Mizuho International Strengthens Its European Primary Debt Markets Team

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London – Mizuho International plc ('Mizuho International') has announced four senior appointments to its European Primary Debt Markets team headed by Managing Director and Executive Committee member, Melanie Czarra.

Commenting on the expansion, Ms Czarra said: 'I am delighted to welcome these four new hires as we take our build-out plan to the next level for our four core sectors of focus: IG Corporates, High Yield, Financials/ABS and SSAs'.

Andrew Sweeney

Joined on 12th September as Director on the London Syndicate Desk reporting directly to Melanie Czarra. Sweeney will be responsible for FIG/ABS and SSA Syndicate. He joins from Royal Bank of Canada where he was most recently Head of Financial Institutions and Corporate Syndication. He brings with him over 13 years of experience in the financial industry including seven years at Citigroup.

Borja Zamorano

Joined in early May to head DCM for Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece reporting directly to Melanie Czarra. Zamorano has over 15 years of experience in the investment banking industry and has held a number of client-facing senior management positions at organisations including RBS, ABN AMRO and BBVA. He is highly regarded as an expert in his field and is a professor at Icade (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration), IEB Business School (Master Programmes in Corporate Finance and International Finance, Capital Markets and Structured Finance Advanced Programme) and University of Navarra (Masters Programme in Banking and Regulation). Zamorano will work together with Benedetta Arnoldi to cover the region for Mizuho International.

Giso van Loon

Joined in early July as Director in charge of Mizuho’s European Private Placement and MTN business reporting directly to Melanie Czarra, Head of European Primary Debt Markets. Van Loon brings over 15 years of experience in the Primary Debt business to Mizuho International’s London Syndicate Desk. He was most recently Head of Private Placements and Co-Head of International Origination at West LB. In addition to West LB, Giso’s previous experience includes senior positions at Santander Global Banking & Markets, Lehman Brothers, ABN AMRO and Rabobank International. Van Loon’s team includes Alain Sanz-Gadea, a recent hire from Société Générale. The team will be joined shortly by another MTN structure making the Mizuho MTN team nine -strong.

Armand de Cosnac

Joined as Vice President in mid May responsible for High Yield Debt Markets origination, reporting directly to Jermaine Jarrett, Head of High Yield Syndicate and Capital Markets. De Cosnac joins Mizuho International from Gartmore where he was a Research Analyst for their High Yield Fixed Income team. He brings with him over seven years of experience in the industry. De Cosnac is the most recent hire to the High Yield team led by Jermaine Jarrett. Since Jermaine’s appointment in November 2010, Mizuho International has built out its High Yield team to include Richard Gathercole (High Yield Sales), Patrice Archer (High Yield Sales), Diego Esposti (High Yield Trading) and Peter Din (High Yield Research).

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