Mizuho Adds Christopher Nam as its Head of Internet Investment

Mizuho has strengthened its San Francisco unit with a strategic hire.

Japanese investment bank Mizuho has announced a key hire to its North American banking business, adding Christopher Nam as its newest Managing Director and Head of Internet and Digital Media Investment Banking with immediate effect, per a recent Mizuho statement.

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In his new role Mr. Nam will join Mizuho’s San Francisco-based technology investment banking group. In this capacity he will help develop the group’s equity, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and other strategic capital raising advisory capabilities.

Furthermore, he will be reporting to Richard Gallivan, Mizuho’s Managing Director and Head of Technology Media & Telecom (TMT) Investment Banking. The hire will go a long way towards helping streamline the group’s advisory solutions in the Internet and Digital Media space.

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Mr. Nam joins Mizuho from Credit Suisse, having worked there for the past four year as its Director of Internet Investment Banking. Prior to this role, he held multiple senior positions at Merrill Lynch, Touchco, and Piper Jaffray, according to information made public on his Linkedin profile.

According to John Humphreys, Managing Director and Head of Mizuho’s North American Investment Banking practice, in a recent statement on the appointment: “As we’ve increased market share and moved further up the value chain with clients, enhancing our strategic advisory capabilities to drive idea generation and event focused financing opportunities is the clear next step in the development of our US investment banking franchise.”

“With experience advising Internet companies through all stages of the business lifecycle from early round financing to private placements, IPOs and M&A, Chris is a critical addition to our growing technology banking platform as we continue moving forward to help clients achieve their goals,” he added.

The hire of Mr. Namis the most recent since the appointment of former Barclays executive Brendan Smith as its Vice President of its Corporate FX Sales last month.

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