Lawyer - Returner Programme

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  • Sector:

    Financial Services

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  • Salary:

    Competitive Salary and Benefits

  • Contact:

    Renee Henze

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  • Job ref:

    VAC 762

  • Published:

    4 months ago

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Mizuho International Supported Returner Role – London

Lawyer - Vice President

We are pleased to be recruiting for a supported returner role within our Legal team.  This is the first supported returner we are looking to recruit but we plan to hire several others across the company in the coming months. 

This role is aimed at someone who has taken a career break of two years or more and who is now looking to return to work.  This is a permanent role at Vice President rank within our Legal and Compliance Department.

Who We Are

Mizuho International plc (MHI) is the London based securities and investment banking arm of the Mizuho Financial Group, one of the largest financial institutions in the world.  With a primary focus on client based activities, our wide range of services includes sales and trading in both debt and equity securities, derivatives and the underwriting of new issues and M&A advisory services.

The Role

Mizuho International plc’s (“MHI”) Legal & Compliance Department is looking for a legally qualified individual to work across a wide range of financial areas including: 

  • primary capital markets - DCM and ECM transactional work,
  • transaction management of plain vanilla and structured bonds and MTNs,
  • secondary markets fixed income and equity products, and
  • secondary loan trading, repo, securities lending and derivatives. 

This role may also provide legal support to Mizuho Bank (London Branch) under ‘dual-hatting’ arrangements and also to Mizuho Securities Europe GmbH (MHI’s Frankfurt based subsidiary) and Asset Management One Limited (London based Mizuho Group affiliate fund manager) under outsourcing arrangements.  

The role will also include project work and general tasks including:

  • research,
  • review and preparation of internal policies and procedures,
  • general compliance,
  • regulatory; and 
  • corporate related matters.


Supported Returners

This is the first of a small number of permanent, supoorted returner roles which we are looking to recruit across the company and are looking for experienced professionals who wish to restart their career in a high performing environment.  You will be provided with bespoke training and support for your particular role and will be given many opportunities to build relationships with colleagues and senior leaders from across the company.  We have a strong focus on mentorship and you will be given a buddy and a mentor to support you in your return to work.

We are looking for a strong team player with a legal background in banking/finance who has previous experience within the financial services sector. This position would suit a qualified / junior, common law jurisdiction lawyer that is looking to further their career in banking. 

You will be supported in developing a good understanding of the relevant business areas and related financial products as much as the legal issues involved.   As a relatively small legal team of 11 people, all of our roles are broad and you will work with a variety of stakeholders across the department and the Company – flexibility of approach is therefore key.   The individual will be required to build strong stakeholder relationships and provide legal advice on an independent basis and which reflects the best interests of MHI as a corporate entity.

If you have excellent leadership and communication skills, strong problem-solving and analytical skills and are looking to return to work on a permanent basis following a career break of at least two years please do get in touch.

We are happy to talk flexible working for this role such as four days per week, a nine day fortnight or reduced working hours.  The role will also include regular homeworking.  Applicants will have had a career break of at least two years.

At Mizuho International we are committed to supporting equality and diversity, and seek to create a workplace that is fully inclusive.  We promote flexibility where it allows you to meet other commitments or strike a better work-life balance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community that we operate in.  We particularly encourage applications from experienced female candidates who are currently under-represented within Mizuho International.  Our culture is important to us and we look for all of our employees to demonstrate our core pillars of success of winning spirit, inspiring trust and diversity of thought.

If you require more information about our equal opportunities policy or wish to discuss any accessibility requirements please contact me on and I will be happy to help. 

Application Process

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