Western Reserve Partners
Ralph Della Ratta, Managing Partner and CEO of Western Reserve Partners, Oakins' member firm in Cleveland, Ohio, has nearly 40 years of experience in investment banking and commercial banking. Prior to founding Western Reserve, he managed the Investment Banking division of McDonald Investments Inc. and was responsible for the firm’s business with its corporate clients and for the firm’s activities in M&A, initial and secondary public offerings, private placements and private equity. In addition, he chaired the firm’s Investment Committee. Subsequent to the sale of McDonald to Key Corp., he became Manager of the combined Investment Banking Groups. He was also named a member of KeyCorp.’s Executive Committee, as well as the Equity Underwriting, Debt Underwriting and M&A Commitment Committees. Prior to joining McDonald Investments, Ralph was employed at American Fletcher Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase) for ten years, most recently serving as Division Manager in the Corporate Group. His previous experiences at Bank One include: Manager, International Banking Division; Board Member and Executive Director of American Fletcher Bank Suisse, S.A.; General Manager of the European Branch, Luxembourg; and Area Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Ralph has a BA from Duke University (Dean’s List), an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (with Honors) and graduate degree in Banking from the Stonier Graduate School at Rutgers University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of numerous private and public companies. Currently, he is Oaklins International's Treasurer.
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