Unmatched Networking & Innovative Programming

Seasoned content programmers develop our agenda by identifying the major trends that emerge over the course of the year. Our program managers then vet the most respected professionals to provide insight on these developments. At all times, the focus is on delivering the highest quality content. As we say, at DealFlow Events, “the program always comes first.”

Below are some of the unique presentations and panel discussions we’re developing for The SPAC Conference 2021.

SPAC Market Outlook Through 2021

Experts prognosticate on the year ahead

Why SPACs Have Continued to Thrive in a Choppy Public Market

Analysis of why investors view SPACs as “investing ahead” of current market trends

Anatomy of a SPAC Deal

What investors new to SPACs should know about the basics of deal structure

Legal & Accounting Trends

Comprehensive presentations featuring in-depth discussion of legal and accounting issues

Hedge Funds as SPAC Sponsors

Understanding the move hedge funds are making from SPAC investors to SPAC sponsors

Changes to SPAC Structure Resulting from COVID-19

The latest tweaks to SPACs including extended deadlines, ditching warrants, and other changes

Popular Private Company Targets

Trends on SPAC mergers in tech, mobility, e-commerce, gaming, food, and other sectors

Best Practices for Investor Communications

The latest tactics to keep investors updated on transaction progress

PIPE Financings

Everything you ever wanted to know about private investments in public equity and why PIPEs are integral to the SPAC market

The Pros & Cons Private Companies Should Consider When Contemplating a SPAC

A rundown of reasons companies should – or shouldn’t – pursue a SPAC combination

Analysis of IPOs

Overview of the latest IPOs and a look at how SPACs perform in the registered offerings market

Serial Sponsor Roundtable

A discussion with the industry’s most active deal sponsors

Deals that Performed (and Deals that Didn’t)

Comprehensive analysis and explanation of recent deals that have performed, and those that have not

Insuring SPAC Deals

Discussion of insurance products designed to protect SPAC investments

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast (sponsored by Morrow Sodali)

8:35 AM - 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

8:55 AM - 9:15 AM

Presentation

State of The Market

  • Why SPACs continue to be an attractive vehicle for raising capital
  • Overview of year-to-date IPO and merger activity
  • Technology and healthcare continue to be prime targets
  • Updates on prevalent deal terms

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Doug Ellenoff

Partner
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole

Speaker

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM

Presentation

Recent Trends: Success and Challenges

  • Top performers, post-merger
  • Rate of liquidated SPACs that unwind without a deal
  • Sectors most likely to lead to success
  • Industries where investor appetite is lacking

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Mitch Nussbaum

Vice Chairman; Co-Chair, Capital Markets & Corporate
Loeb & Loeb

Speaker

9:45 AM - 10:25 AM

Panel

How to Anticipate and Minimize Risks and Costs Pre- and Post-IPO

  • The impact of competition from PE firms
  • Mitigating cyber risks during due diligence
  • SPAC insurance coverage
  • Satisfying regulatory filing requirements

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Kevin Kelly

Senior Director
Morrow Sodali

Moderator

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Mike McCrory

Chairman
I-Bankers Securities

Panelist

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Joel Rubinstein

Partner
Winston & Strawn

Panelist

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Michael Killourhy

Partner
Ogier

Panelist

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Zac McGinnis

Managing Director
Riveron

Panelist

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Natalie Verbanac

Partner
Marcum

Panelist

10:25 AM - 11:05 AM

Networking Break

11:05 AM - 11:25 AM

Presentation

Navigating the Registration Statement Process

  • Regulatory exceptions and exemptions
  • The latest on setting up deals
  • Addressing how much capital to raise
  • Extra SEC requirements for protecting investors

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Jay Shepulski

Partner
Withum

Speaker

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Mark Deters

Partner
Withum

Speaker

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Marc Silverman

Partner
Withum

Speaker

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Presentation

Technology SPAC full lifecycle execution using the Private-to-Public Equity (PPE) methodology

  • Initial IPO of the Technology SPAC: Deal Size, Nature and Focus of the GigCapital operational team
  • Searching, identifying and selection of the technology final target company for combination, using the PPE defined criteria
  • Planning the closing of the combination to secure successful listing on national exchange, required cash, and financial performance post the combination
  • Executing PPE and Mentor-Investor partnership methodology post-closing to support company’s performance and continuous growth

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Avi Katz

Founder
GigCapital Group

Speaker

11:55 AM - 12:35 PM

Panel

SPACS: Boom vs. Bust Markets

  • Can SPAC IPO volumes continue to grow
  • How to think about yields and minimum guaranteed returns for investors in both boom and bust markets
  • Is there any correlation between traditional M&A activity and SPAC IPO/M&A activity?

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Kristi Marvin

Founder
SPACinsider

Moderator

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Stuart Neuhauser

Partner
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole

Panelist

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Andrew Cohen

Founder & Chief Investment Officer
Difesa Capital Management

Panelist

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Priya Cherian Huskins

Senior Vice President & Partner
Woodruff Sawyer

Panelist

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Mark Solovy

Managing Director
Monroe Capital

Panelist

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Karen Snow

Senior VP, Head of East Coast Listings and Capital Services
Nasdaq

Panelist

12:35 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch (sponsored by Woodruff Sawyer)

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Fireside Chat

Cannabis SPACs

  • What’s hot -- and for how long?
  • Navigating choppy regulatory waters
  • Cannabis/blank-check hits and misses: Case studies covering what went right, and what went wrong
  • Promoting a combination even as public cannabis companies slump

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Mitch Baruchowitz

Managing Partner
Merida Capital Partners

Speaker

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George Allen

Founder
Geronimo Capital

Speaker

2:05 PM - 2:25 PM

Presentation

Considering Long Term Value for SPACs

  • Provide an overview of long term value
  • How long term value can play a role in the SPAC vehicle
  • How Target/Operating companies can benefit from long term value

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Alex Zuluaga

Partner
Ernst & Young

Speaker

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Marc Siegel

Partner
Ernst & Young

Speaker

2:25 PM - 2:55 PM

Networking Break

2:55 PM - 3:15 PM

Presentation

Insuring the Modern SPAC - Perceptions, Threats and Strategic Opportunities

  • Bridging the Gap - Insurance Underwriting and the Evolution of the SPAC 
  • Modern Threats - Cyber Threat Landscape and the Various Influences on SPAC Process
  • A Strategic Perspective - Leveraging Risk Management for Success

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John Marchisi

Area VP
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Speaker

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Panel

Best Practices for Investor Communications

  • Fundamental regulations governing investor communications
  • Communicating with key stakeholders
  • Challenges for SPAC deals and their investors relative to De-SPACing/Business Combinations
  • Alternate deal structures and finance models for today's sponsors

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Steven Nelson

President & Chairman
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company

Moderator

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Jamie Caruso

Principal
Apollo Global MGMT

Panelist

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Eric Gomberg

Investment Banker
Odeon Capital

Panelist

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Cody Slach

Managing Director
Gateway Investor Relations

Panelist

speaker-5

Carol Anne Huff

Partner
Arnold & Porter

Panelist

4:05 PM - 4:25 PM

Presentation

SPACs by The Numbers

  • Formation and capital raising trends and statistics
  • Annualized return profile from IPO to business combination
  • Market and trading dynamics
  • Outcomes and post-business combination performance

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Ben Kwasnick

Founder
SPAC Research

Speaker

4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Fireside Chat

Direct Listings: A New Path to the Public Markets

  • Understanding direct listings
  • Reasons a company might choose a direct listing
  • Direct listings with a capital raise
  • Why direct listings have drawn such interest

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John Tuttle

Vice Chairman & Chief Commercial Officer
NYSE

Speaker

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Joshua Franklin

M&A, IPO and corporate finance correspondent
Reuters News Agency

Speaker

4:55 PM - 5:35 PM

Panel

How SPACs are Competing with Strategic Buyers in the Cutthroat M&A Market

  • Formation and capital raising trends and statistics
  • Annualized return profile from IPO to business combination
  • Market and trading dynamics
  • Outcomes and post-business combination performance

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Lou Taubman

Partner
HTFL

Moderator

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James Graf

CEO
Graf Industrial Corp.

Panelist

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George Schultze

CEO
Schultze Special Purpose Acquisition Corp.

Panelist

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David Boris

Co-CEO
Forum Merger II Corp.

Panelist

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Christopher Bradley

Managing Director
Haymaker Acquisition Corp.

Panelist

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Carlos Alvarez

Managing Director
UBS

Panelist

5:40 PM - 5:50 PM

Closing Remarks

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception (sponsored by Marcum)

Take Advantage of the Early Registration Discount