Global Products Unit

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Seiji Imai Head of Global Products Unit

We aim to utilize our sophisticated expertise as a team of specialists as we address the diverse needs of clients and provide groupwide, global support offering optimal solutions that are aligned with current trends.

Basic policy

At the Global Products Unit, our activities are primarily divided into two areas, investment banking and transaction banking, and we provide solutions for clients in a wide range of business areas.

We will continue fulfilling our corporate social responsibilities as a financial institution while supporting the strategies of in-house companies and the Mizuho group as a whole by providing optimized financial products as solutions for issues faced by our clients and society.

Also, to address the needs of clients and investors, we will draw on the sophisticated expertise of the group and increase Mizuho's stable earnings power.

In addition, by allocating corporate resources without being constrained by established conventions, and through digitalization, we are aiming to improve efficiency and develop new solutions, which will enable us to increase productivity and expand medium- to long-term business opportunities.

Business environment and challenges

The business environment that our clients are faced with is shifting at a rapid pace as uncertainty in the global economy rises, exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19. Confronted with this business environment, at the Global Products Unit we are focusing our attention on leveraging our sophisticated expertise as we continue offering optimal solutions that are aligned with diversifying client needs.

Specifically, by utilizing our financial product expertise to take measured risks when providing financing, providing trade finance based on changes in client supply chains, and using financing to promote sustainable business, we will support the financial product aspects of Mizuho's strategy, and fulfill our corporate social responsibilities.

Progress on key strategies

Providing effective solutions across banking, trust banking, securities, and other group companies

We provide solutions as a united group to offer the best support for value chains that contribute to increased corporate value for clients.

Currently, we are putting forward a wide range of products, including syndicated loans and corporate bonds, to support our clients in meeting their financing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Going forward, we will continue to enhance and expand our financial product line-up in order to draw on the strengths of the entire group and provide optimal solutions for business succession, business restructuring, balance sheet review, and other client management and growth strategy topics stemming from shifts in the business environment and changing social habits.

Related SDGs

Decent Work and Economic Growth               Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Enhancing our global operating framework and honing financial product expertise

As our clients accelerate their global operations, we are addressing these needs by enhancing Mizuho’s services on a global basis.

We are boosting collaboration between products departments and regional offices to support our clients, especially for cash management, settlements, and other transaction banking services, as well as services in the field of project finance.

We are also working to hone our expertise as an organization by strategically cultivating the pool of professional talent in each product field.

Related SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy               Decent Work and Economic Growth               Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure               Climate Action

Expanding into new business areas

In order to address client needs, which are diversifying and becoming more complex, and to support clients in resolving issues, Mizuho must create and provide solutions beyond those offered in our existing financial product line-up.

As one example, at Mizuho Bank, we have collaborated with other companies to launch enterprise resource planning (ERP) services* that are linked to online banking for corporate clients and targeted at small- and medium-sized enterprises. By utilizing our financial product expertise and digital technologies to provide new solutions, we are endeavoring to expand business in new fields and capitalize on recent trends.

*Enterprise resource planning (ERP): A system for integrating sales management, financial accounting, payroll calculation, and other operations in order to more effectively utilize the corporate resources of the entire company.

Related SDGs

Decent Work and Economic Growth               Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure               PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Principal accomplishments in investment banking

  FY2019 results
Syndicated loans1 No. 1
Japan publicly offered bonds2 No. 1
ABS lead underwriter3 No. 1
  1. Amount basis, bookrunner basis
  2. Underwriting amount basis (excluding our own bonds)
  3. Amount basis, asset-backed securities

 

Principal accomplishments in transaction banking

  FY2019 results
Trade finance4 "Best trade finance bank in East Asia & the Pacific"
Custody Custody survey No. 1 (9 years in a row)5 Sub-custody survey No. 1 (14 years in a row)5
  1. Leaders in Trade Awards selected by Global Trade Review.
  2. Holding and managing securities for securities investments.
    Custody bank survey rankings (in the Japanese market) in Global Custodian magazine

Highlights

Securing the top market share for publicly offered bonds in Japan for the 2nd consecutive year

In fiscal 2019, a record setting year for the total issuance amount of publicly offered bonds in Japan, Mizuho Securities was No. 1 in market share for corporate bonds for the second consecutive year. Mizuho Securities also made proactive efforts on subordinated bonds and other products that are seeing increasing market demand.

In addition, Mizuho Securities also captured the top market share for Japan SDG bonds, an area in which we are actively involved as a part of our contributions to support the sustainable development of society as a financial institution.

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Best trade finance bank in East Asia & the Pacific for 4th year running

imageIn fiscal 2019, Mizuho Bank won the award for best trade finance bank in East Asia & the Pacific among Global Trade Review's choice of Leaders in Trade.

Our sophisticated product development and dedicated service, as well as customized product offerings addressing the needs of major players throughout the region, were critical factors in receiving this prestigious regional award for the fourth consecutive year.

We will strive to enhance our support for the management and financial strategies of clients who are expanding globally.

Mizuho ERP

Mizuho Bank has collaborated with SmileWorks to launch Mizuho ERP, enterprise resource planning services linked to online banking for corporate clients.

The corporate-targeted service provides cloud-based sales management, financial accounting, and payroll calculation. It includes real-time automatic integration of each type of data, allowing corporate clients to streamline their internal operations and track the status of their corporate resources. Its seamless integration with the various functions of our online banking service Mizuho Business Web will also enable dramatic operational optimization.

The goal of Mizuho ERP is to address shortages of personnel, needs for operational streamlining and real-time corporate resource analysis, and other issues small- and medium-sized enterprises have been facing recently.

We will continue to exercise our action principle of “Open & Connected” to proactively work together with partners outside our group and put forth solutions with added value going beyond the boundaries of finance to meet our clients’ needs in the coming era.

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