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Analyst, Sales and Trading
New York

Khalil

When I was 14 years old, I went to the stock exchange with my grandfather and my life was changed after that. I started asking my grandfather how he knows if a stock is going to go up or down, and none of the answers I got were fulfilling enough. 

One thing I understood is that the markets are very unpredictable and hard to master, which seemed very intriguing to me. 

That day I decided to become a student of the market.

Since then, I started trading in my own account, studied Finance in college and knew that I wanted to do something related to the markets. After talking and networking with multiple professionals in banking, sales and trading and other professions in finance, sales and trading resonated the most with me so I decided to pursue a career in it. I started reading a lot of market literature and became specifically interested in the concept of value investing. While interning at Barclays, I rotated on the distressed debt and special situations trading desk and got the chance to come back here full-time.

My desk trades a wide array of products, including bankruptcy claims. These claims have their value usually driven off of an underlying portfolio of assets. One of the most interesting projects I worked on was quarterbacking the valuation and negotiation process on the underlying portfolio of derivatives that backs one bankruptcy claim. Essentially, I had to coordinate between our legal team, valuation team, IT teams and multiple trading teams around the bank, as well as negotiate the value of the claim with the bankruptcy trustee. It was a great experience that introduced me to colleagues around the bank at various teams and levels of seniority, provided me with a great leadership opportunity at a very early stage and taught me a lot about negotiations.