Mizuho Strengthens Equity Platform with New Trading Head

August 18, 2015

New York – Mizuho Securities USA (MSUSA), the U.S. investment banking subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group, has appointed Eric Shenker Managing Director and Head of US Equity Trading, announced John Koudounis, President and CEO.    

“Eric is a highly experienced trader and skilled executive with a distinguished career on Wall Street,” Koudounis said. “MSUSA continues to attract high-caliber talent as we proceed with the expansion of our US equity sales,trading and research platform. He will be an invaluable addition to the firm.”    

Shenker comes to MSUSA with more than 20 years on Wall Street in senior trading positions. He joins the firm from CRT Capital Group, where he served as Head of Equities and Head of Equity Trading. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President and Head of Americas Equity Trading at Alliance Bernstein LP. Previously, he was a partnerat Bascom Hill Partners, New York, where he assisted in building the firm’s long/short equity trading fund and oversaw the trading desk.    

Shenker spent the previous five years as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in New York, where he was Head of North America Cash Equity Trading and Head of NASDAQ trading. He also served five years at Morgan Stanley & Co. as Executive Director and Head of Equity Cash Trading for Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Financials. He began his career at Sherwood Securities in New York. Shenker earned a BA in Finance and MBA in International Finance from George Washington University.

“We welcome Eric to the firm as we continue to build a robust equity presence in the US,” said Matthew DeSalvo, Executive Managing Director and Head of MSUSA’s Equity Division.


About Mizuho Securities USA
Mizuho Securities USA Inc. is a U.S. registered broker-dealer headquartered in New York City, with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hoboken (NJ), Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London (UK). MSUSA provides a wide range of fixed income and equity securities products and investment banking services to institutional clients. MSUSA is one of only 22 firms designated as a Primary Dealer in U.S. Government and Agency securities. MSUSA also is a U.S. registered futures commission merchant (“FCM”) and a member of most international futures exchanges. MSUSA’s parent company, Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., is a top-tier, full-service, Japanese securities firm and a core member of the Mizuho Financial Group. 

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: MFG), based in Japan, is one of the largest financial institutions in the world,offering a broad range of financial services including banking, securities, trust and asset management, credit card, private banking services, and venture capital through its group companies. The group has approximately 55,000 staff working in more than 880 offices in over 37 countries and territories and total assets of over $1.56 trillion as ofJune 30, 2015. Its core global corporate banking entity, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., has offices throughout Japan, the U.S., the Americas, and the world, providing financial and strategic solutions to major corporations, financial institutionsand public sector entities. For more information, please visit http://www.mizuho-fg.co.jp/english/

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