An Innovative Event, Serving an Innovative Market

The SPAC Conference has been the premier event uniting the most influential participants in the market. People know that our content and the professional speakers who deliver it are without equal.

Following the success of our 2021 & 2022 event, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees.

As always, you can count on the highest quality event in every respect – from an expanded agenda to the launch of new and exciting event activities. We continue to innovate, just like the SPAC market.

June 15, 2022

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast (Sponsored By Morrow Sodali)

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

speaker-1

Steven Dresner

CEO
DealFlow Events

Speaker

9:05 AM - 9:25 AM

Presentation

State of The Market

  • Overview of recent deal activity including a recap of 2021 year-end performance
  • Notable changes to SPAC deal structure and possible changes in light of SEC rulemaking
  • Market forecast through 2022
  • How the SEC's proposed rulemaking might impact future SPAC deals

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Doug Ellenoff

Partner
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole

Speaker

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Presentation

What’s Next for Blank-check Firms?

  • A ticking clock for existing SPACs to get deals done
  • More new SPACs entering the pipeline only means more competition
  • Anticipating what the SEC may do in 2022
  • U.S. SPAC expertise eyeing international targets

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Mitch Nussbaum

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

Speaker

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

Presentation

SPAC Litigation: Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional

  • The most alarming types of cases
  • Notable trends
  • Case studies: Avoid mistakes others have already made
  • Insurance as a defense litigation tool?
  • Our SPAC crystal ball

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Yelena Dunaevsky

Vice President, Transactional Insurance
Woodruff Sawyer

Speaker

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Emily Maier

Partner
Woodruff Sawyer

Speaker

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Networking Break

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM

Presentation

Accounting & Audit Considerations during the Lifecycle of a SPAC

  • Pre- and post-IPO accounting requirements and report frequency
  • Audited financial statements and shareholder proxies
  • Accounting for the acquisition transaction
  • Post-merger (de-SPAC) accounting requirements

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David Bukzin

Vice Chairman
Marcum

Speaker

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM

Presentation

What it Takes to be a SPAC Sponsor

  • Demonstrating expertise in at least one business sector
  • Maintaining deep connections to finance professionals, private equity
  • Proven hands-on M&A experience, preferably on both the buy and sell sides
  • Track record of C-Suite level management success

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Joel Rubinstein

Partner
White & Case

Speaker

speaker-2

Harry You

Vice Chairman
GTY Technology Holdings Inc

Speaker

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Presentation

Counseling Private Companies Considering a SPAC in These Turbulent Times

  • Hear what advisors are telling private companies considering SPACs in this environment
  • Navigating some of the tough issues of the day and what to look out for
  • How market and other forces are influencing how companies should behave

speaker-1

Karim Anani

Americas FAAS Transaction Leader
Ernst & Young

Speaker

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Mark Schwartz

IPO and SPAC Capital Markets Advisory Leader
Ernst & Young

Moderator

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel

Merger Special Meeting: The Final Hurdle to Approving a Business Combination

  • Arbitrage investors and empty voting
  • Advisory firm recommendations and timing
  • Redemption levels and exchange listing requirements
  • Compressed solicitation window to achieve required vote

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William Dooley

Director - M&A and Activism Advisory Group
Morrow Sodali

Moderator

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Tina Pappas

Managing Director
Jefferies

Panelist

speaker-3

Charlotte Kiaie

Partner
Longacre Square Partners

Panelist

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Ramey Layne

Partner, Capital Markets and M&A
Vinson & Elkins

Panelist

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Joe Reece

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
SilverBox Capital

Panelist

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Presentation

SPACs by the Numbers

  • SPAC IPO activity
  • Yields and market dynamics
  • De-SPAC performance
  • Deal and financing trends

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Ben Kwasnick

Founder
SPAC Research

Speaker

2:45 PM - 3:05 PM

Fireside

Venture Capital-backed Targets: From Moonshots to Predictable Cash Flows

  • Best advice for VC-backed companies considering SPAC route
  • Minority control: Fickle boards and strong founders
  • SEC proposed rulemaking and its impact on VC-backed companies
  • Generalist vs. specialist SPACs, tradeoffs the venture CEO should consider

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Paul Martino

Co-founder
Bullpen Capital

Speaker

speaker-2

Eric Ver Ploeg

President
LightJump Capital

Speaker

3:10 PM - 3:35 PM

Networking Break

3:35 PM - 4:20 PM

Panel

Your Path to Going Public: De-SPAC or IPO

  • SPACs: The speedier path to market
  • Different costs associated with both routes
  • Why SPACs offer less volatile target valuation
  • Understanding shareholder dilution (and associated complaints)

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Mike Schlanger

VP Solution Sales
Toppan Merrill

Moderator

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Ed Kovary

Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets
EarlyBirdCapital

Panelist

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Josh Motter

Director
Riveron

Panelist

speaker-4

Christopher Mora

Partner, SEC & Capital Markets Practice Leader
Centri Business Consulting

Panelist

4:25 PM - 5:05 PM

Panel

Spotting Red Flags on a Deal

  • Inadequate/rushed due diligence
  • SPAC management expertise (or lack thereof) in selected sectors
  • Disclosures that raise more questions than answers
  • Valuations unsupported by the numbers
  • SPAC management’s track record
  • How the SEC’s SPAC rulemaking proposal might affect transaction diligence and deal execution

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Glenn Pollner

Partner
WilmerHale

Moderator

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Lou Taubman

Partner
HTFL

Panelist

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Ryan J. Maierson

Partner
Latham & Watkins

Panelist

speaker-4

Jim Zukin

Chairman & CEO
Zukin Certification Services

Panelist

5:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception (Sponsored By Marcum)

June 16, 2022

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast (Sponsored By Morrow Sodali)

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

speaker-1

Steven Dresner

CEO
DealFlow Events

Speaker

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM

Round Table

Fostering Clear Communication with Retail SPAC Investors

  • Investor lawsuits against de-SPACed companies are on the rise
  • Marketing vigorously, making robust projections, avoiding hyperbole
  • Issuing regular updates and press releases
  • Rock the vote: Ensuring retail investors participate in shareholder meetings and merger votes

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Stuart Neuhauser

Partner
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole

Moderator

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Brandon Van Manen

Vice President, Operations Analytics
Broadridge Financial Solutions

Panelist

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Joe Tonnos

Principal, Associate Portfolio Manager
Meteora Capital

Panelist

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Fireside

Public Company Readiness for Business Combination Companies

  • SEC filing requirements
  • Audits and internal controls
  • Understanding investor relations

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Jennie Dong

Head of SPACs
NYSE

Speaker

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John Haynor

Managing Director
Solebury Capital

Speaker

speaker-3

Dave Horin

Partner
WilliamsMarston

Speaker

10:05 AM - 10:25 AM

Fireside

SPACs and Environmental, Social and Governance Investing: Latest Industry Trends

  • ESG global market added $40B in assets this year and demand is growing
  • ESG remains a major focus for target companies
  • Determining target sustainability based on ESG factors
  • Leading ESG sectors and a look at trends on target company management and boards
  • Gender diversity and SPACs

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Fatema Raza

Partner
Withum

Speaker

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Lauren Maillian

CEO
digitalundivided

Speaker

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Round Table

International Intrigue: Understanding the Overseas SPAC Market

  • Hot spots: Amsterdam, London (France, Sweden and Germany tied for distant 3rd place)
  • Asia emerges as growing SPAC market with Singapore and Hong Kong leading
  • Desire to list on American Exchanges gives US SPACs an edge in many sectors
  • Deal structures, taxes and other cross-border SPAC issues
  • US anti-inversion rules and international M&A

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Will Braeutigam

National SPAC Execution Services Leader
Deloitte

Moderator

speaker-2

Eklavya Saraf

Global Head of SPACs
Nasdaq

Panelist

speaker-3

Josh DuClos

Partner
Sidley

Panelist

speaker-4

Michael Johns

Partner
Maples Group

Panelist

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Panel

M&A Advice Wanted

  • Differing perspectives: Buy side vs. sell side
  • Keys to effective negotiation
  • Understanding the deal structure
  • Assessing the target’s true financial condition and prospects

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Jason Osborn

Partner
Winston & Strawn

Moderator

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Matthew Tuttle

CEO
Tuttle Capital Management

Panelist

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Mark Solovy

Co-Head, Technology Finance Group
Monroe Capital

Panelist

speaker-4

Kristi Marvin

Founder
SPACInsider

Panelist

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM

Presentation

Navigating a Challenging PIPE Market and Alternative De-SPAC Financing Structures

  • Trends in De-SPAC PIPEs, including increased use of convertible debt and convertible preferred equity
  • Forward purchases
  • Backstop agreements
  • Sponsor participation in PIPEs and backstop

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Michael Heinz

Partner
Sidley

Speaker

speaker-2

David Ni

Capital Markets Partner
Sidley

Speaker

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Presentation

SPACs in the Nation's Capital: The Regulatory and Legislative Landscape

  • Impact of SEC proposed rulemakings and amendments to the SPAC industry
  • SPAC friends and foes on Capitol Hill and legislative dynamics in 2022
  • The SPAC Association (SPACA) and trade association activity
  • Election 2022: What to expect

speaker-1

Alex Vogel

CEO
The Vogel Group

Speaker

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Lunch

2:25 PM - 3:10 PM

Panel

D&O Insurance for SPACs: Do's, Don'ts & Consequences

  • Lawsuits against SPACs are on the rise
  • When de-SPACed targets underperform and infuriate investors, who’s to blame?
  • Why should all SPACs pay for the mistakes of a few bad apples?
  • Negotiation with insurers: How SPAC management can hold down D&O costs

speaker-1

Steven Nelson

President & Chairman
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company

Moderator

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Priya Cherian Huskins

Senior Vice President & Partner
Woodruff Sawyer

Panelist

speaker-3

Andrew Pendergast

Senior Vice President, SPAC & GPL Practice Leader
NFP

Panelist

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM

Networking Break

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation

The SPAC Market: A Legal Update

  • Regulatory developments
  • Trends in SPAC IPO deal terms
  • Pace of De-SPAC transactions
  • Legal considerations in getting De-SPAC deals to closing

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Grace Maral Burnett

Assistant Team Lead, Transactions
Bloomberg Industry Group

Speaker

speaker-2

Preston Brewer

Analysis Manager
Bloomberg Industry Group

Speaker

4:05 PM - 4:30 PM

Presentation

The SPAC Conference Wrap Up: What we Learned and a Look Ahead

  • Structural Considerations for a Successful IPO
  • Regulatory Scrutiny & Proposed Legislation
  • SPAC Liquidations
  • Looking Ahead to Q3 and Beyond

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David W. Boral

President
EF Hutton

Speaker

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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