Kathleen Smith



Renaissance Capital

Kathleen Smith is Chairman of Renaissance Capital LLC, a global IPO investment advisory firm that she co-founded in 1991. Her Firm is known for its key role in providing institutional investors with a platform for tracking the global IPO market along with research on each company prior to its IPO. Renaissance Capital also manages IPO-focused ETFs (NYSE tickers: IPO, IPOS) that enable investors to efficiently access unique returns from a basket of newly public companies before they are included in broad market indices.

Prior to founding Renaissance Capital, Kathleen was a director of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets’ Technology and Emerging Growth Investment Banking Group. Ms. Smith received an MBA in Finance from Wharton.


    9:10 AM - 9:55 AM

    Thursday February 15, 2018

    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?
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