Our Team

Mr. Sierra, a founding partner, has more than 24 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.

Fabiano Borsato brings over 15 years of experience between Brazil and the U.S. in the investment banking and insurance businesses, most recently in the area of compliance and operations. He holds life and health insurance licenses from New York State and securities licenses Series 3, 7, 24, 27, 30, 31, 34, 63, 65, 66, 79 and 87. Fabiano has concluded studies in multiple institutions including the University of Melbourne, University of Geneve, The Wharton School, John Hopkins Bloomberg, and Faculdade Anglo Latino.

Steve has been in the Financial Services Industry for more than 55 years. He began his career upon graduating from Pace College as a junior accountant and internal auditor for Bache & Co. He has worked his way up to become a CFO and Controller, a position he has held for more than 35 years. He also worked for Checkers, Simon and Rosner, a CPA firm in Chicago for five years as a senior supervisory auditor. His audits included Broker-Dealers and Market Making firms. He is currently Torino's CFO and a FINOP.

Craig Sweetra has over 40 years experience in wholesale and investment banking. He is experienced in the trading, operations, audit and most recently compliance functions. Besides working in New York, he has been based in Frankfurt and Mexico City. While an auditor he travelled worldwide as part of an international audit team. He has over ten years experience in the compliance function and currently has series 7 and 24 licenses.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and pursued select courses at the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.

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.

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.

With over 20 years of experience with major banks, including JP Morgan, Citibank, Deutsche Bank and RBC, Ricardo brings to Torino Capital expertise in operations management for Latin America and Emerging Markets. Over the course of his career, Ricardo’s roles have included managing the operational side and supporting Fixed Income Trading Desks, Equities and Client Services and Emerging Markets.

Prior to joining Torino, Ricardo was with RBC in International Fixed Income Operations, Deutsche Bank overseeing Equities – Client Service Global Operations and positions with Barclays Capital and JPMorgan in LATAM and Emerging Markets focused roles.

Ricardo’s passion for outstanding customer service working with Latin American clients is evident in the long-lasting relationships he has cultivated and maintained over the year

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.

Maurice has over 20 years of experience in financial services, with a focus on global emerging markets. Prior to joining Torino Capital, LLC. he worked in institutional sales at Stifel Financial. Maurice also worked at Rencap Securities, where he was head of FICC sales in New York focusing on Russia, the CIS and Africa.

He began his career in emerging markets at Chase Securities and has also worked in sales at BBVA and Cantor Fitzgerald. Prior to working in Institutional sales, Maurice worked in JP Morgan’s Private Bank where he covered high net worth investors from Latin America and Canada. He holds an MBA from NYU Stern School and a BA from UCLA.

Alejandro has been involved in the Global Financial Markets for more than 30 years, before joining Torino he was the Head Trader for Defender Asset Management.

At GFI Securities he oversaw the development and expansion of the firm to Latin America. He led the distribution effort for EM Fixed Income at the firm.

For more than 10 years Alejandro Bueno was a pioneer and a driver in local IDBs in Argentina. He was responsible and a co-founder of ICAP and Tradition in Argentina. He also worked at Tradition North America.

Mr. Bueno is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Jaime has more than 20 years of multinational experience in structuring debt products, structured loan transactions, sales of emerging markets credits, commodities, structured notes and derivatives products for large international banks including ABN AMRO, HSBC, and BTG Pactual. He has an in-depth knowledge of derivatives, credits, various accounting, and regulatory environments, particularly in Latin American markets.

A strong negotiator, he has built businesses from the ground up throughout Latin America and has developed and implemented strategic plans, credit approvals, processes, new product additions and marketing strategies for clients worldwide. He also previously served as the Corporate Risk Manager for Petroleos Mexicanos.
Jaime holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México.

Christian begans his careers in 2009 with Citizens Bank and, since that time, have worked at various financial institutions including, Eastern bank, Torino Capital LLC.

As a Financial Adviser at Morgan Stanley, Christian works closely with clients to create a highly customized investment management strategy with a goal to ensure that each client’s financial plan is implemented effectively.

Christian practiced in international business, with experience working with South American, and primarily Ecuadorian, clients. Christian holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University. Additionally, Christian is FINRA series 7, 66 and 63 licensed.

Mr. Escobar is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance experience. Before joining Torino, Guadalupe
was in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector, where she
worked advising companies and creditors on financing, M&A, pre-arranged reorganizations, and
Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

Earlier in her career, Guadalupe was a Credit Derivatives Structurer at HSBC, where she executed
structured transactions making use of derivatives, special purpose vehicles, ring-fenced structures, and
arbitrage opportunities.

Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.
Guadalupe holds an MBA from Columbia University and graduated as a MSc in Economics of Oil and
Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

Mr. Kaniuk has over 25 years of experience handling commodities, derivatives, equities, F/X fixed income and structured products. His career path includes eight years as executive director of trading in Morgan Stanley and six years as head trader for UBS AG.

He has devoted the last fifteen years of his career to emerging markets and managing trading teams while providing support in international wealth management, where he’s also widely experienced.