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NRI pushes into the US, global markets as a bridge to Asia

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York:

The Asian markets have been steadily picking up steam as the new hot spot for investors, funds and service providers seeking new, less volatile markets and returns. However, not all of that activity is coming from the outside - Japan based, Nomura Research Institute (NRI) is finding new opportunities in the US. The company, which was originally Japanese in focus has grown to provide financial IT solutions, research, middle and back-office outsourcing services and management consulting to clients throughout the world.

In addition to increasing its physical US presence and client roster, the company also leverages its experience serving unique financial markets like those in Japan, to provide support for US firms that operate in Asia. In Japan, NRI has a long history of working with Japanese financial market participants as well as regulators. This history is now helping them build relationships worldwide with firms seeking knowledge of the inner workings of the Asian markets which can be challenging for outside investors.

"No one can beat us when it comes to compliance reporting in Japan," says Sakura Pineda, NRI in an interview with Opalesque. She explains that they are looking at new solutions for helping asset managers and funds manage reporting requirements when they move into Japan and neighboring markets such as Singapore and Hong Kong. "These markets are very nuanced, they move differently - it can be difficult for people......................

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