Alice Young

Alice Young

Alice Young joined the board of Yasuda Bank and Trust Company in 1988, Mizuho Trust and Banking Co. in 2000 and AXIS Capital in 2013.

Summary of Key Contributions

  • 40+ years of business and legal experience in diverse industries advising multinationals and entrepreneurs in a global economy.
  • Extensive knowledge of cross-cultural and international business and geopolitical relations, with a particular focus on Asia.
  • Strong relationships with decision-makers, especially in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan.
  • Independent Director experience at a NYSE – listed company and an international trust bank.
  • Management experience in both start-up and mature corporate operations as well as multi-geographical and diverse business operations.
  • Recognized leader in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in the community.
  • Language and cultural fluency in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and French
  • 40+ years of business and legal experience in diverse industries advising multinationals and entrepreneurs in a global economy

Professional Experience

Alice Young Advisory LLC (2015-Present ). Asia business strategy and consulting to companies, entrepreneurs and individuals doing business or investing in Asia. Founder and Principal Kaye Scholer LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP) (1994-2014). A leading international law firm, representing public and private companies, governmental entities, financial institutions and other organizations in matters around the world. Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice • Head of practice team of lawyers based in the U.S. and Asia. • Strategic advisor and lead counsel to corporate clients and entrepreneurs on their business activities throughout Asia, including Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and China. • Counsel to senior management and Boards of Directors on complex cross-border transactions and Asia legal and governmental strategies in diverse industries, including banking, cosmetics, apparel, consumer products, manufacturing, distribution, outsourcing, technology, food and beverages, insurance, financial services, real estate, energy, satellite and telecommunications. • Interaction with senior government officials, decision-makers and strategists in Asia and the U.S. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (1987 – 1994). Global law firm with a full range of financial and business legal services. Partner and Head of the Japan Practice • Responsible for a significant increase in U.S. and global clients. • Advised clients on legal and business transactions and coordinated with Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. Graham & James, now Squire, Patton & Boggs (1981 – 1987). A global law firm with more than 850 lawyers in 30 offices and 14 countries. Founder and Resident Partner, New York Office • Founded and managed all aspects of the New York office operations, expanding from one to 30 lawyers; served on Firmwide Management Committee. • First minority, first woman and youngest lawyer to head New York law firm office (1981). • Successful in breaking even financially after two years, an all-time record for New York branch offices, and office was profitable every year thereafter. • Served on Firmwide Management Committee responsible for finance, business development, and domestic and international offices. • Developed new business in areas such as banking, technology, insurance, industrials and consumer products. Coudert Brothers (1974 – 1981). International law firm specializing in international law (now defunct). • Pioneer American lawyer in early 1970s, including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines (from 1974), and China (from 1979). • Based in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Board and Committee Memberships • Experience on public company and international corporate board in audit, corporate governance and risk management. • Experience in audit, finance, development and leadership succession on non-profit boards. Corporate Boards: • AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. – Member of the Board of Directors and Audit, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Committees (2013-2017). NYSE- listed (AXS) leader in global specialty insurance and reinsurance, headquartered in Bermuda with offices in New York, London, Ireland and Singapore. • Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. (USA) – Member of the Board of Directors and Executive and Examining Committees (2000–Present). U.S. trust subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group, the second largest financial institution in Japan. • Yasuda Bank & Trust Company (U.S.A.) – Director – first woman to serve on a Japanese bank New York subsidiary board (1988–1994); rejoined 1999-2000 during 4-bank merger – renamed DKF Trust Company (USA) and then Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. (USA).