Peter Ganz is a Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore. Among the best of dynamic 21st-century legal executives, he has been a trusted advisor to boards of directors on strategy and corporate governance, including shareholder activism and proxy contests. With a deep background in guiding private and publicly traded Fortune 500 global companies through periods of significant transition, Peter has led complex transactions, including major acquisitions, divestitures, and initial public offerings. He has also managed highly complex and “bet-the-company” litigation, created cultures of corporate ethics, and built high-functioning, business-focused global legal departments committed to developing junior and senior lawyers — across the specialty chemicals, engineering and construction, and consumer products industries.
Peter currently serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Anzu Special Acquisition Corp., a SPAC focused on transformative technologies for industrial applications. Previously, he served as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Ashland Global Holdings, Inc. During his tenure, Peter oversaw all legal, government affairs, corporate compliance, and governance functions for this global, publicly-traded, specialty chemicals company in diverse consumer and industrial end-markets. Prior to joining Ashland, Peter was a partner in the law firm of Sedgwick LLP. Before that time, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Foster Wheeler AG, a $5B international engineering, construction, and project management contractor, and power-equipment supplier. Earlier in his career, Peter served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of G-I Holdings Inc., formerly GAF Corp., a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals and the largest U.S.-based manufacturer of roofing products.
Peter currently serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center. He is also a member of the New York and New Jersey state bars and the American Corporate Counsel Association.
Peter earned his B.A. in Political Science and Economics, summa cum laude, from Duke University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.