2006 Japan Best Overall Generalist Sales Force Rankings Released By Institutional Investor

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Nomura Earns #1 Ranking; Significant Improvement Made By Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, and Mitsubishi Securities in 2006 Japan Best Overall Generalist Sales Force Rankings Released By Institutional Investor.

Institutional Investor today released the results of its Best Overall Generalist Sales Force rankings in 2006. Of 17 firms ranked, Nomura Securities maintains its first place finish, while Goldman Sachs jumps two positions into second. Daiwa Securities narrowly edges out UBS for third place, while Merrill Lynch notably leaps five places to rank fifth. Credit Suisse exhibits solid improvement, advancing from ninth to seventh place, as Mitsubishi UFJ Securities breaks into the top ten, moving from twelfth to ninth.

The Japan Sales Team rankings are derived from the annual All-Japan Research Team survey. The sales portion of the survey also provides rankings across ten sales performance attributes.

The winners are as follows:

2006 Japan Best Overall Generalist Sales Force Rankings

1     Nomura Securities Co.

2     Goldman Sachs (Japan)

3     Daiwa Securities SMBC

4     UBS

5     Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co.

6     Nikko Citigroup

7     Credit Suisse

8     Morgan Stanley Japan

9     Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co.

10     Deutsche Securities

11     Mizuho Securities

12     J.P. Morgan Securities Japan

13     Macquarie Securities (Japan)

14     CLSA Asia Pacific Markets

15     Shinko Securities Co.

16     Lehman Brothers Japan

17    KBC Securities Japan

To determine the Overall Best Generalist Sales Force, Institutional Investor surveyed Portfolio Managers, Buy-Side Analysts, Directors of Research, Chief Investment Officers and other investment management individuals at firms that manage Japanese equities. This year's survey is based on the opinions of individuals at 123 firms both in Japan and abroad. Individuals were asked to rank up to eight companies for the Best Overall Generalist Sales Force as well as for each of the ten sales performance attributes.

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