In a challenging year for corporate access, one firm bridged the digital divide between investors and Japanese company executives better than any other.

Amid a global pandemic, both sides agreed that Nomura was the country’s best corporate access facilitator, according to Institutional Investor’s annual ranking of Japan’s Top Corporate Access Providers. This year, the firm maintained its top position among investors while also taking the pole position among corporates. 

Daiwa Securities Group placed second on the leaderboard after Nomura, ranking highly for its conferences, roadshows, and industry speakers and experts. SMBC Nikko Securities followed in third, and Mizuho Securities took fourth. J.P. Morgan was the only international firm to crack the top five in the ranking, in which votes were weighted by commissions.

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