Evercore Bankers Are ‘Running Very, Very Hard’ in the Fight for Anadarko

(Bloomberg) -- Evercore Inc., the investment bank at the center of a takeover fight for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., sees a continued run in energy dealmaking.

"Our energy people are very busy right now," said John Weinberg, Evercore’s executive chairman, in a conference call with analysts Wednesday. "They are running very, very hard."

The New York-based bank is advising Anadarko on its $33 billion agreement this month to sell to Chevron Corp. Occidental Petroleum Corp. disclosed a rival offer for Anadarko on Wednesday worth $38 billion.

The deal stands out in an otherwise sleepy market for U.S. energy mergers and acquisitions. Dealmaking in the sector has been largely muted this year, following a crash in oil prices in December. The volatility scuttled transactions including QEP Resources Inc.’s plan to unload operations in the Midwest for $1.7 billion.

Weinberg’s comments are more optimistic than the tone across the rest of Wall Street, which is bracing for a slowdown across the board of large-scale mergers.

While transaction volumes "obviously" haven’t been high, Weinberg said, he pointed to more on the horizon.

"We seem to be in a lot of different situations right now," Weinberg said. "I couldn’t say that in terms of the activity level that there’s any group that’s really quiet right now for us."

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