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Martin Anidjar

Martin Anidjar

Managing Partner, Baffin Advisors LLC

Has a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago, then worked in Wall Street banks in NY doing both research and trading, across regions.

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After getting his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago (where he worked for a recent Nobel laureate), Martín joined JPMorgan’s EM Fixed Income research team. Martín was in charge of JPMorgan’s Asia Sovereign Strategy during his first two years at JPMorgan, to then switch into its Latin American team. There he developed Local Markets products, over-all strategy products, as well as focused on the strategy of crises credits (Argentina, Uruguay during 2001/2002). Those crises allowed him to introduce new concepts and methods of analysis to value debt restructuring episodes and sovereign sustainability scenarios, as well as the pricing of sharply binomial situations (i.e. World Bank guaranteed bonds). Some of these new methods have since then become standard tools. During periods of extensive collaboration with the Capital Markets team advising sovereign and quasi-sovereigns, Martín was pulled to the other side of the Chinese wall. He joined Morgan Stanley in early 2004 to head the Latin American Strategy team, which then became a Trading Desk Strategy effort. His calls on the beginning of Brazil’s graduation, as well as his intense focus on Argentina’s debt restructuring were highlights of the first two years at Morgan Stanley. His research and strategy years put him on several media outlets frequently, as well as a regular participant in policy circles and market congresses and conferences. By late 2005 Martin led the development of the local markets trading desk at Morgan Stanley. In early 2007 Martin joined UBS to establish and run an Emerging Markets Proprietary Trading desk within a broader Credit Trading Desk. As a consequence of the global economic crisis in late 2008, UBS decided to shut down all its proprietary desk operations. Martin is a founding partner of the Baffin Capital Group and Baffin Advisors. Since the end of 2008, he shared his ideas on the global economy that has received more than 15,000 visitors, which made him a contributor to Nouriel Roubini’s RGE Monitor. The blog has now been moved to Baffin Advisors’ web site.
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Ignacio Ponce Ocampo

Ignacio Ponce Ocampo

Managing Director, Baffin Advisors LLC

Has a PhD in Economics from the University of Rochester. Worked at Goldman Sachs for eleven years, then at Deutsche Bank, both on the Credit Trading Desks trading bonds and derivatives. Joined Baffin in 2017.

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After receiving his degree in Economics from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella – Buenos Aires, Argentina – in 1995 Ignacio joined Capital Markets Argentina as an Economist and Emerging Market Strategists. He remained at Capital Markets until leaving to NY to pursue his grad studies. In 2002 he obtained his Ph.D. in Economics with specializations in Macroeconomics and Public Finance and immediately joined the London Office of Goldman Sachs International. He joined the Corporate Credit Trading Desk with responsibilities of market making and risk management across several sectors and a scope from IG to Distress. By the end of 2005, Ignacio moved to the NY office to trade Industrials and Technology Corporates. During the Big Recession Ignacio was in charge of market making Homebuilders and Building products strongly affected by the mortgage situation. During this time of low liquidity and volatile market moves he was able to create outsize PNL. By the end of 2012, he joined Deutsche Bank to spearhead the reconstruction of the High Yield Credit Default Swaps franchise. In early 2015, Ignacio joined Lucidus Capital Partners, a long-short credit hedge fund with as a Portfolio Manager with a mandate to trade North America Corporate Credit, LATAM EM with a macro overlay. In March of 2017, Ignacio joined Baffin as a Managing Director.
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Leland Wei

Leland Wei

Managing Director, Baffin Advisors LLC

Has a PhD in Mathematics from Fudan University; and an MS in Computer Science from University of Southern California. He held senior positions at MorganStanley, Citibank, Merril Lynch and ING.

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Leland has 16 years of Wall Street experience mainly focusing on Emerging Markets Quantitative Strategy and Risk Management. He started his financial career at Citibank in the analytics group of Global Research, and then moved on to cover quantitative strategy for EM Research at ING Barings and Merrill Lynch. Leland joined Morgan Stanley in 2002 as head quantitative strategist in Emerging Markets, in charge of relative value trade ideas, model portfolio analytics, quantitative analysis for hard currency and local currency products, etc. In 2004, he became a desk strategist in EM Trading focusing on money making opportunities for the trading desk. In 2009 after the financial crisis, Morgan Stanley set up a business unit risk management team within Institutional Securities Group, and Leland was appointed as the trading risk manager for Foreign Exchange and Emerging Markets, a position he held until early 2013. He also did consulting work for Bank of New York Mellon in the Enterprise Risk Architecture group. Leland joined Baffin Advisors in October 2013, and focuses on portfolio allocation process and risk management. Leland has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) since 2000. He got a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Southern California.
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Veronica Grinstein

Veronica Grinstein

Managing Director, Baffin Advisors LLC

Has an MBA from Columbia University and a Degree in Economics from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. She held senior positions in the US Credit Sales and Trading teams at Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.

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After receiving her degree in Economics from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella - Buenos Aires, Argentina - in 1995, she joined BNP’s Proprietary Trading Desk. Later, she moved to ING Barings Mergers and Acqusitions Group. She worked in several privatization deals during the most active period for investment banking in Argentina. She was also responsible for launching and implementing the RAROC credit rating system. In 2000, she obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School and joined Deutsche Bank’s Fixed Income Sales and Trading Desk. She joined a small group which started trading US credit derivatives when the product was at its infancy. This group was a pioneer in the credit derivatives world and later became a reference for the industry. She focused on covering US hedge fund managers and developing relative value strategies both in pure fixed income and e2c (equity to credit) worlds. In 2003 she joined Goldman Sachs Fixed Income Sales and Trading Desk as a senior vice-president to develop and increase market share in the hedge fund management coverage for credit derivatives and structured products. Besides her plain vanilla credit and credit derivatives activities she developed an expertise in structuring and selling more complex derivative deals across asset types. In 2008 Veronica left Goldman Sachs to devote her time to her small children. In 2010 she rejoined the financial markets at Baffin Advisors.
For more information contact Veronica Grinstein
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