Leonteq expands its presence in Asia with the opening of an office in Tokyo to serve the Japanese market. It will commence onshore operations in Japan through its newly established subsidiary, Leonteq Securities (Japan) Limited on 01 May, 2018.

The move to Japan is part of Leonteq’s strategy to expand its presence in the Asia region, where it already has offices in Hong Kong and Singapore. Japan has become one of the largest markets for structured products following decades of low or negative interest rates and the company will offer a wide range of products to Japanese investors seeking alternative investment solutions. With its proprietary, modern technology platform and automated processes, Leonteq will give investors access to structured products issued by Leonteq Securities AG and by its partners such as EFG International and Raiffeisen Switzerland.

Leonteq’s onshore business in Tokyo will be managed by Satoshi Kubo, who assumed the role of CEO and Representative Director of Leonteq Securities (Japan) Limited. Since joining Leonteq in 2016, he has been responsible for establishing the company’s Japanese client base out of Hong Kong. He previously worked for Goldman Sachs for more than 15 years, where he was a Managing Director and held various leadership roles in sales and structuring. He started his career in the structuring business at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (currently MUFG Bank) in 1996 and moved to Tokyo Mitsubishi Securities (currently Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities) in 1999. Satoshi Kubo is a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Waseda University, Japan.

David Schmid, Head of Investment Solutions & Banking Solutions and member of the Executive Committee at Leonteq, said: “We are delighted to launch our Japanese onshore operations in Tokyo. This move underscores our commitment to the Asian market as well as the importance of this region for Leonteq.” “We are pleased to be able to offer local clients a broad range of structured products and services to better meet their needs for bespoke financial solutions.” said Satoshi Kubo.

Leonteq Securities (Japan) Limited operates as a Type 1 Financial Instruments Business Operator regulated by the Financial Services Agency and a member of the Japan Securities Dealers Association.