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Y. Carson Zhou


Y. Carson Zhou

New York +1-212-558-4000+1-212-558-4000 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
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Carson Zhou is an associate in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Litigation Group. His practice focuses on representing entities, directors, and officers in stockholder derivative and class actions involving corporate governance disputes and mergers and acquisitions in both the Delaware Court of Chancery and elsewhere, as well as a wide variety of complex commercial and securities litigation in state and federal courts.
Carson’s 2016 article, Material Adverse Effects as Buyer-Friendly Standard, has been referenced in three written opinions by the Delaware Court of Chancery on busted-deal litigation, including a recent decision regarding COVID’s impact on M&A.
Carson is also actively involved in the Firm’s pro bono efforts and has been involved in several criminal representations, both on behalf of indigent defendants and successfully briefing and arguing an appeal on behalf of the State of New York in the New York Appellate Division.


  • Riverstone and certain affiliates in M&A litigation in Delaware state and federal courts. 
  • Grupo México and an affiliate in Delaware derivative litigation relating to various complex commercial transactions. 
  • AT&T in various matters relating to corporate governance.
  • The board of directors of Goldman Sachs in Delaware shareholder derivative litigation challenging director compensation. 
  • Goldman Sachs, certain senior executives, and its board in a securities class action and stockholder derivative action stemming from the highly-publicized allegations concerning embezzlement at 1Malaysia Development Berhad.