Mizuho announces new hires in the U.S.

Mizuho Securities USA (MSUSA), the U.S. investment banking subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group, have 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 be reunited 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 step forward 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.”

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