Nomura hires Cantor’s Robinson to launch debt advice in Europe

Nomura has brought in a senior banker to lead a new debt advisory business in Europe, part of a wider expansion of the Japanese bank’s dealmakers.

Stewart Robinson has joined as head of debt advisory in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, he said in a statement. This is a newly created role and he will report to Guy Hayward-Cole, Head of Emea Advisory for Nomura and Xavier Nicolaou, Head of Structured Finance, Client Finance and Solutions in the region.

Robinson joins from Cantor Fitzgerald, where he was managing director in charge of debt advisory, structuring and private placements in power, energy and infrastructure.

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Hayward-Cole said in a statement that the addition of a debt advisory unit in the Emea area is “a significant enhancement to the investment banking franchise”.

Nomura is embarking on a further expansion of its investment bank after appointing Jeff McDermott to head the unit in October.

McDermott said Financial news when the bank had major recruitment plans.

“What motivates me to lead this expansion is the scope of our intentions,” he said. “If this was a minor decision, I probably wouldn’t be the best person to execute it, but this is an ambitious program that we fully intend to deliver over several years.”

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