2016 Japan's Top Corporate Access Providers


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Mizuho, Nomura Share Title of Japan’s Top Corporate Access Provider

Nomura celebrates its fifth straight year at No. 1 on Institutional Investor’s roster of Japan’s Top Corporate Access Providers, but this year it shares the spotlight with Mizuho Securities Group, which spent the past two years in second place. Both firms earn a place in every one of the survey’s 25 industry sectors that produced publishable results.

However, when a rating of 4 is applied to each first-place position, 3 to each second-place position, and so on, Nomura is the undisputed champ, with a weighted score of 92 to Mizuho’s 63.

In third place overall is Daiwa Securities Group, with 18 positions, followed closely by SMBC Nikko Securities, with 17. These are the only brokerages that earn double-digit totals in this year’s survey.

A total of 18 firms make the cut (plus an additional six that receive an honorable mention). Click on the Leaders link in the navigation table at right to view the highest-ranked institutions.

Data regarding ranked firms not appearing here are available from the Institutional Investor Research Group; for information please contact Esther Weisz at 212-224-3307 or eweisz@iiresearchgroup.com.

Each year, II asks money managers that vote in the broader All-Japan Research Team survey to indicate which sell-side firms excel at arranging meetings with the nation’s top executives, and this year we received responses from more than 410 investors at 231 institutions that collectively manage an estimated $786 billion in Japanese equities.

Among the highlights of the 2016 results:

• Nomura captures first place in 17 categories — that’s nearly three times the number of sector victories claimed by any other firm. Mizuho comes in second when firms are measured by this metric, with six first-place finishes.

• Four firms deliver at least one sector-topping performance.

• Voter support was sufficient to field complete teams in 24 of the 25 industry sectors polled. Technical Materials yielded only first- and second-place positions.

Six firms have more total positions this year than in 2015:

• Barclays

• Credit Suisse (which was unranked last year)

• Mizuho Securities Group

• Nomura

• SMBC Nikko Securities


For information about how we compiled this ranking, click on Methodology.

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