Kenneth E. Young

Partner at Dechert LLP

Kenneth E. Young

Kenneth E. Young

Partner at Dechert LLP

Biography

Kenneth E. Young focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, with a particular emphasis on public company M&A and private equity, securities offerings of equity and debt, and general corporate matters. Mr. Young’s clients include strategic buyers and sellers in industry sectors such as technology, financial services, energy, and healthcare; investment banks; and private equity sponsors.

In addition, Mr. Young has advised several alternative asset managers regarding efforts to diversify their businesses, including through permanent capital vehicles, such as Business Development Companies (BDCs), closed-end funds and other products. For example, he recently advised KKR in connection with the launch of three new funds, the KKR Alternative High Yield Fund (a series of KKR Series Trust), KKR Alternative Corporate Opportunities Fund and KKR Alternative Corporate Opportunities Fund P, which represented KKR’s first registered investment companies, and a major expansion of KKR’s business platform. He also counsels asset managers on related fund formation, regulatory and operational issues, including those concerning co-investment, allocation and compliance matters.

Mr. Young has been recognized as one of Law360’s Rising Stars of 2013, a national list of attorneys under the age of 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age. Mr. Young was one of only five lawyers under the age of 40 recognized for his work in the Private Equity area.

He is a member of the board of trustees of The Philadelphia School, a former Board Member of the Coro New York Leadership Center and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems.

Significant Representations
Examples of transactions that Mr. Young has advised on in recent years include:

Court Square Capital Partners, II, L.P. in a number of its transactions, including its acquisitions of: CompuCom Systems, Inc., Encompass Digital Media, Inc., Auto Europe Group, the Harvard Drug Group, Rocket Software and Fibertech Networks.
CompuCom Systems Holding Corp., a portfolio company of Court Square Capital Partners, in its $1.1 billion sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners, and in its prior add-on acquisitions subsequent to its acquisition by Court Square Capital Partners.
Evercore Partners as financial advisor in several transactions, including Sprint Nextel Corporation’s proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of all of the Class A Common Stock of Clearwire and North Pittsburgh Systems Inc.’s $345 million acquisition by Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
Rocket Software, Inc. and Encompass Digital Media in numerous add-on acquisitions.
A shareholder advocacy group, Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement (SAVE), in its proxy contest for representation on the board of USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAT).
Arrow International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRO) in its $2 billion sale to Teleflex Incorporated.
Lazard LLC as financial advisor in the $175 million acquisition of Hemosense Inc. by Inverness Medical Innovations Inc.
Swiss Reinsurance Company in its $6.8 billion acquisition of GE Insurance Solutions from the General Electric Company and in its disposition of its Global Asset Protection Services division to XL Insurance.
An investor consortium (comprised of The Blackstone Group, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and Texas Pacific Group) in the $3.65 billion acquisition and the subsequent $8.7 billion sale of Texas Genco Holdings, Inc.
UBS AG in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Banco Pactual S.A.
Apogent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: AOT) in its $3.7 billion merger with Fisher Scientific International, Inc.
In addition, he has advised issuers and investment banks in a range of capital markets and leveraged finance transactions, including:

KKR Asset Management in its role as sub-advisor to Corporate Capital Trust, a newly formed BDC and one of only a handful of continuously offered BDCs.
Rocket Software, Inc. in connection with its $430 million debt refinancing arranged by Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Jeffries Finance LLC.
Corporate Capital Trust, Inc. in connection with its $225 million structured credit facility with Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch.
Lehman Brothers as initial purchasers of $180 million of 8.5% senior secured notes of Southern Star Central Corp.
Willis Group Holdings in connection with the sale by certain of its shareholders of 17,400,000 shares of common stock.
Citigroup Capital Markets as underwriters in the initial public offering of 21,280,000 common shares of Nuveen Quality Preferred Income 3 (NYSE: JHP).
Education
Cornell University, B.A., 1997, cum laude
Columbia Law School, J.D., 2002, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Bar Admissions/Qualifications
Pennsylvania
New York

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Education
J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Class of 2002

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

B.A., cum laude
Class of 1997

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, they have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

Career History
Partner
Current

Dechert Paris, part of Coudert Brothers LLP, is a French company located in Paris. The firm provides legal services. It was acquired by Coudert Frères, now a subsidiary of Coudert Brothers LLP from Dechert LLP on 21 Sep 05.

Associate
Prior

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Prior
Member, Board of Directors
Prior

Coro is New York City's premier leadership training program and a community of 2,000 alumni across business, government, schools and non-profits that is shaping our city's future. In a city as complex as ours, it isn't just the mayors and chief executives who shape our future. At Coro we believe that meaningful change must also come from those in business and communities, schools and unions, government and advocacy groups – not all with formal titles – but with the ideas and conviction to do more. And for 30 years, no other group has put this insight into practice more successfully than Coro. We are a community who, through our single and collaborative efforts make the city great. We are the activist who built one of the nation's first green-collar training programs in the South Bronx; the commissioner overseeing the renaissance of city parks through public-private partnerships; the entrepreneur teaching immigrant women to bake the breads of their native lands; the executive director leading the city's response to the foreclosure crisis. These people came away from Coro with a deeper understanding of how policy is shaped, the skills to lead change in their organizations and communities, and a network of engaged and influential alumni to help them reach their goals. They are part of a collaborative community with a shared belief that a single person, with sufficient drive and passion, is what will make New York a better place for all who live and work here.

Transactions
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Blackstone Corporate Private Equity, Harvest Partners LP purchase PSKW LLC

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Portman Ridge Finance Corporation purchases OHA Investment Corp.

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Fiera Capital Corporation, Fiera Infrastructure, Inc. purchase Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings, Inc. from Court Square Capital Partners

Awards & Honors
2013
M&A Advisor - 40 Under 40, Legal Advisor
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