Nomura Group: Trading with Privileged Information
Dr Viola Makin and Chijioke Oji
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Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand
Banking, Ethics, Finance
In late March 2012, the Securities Exchange and Surveillance Commission (SESC), the investigative unit of the Japanese Financial Services Authority (FSA), confirmed that Nomura Securities Co., Ltd (NSC) – a subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc. – had been involved in insider trading. On at least three occasions, before official announcements for share issues were made, employees at NSC leaked confidential information on securities offerings that the firm underwrote, with the aim of stimulating market demand for the shares. While trying to repair its tarnished reputation, the company faced hefty fines from the Japanese financial regulators.