Nomura Holdings Launches Cryptocurrency VC Department, Focusing on DeFi, CeFi, Web3

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Nomura Holdings Launches Cryptocurrency VC Department, Focusing on DeFi, CeFi, Web3
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Nomura, Japan’s largest brokerage, announced today the establishment of Laser Venture Capital, a cryptocurrency venture capital division, with its headquarters in Switzerland. In the future, it will focus on investing in DeFi, CeFi, Web3 and blockchain infrastructure. Although it is in a crypto bear market, it still sees inconvenience. Few institutions are actively deploying investment opportunities in the crypto market. (Recap:Paradigm Letter to Investors: Crash and Rebirth, Next 1-2 Years Will Be a Good Time for Construction and Crypto Investments)(Additional background:Demystifying Primary Market Alpha, Bear Market Investment Preference: GameFi, NFT, Metaverse)

wildVillage Holdings announced today (22) the launch of Laser Venture Capital, a cryptocurrency venture capital division, which is the first business of Laser Digital Holdings AG, a holding company established by Nomura Holdings, and will be headquartered in Switzerland. In the future, it will focus on investing in DeFi, CeFi, Web3, and blockchain infrastructure.

According to official sources, Steve Ashley, head of trading and investment banking at Nomura Securities, will step down to serve as chairman of Laser Digital Holdings AG in the future, while Jez Mohideen, currently in charge of the crypto business, will become CEO.

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Kentaro Okuda, CEO of Nomura Holdings, said: “Being at the forefront of innovation in crypto assets has always been a top priority for Nomura, and that’s why we are diversifying while still establishing subsidiaries and focusing on crypto-related investments. “Also, Switzerland was chosen as the entity’s headquarters because it is currently considered to have the most robust regulation of crypto assets.

At the same time, it also predicted that Nomura Holdings will launch new services and product lines in the next few months, with three areas as the core: secondary market transactions, venture capital and investor products.

As the first core, Laser Venture Capita will invest in crypto-related businesses with a focus on DeFi, CeFi, Web3, and blockchain infrastructure.

Crypto Investment Opportunities in a Bear Market

After the FOMC meeting announced last night to raise interest rates by 3 yards, encrypted assets were hit again. Bitcoin fell 8% to approach $18,000, and Ethereum fell to a minimum of $1,220. Few institutions are laying out investment opportunities in the crypto market in a bear market.

Earlier, Binance appointed co-founder He Yi as the head of its venture capital and incubation agency Binance Labs in August. In an interview with Forkast, she expressed that in a bear market, it should be more active to invest. According to Binance Labs, since the division was established in 2018, it has achieved a 21x return and has incubated many successful projects in the industry, such as Polygon, FTX, Certik, Nym, Dune Analytics, etc. He Yi also mentioned that in the future, the investment will focus on three major types: “projects to build infrastructure”, “innovation, applications with a large user base” and “blockchain-related service providers”.

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