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Nomura Said to Hire Ex-Citi Leveraged Finance Co-Head

Julie Persily, a former co-head of U.S. leveraged finance at Citigroup Inc., has joined Nomura Securities North America, a unit of Nomura Holdings Inc., in New York as head of leveraged finance, according to people familiar with the move.

Persily worked at Citigroup for nine years, joining from Bankers Trust, where she also spent nine years, according to one of the people.

Nomura has been building up its credit business in New York and recently hired Stephen Rielly as head U.S. loan trader to set up a sales and trading desk in New York for the Japanese bank. It also hired salespeople Nancy Broadbent from Fortress Investment Group LLC and Jim Kelly from Oppenheimer & Co.

Jonathan Hodgkinson, a Nomura spokesman, declined to comment.

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