New York – Mizuho Bank (USA) (”Mizuho”) today announced the appointment of Richard A. Thompson as Senior Vice President and Co-Head of its U.S. Private Placements (USPP) group. In his new role, Mr. Thompson will work alongside fellow USPP Co-Head Takashi Miyake to lead the continued expansion of the business, with a particular focus on building out the bank’s origination, structuring and distribution debt private placement capabilities to facilitate transactions for Mizuho’s global issuer and investor clients.
Mr. Thompson joins Mizuho with over twenty years of investment banking and debt private placement experience. He spent the majority of his career with J.P. Morgan, where he held a number of senior positions in the debt private placement group, including serving as Global Head of the Debt Private Placement business for the last five years. During his time with JPM, Mr. Thompson played a key role in the growth of the Europe, Utilities, Oil & Gas and Real Estate private placement verticals, among others, and developed strong relationships with a broad range of private placement issuer and investor clients across all industry sectors and geographic segments.
Hiroshi Suehiro, Senior Managing Executive Officer and Head of the Americas for Mizuho Bank, stated, “Our goal is to be one of the top corporate and investment banking providers in the U.S., with depth and breadth of capital markets products and sector specific expertise to provide clients with a range of financing solutions for every possible business situation. The addition of Mr. Thompson to lead the expansion of our debt private placement platform significantly enhances our ability to be a first-tier financial partner to clients with a stronger lead bank mentality, increased client coverage and product capability and a global footprint supported by one of the world’s largest financial institutions.”
About Mizuho Bank
Mizuho Bank provides financial and strategic solutions for the increasingly diverse and sophisticated needs of clients, focusing its efforts on serving major corporations, financial institutions, individuals, public sector entities and small and medium-sized enterprises. A relationship management approach to serving clients enables Mizuho Bank, together with group companies including Mizuho Trust & Banking and Mizuho Securities, to develop customized solutions in areas such as corporate, structured and project finance, investment banking, transaction banking and risk management. With offices in 37 countries, Mizuho Bank offers clients both localized service and the extensive reach of a global business network. Mizuho Bank is a subsidiary of the Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: MFG), one of the largest financial services companies in the world, with total assets of approximately $1.56 trillion as of June 30, 2015.