5 Trends to Know About Capital Markets Opportunities in Japan

Yoshiki Kumazawa 27 Nov 2017

Q4 has proven to be an exciting quarter for the Tokyo Capital Markets space. Despite the looming annual hiring slow-down typically seen in the later part of the year, significant pockets of the market remain strong and active.

Here are five points to keep in mind when considering the Tokyo Capital Markets space for 2017.

  • Japanese investment banks are finally coming down from an aggressive hiring year. New emphasis was put on building out and strengthening existing teams. Headcount has increased by 6-10+ within some firms, meaning growth, not simply replacement hiring. 
  • Primary markets derivatives bankers are in high demand across Japanese, European and American investment banks. The number of bankers in the market with this specific skill set are limited, so banks are looking to pay competitive compensation packages. 
  • Growth within European DCM teams remains active. Throughout 2017 nearly all of the European houses increased headcount within their DCM teams, and for the most part this trend continues into November and December. 
  • Roles at all seniority levels are currently available. Investment banks are looking for a wide range of candidates, especially on the DCM side. From Analyst to Director, for those with relevant experience there are juicy roles to step into. On the senior end especially there are several challenging and engaging roles available. 
  • Several foreign banks continue to seek out experienced ECM bankers, typically at more senior levels. 


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Senior Manager | Financial Services Front Office Recruitment