NOMURA News Release

Nomura enters socially responsible investment joint venture with ECPI

London, May 13, 2009 – Nomura, the global investment bank, has entered into a joint venture with ECPI, the European leader in sustainable advisory services. The aim of the joint venture is to launch a variety of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) index tracking products across the Europe and Asia.

Nomura intends to arrange the issue of one or more products linked to ESG thematic indices, such as ECPI Global Longevity Winners Equity Index, which is structured with a view to maximising investment returns from companies operating in sectors directly linked to the increase in life expectancy in developed markets.

"We are extremely pleased to be partnering with ECPI in launching new investment themes. Nomura's strategy is based on offering continuous financial innovation to our clients and our collaboration with ECPI is a pivotal element in the execution of this strategy," said Alessandro Ricci, Executive Director, head of Equity and Fund Derivatives Sales for Italy and Greece at Nomura.

The role of responsible and sustainable investing has moved sharply into focus over recent months. With the burgeoning development of sustainable investment models, Nomura has recognised there is a definite demand from institutional and retail investors who are interested in adding a complement of ESG-linked products to their existing portfolios.

Paolo Sardi, CEO of ECPI SA said: "This joint venture between Nomura and ECPI underlines the maturity of ESG-backed products in mainstream investment. By signing this agreement, ECPI has confirmed its position as Europe's leading provider of ESG-backed indices and products and places us in a strong position to exploit new market opportunities."

"This partnership proves that despite today's wider market conditions, environmental, social and corporate governance issues are at the forefront of investment decision-making, offering opportunities as well as highlighting risk," added Sardi. "CPI's ESG-backed indices and structured products offer investors flexible, transparent tools to pinpoint areas of growth in a diverse range of markets."

Nomura is committed to socially responsible investment themes and recently published its flagship report "The Business of Ageing", which identified the challenges and opportunities for companies operating in a climate where both workers and consumers are living longer.

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