Public Board Dinner – Navigating the Activist Threat

Date: Monday, March 02, 2020
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Il Fornaio
520 Cowper Street
(at the Garden Court Hotel)
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Are you a current public company board member, have served as a public company director in the past and are actively seeking a new position, or a board member of a company anticipating an IPO and wish to be part of this event?


Sponsored by


Chris Young, Managing Director and Global Head of Contested Situations Advisory Team at Jefferies will provide his perspectives on the current activism landscape and how public company directors can best be prepared for and stay ahead of the activist threat, including using the predictive power of the Jefferies proprietary machine learning activism model. Chris will also discuss his experience founding and running the special situations practice at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), including his perspectives on his former institutional investor clients.

Our Distinguished Speaker


Chris Young

Managing Director
Global Head of Contested Situations Advisory Team

Chris Young joined Jefferies in 2018 as a Managing Director and Global Head of the Contested Situations Advisory Team. He is responsible for takeover defense, contested M&A transactions, shareholder activism and corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Young was a Managing Director and Head of the Takeover Defense Practice at Credit Suisse. Mr. Young joined Credit Suisse in June 2010 from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) where he was Director of M&A and Proxy Fight Research. Prior to ISS, Mr. Young was an investment banker at Bear Stearns, an M&A lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell and a derivatives trader at Sumitomo Bank, all in New York.

At ISS, Mr. Young advised institutional investors on hundreds of contested M&A transactions and shareholder activist campaigns, including hedge fund-led proxy fights for board seats at Heinz, CSX Corp., Target Corp., Motorola, Yahoo, H&R Block, Atos Origin, Tui, and Biogen, as well as hostile bids including Exelon for NRG, Agrium for CF Industries, CF Industries for Terra Industries, BASF for Engelhard, and contested M&A transactions including the aborted Cablevision buyout, Lilly-ICOS, Caremark-CVS-Express Scripts, the Clear Channel and TXU buyouts, Biomet, Lear, and Genentech.

Mr. Young received a BS in foreign service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a JD, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. He is also a CFA charter holder.


Hosts for our ACG Silicon Valley Public Board Circle Dinners

Nick O’Keefe – Partner, Arnold & Porter
Diane Frankle – Retired Partner, Arnold & Porter
Garrett Herbert – Managing Partner, Deloitte
Gunjeet Baweja – Managing Director, Global Head of Semiconductors & Electronics, Jefferies Technology Group