NEW YORK, June 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mizuho Americas today announced it retained the #1 ranking for Japanese equity sales quality in a Greenwich Associates survey of institutional investors. The report, North American Equity Investors – Japanese Equities – 2018, found Mizuho’s commission-weighted Japanese research/advisory share1 rose 3.8 percentage points, to 13.5 percent, the most of any other financial institution evaluated. Mizuho also ranked first for quality and intensity of analyst service, best company and industry knowledge, and most useful conferences.

“Clearly, all elements of our advisory service model are operating at high levels, with a distinguished research product, delivered through an established sales force and corporate access team providing clients an edge in their investment process,” said Matthew DeSalvo, Head of Equities. “We are making the investments needed to expand in a shrinking industry and taking market share from some of the largest firms.”

The jump in the rankings follows last December’s Mizuho Investor Conference in New York, which facilitated executive access to 40 Japanese-based, Nikkei-listed companies and featured English speaking Japanese analysts. The conference reflected Mizuho’s commitment to an increased collaboration between its US equities team and its Japanese equity team, whose research has been ranked #1 in Institutional Investor’s All-Japan Research Team four of the last five years.

The Greenwich Associates report is an assessment of a firm’s sales, corporate access and research impact based on in-person and telephone interviews with 71 buy-side institutions.

About Mizuho AmericasMizuho Americas is a leading financial institution comprising several legal entities, which together offer clients corporate and investment banking, financing, securities, treasury services, asset management, research and more. With professionals in offices throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Chile, Mizuho’s operations in the Americas connect a broad client base of major corporations, financial institutions and public sector groups to local markets and a vast global network. Learn more at mizuhoamericas.com.

Mizuho Americas is an integral part of the Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:MFG). Mizuho Financial Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, offering comprehensive financial and strategic services including private banking and venture capital through its subsidiaries. The group has over 900 offices and 60,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Asia. As of December 31, 2017, its total assets were $1.8 trillion. Learn more about Mizuho Financial Group at www.mizuho-fg.com.

For inquiries, please contact:Jim GormanDirector, Media Relations, Mizuho Americas+1-212-282-3867jim.gorman@mizuhocbus.com

P.J. KinsellaParagon Public Relations+1-646-558-6226 pj@paragonpr.com

1 Consists of combined sales, corporate access and research impact.