Michael Barkman
Analyst, Advisory Group/Cross-Border M&A

Years in the industry: 2 years
Area of focus: M&A
School: University of Denver


What do you do at Mizuho?
I gather, analyze, and communicate the results of investment information to my group and to clients. On a daily basis, I am often working on valuations or other financial analyses, assisting clients in due diligence efforts, or supporting our team in other ways.  

What surprised you about Mizuho?
I've seen a tremendous initiative to expand in the US. From growing the Advisory Group to building a larger capital markets business and elsewhere, I’ve been impressed with the significant steps taken to become a top bank in the US.

How have you grown since joining Mizuho?
I've developed a strong level of professionalism and high standard for my work as I’ve been surrounded by people who do the same.

What’s a particularly proud moment you’ve had here?
I’m proud of having taken on more responsibility and managing communication with several clients in key instances.

What do you do for fun?
When not working, I’m spending time with my wife, running through Central Park, or watching Arsenal continue to disappoint.