Derek Kearns



Centri Business Consulting

Derek is a Partner at Centri Business Consulting and the leader of the firm’s SEC, Financial Reporting, & SPAC Practice. He has more than 23 years of accounting experience in both public and private industries. He joined Centri in September 2020 and has focused on Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings, including IPO registration statements, accounting for complex debt and equity transactions, business combination accounting, and international consolidations. Additionally, he has significant experience with international public filers in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors, the mining industry, and merchant services, as well as experience in the cannabis industry, manufacturing, and employee benefit plans.

Prior to his time with Centri, Derek oversaw the reporting and technical accounting functions at Mile High Labs, an international cannabinoid and CBD product manufacturer. While at Mile High Labs, he guided the company through its initial financial statement audits and adoption of ASC 606 while documenting the accounting for multiple debt and equity transactions, and business combinations, including downstream mergers and stock compensation plans.

Derek has held management positions at multiple Fortune 250 companies, as well as a public gold exploration company, overseeing SEC reporting and technical accounting functions. Derek began his career with Deloitte, where he spent six years in the audit and assurance practice.

He received his B.S. in Accounting and Finance from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Colorado.


    11:20 AM - 12:05 PM

    Wednesday June 12, 2024

    The Pressure to Complete a Transaction

    • Synergy of communications and navigating expectations
    • deSPAC and breaking down the barriers
    • Understanding the runway of time, evidence of filings and risks
    2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

    Wednesday June 28, 2023

    Why De-SPACs Remain a Great Option

    • Why the De-SPAC option remains a viable path to accessing the capital markets
    • Transaction update: Number of deals announced and closed, with commentary on notable transactions
    • Understanding specific challenges in the capital markets as it relates to SPACs
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