Dante Roscini

Professor of Management Practice

Dante Roscini teaches the elective course Managing International Trade and Investment in the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 2008 and has published a number of cases and notes related to sovereign debt, monetary policy, central banking and international investment. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and a summa cum laude Laurea degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Rome, Italy. Before coming back to HBS Prof. Roscini spent twenty years in investment banking with senior positions at three of the top US bulge bracket firms in New York and London.

He was Head of European Capital Markets for Goldman Sachs, Head of Global Equity Capital Markets and Head of the European Capital Markets and Financing Group for Merrill Lynch where he was also a member of the Capital Commitments Committee and of the Managing Directors Promotions Committee. Finally, he was Country Head of Italy and Chairman of European Capital Markets for Morgan Stanley as well as a board member of Morgan Stanley International Bank. He is currently a member of the board or the advisory board of several companies in the industrial and the financial sectors. He is an honorary member of the Foreign Policy Association in New York. He consults and lectures globally and collaborates with several newspapers.

Prof. Roscini has broad transaction and management experience in the areas of corporate finance, M&A, and private equity as well as in private wealth and asset management. His particular professional expertise is in the global capital markets where he has worked with governments, public and private companies in many countries to assess capital structures and help them hedge risk or raise equity and debt financing. He has personally led over 100 capital raising transactions that included privatizations, Initial Public Offerings, hybrid equity offerings and private placements. Several of these were “first of a kind” in terms of their size or of the type of security issued. Prior to his career in investment banking Prof. Roscini worked as a researcher in nuclear archaeometry at the University of Rome, as a design engineer and project manager with Westinghouse Electric Corp. in the US and as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Paris.

  1. Overview

    I have taught for the past five years the course Business, Government and the International Economy, part of the required curriculum in the MBA program. For the last three years I have also taught the course Managing International Trade and Investment, part of the elective curriculum for second-year MBAs.

    Keywords: trade; investment; foreign direct investment; Portfolio Investment; Risk assessment; political economy; Globalized Firms and Management;

  2. Managing International Trade and Investment

    Managing International Trade and Investment (MITI) is designed for students who expect to engage directly or indirectly in commerce and in strategic or financial investments across national borders. It covers concepts that are relevant to a number of operating and financial functions both in industry and in finance. In a globalizing world, managers and investors are increasingly faced with decisions that critically involve understanding the opportunities and the constraints that are being shaped by political and economic developments abroad. Despite the ease with which it is often conducted, doing business across borders is not the same as doing it at home. Rather, it entails a whole new set of managerial challenges: reassessing competitive advantage; evaluating diverse political environments and legal structures; considering the impact of currency fluctuations and trading regimes; and understanding widely disparate cultures and business norms. The purpose of MITI is to build a framework of analysis that enables managers to understand the challenges of international trade and investment and to master the opportunities and the risks that they represent.

    Keywords: Trade; Investment; Foreign Direct Investment;

  3. Business, Government and the International Economy

    Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE) is a course about the broad economic and political context in which business operates. Throughout their careers business leaders are asked to formulate and lead their firm's responses to the external environment. They may also have the chance to shape that environment by influencing government policies. In BGIE we explore the key economic, political, and social factors that affect the business environment.

    Keywords: international economy; macroeconomics; political economy;