The SPAC Conference 2018

The SPAC Conference is largest forum for networking and discussion of special purpose acquisition companies and alternative IPO techniques.

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February 15, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:35 AM

Registration & Breakfast (sponsored by Morrow Sodali)

8:35 AM - 8:40 AM

Opening Remarks

8:45 AM - 9:05 AM

Presentation

Overview of the 2017/2018 SPAC Market

  • 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.

speaker-1

Doug Ellenoff

Partner
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole

Speaker

9:10 AM - 9:55 AM

Panel

The SPAC Solution: A Look Toward the Future

  • 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?

speaker-1

Mitch Nussbaum

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

Speaker

speaker-2

Avi Katz

Founder
GigCapital Group

Speaker

speaker-3

Larry Glassberg

Managing Director
Maxim Group

Panelist

speaker-4

Kathleen Smith

Chairman
Renaissance Capital

Panelist

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

Presentation

Navigating the Registration Statement Process

  • 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.

speaker-1

Marc Silverman

Partner
Withum

Speaker

speaker-2

Jay Shepulski

Partner
Withum

Panelist

speaker-3

Mark Deters

Partner
Withum

Speaker

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Networking Break

10:40 AM - 11:25 AM

Panel

SPAC IPO Structuring Alternatives

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

speaker-1

Joel Rubinstein

Partner
White & Case

Speaker

speaker-2

Daniel Silvers

CEO
Leisure Acquisition Corp.

Panelist

speaker-3

Steve Kaplan

CFO
Ignyte Acquisition Corp.

Panelist

speaker-4

Guy Barudin

COO
Terrapin Partners

Panelist

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Panel

Private Equity & Venture Capital Roundtable Discussion

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

speaker-1

Bill Meagher

Associate Editor
The Deal

Moderator

speaker-2

Daniel Hennessy

Chairman
Hennessy Capital

Panelist

speaker-3

Dr. Marlene Krauss

CEO
KBL Merger Group

Panelist

speaker-4

Aamer Sarfraz

CEO
Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition

Panelist

12:20 PM - 12:45 PM

Presentation

SPACs: By the Numbers

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

speaker-1

Jamie Mendola

Founder and Portfolio Manager
Pacific Grove Capital

Speaker

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch (sponsored by Continental Stock Transfer & Trust)

1:45 PM - 2:25 PM

Panel

Merger Mechanics: Understanding the SPAC Business Combination

  • 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.

speaker-1

Steven Nelson

President & Chairman
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company

Moderator

speaker-2

John Klenner

Partner
Marcum

Panelist

speaker-3

George Kaufman

Partner
Chardan

Moderator

speaker-4

Lou Taubman

Partner
HTFL

Panelist

speaker-5

Mark Zimkind

SVP and Director of Shareholder Services
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust

Speaker

2:25 PM - 3:10 PM

Networking Break

3:10 PM - 3:55 PM

Panel

Transitioning From Blank Check to Operating Company

  • 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.

speaker-1

Ridge Barker

Partner
Withers Worldwide

Moderator

speaker-2

Steve Calk

Senior Managing Director and co-General Manager
Alpha IR Group

Panelist

speaker-3

Mike Powell

Managing Director
EarlyBirdCapital

Panelist

speaker-4

Kevin Kelly

Senior Director
Morrow Sodali

Moderator

4:00 PM - 4:25 PM

Panel

Everything You Need to Know About SPAC Deal Documentation

  • 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.

speaker-1

Stuart Neuhauser

Partner
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole

Moderator

4:30 PM - 5:10 PM

Panel

The Listing Options: OTC, AIM, LSE, NYSE American, NYSE, and Nasdaq

  • 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).

speaker-1

Brian Zucker

Partner
RRBB

Moderator

speaker-2

Ryan Thomas

Head of Business Development
TMX Group

Panelist

speaker-3

Carolyn Saacke

COO
NYSE

Speaker

speaker-4

Cromwell Coulson

President & CEO
OTC Markets

Panelist

speaker-5

Michael Bartels

Vice President of Listing Services
Nasdaq

Panelist

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception (sponsored by EarlyBirdCapital)

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