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John C. Nicholson
  • Equity finance
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  • Margins
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  • Prime risk

John C. Nicholson

John C. Nicholson has over 30 years of capital markets experience across both fixed income and equities with a derivatives and financing focus. He has worked in Tokyo, London, and New York.
Mr. Nicholson began his career at Chase in 1984 working in their swaps business and within a year moved to Tokyo to set up their swaps business in Asia. He later moved to Lehman Brothers while in Tokyo, eventually running their fixed income and FX derivatives businesses for Asia. He later moved to NY and helped set up their reinsurance business.
In 2003 he transitioned to repo, running Lehman’s structured, credit, and emerging markets repo businesses globally. In 2005, he added responsibility for the US equity financing business, stock loan, and prime.
In 2008, he moved to Barclays and was responsible for the equity financing businesses globally.
In 2010, he moved to Citi. At Citi he was responsible for three streams of business. He managed the US client facing business including P&L and risk for their prime client businesses including delta one. Simultaneously he was responsible for all stock loan and funding across the global equity businesses. Concurrently he managed Financial Resource Management for equities where he was responsible for the liquidity management, the balance sheet and RWA management post trade across the equity construct.

Industry Experience
Areas of Expertise
Registrations and Memberships

Industry Experience

Nicholson Advisors LLC

Consultant - Enhanced Leverage in Equity PB

Citibank/ New York, NY

Global Head Equity Financing

Global Head Equity Financial Resource Management

ALCO Member

Recruiting Management/Operating Committee

Barclays Capital/ New York, NY

Managing Director

Lehman Brothers, Lehman Brothers ASIA, Lehman Brothers Europe

Head, US Equity Financing, NY

2006 - 2008

Global Head Credit Financing, NY

2003 - 2008

Co-Founder & Head of Marketing Reinsurance, NY

1998 - 2003

Head FID Derivatives Asia, Tokyo

1994 - 1998

Global Head FID Derivatives Sales, NY

1992 - 1994

Senior Vice-President, London

1991 - 1992

Equity Derivatives, NY

1990 - 1991

Co-Head FID Derivatives Asia, Tokyo

1986 - 1990

Chase Manhattan Bank/ NY & Japan

Head FID Derivatives Asia

The Pingry School/ New Jersey

Instructor, History Coach


Dartmouth College

BA. History

Areas of Expertise

Supported practice areas

Trading loss, post-mortems, investigations

Financial fraud & litigation

White-collar crime

Enforcement, investigations, regulations

Alternative dispute resolution, FINRA

Stock loan, equity finance

Equity Finance, prime brokerage

Repo trading, stock lending & borrowing

Swaps, synthetic equity, derivatives

Capital costs, balance sheet usage, RWA, funding, inventory optimization

Liquidity management

Equities and fixed income

Registrations and Memberships


SIE – Securities Industry Essentials

Series 7, 63, 24 (expired)

Expert Keywords

  • alternative dispute resolution
  • balance sheet usage
  • capital costs
  • collateral
  • derivatives
  • enforcement
  • equities
  • equity finance
  • financial fraud
  • FINRA Series 24 Principal
  • fixed income
  • funding
  • futures & options
  • inventory optimization
  • investigations
  • ISDA negotiations
  • ISDAs and CSAs
  • liquidity management
  • listed derivatives
  • litigation
  • margining
  • post-mortems
  • prime brokerage
  • regulations
  • repo trading
  • risk-weighted assets (RWA)
  • securities industry essentials (SIE)
  • stock lending & borrowing (SLB)
  • stock lending and borrowing
  • stock loan
  • swaps
  • synthetic equity
  • trader
  • trading
  • trading loss
  • white-collar crime

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