Evercore has announced that Bill Anderson has joined the Firm’s Investment Banking business as a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of its Strategic Shareholder Advisory Business, including its activist and hostile defense practice.
Anderson is based in New York and will focus on advising clients in connection with shareholder activism, raid defense, corporate governance issues, board advisory, shareholder reaction to transactions, and M&A across all sectors globally. Anderson also will meaningfully contribute to Evercore’s successful special committee advisory practice.
Anderson was most recently a partner in the M&A Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He was head of the market-leading activism defense business for more than 12 years and advised over 175 companies facing activism or hostile activity, including on many of the largest proxy fights and raid defenses during that period. He pioneered some of the vulnerability assessments and preparedness planning approaches that have become standard practice in the industry. Anderson has advised companies in connection with shareholder communications, complicated M&A deals and corporate governance challenges, and has written and spoken extensively on these topics. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2000, Anderson was a mergers & acquisitions attorney for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, clerked on the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, was a certified public accountant for Coopers & Lybrand and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Roger Altman, Evercore’s Executive Chairman, said, “The importance of shareholders has never been greater – boards and management teams need expert advice in navigating this rapidly evolving area, which impacts not just transactions but also every aspect of their business. We are extraordinarily pleased to have a banker of Bill’s quality and experience join Evercore to lead our effort in this critical business and to be part of the leadership team for our advisory business.”
Ralph Schlosstein, Evercore’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Adding Bill to the Evercore team demonstrates our focus on developing the leading practice in helping our clients assess their vulnerabilities and opportunities, as well as enhance their interactions with shareholders on activism, M&A, governance and other critically important issues. Given our broad and deep institutional investor practice and leading independent advisory practice, Evercore has built an outstanding platform to provide a unique and objective perspective to clients regarding these issues. We believe this is critically important to our ability to provide truly differentiated advice to our clients.”
“Evercore’s reputation for independent and differentiated advice is well known in the marketplace,” said Anderson. “In addition, Evercore has made a tremendous commitment to building a leading franchise advising boards and management teams relating to M&A and shareholder perspectives. I look forward to helping drive that effort.”
Anderson received his BSBA in 1988, magna cum laude, and his JD in 1994, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.