DCME a founding sponsor of the inaugural FT Nikkei UK Ekiden

1 May 2024

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe (DCME), the investment bank owned wholly by Daiwa Securities Group Inc., has been announced as a founding sponsor of the inaugural FT Nikkei UK Ekiden.

Ekiden is a form of long-distance relay racing which began in Japan centuries ago in a time when messages and goods raced between stations along predetermined routes.  Today, ekiden has transformed into a popular Japanese relay race format that champions teamwork, endurance and camaraderie.

The inaugural FT Nikkei UK Ekiden, which takes place on Monday 24 June 2024, will start in Oxford and finish in Windsor, a 72-mile route along the Thames path. 21 teams of 10 will compete in the long-distance relay wearing the traditional tasuki sash instead of using a baton.

Alongside being a founding sponsor, DCME will also enter a team in the race with all proceeds from fundraising going to the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.

Megan McDonald, CEO of Daiwa Capital Markets Europe said: “We are proud to be a founding sponsor of the FT Nikkei UK Ekiden. This innovative event brings a piece of Japanese sporting tradition to the UK, fostering unity, teamwork and cultural exchange. At Daiwa Capital Markets Europe we are committed to enabling people to live longer, better lives, and this race perfectly embodies that ideal."

Anna Dingley, Founder of FT Nikkei UK Ekiden said: “We are delighted that Daiwa Capital Markets is joining us as a Founding Partner to launch the inaugural FT Nikkei UK Ekiden in celebration and admiration of the Hakone Ekiden’s 100th race held in January this year.  It’s proving to be a wonderful occasion to showcase the multitude of strong bonds between Japan and the UK in areas of commerce, academia, charities and sport. We are hugely grateful to Daiwa Capital Markets Europe for helping us bring the plans to reality.”

For more information, please visit ukekiden.com.

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Notes to editor

Daiwa Capital Markets (www.daiwacm.com/uk) is the wholly-owned investment banking arm of Daiwa Securities Group. The award winning firm provides integrated financial services including brokerage, capital raising, IPOs, M&A and other creative financial solutions to clients through a network of more than 20 offices across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Corporate finance and M&A advisory services are provided in Europe through DC Advisory (www.dcadvisory.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited.


Daiwa Securities Group (www.daiwa-grp.jp/english) is one of the largest brokerage and banking groups in Japan and employs approximately 14,000 professionals worldwide providing comprehensive financial services, including retail brokerage, investment banking and asset management. Daiwa Securities Group has been in continuous operation in the financial services industry since 1902.


For more details, please contact:

Grant Lewis
Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited
5 King William Street, London, EC4N 7AX

+44 (0)20 7597 8106


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