Lunchtime Links: Mizuho Securities joins the hiring party

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As we noted yesterday, banking recruitment is suddenly looking perky in some areas. And as we noted several months ago Japanese banks have been taking advantage of the downturn to build their businesses in London. Now Mizuho Securities is combining the two trends.

Bloomberg reports that Mizuho is hiring 150 investment bankers in Europe to, 'strengthen its mergers advisory business and start managing share and bond sales.' It's already hired 10 M&A bankers in London and plans to hire another 20, as well as hiring for underwriting, syndication and sales and trading.

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