Overview

Alexander B. Young counsels public companies, private companies, private equity firms, and mezzanine investors on their day-to-day corporate activities and guides them through mergers and acquisitions, securities disclosure and compliance matters, securities offerings, corporate governance and board matters, and equity investments. Alex provides consistent, dependable legal advice based on a foundation of proven experience and dedication to client service.

As deputy leader of Schiff Hardin's Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity practice groups, Alex works closely with clients to address the many legal, regulatory and business challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. He takes the time to learn and understand his clients’ businesses from the inside out to ensure maximum effectiveness and the highest level of service. Clients benefit from his exceptional level of commitment to their success, which is reflected in the strong, lasting relationships he has built as an integral member of client teams.

Alex brings a practical approach to general business counseling, corporate governance and contract drafting. He stays focused on the long-term goals of his clients while carefully navigating the steps along the way.

Alex’s interdisciplinary practice allows him to work closely with several practice groups at Schiff Hardin, including Labor and Employment, Tax and Real Estate. His ability to identify the needs of his clients allows him to efficiently collaborate with professionals who can maximize his effectiveness as legal counsel.

  • Experience

    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Alex has represented numerous parties in acquisitions and dispositions, including public companies, private companies, private equity funds, family offices, and individuals. Representative matters include:

    • Altaris Capital Partners in connection with its take-private acquisition of Analogic Corporation for approximately $1.1 billion.
    • The Randolph Group in the sale of its Vandor business (a leading design and distribution company that creates licensed home products including drinkware, sculpted collectibles, kitchenware, and home décor) to Bioworld Merchandising.
    • Central Steel and Wire Company in the sale of the company to an affiliate of Ryerson Holding Corporation for approximately $151 million.
    • Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. in the acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc. The public company all-stock transaction was valued at approximately $1.3 billion, including debt.
    • Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its Enterprise Services equipment and IT Services business.
    • Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its subsidiary Consolidated Communications of Iowa Company.
    • Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. in the acquisition of Champaign Telephone Company and its sister company, Big Broadband Services, a private business communications provider in the Champaign-Urbana, Ill. area.
    • Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. in the acquisition of Enventis Corporation. The public company transaction involved a cash purchase price of approximately $258 million, exclusive of debt.
    • Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. in the acquisition of SureWest Communications. The public company transaction involved a cash and stock purchase price of approximately $324 million, exclusive of debt.
    • The Randolph Group and other owners of Weiman Products, LLC (a leading provider of premium branded specialty cleaning products for the consumer and healthcare markets) in the sale of the company to the Cortec Group, a New York City-based private equity firm.
    • The Randolph Group and other owners of Arens Controls Company, LLC (a recognized leader in the production of control system solutions for industrial vehicles) in the sale of 100 percent of the membership interests in Arens for $98 million in cash to NYSE-listed Curtis-Wright Corporation.
    • Precourt Sports Ventures LLC in the acquisition of the operating rights to the Columbus Crew Major League Soccer franchise. Under the agreement, the Columbus Crew became part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.

    Securities Offerings
    He has advised issuers in registered public offerings, Rule 144A sales, and other financing transactions, including representation of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. in several notes offerings under Rule 144A.


    Public Company Representation
    He has served as outside securities counsel to several NYSE and Nasdaq-listed public companies, including with respect to their securities disclosure, compliance, board, and governance matters.


    Equity Investments
    He has represented various insurance companies, mezzanine funds, and equity fund sponsors in connection with equity investments in a variety of companies and industries.

  • Credentials

    Education

    • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2000
      Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Member
    • Northwestern University, M.A., Political Science, 1997
    • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., Political Science, 1995, with honors

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
          • Insights

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            News Release

            Young Named IFLR1000 Notable Practitioner in Corporate and M&A

            Alexander Young, partner and deputy practice group leader for the Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice Groups, has been named a Notable Practitioner in North America in the Corporate and M&A Practice Area by the IFLR1000.

            News Release

            Schiff Advised Altaris on $1.1 Billion Take-Private Acquisition of Analogic

            Schiff Hardin LLP served as legal counsel to Altaris Capital Partners in connection with an Altaris affiliate’s acquisition of Analogic Corporation for approximately $1.1 billion.

            News Release

            Schiff Hardin Represents Central Steel in Acquisition by Ryerson

            Schiff is representing Central Steel & Wire Company, a leading metal service center with a strong reputation as a valued supply chain partner.

            Event

            Letters of Intent and Other Preliminary Considerations for Private Acquisitions or Sales

            Practising Law Institute: Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018

            Location:
            Chicago, Ill.
            News Release

            The Legal 500 Recognizes Three Schiff Hardin Practices for the Third Time in a Row

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three of its practice groups have been recognized for the third consecutive year by The Legal 500 United States 2018 guide, a nationwide analysis of law firms with input from more than 300,000 corporate counsel on which firms provide the most cutting-edge and innovative advice.

            News Release

            95 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 Leading Lawyers Lists

            Ninety-six Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2018 Leading Lawyers lists for Illinois and Michigan.

            News Release

            The Legal 500 Recognizes Three Schiff Hardin Practice Groups

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three of its practice groups have been recognized in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States.

            Event

            Letters of Intent and Other Preliminary Considerations for Private Acquisitions or Sales

            Practising Law Institute (PLI): Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017

            Location:
            Chicago, Ill.
            News Release

            99 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to 2017 Leading Lawyers List

            Ninety-nine Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2017 Leading Lawyers list for Illinois and Michigan.

            News Release

            Schiff Hardin Represents Consolidated Communications in $1.5B FairPoint Acquisition

            The all-stock deal is valued at $1.5 billion, including debt, and is expected to close by mid-2017. Schiff Hardin has been counseling Consolidated on corporate matters for more than 30 years.

            Other Publications

            • The Annual Meeting of Shareholders, (co-author) BNA Corporate: Practice Series Portfolio No. 12-5th (2009)

            Speeches & Presentations

            • “Letters of Intent and Other Preliminary Considerations,” Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company Seminar, Practising Law Institute, Chicago, Ill. (May 20, 2014) (May 19, 2015) (May 20, 2015) (May 16, 2017) (Jun. 6, 2018)
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          Strategy basics: M&A letters of intent

          Chicago partner Alexander Young highlights the most important considerations for buyer's and seller's attorneys when negotiating letters of intent in the mergers and acquisitions context. More