan, including a number of key senior figures. Now for the first time, almost 50% of our global wholesale revenues are generated outside Japan. Between December 2008 and July 2009, we moved from 84th to 1st on the London Stock Exchange. Most recently we have established Primary Dealerships in the US, and the UK, as well as Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Belgium and in India.
This strategy has allowed us to remain independent - a factor that is crucial in ensuring that we are as agile as possible during turbulent times.
"Nomura is no longer a niche player. The firm is three times the size it was before."
Nomura Intern, 2010
*London Stock Exchange data: Nomura is the #1 for customer market share on the LSE for value of shares traded for June 2009 to August 2010.