Mizuho USA appoints new head of equity trading

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Mizuho Securities USA (MSUSA), the U.S. investment banking subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group, has appointed Eric Shenker Managing Director and Head of US Equity Trading, announced John Koudounis, President and CEO.

“Eric is a highly experienced trader and skilled executive with a distinguished career on Wall Street,” Koudounis said. “MSUSA continues to attract high-caliber talent as we proceed with the expansion of our US equity sales, trading and research platform. He will be an invaluable addition to the firm.”

Shenker comes to MSUSA with more than 20 years on Wall Street in senior trading positions. He joins the firm from CRT Capital Group, where he served as Head of Equities and Head of Equity Trading. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President and Head of Americas Equity Trading at Alliance Bernstein LP. Previously, he was a partner at Bascom Hill Partners, New York, where he assisted in building the firm’s long/short equity trading fund and oversaw the trading desk.

Shenker spent the previous five years as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in New York, where he was Head of North America Cash Equity Trading and Head of NASDAQ trading. He also served five years at Morgan Stanley as Executive Director and Head of Equity Cash Trading for Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Financials. He began his career at Sherwood Securities in New York. Shenker earned a BA in Finance and MBA in International Finance from George Washington University.

“We welcome Eric to the firm as we continue to build a robust equity presence in the US,” said Matthew DeSalvo, Executive Managing Director and Head of MSUSA’s Equity Division.

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