Pete Kazanoff is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Pete focuses on securities matters, shareholder and derivative actions, and claims arising out of financial frauds. He has over 20 years of experience representing leading private equity and corporate clients in transaction-related litigation. He regularly represents issuers, individuals, and underwriters in securities litigations in courts throughout the country. Pete is recognized as a leading securities and M&A 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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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
University of Chicago Law School, 1997 J.D.
Bowdoin College, 1992 A.B.
magna cum laude, Economics and Government
- American Bar Association, 1997–Present
- New York State Bar Association, 1997–Present
- City of New York Bar Association, 1997–Present
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
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 2016
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’s representations have included:
- KKR in shareholder actions challenging multi-billion dollar transactions, including acquisitions of Envision Healthcare, PharMerica, KFN, Gardner Denver, Del Monte, TXU, HCA, Dollar General and Laureate Education;
- TD Bank in litigation following the collapse of Stanford Financial;
- Underwriters of Trivago’s IPO in Second Circuit appeal affirming dismissal of putative securities class action;
- First Data’s Board of Directors in dismissal of litigation challenging $22 billion merger with Fiserv, Inc.;
- Fairfield Greenwich in matters arising out of investments made with Bernard Madoff;
- Special Committee of GGP in shareholder litigation concerning Brookfield’s acquisition of GGP;
- PAAMCO and Prisma in litigation arising out of investments made by the Kentucky Retirement Systems;
- TD Bank in shareholder derivative litigation arising out of TD Ameritrade's acquisition of Scottrade Financial;
- Dollar General and its senior officers in dismissal of federal securities litigation;
- Ubiquiti in federal securities and shareholder derivative actions;
- Tyco in shareholder litigation challenging its transaction with Johnson Controls;
- Walter Investment Management and its senior officers in federal securities litigation;
- Leading underwriters, including JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, and TD, in securities litigations arising out of public offerings;
- Xerox in shareholder litigation seeking to block its acquisition of ACS; and
- People’s United Bank in shareholder litigations arising out of several acquisitions.
Pete is consistently recognized by Chambers USA and described as being “highly skilled and very effective in getting a deal done.” He “really knows what he’s doing, and does it extremely well,” and is a “superb lawyer”; “a thoughtful strategist”; “extraordinarily knowledgeable”; and “not just a technical lawyer, but also aware of commercial impacts.” The Legal 500 has consistently recognized Pete as a “Leading Lawyer” in M&A litigation: Defense and Securities Litigation, noting his “forceful and strategic thinking.” 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.