William Shortt is a Director within the Due Diligence and Strategic Research practice in Stroz Friedberg’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Shortt leads cyber due diligence, business intelligence and strategic risk assessments. He advises multinational companies and multilateral organizations on cross-border transactions in developed and emerging markets.
Mr. Shortt draws on a range of experience, including: AML compliance; cyber threat intelligence; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act due diligence; internal investigations and whistleblowers; macro-political strategic risk assessments; and new market entry intelligence. He has worked on investigations across the African continent, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Latin America, the People’s Republic of China and south-east Asia.
Mr. Shortt has led a range of complex multi-jurisdictional assignments at Stroz Friedberg. These include: cyber due diligence reviews of companies with global footprints; an investigation into allegations of industrial espionage at a pharmaceutical company; and an investigation into the commercial implications arising out of the unlawful incarceration of a key executive at a software company in India.
Previously, Mr. Shortt was a business intelligence analyst at the London headquarters of a global risk consultancy firm. 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 public 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 London-based think tank. Mr. Shortt has carried out voluntary legal research for Amnesty International.
Mr. Shortt was awarded a 1st 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 Barrister-at-Law and a member of the International Bar Association. He is also a member of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.