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Stephen J. Scott



Stephen J. Scott
Senior Managing Director

stephen scott

Mr. Scott is currently a Senior Managing Director at the Fairfax Group, where he is developing a new suite of strategic and operational risk management services in conjunction with major global insurers and private equity investors. Mr. Scott also serves on the Advisory Board and as Director of Corporate Development with a computer forensics and e-discovery specialistadvisory firm.

From 2006-08 Mr. 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, Mr. Scott relocated to China and launched the Shanghai office, where he served as General Manager. Mr. Scott also served on the firm’s Asia executive management team, overseeing offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, and he led regional recruiting efforts.

With A&M, Mr. Scott led a practice group providing private equity and other investors in Asia with strategic and commercial due diligence services. Principally responsible for China business development efforts, Mr. Scott built relationships with western investors deploying capital in China, with Chinese entities 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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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 a fraud scheme, the bank’s collapse saw some USD $3bn in public funds lost or stolen, causing a systemic crisis that devastated the economy and which ultimately led to a changein government.

In 1999-2002, Mr. Scott ran a global investigation into cartel activity in the steel industry. As an expert witness, Mr. Scott testified before numerous US government agencies. His testimony contributed directly to the subsequent imposition of tariff duties on imported steel as the US government sought to offset the economic effects of the cartel’s illegal activities. This saved Mr. Scott’s clients billions in expected losses.

Prior to establishing his practice in 1998, Mr. 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 Mr. Scott specialized in litigation intelligence gathering. Earlier, Mr. 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.

Mr. Scott holds a dual-MBA degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Business and the London Business School, where his studies focused on international finance, economics, and corporate governance. He earned a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he graduated with Distinction and where he was elected Deputy Editor, Millennium, Journal of International Relations. Mr. Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences at Cornell University. He is fluent in German, Spanish and basic Mandarin Chinese.