William Shortt is a Director within the Due Diligence and Strategic Research practice in Stroz Friedberg’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Shortt leads due diligence, strategic research and litigation support projects with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
Mr. Shortt draws on a range of experience, including: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act due diligence; internal investigations and whistleblowers; AML compliance; macro-political strategic risk assessments; and new market entry intelligence. He has worked on investigations across sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent, including: the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan and India.
Mr. Shortt has also led a range of complex multi-jurisdictional assignments at Stroz Friedberg. These include: an investigation into allegations of industrial espionage at a pharmaceutical company in Eastern Europe; an investigation into the commercial implications arising out of the unlawful incarceration of a key executive at a software company in India; and enhanced due diligence investigations in Myanmar, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China.
Previously, Mr. Shortt was a business intelligence analyst at the London headquarters of a global risk consultancy firm, where he completed due diligence investigations and provided market entry advisory services across sub-Saharan Africa. His clients included hedge funds, private equity firms, multinational energy, mining, oil services and logistics companies and investment banks.
Before joining the industry, Mr. Shortt worked as a social and economic policy researcher in think tanks. At the Social Market Foundation in Westminster, he was involved in reviewing government employment policy in the wake of the global economic crisis. Mr. Shortt subsequently worked as a researcher for Demos, a leading think tank specialising in social policy. Mr. Shortt has previously carried out voluntary legal research for Amnesty International.
Mr. Shortt was awarded a First Class Master’s degree with Honours in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He subsequently studied Law and was called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London. Mr. Shortt is a member of the International Bar Association and Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.