Catalina Hayata


Catalina Hayata co-heads the Latin America Illiquid Credit Trading Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is responsible for sourcing and trading illiquid credit opportunities as well as managing $2.0bn of illiquid credit risk for the Firm. The business comprises origination and distribution of illiquid credit in structured and infrastructure financings, special situations and quasi sovereign risk. On the secondary side she oversees trading for distressed bonds, par and distressed loans, commercial receivables and government claims.

Catalina joined Merrill Lynch’s Corporate Principal Investments Group in 2006 to focus on private equity investments and structured finance origination in Latin America. She completed investments in companies in the retail and financial institutions space in Peru, Argentina and Brazil. In 2009 her focus turned to purchasing and trading performing and non performing consumer related loan portfolios. More recently she is focused more broadly in special situations and the secondary credit markets.

Prior to joining the Firm, Catalina was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance Group at Goldman Sachs executing acquisition finance transactions for private equity sponsors and corporate financings for highly levered companies. She worked in London and New York for five years covering US and European clients.

Catalina served as a member of the board of the Women’s Bond Club representing Bank of America and serves on the City Year New York Women’s Board and the 92Y Parenting Center Advisory Committee. She serves on the Steering Committee of Bank of America’s Women Leadership Council and as school captain of the Harvard Sales and Trading team.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University and received an MBA with specialization in Finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management.