Mizuho Continues Equity Expansion with Senior Convertible and Derivative Hires

January 25, 2016

Builds On Top 10 Convertible Finish in 2015

New York – Mizuho Securities USA (MSUSA), the U.S. investment banking subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group, today announced the further expansion of its U.S. equity platform with senior appointments in convertibles and equity derivatives.    

Jeff Moskowitz joins as Managing Director, Convertible Bond Trading; and Kumaran Vijayakumar as Managing Director, Equity Derivatives. Moskowitz and Vijayakumar will report to Matt DeSalvo, Executive Managing Director and Head of Equities, MSUSA.    

“With targeted investment across sales, trading, research and ECM, we continue to make great progress in the build out of our equity business,” said John Koudounis, President & CEO. “The appointment of these two highly experienced markets professionals highlights the depth of our commitment to providing clients with the best pricing, coverage and execution across the markets.”     

Moskowitz joins MSUSA with over twenty years of trading experience. He most recently was a portfolio manager and partner at Meru Capital. Prior to that, he served as partner and portfolio manager with Old Lane and Managing Director for U.S. Principal Strategies and U.S. Convertibles for Morgan Stanley.  At MSUSA Moskowitz will bereunited with former Morgan Stanley colleague Dan Albert, Head of Convertible Bond Sales.     

Before coming to MSUSA, Vijayakumar held senior equity trading positions with Citigroup, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and MF Global. He previously served as President of Bay Crest Partners.    

“Finishing 2015 in the top ten in the Convertible Bond league tables for the first time was a significant stepforward for us,” said DeSalvo. “The focus now is to continue to grow our Convertible Bond franchise and adding Jeff better positions the business for future growth.  In addition, adding Corporate Derivatives to our product mix given our banking relationships is a natural fit for Mizuho Securities.”


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 39 countries and territories and total assets of over $1.6 trillion as of September 30, 2015. Its core global corporate banking entity, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., has offices throughout Japan, theU.S., the Americas, and the world, providing financial and strategic solutions to major corporations, financial institutions and public sector entities. For more information, please visit http://www.mizuho-fg.co.jp/english/

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