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Peter E. Kazanoff
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3525
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Pete Kazanoff is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department.  Pete focuses on securities matters, shareholder and derivative actions, and government and internal investigations. He has considerable experience representing leading private equity and corporate clients in transaction-related litigation. He also regularly represents issuers, individuals, and underwriters in securities litigations in courts throughout the country. Pete is recognized as a leading securities litigator by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation.  In addition, he edits the Securities Law Alert, a monthly newsletter published by the Firm.

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Work Highlights
  • KKR in shareholder actions challenging multi-billion dollar transactions, including acquisitions of KFN, Gardner Denver, Del Monte, TXU, HCA, Dollar General and Laureate Education
  • Dollar General and its senior officers in federal securities litigation
  • Walter Investment Management and its senior officers in federal securities litigation
  • TD Bank in litigation following the collapse of Stanford Financial
  • Leading underwriters, including JPMorgan, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, and TD, in securities litigations arising out of public offerings
  • Xerox in shareholder litigation seeking to block its acquisition of ACS
Accolades
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Legal 500 U.S., "Leading Lawyer"
  • Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, "Litigation Star"
  • New York Super Lawyers
Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, 1997 J.D.
    cum laude
  • Bowdoin College, 1992 A.B.
    magna cum laude, Economics and Government
Associations
  • American Bar Association, 1997–Present
  • New York State Bar Association, 1997–Present
  • City of New York Bar Association, 1997–Present
  • Contributor, PLI's Securities Law Practice Center, 2011–Present
Admissions
  • New York 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York 1998
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 2001

Pete Kazanoff is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on securities litigation, including class and derivative actions in federal and state courts, M&A-related disputes involving both private equity and corporate clients, and claims arising out of financial frauds. Pete also regularly represents clients in internal investigations and matters involving the SEC, FINRA, and other regulatory authorities.

Pete’s representations have included:

  • TD Bank in shareholder derivative litigation arising out of TD Ameritrade's acquisition of Scottrade Financial; 
  • KKR in shareholder actions challenging multi-billion dollar transactions, including acquisitions of KFN, Gardner Denver, Del Monte, TXU, HCA, Dollar General and Laureate Education;
  • Fairfield Greenwich in matters arising out of investments made with Bernard Madoff; 
  • Dollar General and its senior officers in federal securities litigation;
  • TD Bank in litigation following the collapse of Stanford Financial;
  • Tyco in shareholder litigation challenging its transaction with Johnson Controls;
  • Walter Investment Management and its senior officers in federal securities litigation;
  • Apax in challenges to its acquisitions of rue21 and Kinetic Concepts;
  • Xerox in shareholder litigation seeking to block its acquisition of ACS;
  • Eaton in federal securities litigation arising out of its transaction with Cooper Industries;
  • Blackstone in shareholder litigation challenging its acquisitions of Polymer Group and Prime Hospitality; 
  • Wyeth in shareholder litigation arising out of its sale to Pfizer;
  • Leading underwriters, including JPMorgan, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, and TD, in securities litigations arising out of public offerings;
  • Mars in shareholder litigation challenging its acquisition of Wrigley;
  • Special Committee of Mediacom Communications in shareholder litigation challenging a take-private transaction; and 
  • People’s United Bank in shareholder litigations arising out of several acquisitions.

Pete is consistently recognized by Chambers USA and described as a “superb lawyer”; “a thoughtful strategist”; “extraordinarily knowledgeable”; and “not just a technical lawyer, but also aware of commercial impacts.” The Legal 500 recognizes Pete in Financial Services, M&A (“Leading Lawyer”) and Securities Litigation, and notes his “excellent reputation for handling government investigations and litigation.” Pete is also recognized as a “Litigation Star” by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation. In addition, he is an editor of the Firm’s Securities Law Alert, a monthly newsletter that reports on developments in securities litigation and related areas.

Pete joined Simpson Thacher in 1997 and became a Partner in 2006. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Bowdoin College in 1992 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997.

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