Risk management specialist Miroslav Visic joined Mizuho Bank in New York as a vice president, where he will report to Hiroyuki Kasama, the bank's head of structured finance. Visic was vice president of exposure management for Deutsche Bank in New York, where he worked in the securitization area for five years. He joins nine of his colleagues who left Deutsche Bank's Exposure Management Group over the last two years.

BNP Paribas appointed Richard Bongo, formerly from Merrill Lynch, as managing director and head of ABS for North America. The new hire, who will be based in New York, was previously a director in mortgage sales at Merrill, where he was a senior sales producer in ABS, MBS, mortgage-backed derivatives and CDOs. Bongo, who also worked at Banc of America Securities, Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers, will report to Len Jardine, head of U.S. credit sales at BNP. Prior to this, BNP also hired Joe Waskas, David O'Shaughnessy and Jason Brus to its equity business and derivatives divisions.

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