Co-Head of Global Capital Markets for the Americas, HSBC
For three consecutive years, HSBC has ranked first in Bloomberg's Latin American bonds league table under the guidance of Katia Bouazza, who has earned one of the highest profiles of any investment banker, male or female, in the region.
She's attracted attention with recent deals recognizing renewed investor appetite for high-yield Latin American debt. (Her success with the year's first corporate offering of resettable, perpetual notes from the region essentially reopened the previously static market for this type of issuance.) Recently she's organized "missions" to Asia, putting key Latin American companies in front of potential Asian investors. She's also made such introductions in reverse, bringing investors to various parts of Latin America.
Inside HSBC, Bouazza is known as a long-term relationship builder whose authority with clients in the bond world has helped HSBC also win business in areas such as equities and mergers and acquisitions. She is active in the bank's women's leadership programs, and in nonprofits such as Worldfund, which provides grants to improve English literacy among Latin America's poor.