Redefining the frontier of digital finance

We’re Laser Digital. We partner with global financial institutions, bringing confidence to the crypto market.

Meet Laser Digital

A crypto business backed by Nomura, we deliver scalable, robust opportunities across trading, asset management, and ventures. We operate with an open and dynamic culture that gives us the freedom to adapt to market needs. As we grow, we share learnings with clients and partners to strengthen the ecosystem around us.

Why we're different

We are uniquely shaped to help institutions navigate the challenges of crypto with confidence through:

Financial and crypto expertise

Bringing the best of traditional banking and finance expertise to crypto assets.

Built-in agility

The cultural freedom to move, experiment, and adapt to market dynamics.

Responsible innovation

Raising the bar on risk management, compliance, and commercial viability, with technologies, products, and ventures grounded in real market need.

Institutional focus

Focused on shaping an institutional-grade crypto offer without compromise—now and for the long term.

Our Products

We’re constantly redefining the frontier of digital finance, developing new technologies, products, and ventures grounded in real market need.


We’re an early-stage investor in companies building innovative institutional products and services in the digital asset ecosystem, focused on DeFi, CeFi, Web3, and infrastructure.


Our quant-driven liquidity provision and market making capabilities are powered by a proprietary technology platform, developed against a backdrop of rigorous risk management and years of experience in systematic trading.

Asset Management

We raise the bar for rigor in crypto investing. Our innovative suite of institutional-grade crypto asset management strategies is developed with deep quant expertise and designed with high levels of risk management to offer diversification to institutional investors.

Meet Our Leadership

Our team of experts is headed up by experienced leaders with skillsets in both traditional and digital finance, bringing rigor and viability to our offer.

Steve Ashley

Co-founder and Executive Chairman

Steve has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services sector, the last 13 of which have been with Nomura (where he served most recently as Senior Managing Director and Head of the Wholesale Division since 2017).

As Head of Wholesale, Steve sat on the Group Executive Management Board, overseeing the management of all sales and trading activities globally, as well as financing and advisory business across investment banking.  

Prior to Nomura, Steve held several senior trading and risk management roles at both RBS and UBS. He also has been a Board Member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA) since 2012—acting as Vice Chairman (2017-19) and more recently as Chairman (2019-22) — where he was a leading advocate on the development of climate finance initiatives, and the broader adoption and role of digital assets across the financial services industry.

Jez Mohideen

Co-founder and CEO

Jez joined Nomura in 2018 as Chief Digital Officer & Co-head of Global Markets EMEA, where he was responsible for the development and execution of Nomura’s digital strategy and flow trading.

Prior to joining Nomura, Jez has over 20 years of financial services experience in macro trading: most recently at Brevan Howard, where he led the development of systematic trading capabilities with a focus on AI/ML.

Jez has a PhD in Process Systems Engineering and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and over 10 publications in reputed international mathematical journals.

We combine crypto-native agility with institutional risk management practices, to empower the next era of global digital finance.

Careers With Laser Digital

We’re looking for ambitious people who are as serious about digital assets as we are, and who share our belief in the power of responsible innovation.

Contact us

General inquiries

Let’s connect. Get in touch to learn more about Laser Digital and our portfolio.

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