NOMURA News Release

Nomura names Piero Novelli Global Co-Head of M&A

London, January 20, 2011 – Nomura, the global investment bank, today announced that Piero Novelli will join the firm as a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), partnering with Kentaro Okuda, Global Co-Head of M&A who is based in Japan. Novelli will become a member of the Investment Banking Executive Committee and will report to William Vereker and Hiroyuki Suzuki, joint Heads of Investment Banking, who are based in London and Tokyo, respectively.

Novelli has over two decades of M&A experience. Novelli's last role was at UBS where he was a Managing Director and Global Head of M&A. Prior to UBS, Novelli was at Merrill Lynch where he worked for 12 years and was Head of European M&A. Whilst at Merrill Lynch and UBS, Novelli was responsible for the origination and execution of large and complex cross-border M&A transactions for major corporate clients.

"Piero is a world class addition to our team who will bring significant experience to the business. His appointment reinforces our commitment to building a leading global M&A franchise," said William Vereker, joint Head of Investment Banking.

Hiroyuki Suzuki, joint Head of Investment Banking said, "I am delighted to welcome Piero to partner with our team. We look forward to working closely with him to significantly enhance Nomura's M&A footprint."

Novelli earned a Masters degree in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and an MSc in Engineering from Universita di Roma, La Sapienza.

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