SOURCE: Mizuho Securities USA

Mizuho Securities USA

October 20, 2010 14:34 ET

Mizuho Securities USA Launches US Equity Research Coverage With Senior Analyst Appointments

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) -  Mizuho Securities USA ("MSUSA"), the U.S. broker-dealer subsidiary of the global Mizuho Financial Group (NYSE: MFG), today announced the launch of its US equity research platform with the appointments of senior research analysts covering the Clean Technology, Enterprise/Infrastructure Software, Healthcare, Telecommunications Equipment and Telecommunications Services sectors.

The team is led by Carmine Grigoli, MSUSA's Director of Research and Chief Investment Strategist, and reports to Robert Betack, Executive Managing Director and Head of the Equity Division. Equity research will provide a strong complement to the firm's US sales and trading product offerings in cash equities, convertibles, ETFs and program trading.

John Koudounis, MSUSA President and CEO, commented, "Expanding MSUSA's comprehensive array of capital markets capabilities to include US equity research will provide our clients with both breadth and depth in product offering to support their decision making process and further enhance our ability to add value to every aspect of the investment cycle, from idea generation to execution."

"We have assembled a highly motivated team of seasoned professionals who place great emphasis on providing superior client service," stated Mr. Grigoli. "Our goal is to become a leader in original, value-added investment ideas and analysis." MSUSA's equity research team includes:

  • Paul Clegg, CFA, Senior Analyst, Clean Technology, has eleven years of experience in securities research and will focus on solar, wind, smart grid, electric vehicles and batteries, geothermal, energy-from-waste and nuclear. He was most recently Managing Director at Jefferies & Company covering the clean technology industry. 

  • Peter Lawson, Senior Analyst, Life Science and Diagnostics, joins MSUSA from Thomas Weisel Partners, where he was a Managing Director on the Life Science Technology team during the past six years. Peter was awarded his D.Phil. from Oxford University, England, where his doctoral research focused on molecular biology and innate immunology.

  • Gabe Lowy, Senior Analyst, Enterprise and Infrastructure Software, has over ten years of equity research experience covering technology stocks. He has held senior analyst positions at a number of firms, including Noble Research, Collins Stewart, Blaylock & Partners, Credit Lyonnais and Salomon Smith Barney.

  • Joanna Makris, Senior Analyst, Communications Technology, has ten years of research experience covering telecom equipment companies at Canaccord Adams, Brean Murray Carret and Brigantine. Ms. Makris has received several awards from Forbes/Starmine, most recently in 2009, for stock picking and earnings estimate accuracy, and was named #1 stock picker in the Telecom Equipment sector in 2006.

  • Michael Nelson, Senior Analyst, Telecommunication Services, joins MSUSA from Thomas Weisel Partners, where he was a Managing Director covering the telecom services sector. Michael has eight years research experience covering the telecom services industry at Soleil Securities, Stanford Group, Citigroup Investment Research and Thomas Weisel Partners. He was recognized by The Financial Times/StarMine as the #1 Earnings Estimator in the Wireless Telecommunications Services Industry in 2008.

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 18 firms designated as a Primary Dealer in U.S. Government 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.

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 $1.7 trillion as of March 31, 2010. Its core global corporate banking entity, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., has offices throughout the U.S. and the Americas, providing financial and strategic solutions to major corporations, financial institutions and public sector entities. For more information, please visit

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