Gavin Cuneo

Co-CEO

Panelist

CIIG Merger Corp

Gavin Cuneo, is currently the Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of CIIG Capital Partners II.  He was Chief Operating Officer and Director of CIIG Merger Corp. from its IPO in December 2019 through the closure of its $5.4 business combination with Arrival, the global technology company creating electric vehicles, in March 2021.  Since 2010, Mr. Cuneo has been a partner of Cuneo & Company, a private venture investment company focused on early stage media, entertainment and consumer growth businesses. Mr. Cuneo has served and currently serves on the board of a number of private companies. From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Cuneo was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Valiant Entertainment LLC. Cuneo & Company initially capitalized the dormant comic book publisher to relaunch the business as an IP-centric multimedia company. Under this new management, Valiant grew into one of the leading print and digital publishers in comics, established a marquee licensing businesses and built a film and television division including a multi-picture partnership with Sony Pictures. Cuneo & Co successfully sold Valiant to DMG Entertainment in 2018. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Cuneo was an investment banker in the consumer industry coverage group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and its predecessor Merrill Lynch & Co. where he executed debt and equity financings and advised on mergers and acquisitions for leading companies in the consumer and retail industries. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Cuneo held a number of positions at U.S. Trust Company (now a division of Bank of America), including as an Assistant Vice President in Equity Research, functioning as an equity analyst and associate portfolio manager, and as an Assistant Vice President of corporate strategy. Mr. Cuneo holds an M.B.A. from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Business from Lafayette College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Topic

4:25 PM - 5:15 PM

Wednesday June 23

Why the COVID Pandemic Has Been a Boon for the Market

  • Advantages of forward-looking guidance over traditional IPOs
  • Uncertain times spark the popularity of a near-certain bet
  • Big SPAC deals make big noise, raising blank-check awareness
  • Post-pandemic growth prospects for SPACs
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