Nomura Securities has hired industry veteran Alexis Lasser to head up its private placement business. Her appointment is an attempt to further strengthen the Japanese bank’s already existing team, said a source familiar with the situation.

Lasser, who is on garden leave, joins Nomura from Standard Chartered, where she had served as head of illiquid and private placements since July 2009. Previously, she spent more than a decade at Lehman Brothers, where she was the head of the bank’s private capital markets group when it was bought by Barclays Capital in September 2008.

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