Clearing house LCH has announced that Yutaka Imanishi has been appointed head of Japan effective immediately. Based in Tokyo, he reports to Kate Birchall, head of Asia Pacific for LCH.

Imanishi is responsible for LCH’s business in Japan, including the CCP’s office in Tokyo. LCH is licensed in Japan for offering clearing services for non-Yen IRS and FX NDFs to Japanese financial institutions. He joins from CME Group, where he was executive director, optimisation, Japan. He also held the role of CEO Asia Pacific at TriOptima. In this role, he oversaw that firm’s compression and portfolio reconciliation business in Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining TriOptima, Imanishi held a number of roles at Nomura and other banking groups across Australia, Japan and Singapore.

“[Yutaka] brings extensive experience of the derivatives markets and serving clients from Japan and across the world,” says Birchall. “His appointment will support and enhance LCH’s presence and continued growth in Japan. LCH is committed to our partnership with the Japanese market and he will be an undoubted asset in leading our team in Japan.”

Imanishi adds, “Clearing is of critical importance to the stability of the financial system and I look forward to working with members and clients to help them manage their risk.”

Colin Lambert

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