Josh DuClos




Josh DuClos concentrates his practice on representing private equity sponsors, public and privately held companies, and their respective stakeholders and advisors in buyouts, investments and divestitures. He is experienced in advising buyers and sellers in the technology, software, internet and social media, media and entertainment, retail, consumer products and life sciences industries. Josh is co-leader of Sidley’s SPAC practice.

Clients ranging from private equity and venture capital investors, to startups and other high-growth companies, to members of the Global Fortune 500 all turn to Josh. He also works with investment banks, boards of directors, officers, employees and other corporate stakeholders and advisors in mergers, acquisitions, deSPACs, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures and equity investments, strategic collaborations, as well as corporate governance, director and officer liability, securities law compliance, and shareholder activism.

Josh was named to the Daily Journal’s 2020 “Top 40 under 40” list, which celebrates the achievements of California-based lawyers under the age of 40, and was named by The Deal as one of the 21 most promising new M&A and Private Equity partners of 2019.

In 2022, he participated as a member of the drafting committee for the American Bar Association’s response letter to the SEC’s request for comments on new rules for SPACs and shell companies.

In addition to his practice, Josh is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law where he teaches Mergers and Acquisitions.


    10:10 AM - 10:45 AM

    Wednesday June 12, 2024

    Getting Better SPAC Deals Done in 2024 and Beyond

    • Better and best practices for marketing the transaction and converting the shareholder base
    • Managing dilutive instruments in the capital structure, optimizing liquidity and float, and transacting with smaller and/or aging SPACs
    • Optimizing readiness, governance and transaction management
    4:25 PM - 5:10 PM

    Wednesday June 28, 2023

    SPAC IPOs: Structuring Deals in the New Market

    • What will new SPAC IPOs look like in 2023 and beyond?
    • Structuring considerations for sponsors and banks in the SPAC IPO market
    • How to foster investor confidence in new SPACs
    • 'Benefit of hindsight': what lessons have been learned around consummating a successful business combination?
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Thursday June 16, 2022

    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
    9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

    Thursday June 24, 2021

    De-SPACing of VC-backed Tech & Other High-growth Companies

    • Unique opportunities and challenges in taking tech companies public
    • Why VC firms are expected to drive SPAC growth in 2021
    • The difference between private equity vs. venture capital-backed SPACs
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