Ms Wingate will report to David Findlay, senior managing director and chief legal officer in New York, and will work closely with the firm’s headquarters in Tokyo.

Ms Wingate joins Nomura from Citi where she was managing director and head of federal government affairs since 2003. Prior to joining Citi, she was special assistant to the president for legislative affairs from July 2001 through February 2003. In addition to her executive branch experience, she also has extensive Capitol Hill experience, including as chief of staff to senator Sam Brownback.

Naoki Matsuba, president and CEO of Nomura Holding America, said: “We are very pleased that Heather has joined Nomura to open our Washington, DC office and head our public affairs in the Americas. This is a critical step for the firm as we build out our Americas and global businesses.”