The SPAC Conference - February 6, 2020

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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Mark Solovy

Managing Director
Monroe Capital

Panelist

10:25 AM - 11:05 AM

Networking Break

11:05 AM - 11:25 AM

Presentation

SPAC Vehicles as an Investment

  • Assessing potential ROI
  • Making sure due diligence includes a review of management
  • Understanding the true costs of blank-check companies

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Alex Zuluaga

Partner
Ernst & Young

Speaker

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Marc Siegel

Partner
Ernst & Young

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

How Can SPACs Prepare for a Down Market?

  • Implications of adjusting management fees 
  • Avoiding companies that insist on excessive valuations
  • Marketing collateral and roadshow as critical components of persuasion

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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

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

2:05 PM - 2:25 PM

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

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 with international deals and investors

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Steven Nelson

President
Continental Stock Transfer Trust & Co.

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

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

Direct Listings: Gaining in Legitimacy or Just a Fashionable Trend?

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

speaker-4

David Boris

Co-CEO
Forum Merger II Corp.

Panelist

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Andrew Heyer

President
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

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