Tell us a bit about what you do at Mizuho
I joined Mizuho in April 2016 as Head of Equity Capital Markets origination for the EMEA region, after working in European and US bulge brackets for more than 10 years. During that time, I had the opportunity to work in several teams (incl. mergers & acquisitions, industry coverage, debt capital markets) and several regions including Europe and US.
At Mizuho, my team helps corporates and financial sponsors raise capital on the equity markets via a number of transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), capital increases, sell-downs and equity-linked issuances. Amongst our 2018 mandates, we led the €1.3 billion sale by Danone of Yakult shares and participated in the US$ 3.2 billion IPO of AXA Equitable. Last year, we were involved – amongst others – in the IPOs of Landis+Gyr and SMCP, the capital increases of Lonza, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse as well as the Sibanye Stillwater convertible bond issuance.
In your opinion, what is it like to work at Mizuho?
It feels like working in a global investment bank, with strong momentum, and where each employee can make a difference. This last feature is particularly important to me as I very much enjoy the entrepreneurial culture. Each project is unique and we always offer a bespoke and differentiated approach that is complementary to the large US and European bulge brackets.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy travelling the world with my family and friends as it helps me to disconnect. When I’m not travelling for work or pleasure, I love to cook, read the news and practice sports. I also have to confess my addiction to a few TV series and late night shows.
What has been one of your most proudest moments during your career?
Success in Equity Capital Markets is impossible without teamwork and collaboration. My inclusion amongst the 25 rising stars in EMEA Investment Banking of 2018 makes me proud because it is a recognition of the quality of the Mizuho platform and employees, globally.
What trends do you envision for the future of Equity Capital Markets?
While geopolitics and volatility are clear concerns for equity markets, issuance volumes are elevated and jumbo merger and acquisition deals will further support the equity capital market activity.
Against this backdrop, I am convinced that Mizuho is well-positioned to keep on winning more ECM market share thanks to our client portfolio, our strength in acquisition financing and – last but not least – our equities platform.