It has been argued that the prime brokerage industry went through a seminal change post the 2008 financial crisis. The playing field became more levelled with dominant firms losing their hold, major institutions shuttering and the need for diversification becoming more apparent to investors and managers alike.
This has opened the door to increased competition and the result has been a spate of new entrants endeavouring to capture a piece of the quickly reshaping industry with varying degrees of success.
Below, Darci Tobin, head of Nomura’s Prime Services US sales, discusses the dominant Japanese investment bank’s unique perspective on this changing dynamic.
Can you articulate Nomura’s push into prime services post the acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ Asian and European operations?
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