Mizuho EU CRO reveals his top risks – they may surprise you

Fears over technology dominate Wolfgang Koehler’s list of greatest risks for Mizuho’s EU unit

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The launch of Mizuho Securities Europe in April 2019 was almost derailed – and by an operational problem that is often overshadowed by other risks. Just before the launch, vital fibre optic connections between the investment firm, located in Frankfurt, and its data centres in London broke down.

Now a repeat of such an outage is one of the proverbial worries that keep Mizuho Securities Europe’s risk chief up at night.

“Though we weren’t doing any business yet, we had a short outage which was

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