G. Chris Andersen
Founder | Partner
Referred to by The New York Times as one of the five most creative investment bankers on Wall Street, Mr. Andersen has been involved in deals totaling over $100 billion in value. Widely recognized for playing an integral role in the creation of the high yield bond industry, Mr. Andersen has been responsible for some of the most innovative and notable transactions over the last several decades in investment banking.
Before founding G.C. Andersen Partners in 1996, Mr. Andersen served as Vice Chairman of PaineWebber from 1990 to 1995, where he helped propel the bank to record corporate finance revenues and with the acquisition of Kidder Peabody in 1994, launched the development of its international banking operations. Prior to PaineWebber, Mr. Andersen was head of the Investment Banking Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated. He served on Drexel’s Board of Directors, Investment Banking Executive Committee, and Underwriting Assistance Committee (which reviewed, amended, restructured or approved an average of 600 transactions per year). Mr. Andersen began his career as a securities analyst in the trust department at the National Bank of Detroit, after which he became Vice President of Corporate Finance at Dominick & Dominick, Inc., a Partner at Prescott Ball & Turben, and a Partner at Wm. D. Witter.
Mr. Andersen has been a guest lecturer and commentator at university forums around the world. He was a member of the faculty of the Saltzberg Seminar and Mr. Andersen is regularly interviewed by CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine and others. Mr. Andersen is the lead director of Terex Corporation (NYSE: TEX) and Board Director of XPO Logistics (NYSE AMEX:XPO). Previous board memberships include United Waste Systems, United Artists Entertainment and Millennium Cell.
He is a founder of the Garn Institute of Finance at the University of Utah; a member of the International Advisory Council of the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University; and sits on the advisory board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Asia Pacific Policy. Mr. Andersen is a member of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of New York.
Mr. Andersen received a BS from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).