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.Korngold has been working in the international financial market. Through Banco Bozano, Simonsen he was a fixed income trader for emerging markets at Latinvest in London from 1993 to 1996. He moved to New York in 1996, where he was responsible for Bozano's brokerage in New York and Miami.

For Santander in NY from 2000 to 2012, in the area of International Fixed Income with specialization in Emerging Markets, he was Sales Manager, executive director, and head of EM sales. From 2012 to 2014 he was head of Emerging Markets sales at Bank of New York. Subsequently, he worked at Cantor, Fitzgerald from 2014 to 2019 also in the area of Fixed Income sales. From July 2019 to July 2020 was at Planner Securities in New York, responsible for the Fixed Income trading and sales area.

Mr. Korngold holds a postgraduate degree in Business Administration and a degree in Civil Engineer, both from Mackenzie University in SP.

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. Sardar is a member of the Torino Capital LLC. Investment Banking Team.

He has been dealing with Latin America for over 12 years and has held senior positions at various global financial institutions such as: Executive Director of Structured Credit Trading at Nomura Securities, Director of Credit Solutions at Commerzbank, and Vice President of Emerging Markets Trading for Latin America at Deutsche Bank.

Amit Sardar holds a master's degree in Financial Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Finance from the XLRI Management School.

Mr. Rodriguez has more than 20 years of experience in structuring debt products, structured loan transactions, commodities structured notes and derivatives products at large international banks including: ABN AMRO, HSBC, and BTG Pactual. He has in-depth knowledge of derivatives, financing instruments and of various accounting and regulatory environments in Latin America.

Having built structuring businesses from the ground-up, Mr. Rodriguez has been tasked with developing and implementing strategic plans, credit approval processes and launching new product additions at various banks.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Rodriguez also served as Risk Manager for Petroleos Mexicanos.

Mr. Rodriguez holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México.

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. Berg has over 20 years of experience in senior capital markets roles at Deutsche Bank, ING, ABN Amro, Commerzbank and Natixis. At these institutions he was involved in originating transactions across Latin America in: new issues, restructurings, debt buybacks and exchanges of public and private sector companies.

Mr. Berg. has a deep understanding of the issues facing regional issuers and is a trusted advisor to many LatAm-based companies. His issuer knowledge and investor, rating agency and law firm contacts in the U.S. and the LatAm region enables him to identify, coordinate, structure and execute optimal transactions for Torino's clients.

Mr. Berg graduated with a BA from Wesleyan University, Connecticut and an MBA from the IAE/Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires.

Mr. Sanchez has 20 years of experience in the financial markets whereby he started his career at Laidlaw Global Securities as part of the Institutional Sales and Trading team covering Latin American and European institutional accounts.

He then moved on to Westminster Securities where was he was part of the NYSE floor trading and NASDAQ market-making team handling institutional clients globally. This was followed by positions at Latam securities, Tullet Prebon, and Rock Center Capital Partners, where he worked in the areas of equities, derivatives, structured products and risk arbitrage.

Most recently he was Director of Sales at iintoo where he spearheaded the sales in private placements of commercial-grade real estate offerings. Mr. Sanchez is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and besides his expertise, this was also instrumental in expanding their presence, not only in the US but throughout Latin America. Mr. Sanchez holds an MBA from Binghamton University.

Thornton has over 25 years of experience in capital markets – especially fixed-income government and corporate issues, financial services, and emerging markets.

Over the course of his career, Thornton has experience in monitoring TRACE reporting for fixed income transactions including analysis of anomalies, enhancing workflows and responding to regulatory inquiries. He has expertise in optimizing account opening and other support functions. He has enhanced trade processing workflows to improve automation.

Thornton holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.