Inside a nondescript office building in central London, a roomful of men and women sit at computer screens and talk over Skype with people in faraway places. Sharp-edged Cantonese fills the air, and a flat-screen TV emits a continuous din. It’s the chanting, singing Midlands crowd at Birmingham, England’s Villa Park Stadium: Liverpool at Aston Villa. The match has just kicked off.
Nicholas Wells, Nomura Holdings Inc.’s former head of equities program trading, has left the bank and plans to join hedge-fund firm Millennium Management LLC, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Knight Capital Group Inc. faced growing pressure to find a savior as clients from Citigroup Inc. to Vanguard Group Inc. curtailed business with the firm following a software bug that triggered a $440 million loss.