Mizuho International appoints head of fixed income trading

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Mizuho International, the London based securities and investment banking arm of the Mizuho Financial Group has appointed Christian Heiberg as Senior Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Trading.

Heiburg takes over from Graham Halliday who has been appointed to the newly created role of Front Office Chief Operating Officer (COO), Front Office at Mizuho International.

Heiburg has joined Mizuho International plc from Nordea, where he was Head of Fixed Income Trading covering Rates products since 2009. Prior to his career at Nordea, Heiburg spent eight years in a variety of trading roles at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB).

Michiel de Jong, CEO at Mizuho International plc said: 'Attracting top talent is key and we are very pleased to welcome Christian to Mizuho International where he brings with him considerable expertise.'

Heiburg will be responsible for managing Rates, Credit and non-Yen trading and will partner with Nicolas Pourcelet, Head of Fixed income Sales in defining the risk strategy of each business line with a view to further enhancing the investment bank’s growing client franchise.

Commenting on the newly created role of Front Office COO for the Front Office, de Jong said: 'As part of enhancing governance in our front line businesses, together with the increasing importance the regulatory environment is placing on prudential and conduct risk, we identified the requirement to establish a Front Office COO role.

'Having been with the Group for more than 18 years, including spending time in Tokyo and New York, Graham has a deep knowledge and understanding of both the front line businesses and the operating platform where he has been responsible for driving multiple strategic growth initiatives within Mizuho International and globally. This, together with his experience, strategic insight and unique specialist skills made him an excellent choice for the role.'

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