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Jay Djemal

Director - Head of Latin America Corporate Credit Research
Fitch Ratings

Jay Djemal is the Head of Credit Research for Fitch Ratings’ Latin America corporate finance group and is based in Chicago.  His main areas of expertise are the cyclical sectors including metals and mining, pulp and paper, and industrials in Latin America. 
Jay joined Fitch in 2002, working in the European Leveraged Finance team in London where he was responsible for rating a variety of leveraged buyout transactions.  During this time, Jay regularly published research on LBO recapitalizations, cited as a key source of investor data by the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association in 2008. 
Prior to joining the Latin America Corporate team in 2008, Jay was assigned to the Fitch emerging markets corporate team in Johannesburg and was responsible for rating a number of public and private transactions across a range of sectors.  Before joining Fitch in 2002, Jay worked at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Melbourne, National Australia Bank in Sydney, and PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture in London, having graduated from the University of London with a BA (Hons) 2:1. 

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