Nomura Said to Ask Senior Traders El Khoury, Slezack to Leave

Nomura Holdings Inc. (8604) asked two managing directors on the equity trading desk including Jean El Khoury to leave the Japanese firm today, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

El Khoury was the head of equities trading for Asia excluding Japan, while Emmanuel Slezack was head of index flow derivatives trading for the region, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential. Both men were based in Hong Kong.

Nomura is overhauling the team on the trading desk after hiring Yasuhiro Fujiwara, a former Bank of America Corp. veteran, as head of equities for Asia ex-Japan, the person said. Fujiwara has also taken on the role of head of equity derivatives trading for the Asia-Pacific region, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News last month.

Nomura is overhauling the trading desk after hiring Yasuhiro Fujiwara, a former Bank of America Corp. veteran, as head of equities for Asia ex-Japan, the person said. Fujiwara has also taken on the role of head of equity derivatives trading for the Asia-Pacific region, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News last month.

Felicity Albert, a spokeswoman for Nomura in Hong Kong, declined to comment on the departures. Slezack didn’t answer calls to his office in Hong Kong today, and a person who answered El Khoury’s phone said he no longer works there. Reuters reported El Khoury’s departure earlier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eleni Himaras in Hong Kong at ehimaras@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chitra Somayaji at csomayaji@bloomberg.net

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