The Agenda


The SPAC Conference is aimed at filling the need for comprehensive information about special purpose acquisition companies and alternative IPO techniques.

The SPAC Conference - February 15, 2018

07:30 AM

Breakfast & Networking Hosted by Morrow Sodali

08:35 AM

Opening Remarks

Steven Dresner, CEO & Founder - Speaker

DealFlow Financial Products

08:45 AM

Overview of the 2017/2018 SPAC Market (Presentation)

  • Discussion of changes to the structure of SPACs.
  • Recap of current market dynamics and 2018 forecast.
  • Recent private equity entrants and their perspective.
  • Understanding the evolution of the market.

Douglas Ellenoff, Partner - Speaker

Ellenoff Grossman & Schole

09:10 AM

The SPAC Solution: A Look Toward the Future (Panel)

  • Will private equity investors continue to see this as a reliable liquidity solution?
  • Understanding the Wall Street vs. Silicon Valley culture clash and its impact on traditional IPOs.
  • SPACs as an alternative to small stock IPOs and alternative going-public techniques.
  • Will SPACs be a better long-term fit for tech companies?

10:00 AM

Navigating the Registration Statement Process (Presentation)

  • Initial S-1 registration statement filing process.
  • Pricing and closing of the IPO.
  • Independent registered public accountant’s involvement in the process.
  • Important items and pitfalls that sponsor groups should consider.

10:25 AM

Networking & Coffee Break

10:40 AM

SPAC IPO Structuring Alternatives (Panel)

  • Unit and warrant structure.
  • Sponsor’s at-risk capital.
  • Forward purchase agreements.
  • Onshore vs. offshore SPACs.
  • Use of IPO proceeds for expenses.

Daniel Silvers, CEO - Panelist

Leisure Acquisition Corp.

Guy Barudin, COO - Panelist

Terrapin Partners

11:30 AM

Private Equity & Venture Capital Roundtable Discussion (Panel)

  • Roundtable discussion of private equity and venture investors
  • Changing approach to identifying acquisition targets
  • Discussion of different sector strategies
  • Navigating conflicts of interest

Daniel Hennessy, Chairman - Panelist

Hennessy Capital Acquisition

Aamer Sarfraz, CEO - Panelist

Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition

12:20 PM

SPACs: By the Numbers (Presentation)

  • State of the market presentation
  • Analysis of money raised, merger activity, current deals
  • Popular target areas, discussion of deal size, and new fund sources

12:45 PM

Lunch Hosted by Continental Stock Transfer & Trust

01:45 PM

Merger Mechanics: Understanding the SPAC Business Combination (Panel)

  • Legal and accounting requirements.
  • Navigating proxy statement/S-4 reporting requirements.
  • Transitioning from business combination filings through closing.
  • The practicalities of getting a deal done.

Louis Taubman, Partner - Panelist

Hunter Taubman Fischer & Li

Steven Nelson, President and Chairman - Moderator

Continental Stock Transfer & Trust

02:35 PM

Networking & Coffee Break

03:10 PM

Transitioning from Blank Check to Operating Company (Panel)

  • Examining ways to work with shareholders to get the vote.
  • Strategies to build a new shareholder base.
  • Creating post-merger liquidity.
  • Understanding trading dynamics post-merger.

04:00 PM

Everything You Need to Know about SPAC Deal Documentation (Presentation)

  • NDA’s, LOI’s and engagements with advisors.
  • Agreements related to SPAC deal sponsors.
  • Indemnifications, fairness opinions and insurance issues.
  • Customary (and non-customary) reps and warranties.

Stuart Neuhauser, Partner - Speaker

Ellenoff Grossman & Schole

04:30 PM

The Listing Options: OTC, AIM, LSE, NYSE American, NYSE, and NASDAQ (Panel)

  • Overview of the listing requirements of each market/exchange.
  • Review of current trading SPACs.
  • Is there an ideal market for smaller offerings?
  • Update on capital pool companies (CPCs).

05:15 PM

Closing Remarks and Event Wrap Up

Steven Dresner, CEO & Founder

DealFlow Financial Products

05:30 PM

Cocktails & Reception Hosted by EarlyBirdCapital

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