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Bruce C.
Young

  • Partner

The most rewarding aspect of working with family-owned businesses are the longstanding relationships that form. There are clients where, decades ago, I was the young attorney on their legal team, and now I’m the senior gray-haired one. My counterparts on the client’s side have transitioned into their parents’ roles and now I’m helping them move things to their kids. And I frequently just get to play an oversight role, pulling in talented Warner colleagues with expertise in various subject areas (who do all the hard work). It is rewarding to help clients put plans in place for their long-term goals and also see them realized.

For almost 40 years, Bruce has served as a trusted advisor to, and advocate for, closely held businesses and family offices – with a focus on corporate and transactional work and succession planning. Clients count on him to deliver measured advice that factors in their individual risk tolerance as well as the contextual ‘big picture.’ A skilled legal technician, Bruce gets that it is just as important to be a good listener in order to understand a client’s goals.    

  • 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.
  • Third party legal opin
  • 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.
  • Third party legal opinions for secured and unsecured financings, mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions.
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Bruce C.
Young

  • Partner
Grand Rapids

The most rewarding aspect of working with family-owned businesses are the longstanding relationships that form. There are clients where, decades ago, I was the young attorney on their legal team, and now I’m the senior gray-haired one. My counterparts on the client’s side have transitioned into their parents’ roles and now I’m helping them move things to their kids. And I frequently just get to play an oversight role, pulling in talented Warner colleagues with expertise in various subject areas (who do all the hard work). It is rewarding to help clients put plans in place for their long-term goals and also see them realized.

For almost 40 years, Bruce has served as a trusted advisor to, and advocate for, closely held businesses and family offices – with a focus on corporate and transactional work and succession planning. Clients count on him to deliver measured advice that factors in their individual risk tolerance as well as the contextual ‘big picture.’ A skilled legal technician, Bruce gets that it is just as important to be a good listener in order to understand a client’s goals.