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Mizuho Expands Investment Banking Platform With Senior Power & Utilities Appointment

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 02/20/14 -- Mizuho Bank (Mizuho) today announced the appointment of Peter Bickford as a Managing Director in its U.S. Power & Utilities Corporate and Investment Banking Group. Mr. Bickford will provide Mizuho's power sector clients with high-level strategic advisory and execution capabilities, working with both new and existing clients to initiate banking and capital markets mandates. He will be based in New York and report to Brady Sadek, Managing Director and Head of Power & Utilities Investment Banking for Mizuho.

Mr. Bickford has over 25 years of experience in the power and utilities sector. He joins Mizuho from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was a Managing Director responsible for power-related investment banking origination. Prior to that, Mr. Bickford held senior positions with ABN Amro, TD Securities and Chase Securities in power & utilities and energy banking.

Andrew Dewing, Executive Officer and Head of Mizuho's U.S. Corporate Finance Division, stated, "Peter brings great industry expertise, a wealth of longstanding relationships and a strong track record of success. Together with our existing Power & Utilities banking team, Mizuho is well equipped to assist our clients in meeting their financial goals in this critical industry."

About Mizuho Bank
Mizuho Bank provides financial and strategic solutions for the increasingly diverse and sophisticated needs of clients, focusing its efforts on serving major corporations, financial institutions, individuals, public sector entities and small and medium-sized enterprises. A relationship management approach to serving clients enables Mizuho Bank, together with group companies including Mizuho Trust & Banking and Mizuho Securities, to develop customized solutions in areas such as corporate, structured and project finance, investment banking, transaction banking, trust and custody services and risk management. With offices in 32 countries, Mizuho Bank offers clients both localized service and the extensive reach of a global business network. Mizuho Bank is a subsidiary of the Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: MFG), one of the largest financial services companies in the world, with total assets of approximately $1.79 trillion as of December 31, 2013.

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