William D. Anderson Jr
Senior Managing Director
Global Head, Strategic Shareholder Advisory
Business, Evercore L.L.C., New York
Bill Anderson is a Senior Managing Director, Partner and the Global Head of Activism/Raid Defense and Strategic Shareholder Advisory at Evercore. He advises companies worldwide in connection with mergers and acquisitions, special committee situations, corporate governance issues, cross-border transactions, contested shareholder situations and preparing for hostile activity. He pioneered the practice of activism defense, and is the leading advisor to companies facing hostile activity.
Bill has defended over 300 companies facing hostile activity across all industries and in all jurisdictions. His Evercore team has advised on the defense of companies representing over $1 trillion in market capitalization in the aggregate, and defended 5 of the 7 largest activist battles in 2016. Most recently, he advised on the raid defense of Medivation against Sanofi’s hostile bid, resulting in the sale to Pfizer at a 120% premium, and the activist defense of Whole Foods Market, culminating in the sale to Amazon.
Prior to joining Evercore, Bill was at Goldman Sachs for 15 years where he served as a partner in the M&A Group and led their #1 activism and raid defense practice. Bill also was an M&A attorney for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, clerked on the United States Court of Appeals, Second Meritorious Service Medal) and an Eagle Scout. Bill graduated with a B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.