Nomura beefs up equities team

Nomura Holdings’ US brokerage unit has hired Ciaran O'Kelly from Bank of America as a managing director and head of equities in the Americas. The hiring by Nomura Securities International is part of an aggressive push by its Japan-based parent to expand in North America, following its purchase last year of Lehman Brothers’ Asian, European and Middle Eastern units. O'Kelly will report to Shigesuke Kashiwagi, the unit's chief executive, as well as to Rachid Bouzouba, head of equities at Nomura International.