Susan F. DiCicco litigates securities and complex commercial cases, principally representing financial institutions and hedge fund managers in cases throughout the country. She focuses on complex financial transactions and fixed-income products (particularly structured finance transactions). Susan regularly assists clients with trading issues and disputes, as well as assessing risks on new complex products and formulating strategies for existing transactions. Clients recognize Susan as a practical litigator who is fully versed in their businesses. Susan serves as the practice leader for the firm’s global Commercial Litigation practice.
In the securities defense field, Susan litigates securities class actions and a variety of cases asserting fraud claims under the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act and state blue-sky statutes. She recently obtained a full dismissal for the syndicate of underwriters in the putative class action arising from the Fairway Markets IPO (SDNY), as well as a full dismissal for the underwriters in a putative class action involving the EveryWare global secondary offering (SD Ohio), which was affirmed on appeal. She currently represents a national organic grocer in a putative securities class action filed in Arizona. She also advises clients in several matters involving commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, structured products, CDOs, CLOs, distressed debt trades, repos, whole loans, loan participations, and a variety of swaps and options.
In the complex commercial space, Susan handles a wide variety of litigation for institutional parties, including real estate disputes, banking litigation, lender liability litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and secured lending disputes. She also serves as national coordinating litigation counsel for a real estate investment manager.
Kimo S. Peluso is a litigation partner in the New York office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Mr. Peluso's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. He has extensive experience handing lawsuits arising from business and partnership disputes, government contracts, false advertising and unfair competition. Mr. Peluso is a regular lecturer on depositions and witness preparation. He has handled numerous trials and other hearings in state and federal courts and in arbitration, and has prepared witnesses for testimony in court, in administrative proceedings, and before the U.S. Congress. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was the managing editor of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Peluso served as a law clerk to the Honorable Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.