Mizuho hires veteran bond banker in growth push

The Japanese brokerage firm boosts its debt origination team with the addition of former Natixis, Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutsche Bank banker John Wade.

Veteran banker John Wade has joined Mizuho Securities Asia as its head of debt capital markets (DCM) for Asia excluding Japan, a market source told FinanceAsia on Monday.

The addition of Wade, who has more than two decades of industry experience in the US and Asia, has strengthened the firm's growth push in the region, expanding its deal sourcing capacity and product offerings, according to the source. That will include private placements in G3 currencies and local-currencies bond sales such as in Australian dollars.

In his new role, Wade oversees Mizuho’s Asia debt and loan origination businesses, while his syndicate counterpart, Malcolm Mui, looks after the execution part of the debt business, the person added.

Both of them are based in Hong Kong and report to Scott Paul, head of fixed income for Asia ex-Japan at  Mizuho.

Wade previously worked with Natixis, where he ran the Asia syndicate desk from late 2015 to January of this year. Prior to that, he was the head of primary markets covering bond and loan origination and syndicate for Royal Bank of Scotland Asia for eight years. From 1997 to 2006, he was with Deutsche Bank’s bond syndication and medium-term note team based in New York and Tokyo.

Mizuho Securities Asia is a subsidiary of Mizuho Securities, the main securities unit of Mizuho Financial Group.

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