SOURCE: Mizuho Securities USA

Mizuho Securities USA

September 27, 2011 13:58 ET

Mizuho Securities USA Announces Senior Convertible Securities Appointments

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2011) - Mizuho Securities USA (NYSE: MFG) ("MSUSA"), the U.S. broker-dealer subsidiary of the global Mizuho Financial Group, today announced the additions of Thomas J. Fazio and John S. Thomas as Directors in the Convertible Securities Department. With over forty years of combined Convertible Securities experience, Messrs. Fazio and Thomas bring extensive knowledge and relationships to MSUSA's expanding Convertible platform.

Mr. Fazio has over twenty years of convertible product experience; most recently as a Senior Convertibles Trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, Merrill Lynch and Jefferies & Co. Prior to becoming a trader, he held senior positions as a Convertible Securities Salesman at Grantchester Securities (Wasserstein Perella), where he was a founding partner, and BT Alex Brown & Sons.

Mr. Thomas spent the past seventeen years at Citigroup as a Director in the Convertible Sales Department, in addition to two years as a Director in the Equity Sales Department. With considerable experience selling U.S. Convertible Securities to both European and domestic accounts, Mr. Thomas further strengthens MSUSA's international convertible presence.

Robert Betack, Executive Managing Director of the Equity Division, stated, "The addition of Tom and John to MSUSA's Convertible Securities team will enhance the array of primary market funding, investment and hedging services we provide to the firm's Fortune 1000 corporate clients by expanding our secondary market sales and trading capabilities."

About Mizuho Securities USA
Mizuho Securities USA Inc. is a U.S. registered broker-dealer headquartered in New York City, with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hoboken (NJ), Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London (UK). MSUSA provides a wide range of fixed income and equity securities products and investment banking services to institutional clients. MSUSA is one of only 20 firms designated as a Primary Dealer in U.S. Government and Agency securities. MSUSA also is a U.S. registered futures commission merchant ("FCM") and a member of most international futures exchanges. MSUSA's parent company, Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., is a top-tier, full-service, Japanese securities firm and a core member of the Mizuho Financial Group. http://www.mizuhosecurities.com.

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: MFG), based in Japan, is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, offering a broad range of financial services including banking, securities, trust and asset management, credit card, private banking services, and venture capital through its group companies. The group has approximately 49,000 staff working in more than 770 offices inside and outside Japan, and total assets of over $1.9 trillion as of June 30, 2011. Its core global corporate banking entity, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., has offices throughout the U.S., the Americas, and the world, providing financial and strategic solutions to major corporations, financial institutions and public sector entities. For more information, please visit http://www.mizuho-fg.co.jp/english/

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