Our Equities Division is committed to our institutional investors and to our corporate clients. We have an entrepreneurial culture filled with people who have a growth mindset and are passionate about identifying solutions for clients, new ideas, and the capital markets.

Aligned with Mizuho’s industry strengths, our Equities division is focused on providing alpha generating ideas for investors, and increasing liquidity solutions for both our institutional clients and our corporate clients. We set a goal of becoming a new kind of bank, embracing change and the industry evolution. With the right tools – the skills and ingenuity, the credibility, and the balance sheet – we aim to compete stride-for-stride with long-dominant US banks. And we are succeeding.

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, program trading, convertible trading, delta one swap trading, and equity derivatives

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

Cross-asset equity solutions, with connectivity to fixed income and futures

Proprietary Japanese electronic trading platform which complements our strong market share in Japan high touch trading; newly launched algorithm, Compass, that effectively and discretely provides access to additional Japan underlying trading liquidity

Proprietary Research

Alpha-generating market and company insights from our growing US and #1 ranked Japanese equity research teams

65+ economists, strategists, and research analysts in Japan, Hong Kong, and the US provide macro insights and proprietary analysis and recommendations on approximately 900 companies in Asia and the Americas

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


Equity Capital Markets

Experienced equity capital markets team adept at helping companies raise capital in all market environments, from IPOs and follow-on offerings to equity-linked products

Tenured ECM, equity sales, and trading teams well-positioned to flawlessly execute deals for our clients by leveraging Mizuho's global corporate client base across the US, Asia, and Europe including relationships with more than 1,200 institutional investors and SWFs 

US Equities business has jumped from Top 30 in 2019 to Top 15 in 2020 in the US equity capital markets league tables 

Experienced private side coverage team focusing exclusively on Strategic Equity transactions – Stock Option Plans hedging, Share buybacks and associated transactions in Treasury Shares, Structured Equity Financing, Mergers and Acquisitions


Active bookrunner on T-Mobile USA Inc.’s $15.8 Billion Common Stock offering and concurrent $2 billion Mandatory Exchangeable

Active bookrunner on American Electric Power Company, Inc.’s. $850 Million Mandatory convertible Equity Unit Offering

Sole bookrunner on Burgundy Technology Acquisition Corporation’s $300 Million Initial Public Offering

Our expertise

Equities Sales & Trading

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

High Touch Trading
Electronic Trading
Program Trading
Convertible Trading
Delta One Swap Trading
Corporate Equity Derivatives

Products and Solutions

US and Asian Cash Trading and Electronic Trading

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

Our Equity 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

SPAC Distribution and Trading

Convertibles Distribution and Trading

Americas Corporate Access Highlights

Over 50% of the companies featured each year are outside the Mizuho Equity Research Coverage universe

Thematic large scale events include an Energy Summit, Healthcare REIT Conference, Cybersecurity Summit, Therapeutics Expert Seminar, Software Tour, and Utility Summit

Customized reverse non-deal roadshows, bespoke conference calls, and virtual events planned with a “One Mizuho” client-first approach

4,100+ US Corporate Access meetings arranged in 2019 (increased from 1,100 in 2015)

300+ unique and public corporates featured in 2019, and ~200 of these best in class companies accessed Japanese institutional investors.

Japan Corporate Access Highlights

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

Mizuho investor conferences in Tokyo host nearly 350 Japanese companies and offer thematic seminars and tours in Japan

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

Reverse roadshow team in Tokyo arranges 500+ conference calls and 75+ customized trips to Japan for North American investors yearly


 Fixed Income     Futures + Options

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