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Dechert LLP

CIRCA CENTRE, 2929 ARCH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104-2808, USA
Tel:
Work +1 215 994 4000
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Fax +1 215 994 2222
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www.dechert.com

Kenneth E. Young

Tel:
Work +1 215 994 2988
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Dechert LLP

Work Department

Corporate & Securities

Career

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

In particular, Mr. Young has decades of experience advising on domestic and cross-border transactions for private equity firms. Mr. Young also devotes a significant portion of his practice to advising 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. Mr. Young advises on strategic transactions involving asset managers as well as the broader financial services industry.

Education

Cornell University, B.A., 1997, cum laude; Columbia Law School, J.D., 2002, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar


United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

‘Collaborative, involved, professional and prompt’, Dechert LLP attracts praise for ‘seeking to understand the client’s business to provide a value-add service’. The group, which acts for corporate issuers and investment banks, is particularly prominent in advising business development companies and life sciences clients on equity deals. Among its recent highlights, Philadelphia-based private equity specialist Kenneth Young advised Corporate Capital Trust, a business development company, on its NYSE listing. New York-based group co-chair David Rosenthal (‘a trusted and valued advisor’) acted alongside Philadelphia’s Gregory Schernecke to advise Aquestive Therapeutics on its $67.5m IPO. Other key contacts include Boston-based department co-chair Thomas Friedmann, Philadelphia-based James Lebovitz and business development company specialist Harry Pangas, who recently joined in Washington DC from Eversheds Sutherland.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Dechert LLP has further elevated itself in the private equity arena thanks to a series of headline and high-value transactions. Clients highlight the 'best-in-class' team's abilities in 'important and complex deals', where it provides 'valuable and insightful advice',  'a balanced commercial point of view' and a 'seamlessly integrated deal team'. It delivers a 'quick turn-around, responsiveness, precision and good internal communications across disciplines', and is praised for its 'understanding of investment parameters and risk tolerance combined with knowledge of the marketplace'. Building on its middle to upper-middle market credentials, it advised GIC on a strategic partnership between a Blackstone-led consortium (including GIC) and Thomson Reuters for the consortium to acquire a 55% stake in Refinitiv, the newly created entity to hold Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk (F&R) business. It also advised SK hynix, a Korean chipmaker, as part of a Bain Capital-led consortium which acquired Toshiba’s memory chip business for $18bn. It remains active in its classic middle to upper-middle market space and advised long-term client Court Square Capital Partners on the $2.02bn sale of Rocket Software to Bain Capital. Other clients include Bregal Partners, Centre Partners, Certares, MSD Partners and One Equity Partners. Chair of the global private equity practice Mark Thierfelder is 'very quick at understanding the issue', has 'enormous expertise', 'provides great insights and advice, is a shrewd and effective negotiator, is able to quickly staff appropriate resources, and is always responsive and available'. Philadelphia's Geraldine Sinatra is another senior member of the practice, as are Naz Zilkha, Markus Bolsinger, who is 'a good overall adviser', and Philadelphia partner Ken Young. Christian Matarese is 'a great young partner' and Gareth Clark is 'very knowledgeable, responsive, hard working and dedicated'. Jonathan Kim, 'an exceptional attorney' and Washington DC partner Bernado Piereck are 'terrific to work with'. Sarah Kupferman is 'a fantastic senior associate who runs transactions with confidence and will be a phenomenal M&A partner'. All partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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