Our Equities Division is committed to delivering innovative research ideas, alpha generating market commentary, trading liquidity, solutions-oriented hedging, financing capabilities, and corporate access to institutional investors, corporations, and private equity clients. We have an entrepreneurial culture filled with tenured individuals with a growth mindset, who are passionate about our clients. 

We are aligned with Mizuho’s strategic balance sheet, superior credit rating, and our investment & corporate banking strengths, setting a goal to become a new kind of bank, embracing change, the industry evolution, and our clients’ needs. With the right tools – the skills, the ingenuity, the credibility, and human capital. 

Our purpose

Our approach and actions are underpinned by our core values:

Darlene Pasquill

Darlene Pasquill

Head of Equity Division

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"What excites me is our people and the opportunity we have to make a real impact on our clients. Our teams are tenured and competitive; they are passionate about our businesses and delivering the entire firm to our clients."

Our strengths

Access and Liquidity

Leading execution and distribution services in cash equity, equity-linked, and derivatives products across the Americas and Asia.

Full-service equities trading platform with expertise in high touch trading, electronic trading, global program trading, convertible trading, delta one swap trading, structured finance solutions, synthetic financing solutions in swaps, and corporate equity derivatives.

Dedicated team of equities professionals with deep relationships with both investor and corporate clients.

Senior, industry-leading futures clearer and execution provider. 

Deep Japan underlying liquidity provider with proprietary Japanese electronic trading platform complementing our strong market share in Japan high- touch trading; newly-launched algorithm, Compass, with AI capabilities to forecast volume and price providing access to additional Japan underlying trading technology.



Equity Capital Markets

Mizuho Americas' Equity Capital Markets Group works with a broad number of leading corporations and financial sponsors to raise equity financing in the public and private markets.

Our seasoned staff is adept at developing equity solutions attuned to the challenges of shifting market conditions, from IPO’s and follow-on offerings to equity-linked notes and SPACs.

Proprietary Research

Alpha-generating market and company insights from our growing US, Europe, and Asia equity research teams. 

100+ economists, strategists, and research analysts in the US, Japan, and  Asia ex-Japan, provide macro and proprietary, single-name research analysis and recommendations on approximately 1000 companies.

Deep US sector expertise in technology, fintech, biotechnology, healthcare services and devices, energy, utilities, energy, MLPs, industrial and consumer, and REITs.

Active Bookrunner on Rexford Industrial Realty's $644 million Common Stock Forward Sale Block 

Bookrunner on Corebridge Financial's $1.7 billion Initial Public Offering  


Active Bookrunner on Next Era Energy's $2 billion equity units 

Our expertise

Equities Sales & Trading

Our trusted trading teams are tenured, with an average of 15 years of experience, and known for fostering long term partnerships while strategically deploying the firm’s financial resources to find creative liquidity solutions for our clients.

High Touch Trading
Electronic Trading
Global Program Trading
Convertible Trading
Delta One Swap Trading
SPAC Trading
Structured Finance Solutions
Synthetic Financing Solutions in Swaps 
Corporate Equity Derivatives 

Products and Solutions

US, Japan and Asian Cash Trading and Electronic Trading

Program Trading, ETF Trading, and ETF Create/Redeem services

Our Structured Finance team is actively involved in securities borrowing and lending in the US, as well as most major markets. In addition to securities lending, the Equity Finance team can transact via SWAP, Reversal Conversion, Single Stock Future (SSF), and Index Futures.

Equity Swaps providing our clients with synthetic exposure via total return swap.   

Equity Derivatives offering Corporates, Mizuho Retail Clients, and Asset Managers full service solutions around hedging, monetization, yield enhancement, and asset replacement. We offer derivatives solutions including accelerated share repurchases, collars, convertible call spreads, and equity forwards.

SPAC Distribution and Trading

Convertibles Distribution and Trading

Corporate Access Highlights

Serve as a bridge for North American investors and Japanese Corporates in collaboration with the Corporate Access team in Tokyo.

Thematic large scale events in the Americas include an Energy Summit, Healthcare REIT Conference, Cybersecurity Summit, Therapeutics Expert Seminar, Software Summit, Utility Summit, CES Outlook Series, and Industrial Bus Tour, among others.

Customized reverse non-deal roadshows, bespoke conference calls, and virtual events.

4,500+ US Corporate Access meetings arranged in 2022.

450+ unique and public corporates featured in 2022, and ~120 of these best in class companies accessed Japanese institutional investors.

Japan Alpha conferences in Tokyo host nearly 200 Japanese companies and offer thematic seminars in Japan.

Annually host 100+ Japanese Corporates for roadshows and conferences in North America.

Reverse roadshow team in Tokyo arranged 1700+ conference calls in 2022 and started to arrange customized trips to Japan for North American investors as covid related restrictions started to ease.  


 Fixed Income     Futures + Options

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