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.

Fabino'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.

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.

Michael has more than 30 years’ experience in the securities industry. Michael started out as a trader working on both the floor of the NYSE and upstairs as a Market Maker. Michael was one of the first derivative traders working at Shearson Lehman Brothers. Michael was a senior/founding trader and Market Maker of the OTC trading desk at Wagner Stott Mercator.

He was integral in the merger of the firm with Fidelity Investment and the formation of their OTC securities trading desk. Michael was VP of Deutsche Bank’s NDB Group’s World Wide Equity trading desk and part of the management team. Michael managed several brokerage firms and served as their director of investment banking and compliance. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in the city of New York. He has taught at the New York Institute of Finance and a local Community College.

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.

Pedro has worked in Emerging markets since 1994, in various roles, research, structuring and trading. Since 2000 Pedro has worked mostly in credit trading, operating with multiple credits, mostly in LatAm, but also in Eastern Europe and Africa.

Pedro worked for 15 years at Barclays, were he was senior credit trader of bonds and CDS. His experience includes stints at Banco Santander, were he was a Managing Director, Head of the LatAm Credit Trading desk and at MUFG, where he was an Executive Director, LatAm Credit Trading. Pedro has an M.A in Banking and Finance for the University of Reading (UK).

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

Deborah has over 20+ years of global investment experience working with corporate and institutional clients. Prior to Joining Torino Capital, LLC. 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.

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.

Gianfranco has worked at Torino Capital as a high-level manager of the institutional business in the LATAM region, developing the coverage of Institutional Investors,

His unique expertise as a consultant for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the most prestigious international accounting and consulting firms gives him a unique insight into credit analysis. This expertise allows him to make educated and sophisticated opinions for credits and sovereigns investment opportunities.

He was the President/Director of Industrias Brianza, one of Venezuela most prestigious Furniture Companies, this gives him a strong base in leadership and management. This experience complements his strong knowledge in company analysis inside out.

Mr. di Flumeri is based in Caracas, Venezuela.

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).

David has founded several successful startups in the physical commodities trading, finance and transportation business. David began his career in New York’s ABN AMRO’s Fixed Income EM sales desk followed by time in Deutsche Bank’s convertible bonds sales and trading. With strong relationships in Latin America, David joins Torino Capital to expand its portfolio of institutional clients and high net worth individuals. David has a finance degree from University of Florida and a business specialization from Columbia University.

Mr. Olson is based in Asuncion, Paraguay