Both buy-side and corporate voters name Nomura the top corporate access provider in Japan.

After sharing the top spot with Mizuho Securities Group last year, Nomura took first place for itself in the 2017 Japan’s Top Corporate Access Providers survey, which asked both the buy side and corporate and IR professionals to vote for the top firms connecting company executives with investors.

The top three firms were consistent for both the buy-side and corporate point of view – Nomura in first place, Mizuho in second, and Daiwa Securities Group in third place.

More than 570 investors who collectively manage $990 billion in Japanese equities voted for the sell-side firms in 26 industry sectors to form the buy-side facet of the ranking. Nomura collected 26 total team positions, 18 of which were first place. Mizuho came in at a close second with 25 total positions, and Daiwa had 17 total positions.

This is the first year that Institutional Investor has published the ranking from the point of view of corporate and investor-relations professionals. The voters, which also participated in II’s 2017 All-Japan Executive Team survey, evaluated the firms based on four attributes: one-on-one or small group meetings between executives and investors, site visits, investor conferences, and non-deal road shows.

Click on the Leaders link in the navigation table at right to view the full ranking.

Data regarding the 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.