Nomura hires five for Asia ex-Japan investment banking team

The hires include Dan McNamara û a move we reported in August û as well as Daniel Yap, Graham Conran, Oi Yee Choo and Reginaldo Cariaso.

Nomura officially announced yesterday five new appointments to its Asia ex-Japan investment banking division.

"We continue to attract top talent to our team at Nomura," Glenn Schiffman, head of investment banking for Asia ex-Japan, said in a press release. "The new hires represent our efforts to augment areas of strategic importance and support the business momentum we have built across the region."

The headline hire, if you will, is Dan McNamara, whose move to Nomura we wrote about on August 28. He has been appointed head of the financial institutions group (FIG) and head of real estate. He was previously at Citi for more than14 years, in a variety of roles. Most recently, he served as co-head of global investment banking for Asia-Pacific, where he played an active role in providing strategic direction for businesses, including financial institutions, real estate, sovereign wealth funds and private equity. Prior to that, he was co-head of global insurance and asset management, and international head of financial institutions investment banking at Citi in New York. Prior to joining Citi, he worked at Smith Barney and Prudential Bache.

The firm also announced that Daniel Yap is joining Nomura as head of the insurance solutions group, which is a new unit established jointly by the global finance business within the investment banking division and the fixed-income division in response to increasing demand from the insurance client sector for capital as well as asset and liability management solutions. This group is based in Singapore. Yap was previously with the Royal Bank of Scotland as managing director in financial institutions sales for Asia-Pacific, leading the regional insurance client coverage and solutions business.

Graham Conran has joined the firm as head of debt origination. Prior to joining Nomura, he spent 10 years with J.P. Morgan, most recently as head of debt capital markets origination for emerging Asia, based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he worked in the syndicated and leveraged finance group in the US.

Oi Yee Choo has joined Nomura as an executive director to focus on Southeast Asia real estate coverage based in Singapore. She was most recently head of strategic planning and business development with Parkway Holdings, where she was responsible for acquisition and development origination activities across Asia, as well as the structuring and initial public offering of the Parkway Life Real Estate Investment Trust (Reit). Choo also served as a director on the boards of Parkway Life Reit and a number of Parkway-related companies. Prior to that, she worked at Citi investment bank in Singapore for six years, focusing on origination and execution of Reit and real estate transactions in Asia.

Reginaldo Cariaso is joining Nomura as executive director, focusing on equity capital markets. He was previously an executive director for equity capital & derivatives markets at J.P. Morgan based in Hong Kong. Cariaso has more than 12 years of experience in banking, origination and execution in Asia ex-Japan as well as in marketing and execution of equity and equity-linked transactions for Asian clients.

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