Jefferies has hired another senior Nomura researcher as it bulks up in equities

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Jefferies has continued to bulk up its equity research function in London with the hire of a senior analyst from Nomura’s disbanded European equities team.

Alix Turner, who was an analyst focused on retail and luxury goods specialist sales at Nomura, joined Jefferies in August, according to regulatory filings.

She joined Nomura in 2013 from Morgan Stanley and has also worked for J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs over the course of her career.

Turner is the latest hire at Jefferies, which has been building out both its research functions and its equities division more generally in London this year.

Benjie Creelan-Sandford, who was a banks researcher at Nomura, joined Jefferies last month. Philippe Houchois joined in May as a managing director focused on automotive research from UBS. At the more junior end, Tom Halton, an associate at Morgan Stanley, and Kit Lee also joined Jefferies in July in equity research roles.

Mark Howden, also joined the bank in June as a managing director focused on consumer sales from Nomura and Jason Doyle, the former head of cash equities sales and trading at Berstein, was also hired last month.

With most large investment banks on lock-down after the Brexit vote, Jefferies is emerging as a location of choice for many senior equities professionals in London.

Turner’s appointment also demonstrates that – despite the difficult environment – Nomura’s highly-rated analysts are still finding roles elsewhere.

David Hayes, for example, a former Nomura managing director specialising in the consumer goods sector, has gone to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Guillaume Delmas, another ex-Nomura researcher who spent nearly eight years at the bank after joining from Lehman also joined BAML, along with Elsa Hannar, a Nomura analyst who moved into equity research from electronic sales trading in 2013.

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