Simon Russell Joins Nomura as Its Head of Tech, Media & Services in EMEA

Nomura Europe Holdings announced on Wednesday that Simon Russell will join the company as its new Head of Technology, Media & Services in EMEA, effective from 23 March 2021.

Recently announced in a press release shared with FortuneZ, Simon Russell, a twenty-five-year veteran in European software, information and services industries, has been named by Nomura Europe Holdings, a global financial services group with an integrated network spanning over 30 countries, as its new Head of Tech, Media & Services in EMEA.

Russell will lead Nomura’s investment banking activity with Technology, Media and Services companies, entrepreneurs and investors across the EMEA region. Additionally, he will be in charge of a team advising European companies on mergers and acquisitions, as well as divestments and their related financing needs. He will report directly to Guy Hayward-Cole, Head of EMEA Advisory and Chairman of Technology, Media & Services in EMEA.

A Look Back at Russell’s Vocation

Currently, Russell is an Alternate Member of the Takeover Panel, which regulates the UK public company takeover regime. He has been a non-executive board member since August 2017 and will continue in this role.

Prior to the announcement by Nomura, Macquarie Group recruited him as Managing Director of Technology Investment Banking at Macquarie Capital. For just over two years, he successfully led the European software investment banking division.

Before Macquarie Group, Russell served as a Partner in charge of Global Head of Technology Corporate Finance at PwC. From spring 2013 until the end of 2018, he directed the global technology M&A and capital-raising advisory business.

In addition, Hawkpoint benefitted from his skills as Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking. Located in London, he guided the technology financial advisory practice effectively over two years.

From May 2009 at Thomas Weisel Partners, Russell was the Managing Director and Head of European Technology Investment Banking. During this stint, he started the European technology investment banking business.

At Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, he took on the role of Director of Technology Investment Banking. After twenty months, he was promoted to Managing Director of Global Head of Technology Investment Banking and led the banking business spanning M&A and capital markets.

Also at Deloitte, he became a Director of Technology Corporate Finance in April 2003. For the next three years, he advised technology clients on M&A with completed transactions including Vivista, Newell & Budge and others.

At the turn of the century, he joined WestLB Panmure initially as Senior Associate of Technology Investment Banking. After a short time, the company promoted him to Associate Director in the same department. Later on, the company appointed him to Director where he managed technology investment banking and principal investments.

Technology, Media and Services Are Becoming Increasingly Key Sectors

Recently, Nomura has been advising on the growing volume of M&A transactions involving European companies across Technology, Media and Services. Earlier in 2021, Nomura acted as the sole Financial Adviser to Renesas Electronics Corp on its EUR 4.9BN offer for Dialog Semiconductor plc. Additionally, he was the sole advisor to GlobalWafers Co. Ltd., on its EUR 3.75 billion takeover bid for Siltronic AG.

“Recent transactions show how Technology, Media and Services are becoming increasingly key sectors to help achieve our ambitions and serve our clients worldwide. Simon’s extensive experience and expertise in advising and financing European Technology, Media and Services companies will greatly enhance our advisory capabilities and be complimentary to our global financial sponsors group. We’re delighted to welcome him to the team,” Guy Hayward-Cole, Head of EMEA Advisory, said.

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