London, 1 April 2020: Mizuho Securities Europe GmbH (Mizuho Securities Europe) the wholly owned European subsidiary of Mizuho International plc (a UK subsidiary of Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.), is pleased to announce the commencement of its operations in Paris, France.
Mizuho Securities Europe officially notified the French securities markets supervisor, Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution (ACPR) in August last year, to establish a Paris branch. The newly registered company, under the leadership of senior DCM banker Alexandra Bergmann will be responsible for providing investment banking services to clients in France and the Benelux countries previously covered from Mizuho International in London. Given the current COVID-19 situation, Mizuho Securities Europe invoked remote working and our employees in the Paris office are safely working from home.
Christoph Seibel, CEO of Mizuho Securities Europe in Frankfurt said: “The registration of our branch in Paris and the commencement of operations confirms our ongoing commitment to our clients in the region. We look forward to further expanding our investment banking business complementing a strong corporate finance track record. With Alexandra´s experience and knowledge of the markets and the region, we are well positioned to serve our clients.”
This fiscal year, Mizuho has acted as a bookrunner for a variety of issuers ranging from corporates to financial institutions in Euro, US dollar, Australian dollar and Japanese yen. In particular, Mizuho was active bookrunner for Engie’s Euro triple-tranche benchmark transaction, participated in Vinci’s and Publicis’ US dollar debut as well as Total’s largest US dollar jumbo to date. Mizuho also worked with Air Liquide, RCI and APRR on each of their respective Euro benchmarks and with Philips on its debut sustainable Euro issue. MHI Group contributed to Mizuho Group’s #1 position in the Japanese yen market with successful mandates for all the French banks (BFCM, BNPP, BPCE, Credit Agricole and SocGen) and was the only Japanese bank to work with BPCE for their Australian dollar benchmark.
Mizuho in France:
Mizuho Bank Paris Branch was established in 1982 and is licensed by the Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution for banking services and the Autorité des marchés financiers for investment services. It employs over 50 people who cover and develop relationships with large French corporates as well as Japanese corporates who have a presence in France. Mizuho Paris Branch provides a wide range of financial services to large French companies, particularly in the structuring and coordination of syndicated loans, acquisition finance, structured finance, trade finance and treasury products. During this fiscal year, Mizuho has actively financed large acquisitions in the French market and has accompanied a number of French corporates in the international capital markets.
Biography: Alexandra Bergmann
Alexandra Bergmann joined Mizuho in London, in 2011, to build-out the DCM franchise in France and Benelux. She reports to Christoph Seibel, CEO of Mizuho Securities Europe and Guy Reid, Head of Primary Debt Markets, Mizuho International. Prior to Mizuho, Alexandra Bergmann worked for the investment banking divisions of UBS and Barclays. She has a Masters in Finance and a BA in Macroeconomics.
About Mizuho Securities Europe GmbH:
Mizuho Securities Europe GmbH (Mizuho Securities Europe) commenced its EU operations in April 2019. It was granted a securities trading bank license in December 2018 by BaFin, Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority. Following this, Christoph Seibel was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mizuho Securities Europe and assumed his post on 28 March 2019. Mizuho Securities Europe is the wholly owned European subsidiary of Mizuho International plc based in London.
About Mizuho International:
Mizuho International plc (Mizuho International) is the London based securities and investment banking arm of the Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. With a primary focus on client based activities, its wide range of services includes sales and trading in both debt and equity securities, the underwriting of new issues and M&A advisory services. Mizuho International is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, and is a member of the London Stock Exchange and LCH Clearnet Limited.
Mizuho International has a Branch in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (for which the operating name is Mizuho International plc (DIFC Branch)). In addition, Mizuho International has a subsidiary (Mizuho Securities Europe GmbH) in Frankfurt, Germany which has a Branch office in Madrid, Spain.
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