MHSA names Damian Rowe regional fixed income head

The appointment by Mizuho Securities Asia follows a string of hires at the end of last year that saw the unit of the Japanese group beef up its fixed-income team in the region.

Mizuho Securities Asia (MHSA) has appointed Damian Rowe as managing director and head of fixed income trading for Asia-Pacific ex-Japan.

Rowe joins Mizuho from Credit Agricole CIB, the corporate and investment banking arm of the French bank, where he was managing director, head of credit trading, debt and credit markets across Asia ex-Japan.

Prior to this, Rowe held senior credit trading and management roles at Citi in Hong Kong and ABN Amro in Australia.

Rowe will be based in Hong Kong.

The appointment follows a string of hires at the end of last year by parent company Mizuho Securities that saw the unit of the Japanese financial group beef up its fixed-income team. This included hiring four salespeople to target China, Singapore and Taiwan, as well as two debt capital markets bankers.

“[Rowe] brings a wealth of fixed-income trading and management experiences across the region,” MHSA said in a statement.

“Mizuho offers unique underwriting, sales and trading solutions to its diverse and growing client base. Mr Rowe and the fixed income teams at MHSA will be instrumental in strengthening Mizuho’s fixed income credentials in this region,” MHSA added.

He will replace Jeffrey Yap, and report to Hideyuki Kawashima, president and chief executive of MHSA.

Mizuho Securities Asia declined to comment on Yap’s next move.

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