MEET OUR TEAM
Chairman and CEO
Mr. Sierra, a founding partner, has more than 20 years of experience in the Financial Markets. Worked for 10 years for ABN AMRO Bank in New York where he started as a short term trader for the EM Latin American Portfolio and later moved to become the Director for EM Fixed Income sales for Latin America. In Dresdner Kleinwort Mr. Sierra was the head of the EM Retail Solution Team for the Americas. He holds a unique inside view into the Latin American region where he has worked closely for many years with institutions from the private and public sector.
Previous to joining us, he was director and senior Andean economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Rodríguez has held numerous positions in academia and public policy. Between 2000 and 2004 he headed the Venezuelan Congressional Budget Office. He has taught economics at the University of Maryland at College Park, Wesleyan University, and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Caracas. Before joining BAML, Rodríguez was the head of research at the Human Development Report Office at the UN Development Program. His research has been published in journals such as Foreign Affairs, American Economic Journal, and Journal of Economic Growth. He is the co-author of Venezuela before Chávez (Penn State University Press, 2012) He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
Managing Partner – Head of Trading
Mario Rappoport has nearly 20 years of experience in emerging markets, with particular emphasis on Latin America. Most recently he was a Manager Director, Co-Head of Global Emerging Market at Sterne Agee. Mr. Rappoport was a Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets Sales at Jefferies & Co., where he was responsible for covering institutional accounts in Latin America, the U.S. and Europe. Previously, he was an Executive Director and partner in Atlas One's New York office where he was responsible for launching the firm's emerging markets desk in New York. Prior to that, Mr. Rappoport served in various roles focused on emerging markets sales and trading at Bear Stearns, Standard Bank and ABN AMRO Bank. Mr. Rappoport received a Master of International Affairs with a specialization in International Finance and Banking from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Chief Financial Officer/CFO
Steve has been in the financial services industry for more than 40 years. He began his career as a junior accountant with Bache & Co., gradually working his way to controller, a position he held for 16 years. He also worked as a supervisory senior auditor for 5 years, and is presently a FINOP.
Deborah M.R. Lieberman
Deborah has over 20+ years of global investment experience working with corporate and institutional clients. Prior to Joining Torino Capital, Deborah was an EM Fixed income Sales person at Standard Bank New York providing Sales coverage to clients based in U.S., Europe and Latin America.
During her career while working for Atlantic Advisors, Wasserstein Perella EM, Tullett & Tokyo, and ING Bank she acquired extensive experience in the areas of Foreign Exchange, Emerging Markets Local Markets, Fixed Income, Interest Rates and Corporates. Deborah is also a longtime board member of the EMTA Charity Ball (EMCB), that has raised several million for EM charities globally.
Assistant Vice President
Ignacio's experience comes from being a credit trading analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. His career experience in risk analysis and trading gives him a unique advantage in terms of research and account coverage. An engineer by training, having worked in several multinational companies gives Ignacio a broad view of company processes and optimal levels of operation. This experience and knowledge gives him a more complete view regarding investment opportunities and trading.
Mr. Harris has served in a number of roles focusing on credit risk origination and structuring. He most recently worked at Millenium Partners, a US-based hedge fund, as a research analyst for Latin American credits. Prior to this position, he worked at ING Financial, where he assisted ING Bank in sourcing and structuring bi-lateral structured finance transactions throughout Latin America. Prior to joining ING, he worked for 7 years at Dresdner Bank and then Commerzbank, sourcing and structuring various illiquid asset financing transactions in both Latin America and the US. He has also worked at Koch Capital, Enron, and Cargill.
Tania Elizabeth Branez
Director - Emerging Market Sales
Tania has 20+ years of experience on Wall Street, and in particular in Emerging markets. She worked at Bear Stearns in sales & trading for the Emerging Market Fixed Income desk. In 2008, she was hired as a Senior Vice President by International Capital Markets, Inc. to consult in the startup of a broker dealer. She eventually returned to an EM sales role at both Cantor Fitzgerald and Jefferies. She has cultivated and continues to nurture and maintain deep relationships in the financial markets in New York and globally.