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Bruce C. Young

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  • Grand Rapids

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Biography

Bruce Young serves on the steering committee of the firm's Private Client and Family Office Group and is a former chair of the firm’s Closely Held Business Group. Bruce has served as a trusted advisor to family businesses and family offices for more than 30 years, focusing on corporate and transactional work and succession planning. Bruce understands family businesses because he’s a third-generation participant in one. For more than two decades, Bruce has served as lead corporate counsel to one of the largest family offices in Michigan. Bruce serves as chair of the firm's Opinion Review Committee and has extensive experience with formal legal opinions provided in connection with secured and unsecured financings, mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions.

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Education

  • Cornell University M.B.A. 1982    
  • Cornell University J.D. 1982 cum laude
  • University of Michigan B.S.E. 1978 magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 1982, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section; Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; Taxation Section; Center for Professional Responsibility Section; Law Practice Management Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Business Law Committee on Corporate Laws
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Named Best Lawyers' 2017 Grand Rapids Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Law, 2013-Present
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Experience

  • Representation of numerous family businesses and their owners in transition of ownership and management to future generations, professional management, or third party purchasers
  • Formation and reorganization of family-owned and other closely held business interests, including use of voting and non-voting structures and strategic arrangements for owners who are and are not active in the business
  • Preparation of shareholder and other buy and sell agreements for family and closely held businesses with a focus on controlling and structuring succession of ownership and management
  • General corporate representation of large and small businesses on corporate governance, commercial, and transactional matters

Publications

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Economic Club of Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
    Working Group on Legal Opinions

Community Affiliations

  • Boy Scouts of America, Gerald R. Ford Council
    Board Member and Officer
  • Grand Rapids Rotary Club
  • Family Business Alliance
    Board Member

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