Macquarie has announced a further push into Japan, announcing the appointment of Toyomu Suzuki in its equity markets group. Suzuki will be based in Tokyo and joins as head of structured products and marketing, Japan.

In what is a newly created role, Suzuki will focus his attentions on bringing the existing equity derivatives and structured products business in-house and expanding the platform to offer clients products such as fund of hedge funds and exotic derivatives. He reports to Paul O'Brien, head of Macquarie's equity markets group (EGM) and transfers to the Australian firm from BNP Paribas.

For the past seven year, Suzuki has worked in the Tokyo operations of BNP, where he focused on a variety of roles, including the marketing of various structured products, such as equity linked notes, fund of hedge funds linked products and currency & interest rate linked notes, mainly to Japanese securities houses, asset managers and banks. Prior to BNP, Suzuki spent 14 years with the Nikko group