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Mizuho to buy U.S. M&A adviser Greenhill for $550m

Japanese banking group looks to expand presence in American capital markets

Mizuho Financial Group's purchase of Greenhill will be the Japanese bank's first major overseas acquisition since 2015.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Mizuho Financial Group said Monday it will buy U.S. investment bank Greenhill & Co. for $550 million, as Japan's third-largest lender aims to expand its American presence.

Mizuho will offer $15 a share for the boutique M&A adviser, a nearly 60% premium over Greenhill's weighted average 90-day share price of $9.45. The transaction is due to close by the end of the year.

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