Alice Young

Alice Young

Retired Partner

Alice Young is a Retired Partner and a member of the Corporate Department at Kaye Scholer. She advises multinationals and entrepreneurs on their business activities and investment considerations in the United States and throughout Asia, including complex cross-border transactions and sensitive legal and governmental strategies, and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). She also assists clients in identifying potential Asian partners and resources. She represents clients in a wide range of disciplines, including joint ventures, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, finance, trade, foreign ownership issues, regulatory matters, trademark and copyright, employment, tax, private placements, real estate, manufacturing projects, licensing, high technology, telecommunications, retailing, commercial lending, restructurings, and general business negotiations. She has been lead advisor on projects in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, India and the Philippines. She has been in private practice for more than thirty-five years.

Alice has been based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo and speaks Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and French. She is a member of the Board of Directors and on the Executive and Examining Committees of Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. (USA); member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Axis Capital Holdings Limited (AXS); Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute and The Asia Foundation and Give2Asia; Associate Fellow of Davenport college, Yale University; and member of the Deloitte Inclusion Advisory Board. Alice is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 100, Asia Society, the US-China Business Council, Women’s Forum of New York and Japan Society. Alice was a special guest of the White House to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum and has served as an advisor to the US Department of Commerce. In 1999, she was a guest of the People’s Republic of China on the occasion of its Fiftieth anniversary Celebration in Beijing and has attended State Dinners at the White House honoring various Chinese leaders.

Alice is listed in Who's Who, Crain's "Top 100 Minority Executives" (one of only three corporate lawyers named), by Avenue Asia magazine as one of the five most influential Asian-American corporate lawyers in the United States, and by Harvard Law Bulletin as one of the top 50 women graduates of Harvard Law School. In 1989 she was named by Crain's as one of the "40 Outstanding Achievers Under 40," and received the "New York Doers" Award. In 1992, she received from New York Women's Agenda a Star Award for outstanding corporate and civic achievements, and in 1994 was honored by the New York University Law School, Journal of Corporate and International Law. In 2004, she was presented the "Justice in Action" Award by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and was a Guest Speaker in the Harvard University Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speakers' Series. Alice was selected from among the top women attorneys in the United States to be a member of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law's 2008 DirectWomen Board Institute. In 2010, Alice was named as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ. She received the "Inspirational Leadership Award" from ASCEND at their annual National Convention in New York in 2010. In 2011, she was honored by the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni ("AAAYA") for her contributions to the Asian American community, and honored by the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America with a 2011 Distinguished Woman of the Year Award for her efforts as a supporter and mentor in facilitating the success of women.

She frequently lectures on business, law and foreign policy issues and has appeared internationally on CNN, PBS ("The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and "The Charlie Rose Show"), ABC "Nightline," Fuji TV, and China Television Network on these subjects. She has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, Newsweek, The National Law Journal, Where They Are Now: The Story of Women of Harvard Law 1974 (Doubleday, 1986) and Working Women for the 21st Century (Williamson Publishing, 1991).

Alice was featured in the article “Talking About China, New Businesses, and the Law” in the Winter 2008 issue of the ABA’s Insights on Law & Society, and she was featured on the PBS series “Wide Angle” in the documentary titled “The People’s Court,” which analyzed China’s developing legal system.

Alice was in the first class of women graduates of Yale College, where she majored in East Asian Studies and received a Bates Fellowship to study in Japan under Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese Nobel Prize Winner in Literature. At Harvard Law School, she was a member of the East Asian Legal Studies Program and was a research assistant and advisor to the Admissions Committee.

Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, Alice was a partner and Head of the Japan Corporate Practice at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Prior to joining Milbank, Alice was the Founding and Resident Managing Partner of the New York office of Graham & James, a California law firm. Alice started her legal career at Coudert Brothers.


Young to Host Session at C-100 Summit
Alice Young Participates on Corporate Governance Panel at Harvard Law School
Moderator, “Culture of Peace: Global Governance & Development,” Aspen Institute Cultural Diplomacy Summit


  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • AB, Yale University, magna cum laude, Honors with Distinction, Bates Fellow
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • French
  • Japanese

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