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Peter E. Kazanoff

Peter E. Kazanoff

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

New York, NY, USA


Pete Kazanoff is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department and serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee.  His practice focuses on securities matters, including change-of-control litigation, shareholder and derivative actions, and government and internal investigations. 

Mr. Kazanoff has substantial experience in transaction-related litigation for both private equity and corporate clients.  Private equity client representations include:

  • KKRi n transactions involving KFN, Gardner Denver, Del Monte, TXU, HCA, Dollar General and Laureate Education;
  • Blackstone in acquisitions of Polymer Group and Prime Hospitality; and
  • Apax in acquisitions of rue21 and Kinetic Concepts. 

Corporate client representations include:
  • TD Bank in its acquisition of Epoch;
  • Sealy in its sale to Tempur-Pedic;
  • Eaton in its acquisition of Cooper Industries;
  • Genesee & Wyoming in its acquisition of Rail America;
  • Xerox in its acquisition of ACS;
  • Wyeth in its sale to Pfizer;
  • Mars in its acquisition of Wrigley;
  • Schwab in its acquisition of optionsXpress; and
  • People's United Bank in several acquisitions

Mr. Kazanoff regularly represents issuers, individuals, and underwriters in federal securities litigation. Mr. Kazanoff currently represents several companies and individuals associated with Fairfield Greenwich in shareholder and other litigations arising out of investments made with Bernard Madoff. 

Mr. Kazanoff also participates in the Firm’s government and internal investigations practice, including the representation of clients in matters involving the SEC, FINRA, the New York Attorney General, the DOJ and other regulatory authorities.

Chambers and Partners has recognized Mr. Kazanoffas being “smart, commercially aware, and not just a technical lawyer, but also aware of commercial impacts”; having “exceptional mastery of securities law” and for his skills in “dealing with individual clients.”  He is an editor of the Securities Law Alert, a monthly newsletter that reports on developments in securities litigation and related areas.  Mr. Kazanoff also is a contributor to PLI’s Securities Law Practice Center.

Mr. Kazanoff 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.  Mr. Kazanoff serves on the President’s Visiting Committee at Bowdoin College.

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