Nomura said Tuesday it appointed James Kern as head of global finance FIG and specialty finance investment banking for the Americas. 

Kern joins from JPMorgan, where he served as a senior member of the financial institutions group practice focused on asset management and specialty finance clients. 

Prior to JP Morgan, Kern spent 14 years at Bear Stearns, where he held several positions including head of strategic finance-FIG, head of corporate derivatives and was a founding member of the firm's structured equity products group.

Glenn H. Schiffman, Nomura's head of investment banking, Americas, said Kern's significant experience representing a broad range of financial institutions will help further build the firm's global franchise.

"We are committed to hiring the best professionals in the industry to build our Americas investment banking franchise. Adding Jim to our team reflects that commitment. His proven experience and reputation for delivering superior service to clients globally will be a great asset as we continue to expand and deliver on our client-focused, solutions-driven strategy," Schiffman said in a press release. 

The firm also announced Nimish Mathur has joined as an executive director on the FIG team within Global Finance for the Americas. Mathur previously worked in the FIG area with Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers.