Leveraged Finance Associate

Date: 22-Nov-2022

Location: London, GB

Company: Mizuho

We are currently recruiting for a Leveraged Finance Associate


Profile Summary


This role is for an Associate in the origination team of the International Acquisition Finance Department (IAFD) of Mizuho Bank, Ltd, based in London. 

IAFD's remit is origination and execution of leveraged finance transactions, participation (during syndication) in selected leverage finance transactions arranged by other institutions as well as asset management / portfolio management on behalf of the bank's book as well as for our managed account platform "Stratum". The Origination Team is responsible for the coverage effort of private equity and institutional clients in Europe. 

The team's mandate is to lead arrange and execute leveraged finance transactions, and pursue an originate to distribute strategy, supplemented by institutional hold capacity for transactions and the ability to tap into net take capacity of the managed accounts run by the department. 
The Origination Team is structured into two "verticals" which have responsibility each for certain geographical markets as well as dedicated sponsors. Each vertical is led by a MD. The role is reporting into a Managing Director, who's vertical is in charge for the DACH, French and Iberian markets and has primary coverage responsibility for several private equity accounts across Europe (matrix coverage model).


Duties and Responsibilities

•    Assist Associate Directors and Directors in all aspects of their MLA origination, execution and portfolio responsibilities  
•    Primary focus on financial modelling, credit papers, data research, pitch books, data room, due diligence, site visits
•    Support other parts of the IAFD business apart from Lead Arranging (i.e. JLA co-underwriting, portfolio) as required
•    Support and exchange experience with other team members 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

•    University Degree or equivalent
•    Banking or professional financial experience relevant to the European MBO or leveraged finance market
•    Strong communication and presentation skills
•    Awareness of end customers needs and deadlines
•    Highly numerate and capable of building and using cash flow models 
•    Basic to Intermediate level credit skills with exposure to some business sectors
•    Ability to remain calm and balanced under pressure



We champion a flexible work environment, as we understand the need for people to meet other commitments or simply strike a good work-life balance.  As such, we are happy to talk flexible working for this role such as reduced working hours.  The role will also include homeworking.  

At Mizuho we are committed to supporting equality and diversity, and seek to create a workplace that is fully inclusive.  We welcome applications from all sections of the community that we operate in and from all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, beliefs, gender identities and disabilities.  

If you require more information about our equal opportunities policy or wish to discuss any accessibility requirements or reasonable adjustments please contact the recruitment team – recruitment@mhcb.co.uk and we will be happy to help




Mizuho Bank provides financial and strategic solutions for the increasingly diverse and sophisticated needs of international clients, focusing its efforts on serving major corporations, financial institutions, individuals and public sector entities. A relationship management approach to serving clients enables Mizuho Bank, together with group companies including Mizuho Trust & Banking and Mizuho Securities, to develop customised solutions in areas such as corporate, structured and project finance, transaction banking and risk management. 

With 81 offices outside Japan, Mizuho Bank offers both local experience and the ability to progress careers across its global business network. Mizuho Bank is a subsidiary of the Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group, Inc, one of the largest financial services companies in the world, with total assets of approximately US $1.8 trillion (as of March, 2016). Mizuho London Branch has over 850 employees, Mizuho Bank employs over 27,000 employees and is part of the Mizuho Financial 
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