Nomura has defended its title as the No. 1 corporate access provider in Japan.

For the third year in a row, the bank leads Institutional Investor’s ranking of Japan’s Top Corporate Access Providers, based on feedback from 184 investors at 132 firms. Respondents were asked to consider five attributes — conferences, logistics, field trips, team quality, roadshows, and virtual events — and Nomura came first in three out of five. Meanwhile, runner-up Daiwa Securities Group was recognized for field trips and roadshows.

The service of connecting investors and corporates to build relationships and provide opportunities has never been more important, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions put much of the industry into a virtual environment over the past three years. But even with the proliferation of online choices, the foundations of corporate access remain unchanged, according to the country’s top teams.

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