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Dechert LLP
United States
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Kenneth E. Young, co-head of Dechert’s private equity group, 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.

Mr. Young advises on strategic transactions involving asset managers as well as the broader financial services industry. Recent examples include advising AIG on its acquisition of Covenant Credit Partners, LP; BDCA on its acquisition of Siena Capital Finance, LLC; and Stifel Financial Corp. on its acquisition of Eaton Partners.

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.


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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

Dechert LLP distinguishes itself with its strong global reach, acting for a wide range of private equity funds and other investors across key jurisdictions, and maintains its record in cross-border deals. The team works with its offices across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East on inbound and outbound work involving US investors or targets, and is able to provide lifecycle support to funds. The practice has continued to expand both in terms of clients, with Seawall Capital a standout client win, and at senior level, with Sarah Kupferman promoted to partner in January 2021 in recognition of her emerging role in buyouts and portfolio company M&A. Mark E Thierfelder  leads the team, and remains active on behalf of top clients including GIC, Cerberus, and CVC, representing GIC as part of a consortium in its landmark $34bn acquisition of Medline. Jonathan Kim continues to combine deal value and deal volume effectively, working with major funds on bulge-bracket and mid-market deals, while Ken Young divides his time between New York and Pennsylvania, co-heading the domestic PE team and handling complex, often cross-border deals in the technology, financial services and energy sectors, among others. Derek M Winokur  has closed a number of major strategic deals for One Equity Partners and portfolio companies during 2021, and also remains active on behalf of other strategic buyers and sellers Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.