Our Team

Mr. Sierra, a founding partner, has more than 26 years of experience in the Financial Markets. He worked for ten years at ABN AMRO Bank in New York, first as a trader for the EM Latin American Portfolio and later as Director for EM Fixed Income Sales for Latin America.

Mr. Sierra subsequently moved to Dresdner Kleinwort and headed the EM Retail Solution Team for the Americas. In addition to his leading role at Torino, Mr. Sierra is deeply committed to the region and participates in various political advisory and regional developmental groups. He is recognized by Torino clients as a valuable resource providing investment insights into the region.

Mr. Borsato has over 15 years of experience in the areas of compliance and operations in the investment banking and insurance industries in Brazil and the United States. He holds life and health insurance licenses from New York State and FINRA securities licenses: series 3, 7, 24, 27, 30, 31, 34, 63, 65, 66, 79 and 87. Mr. Borsato is a graduate in Business Administration from Faculdade Anglo Latino in Brazil and has pursued select programs and courses at various higher learning institutions including the University of Melbourne, University of Geneve, The Wharton School and Johns Hopkins.

Mr. Hirsch has been in the financial services industry for more than 55 years and serves as Torino’s CFO and FINOP. Previously, Mr. Hirsch worked for Checkers, Simon and Rosner, a CPA firm in Chicago as a senior supervisory auditor. His audits included broker-dealers and market making firms. He began his career as a junior accountant and internal auditor for Bache & Co. Mr. Hirsche is a graduate of Pace College.

Craig Sweetra has over 40 years of 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 traveled worldwide as part of an international audit team. He has over ten years of 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.

Mr. Batista 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. Previously, at Renaissance Capital, Mr. Batista headed FICC Sales in New York, focusing on Russia, the CIS and Africa.

Mr. Batista 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, Mr. Batista 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.

For over 25 years Mr. Espirito Santo has been providing valuable insights and perspectives to investors in the emerging markets fixed income, FX, local rates, derivatives, structured products and alternatives space.

During his career, he developed successful emerging markets fixed income distribution businesses for market players such as Paribas, UBS, Commerzbank, and Credit Agricole. He was also responsible for executing Santander’s key LatAm FX and local markets business build-out to U.S. clients before moving to BBVA, where he became Director and Head of Sales for EM Fixed Income, Fx and Local Markets.

Mr. Espirito Santo holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

 

Mr. Escobar is Torino Capital’s local representative in Ecuador and is responsible for business development and origination. Previously, Mr. Escobar was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley–where he created customized investment management strategies for private individuals and high net worth clients. Mr. Escobar also worked at Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank prior to joining the Torino Capital team.

Mr. Escobar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University.

Mr. Escobar is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ms. Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance solutions experience. Before joining Torino, she worked in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector. While there Ms. Guadalupe advised companies and creditors on financings, M&A transactions, 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.

Ms. Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as an MS in Economics of Oil and Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

Ms. Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance solutions experience. Before joining Torino, she worked in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector. While there Ms. Guadalupe advised companies and creditors on financings, M&A transactions, 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.

Ms. Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as an MS in Economics of Oil and Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

Mr. Escobar is Torino Capital’s local representative in Ecuador and is responsible for business development and origination. Previously, Mr. Escobar was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley–where he created customized investment management strategies for private individuals and high net worth clients. Mr. Escobar also worked at Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank prior to joining the Torino Capital team.

Mr. Escobar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University.

Mr. Escobar is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ms. Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance solutions experience. Before joining Torino, she worked in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector. While there Ms. Guadalupe advised companies and creditors on financings, M&A transactions, 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.

Ms. Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as an MS in Economics of Oil and Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

For over 25 years Mr. Espirito Santo has been providing valuable insights and perspectives to investors in the emerging markets fixed income, FX, local rates, derivatives, structured products and alternatives space.

During his career, he developed successful emerging markets fixed income distribution businesses for market players such as Paribas, UBS, Commerzbank, and Credit Agricole. He was also responsible for executing Santander’s key LatAm FX and local markets business build-out to U.S. clients before moving to BBVA, where he became Director and Head of Sales for EM Fixed Income, Fx and Local Markets.

Mr. Espirito Santo holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

 

Mr. Escobar is Torino Capital’s local representative in Ecuador and is responsible for business development and origination. Previously, Mr. Escobar was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley–where he created customized investment management strategies for private individuals and high net worth clients. Mr. Escobar also worked at Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank prior to joining the Torino Capital team.

Mr. Escobar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University.

Mr. Escobar is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ms. Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance solutions experience. Before joining Torino, she worked in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector. While there Ms. Guadalupe advised companies and creditors on financings, M&A transactions, 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.

Ms. Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as an MS in Economics of Oil and Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

For over 25 years Mr. Espirito Santo has been providing valuable insights and perspectives to investors in the emerging markets fixed income, FX, local rates, derivatives, structured products and alternatives space.

During his career, he developed successful emerging markets fixed income distribution businesses for market players such as Paribas, UBS, Commerzbank, and Credit Agricole. He was also responsible for executing Santander’s key LatAm FX and local markets business build-out to U.S. clients before moving to BBVA, where he became Director and Head of Sales for EM Fixed Income, Fx and Local Markets.

Mr. Espirito Santo holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

 

Mr. Escobar is Torino Capital’s local representative in Ecuador and is responsible for business development and origination. Previously, Mr. Escobar was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley–where he created customized investment management strategies for private individuals and high net worth clients. Mr. Escobar also worked at Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank prior to joining the Torino Capital team.

Mr. Escobar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University.

Mr. Escobar is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ms. Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance solutions experience. Before joining Torino, she worked in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector. While there Ms. Guadalupe advised companies and creditors on financings, M&A transactions, 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.

Ms. Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as an MS in Economics of Oil and Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

Mr. Batista 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. Previously, at Renaissance Capital, Mr. Batista headed FICC Sales in New York, focusing on Russia, the CIS and Africa.

Mr. Batista 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, Mr. Batista 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.

For over 25 years Mr. Espirito Santo has been providing valuable insights and perspectives to investors in the emerging markets fixed income, FX, local rates, derivatives, structured products and alternatives space.

During his career, he developed successful emerging markets fixed income distribution businesses for market players such as Paribas, UBS, Commerzbank, and Credit Agricole. He was also responsible for executing Santander’s key LatAm FX and local markets business build-out to U.S. clients before moving to BBVA, where he became Director and Head of Sales for EM Fixed Income, Fx and Local Markets.

Mr. Espirito Santo holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

 

Mr. Escobar is Torino Capital’s local representative in Ecuador and is responsible for business development and origination. Previously, Mr. Escobar was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley–where he created customized investment management strategies for private individuals and high net worth clients. Mr. Escobar also worked at Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank prior to joining the Torino Capital team.

Mr. Escobar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University.

Mr. Escobar is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ms. Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance solutions experience. Before joining Torino, she worked in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector. While there Ms. Guadalupe advised companies and creditors on financings, M&A transactions, 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.

Ms. Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as an MS in Economics of Oil and Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

Craig Sweetra has over 40 years of 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 traveled worldwide as part of an international audit team. He has over ten years of 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.

Mr. Batista 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. Previously, at Renaissance Capital, Mr. Batista headed FICC Sales in New York, focusing on Russia, the CIS and Africa.

Mr. Batista 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, Mr. Batista 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.

For over 25 years Mr. Espirito Santo has been providing valuable insights and perspectives to investors in the emerging markets fixed income, FX, local rates, derivatives, structured products and alternatives space.

During his career, he developed successful emerging markets fixed income distribution businesses for market players such as Paribas, UBS, Commerzbank, and Credit Agricole. He was also responsible for executing Santander’s key LatAm FX and local markets business build-out to U.S. clients before moving to BBVA, where he became Director and Head of Sales for EM Fixed Income, Fx and Local Markets.

Mr. Espirito Santo holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

 

Mr. Escobar is Torino Capital’s local representative in Ecuador and is responsible for business development and origination. Previously, Mr. Escobar was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley–where he created customized investment management strategies for private individuals and high net worth clients. Mr. Escobar also worked at Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank prior to joining the Torino Capital team.

Mr. Escobar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University.

Mr. Escobar is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ms. Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance solutions experience. Before joining Torino, she worked in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector. While there Ms. Guadalupe advised companies and creditors on financings, M&A transactions, 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.

Ms. Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as an MS in Economics of Oil and Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

Mr. Hirsch has been in the financial services industry for more than 55 years and serves as Torino’s CFO and FINOP. Previously, Mr. Hirsch worked for Checkers, Simon and Rosner, a CPA firm in Chicago as a senior supervisory auditor. His audits included broker-dealers and market making firms. He began his career as a junior accountant and internal auditor for Bache & Co. Mr. Hirsche is a graduate of Pace College.

Craig Sweetra has over 40 years of 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 traveled worldwide as part of an international audit team. He has over ten years of 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.

Mr. Batista 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. Previously, at Renaissance Capital, Mr. Batista headed FICC Sales in New York, focusing on Russia, the CIS and Africa.

Mr. Batista 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, Mr. Batista 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.

For over 25 years Mr. Espirito Santo has been providing valuable insights and perspectives to investors in the emerging markets fixed income, FX, local rates, derivatives, structured products and alternatives space.

During his career, he developed successful emerging markets fixed income distribution businesses for market players such as Paribas, UBS, Commerzbank, and Credit Agricole. He was also responsible for executing Santander’s key LatAm FX and local markets business build-out to U.S. clients before moving to BBVA, where he became Director and Head of Sales for EM Fixed Income, Fx and Local Markets.

Mr. Espirito Santo holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

 

Mr. Escobar is Torino Capital’s local representative in Ecuador and is responsible for business development and origination. Previously, Mr. Escobar was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley–where he created customized investment management strategies for private individuals and high net worth clients. Mr. Escobar also worked at Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank prior to joining the Torino Capital team.

Mr. Escobar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University.

Mr. Escobar is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ms. Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance solutions experience. Before joining Torino, she worked in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector. While there Ms. Guadalupe advised companies and creditors on financings, M&A transactions, 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.

Ms. Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as an MS in Economics of Oil and Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

Mr. Borsato has over 15 years of experience in the areas of compliance and operations in the investment banking and insurance industries in Brazil and the United States. He holds life and health insurance licenses from New York State and FINRA securities licenses: series 3, 7, 24, 27, 30, 31, 34, 63, 65, 66, 79 and 87. Mr. Borsato is a graduate in Business Administration from Faculdade Anglo Latino in Brazil and has pursued select programs and courses at various higher learning institutions including the University of Melbourne, University of Geneve, The Wharton School and Johns Hopkins.

Mr. Hirsch has been in the financial services industry for more than 55 years and serves as Torino’s CFO and FINOP. Previously, Mr. Hirsch worked for Checkers, Simon and Rosner, a CPA firm in Chicago as a senior supervisory auditor. His audits included broker-dealers and market making firms. He began his career as a junior accountant and internal auditor for Bache & Co. Mr. Hirsche is a graduate of Pace College.

Craig Sweetra has over 40 years of 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 traveled worldwide as part of an international audit team. He has over ten years of 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.

Mr. Batista 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. Previously, at Renaissance Capital, Mr. Batista headed FICC Sales in New York, focusing on Russia, the CIS and Africa.

Mr. Batista 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, Mr. Batista 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.

For over 25 years Mr. Espirito Santo has been providing valuable insights and perspectives to investors in the emerging markets fixed income, FX, local rates, derivatives, structured products and alternatives space.

During his career, he developed successful emerging markets fixed income distribution businesses for market players such as Paribas, UBS, Commerzbank, and Credit Agricole. He was also responsible for executing Santander’s key LatAm FX and local markets business build-out to U.S. clients before moving to BBVA, where he became Director and Head of Sales for EM Fixed Income, Fx and Local Markets.

Mr. Espirito Santo holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

 

Mr. Escobar is Torino Capital’s local representative in Ecuador and is responsible for business development and origination. Previously, Mr. Escobar was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley–where he created customized investment management strategies for private individuals and high net worth clients. Mr. Escobar also worked at Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank prior to joining the Torino Capital team.

Mr. Escobar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree in Management from Harvard University.

Mr. Escobar is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ms. Guadalupe has 15 years of combined Energy & Finance solutions experience. Before joining Torino, she worked in the Financial Restructuring group at Houlihan Lokey focusing in the Energy sector. While there Ms. Guadalupe advised companies and creditors on financings, M&A transactions, 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.

Ms. Guadalupe started her career as an engineer for BP’s affiliate Pan American Energy.

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as an MS in Economics of Oil and Gas and as an Industrial Engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).