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
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.