Friday, April 24, 2009

Jorge Mariscal > Rohatyn Group

Jorge Mariscal, one of the Founding Partners of The Rohatyn Group.

Being Hispanic…Does it have any influence on your business?
Owing to my roots there, I maintain personal and business relationships which are critical to the understanding and positioning our firm's investments in Latin America.

In the face of adversity, how do you decide to keep going?
I believe life rewards staying power and the most challenging environments often present the most satisfying opportunities. When things get tough, one needs to keep moving, even if at baby steps. I always remind myself that however bad it is, "it too shall pass".

What is the biggest challenge you have faced?
My first job after graduate school in New York City ended shortly after the stock market crash of 1987. For several months after that I was in the Big Apple unemployed, broke and alone.

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
I would have liked to be a young father.

What was your childhood ambition?
I had several: to cure animals, to write novels, to visit every country of the world.

Tell us about three people that you admire?
Tony Blair
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
My father

For meetings: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
None. When you mix food and business, you cannot really focus on either.

What sacrifices on your personal life did you have to make in order to become a business success?
To have my family far away.

What is your favorite quote?
I once saw this sculpture which was a large stone block, on it was written "nothing is written in stone".

Is it difficult to be unconventional?
Yes, and not necessarily always advisable.

Biggest mistake made?
To hurt the people I love.

Do you consider yourself an innovator? Why?
I try to live creatively, at home and at work. Once in a while I come up with something unique.

About the Company.
The Rohatyn Group, a New York-based asset management company focused on global emerging market investments. The firm manages over $2.5 billion in assets. Mr. Mariscal has over 20 years of experience in international financial markets, with 18 years specifically dedicated to emerging markets. His expertise is in fundamental investment research and portfolio strategy. For the last 3 years, Mr. Mariscal has also taught the course: Emerging Financial Markets: theory and practice at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University.

Mr. Mariscal has served in senior positions on Wall Street with extensive experience in building and managing top-ranked investment research teams and advising portfolio managers. Prior to joining The Rohatyn Group, Mr. Mariscal was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in charge of coordinating the firm's global emerging markets research product and portfolio strategy. From 1992 to 2001, he and his team were frequently named to the prestigious “Institutional Investor Latin American Research Team" as well as other similar polls. While at Goldman Sachs, he also founded and directed the Latin America Equity Research Group. Prior to this, Mr. Mariscal held senior positions at The Nomura Research Institute where he led the Latin American economic and equity research effort. He also served as a Vice President on the sovereign debt restructuring desk of Manufacturers Hanover Trust and began his career at Merrill Lynch, working with the firm's Chief Economist.

Mr. Mariscal was born and raised in Mexico City. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University.


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Fernando Labastida said...

Jorge Mariscal is a very successful businessman, but I can't help thinking there's a bit of sadness with him too. Very introspective, and he values human relationships. I don't know him, but I already like him. By the way, I was a young dad too, and it was great, but it has it's drawbacks as well. I think it's better to start at 30 or 35 rather than 25 like I did.

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