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:

    • 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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            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

            PlacementTracker Recognizes Schiff Hardin in Q3 2016 U.S. PIPE Market Investor Counsel League Tables

            Schiff Hardin was the 12th most active investor counsel in Q3. The firm was also the 11th most active placement agent counsel.

            News Release

            The Legal 500 Spotlights Three Schiff Hardin Practice Groups, Eight Attorneys

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three practice groups and eight attorneys have been recognized in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500.

            Event

            Letters of Intent and Other Preliminary Considerations

            PLI’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2016

            Location:
            Chicago, Ill.
            Alert

            ISS and Glass Lewis Policy Updates for the 2016 Proxy Season

            With the 2016 proxy season getting started, we would like to remind clients that Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have each made some revisions to their 2016 voting policies. If your proxy statement involves any of the following topics, you should review these updates.

            Trending Legal Issue

            SEC Proposes Clawback Rules

            On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed rule that implements the clawback provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.

            Event

            Letters of Intent and Other Preliminary Considerations

            2015 Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company Seminar

            Location:
            Chicago, Ill.

            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)
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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