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Why Mizuho Securities for Investment Banking? / Overview of Mizuho Securities

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Mizuho Securities is a Japanese middle market investment bank operating across the globe. Mizuho, the parent company, offers various other retail banking solutions focused on its main consumer base in Japan.

In the U.S., Mizuho is focused on its investment banking and trading functions. Mizuho's U.S. division accounts for one-third of the company's overall profit.

In 2021, Mizuho received an Outstanding Performance Award from the Sustainable Finance Awards organization for its underwriting of sustainability-linked bonds.

In mid-2023, Mizuho acquired Greenhill in order to grow its investment banking capabilities. Post acquisition, Mizuho allowed Greenhill to maintain its leadership and brand.

Mizuho Securities Overview

Remember that in order to craft a great answer to the common question "Why this Firm?", it's your responsibility to read articles and speak with employees. If you are interviewing with Mizuho Securities, you should make sure you know:

  • 1 deal that the investment banking group has done

  • 1 person at the firm (ideally someone who would have influence over your recruiting process)

  • 1 business model-specific detail to mention

We articulate how you can answer this question thoughtfully in our Investment Banking Course. We also cover all technical and qualitative information you need to get a top investment banking offer.

Big 3 Qualitative Questions

Selected Transaction

An outsized portion of Mizuho Securities' deal flow comes from Japan. An example was its advisory to Mitsubishi's Chemical subsidiary throughout the sale of its thermal and emission control business to Apollo.

  • Transaction Description: Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE:APO) entered into a share transfer agreement to acquire the Thermal and Emission Control Materials Business of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. The purchase includes assets of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation’s unit, Mitsubishi Chemical High-Technica Corporation.

  • Transaction Value: J¥85B

  • Transaction Date: Announced September 2021

  • Press Release

Fact Sheet

Mizuho Securities Logo

  • Company Name: Mizuho Securities (part of Mizuho Finanical Group)

  • Description: Mizuho Securities is an investment bank that delivers services and optimal financial solutions that meet a broad array of client needs

  • Bank Category: Middle Market

  • Ticker: NYSE:MFG and TYO:8411

  • Founded: 1917 (for Mizuho Securities)

  • Employees: 7,000 (for Mizuho Securities)

  • Chief Executive Officer: Yoshiro Hamamoto (for Mizuho Securities), Masahiro Kihara (for Mizuho Bank)

  • Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan


Mizuho Securities Glassdoor

Mizuho Securities Salary

Based on the H1B Database, the average base salary for an Analyst at Mizuho Securities is $73k - $95k. We recognize this data may be outdated, and therefore not representative of current compensation.


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