Stephen Scott is founder and President of Scott International, Inc., a specialist research and advisory firm. Active globally for more than twenty years, Scott has led successful engagements across five continents for a clientele that includes: private equity firms, hedge funds, and other financial institutions; corporate boards and officers; corporate counsel; and government officials, both in the United States and abroad. Scott also serves on the Advisory Board and as Director of Corporate Development with Intelligent Discovery Solutions, a computer forensics and e-discovery specialist advisory firm.
From 2006-08 Scott served as Managing Director and China country-head for the restructuring and advisory firm, Alvarez & Marsal – the firm that is now winding down Lehman Brothers. After researching and crafting A&M’s market entry plan, Scott relocated to China and launched the Shanghai office, where he served as General Manager. Scott also served on the `crm’s Asia executive management team, overseeing offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.
With A&M, Scott led a practice group providing private equity and other investors in Asia with commercial due diligence services. Principally responsible for China business development efforts, Scott built relationships with western investors deploying capital in China, with Chinese corporates making acquisitions abroad, and among key Chinese government agencies and state-owned investment and asset management firms. As the public-face of A&M in China, Scott presented at numerous conferences on regional private equity and M&A activity, and was regularly featured in the regional press on these topics.
Before joining A&M, Scott established a successful business intelligence and strategic risk consulting practice, operating out of Washington and New York. In 2005, he was retained on behalf of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic to lead a forensic inquiry into the collapse of that country’s largest bank. Triggered by fraud, the bank’s collapse saw USD $3bn in public funds lost or stolen, causing a systemic crisis that devastated the economy and which ultimately led to a change in government.
In 1999-2002, Scott ran a global investigation into cartel activity in the steel industry. As an expert witness, Scott testified before numerous US government agencies. His testimony contributed directly to the subsequent imposition of tariff duties on imported steel, as the government sought to offset the impact of the cartel’s illegal activities, saving Scott’s clients billions in expected losses.
Prior to establishing his practice in 1998, Scott served the US Congress as Chief International Investigator in support of hearings concerning corruption in connection with the 1996 U.S. Presidential election. This public service was preceded by private sector experience in Washington and London, where Scott specialized in litigation intelligence gathering. Earlier, Scott served as a legal analyst Germany, as a trade analyst with the US and Spanish governments in Madrid, and as a policy analyst in Washington.
Scott holds a dual-MBA degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Business and the London Business School (2004), where his studies focused on international finance and economics. He earned a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics & Political Science (1994), where he graduated with Distinction and where he was elected Deputy Editor, Millennium, Journal of International Relations. Scott earned his Bachelors degree in the social sciences at Cornell University (1989).