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Jun 27, 2012

Nomura CEO taken to task over insider probe, keeps job

TOKYO, June 27 (Reuters) – Kenichi Watanabe was re-elected
as CEO of Nomura Holdings on Wednesday, but faced a
series of tough questions from shareholders about the Japanese
broker’s slumping share price and his handling of a protracted
insider trading probe.

The 59-year old bowed in apology at the annual shareholders’
meeting in central Tokyo’s Hotel Okura and vowed to shore up
compliance in the wake of the third insider trading scandal to
rattle the broker since he took the helm in April 2008.

Jun 26, 2012

DEALTALK: Japan Airlines IPO gets tailwind from tax savings

TOKYO, June 27 (Reuters) – As Japan Airlines taxies towards
its initial public offering in September, the airline will pitch
investors on the hard-won cost-cuts and fuel-efficient fleet
that helped it emerge from bankruptcy to become the world’s most
profitable airline.

But investors will also take note of another controversial
boost for the former national flag carrier: the airline won’t
have to pay $4.5 billion in taxes on future profits even though
it owes its survival to a taxpayer-funded restructuring.

Jun 20, 2012

Japan Airlines takes step towards $8 bln IPO, re-listing

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan Airlines applied on Wednesday to re-list its shares in September after it has raised about $8 billion (5 billion pounds) in an initial public offering, doubling the government’s investment in a rare successful case of state-led restructuring in Japan.

The carrier, which rebounded sharply from bankruptcy and is booking record profits, submitted its application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange after an annual shareholder meeting, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Jun 20, 2012

Japan Airlines to apply for September relisting after $8 billion IPO: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan Airlines, targeting to raise roughly $8 billion in the world’s second-biggest initial public offering this year, will apply as early as Wednesday to re-list its shares in September, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The IPO underscores the former national carrier’s emergence from bankruptcy with record profits. The sale will be second in size to social networking giant Facebook’s (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $16 billion offering this year, and the seventh-largest ever in Japan in yen terms, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Jun 20, 2012

Japan Airlines to apply for September relisting after $8 bln IPO-sources

TOKYO, June 20 (Reuters) – Japan Airlines, targeting to
raise roughly $8 billion in the world’s second-biggest initial
public offering this year, will apply as early as We dnesday to
re-list its shares in September, people with knowledge of the
matter said.

The IPO underscores the former national carrier’s emergence
from bankruptcy with r ecord p rofits. The sale will be second in
size to social networking giant Facebook’s $16 billion
offering this year, and the seventh-largest ever in Japan in yen
terms, acco rding to Thomson Reuters data.

Jun 19, 2012

Insight: Nomura collides with Japan’s insider trading crackdown

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese regulators reached breaking point in March after months of stonewalling by the country’s largest broker, which they suspected of leaking confidential information to clients ahead of share sales.

A trail of evidence in a near 2-year probe into pre-sale tip-offs, the most extensive in Japan for years, had taken investigators deep inside Nomura Securities, part of the 87-year-old group (8604.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) at the heart of Japan’s capital markets, but the firm’s top executives kept stalling, say people involved in the investigation.

Jun 19, 2012

Nomura collides with Japan’s insider trading crackdown

TOKYO, June 20 (Reuters) – Japanese regulators reached
breaking point in March after months of stonewalling by the
country’s largest broker, which they suspected of leaking
confidential information to clients ahead of share sales.

A trail of evidence in a near 2-year probe into pre-sale
tip-offs, the most extensive in Japan for years, had taken
investigators deep inside Nomura Securities, part of the
87-year-old group at the heart of Japan’s capital
markets, but the firm’s top executives kept stalling, say people
involved in the investigation.

Jun 18, 2012

Nomura excluded from $6 billion Japan Tobacco share sale

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has excluded Nomura Holdings (8604.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) from working on the government’s sale of roughly $6 billion worth of Japan Tobacco (2914.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shares, in a blow to Japan’s largest broker as it grapples with an insider trading scandal.

The Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Monday it had chosen JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Daiwa Securities (8601.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Mizuho Securities as underwriters for the share sale by the world’s third-largest cigarette company.

Jun 11, 2012

Japan calls for tougher insider trading rules

TOKYO, June 11 (Reuters) – Japan’s securities watchdog
flexed its muscles by fining a foreign financial institution for
insider trading for the first time, but punishments overall
remain modest by global standards, sparking calls for tougher
laws to deter a practice that has gone unchecked for years.

Since March, the Securities and Exchange Surveillance
Commission (SESC) has sought fines against three investment
firms in a total of four cases brought so far in its probe into
insider trading ahead of public share offerings, a near endemic
problem in Japan.

Jun 8, 2012

First New York faces fine in Japan insider probe

TOKYO, June 8 (Reuters) – Japan’s securities regulator on
Friday recommended a fine of more than $180,000 against First
New York Securities for insider trading in a 2010 share offering
by Tokyo Electric Power Co, the first foreign firm to face such
a penalty in a widening probe.

The case is also the third linked to Nomura Holdings
, which was the sole underwriter on Tokyo Electric’s
$6 billion stock offering. As in two other cases, an
employee at Japan’s largest broker was the source of the leak.