Scott A. Fine is a Professor of Banking and Finance at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is also an active investor in private companies and involved in a number of charitable organizations in Northeastern Ohio.
Professor Fine’s interests include corporate finance, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, financial analysis and decision making, valuation and private equity investing. He teaches at the Undergraduate, MBA and Executive Education levels. He also teaches a financial principles course at the Case School of Law. He joined the faculty in Spring 2003. Professor Fine was the recipient of the 2003 Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award and has been nominated for several other university-wide undergraduate teaching and mentoring excellence awards. He has also been nominated for the MBA teaching excellence award.
Prior to joining Weatherhead, Professor Fine was a General Partner at Morgenthaler, a Cleveland Ohio and Menlo Park California based private equity firm with over $2 billion under management. He was one of four General Partners in the Cleveland-based Buyout Practice that focused on middle market buyouts and recapitalizations in the industrial, communications/technology and health care sectors.
Professor Fine relocated to Cleveland from New York with his family to join RELTEC Corporation in 1996, just after this former division of Reliance Electric was sold to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and management for $500 million. Participating in the rapid expansion of communications infrastructure during the late 1990’s as an equipment provider to major carriers and OEMs around the world, RELTEC grew from $450 million of sales in 1995 to $1.1 billion in 1999. As the Chief Financial Officer of RELTEC, Professor Fine was responsible for negotiating a large senior debt facility, acquiring additional private capital from KKR and taking the company public in 1998. He was also responsible for over 10 acquisitions and joint ventures. RELTEC was sold to Marconi plc for $2.1 billion in 1999, turning an initial equity investment of $300 million into $1.6 billion in under four years.
For over a decade, he was in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in New York. He began his professional career at McKinsey & Company in New York. He received an MBA from Stanford University in 1986, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA in Mathematical Modeling from Cornell University in 1982, where he graduated magna cum laude with Distinction in All Subjects and was elected Phi Beta Kappa.