If 2020 was the “Year of the SPAC,” 2021 might become known as “The SPAC Pullback.” Despite some recent signs of renewed investor interest, SPAC preparedness in the current environment is more important than ever, along with strategies for managing D&O and other insurance costs. Pre-revenue companies in particular going public via SPAC face greater scrutiny and short attacks have become more common.
Hear from a panel of experienced SPAC market participants and seasoned advisors for an inside take on lessons from successes and struggles among recent SPAC deals. IPO Edge hosted a virtual forum Wednesday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET: SPAC to the Future Part 2.
The streaming video event, hosted in partnership with Gallagher, Vinson & Elkins, Nasdaq, MorganFranklin, Stifel, ICR, and The Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association, also featured data from Sentieo and S3 Partners. The format includes panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, along with a live Q&A session, totaling approximately 90 minutes.
Panel participants include:
- Eklavya U. Saraf, Global Head of SPACs, Nasdaq
- John C. Marchisi, National Director – SPAC Segment, Gallagher
- Sarah Morgan, Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions, Vinson & Elkins
- Sarah Mitchell, Counsel, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions, Vinson & Elkins
- Alysa Craig, Managing Director, M&A, Head of SPAC Practice, Stifel
- Dan Hennessy, Chairman & CEO at Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V (NAS: HCIC)
- Scott Leonard, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp (NYSE:SOAC)
- Mark Harms, CEO of Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp., which merged with Vintage Wine Estates, Inc. (NAS: VWE)
- Barbara Ard, Managing Director, Accounting & Transaction Services Lead, MorganFranklin Consulting
- Phil Denning, Partner, ICR
- Ihor Dusaniwsky, Managing Director and Head of Predictive Analytics, S3 Partners
- Jarrett Banks, Editor-at-Large, IPO Edge
- John Jannarone, Editor-in-Chief, IPO Edge
The panel covered topics including:
- SPAC preparedness in the current environment
- Sponsor group capabilities; forward leading indicators to success
- Strategies for managing D&O and other insurance costs
- SPAC and De-SPAC, recent concerns
- Future of pre-revenue/early revenue companies going public via SPAC
- Short attacks on SPACs
- Lessons from successes and struggles among recent SPAC deals
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Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Stifel’s broker-dealer clients are served in the United States through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, including its Eaton Partners business division; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC and Century Securities Associates, Inc. The Company’s broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Bank and Stifel Bank & Trust offer a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel Trust Company, N.A. and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A. offer trust and related services. To learn more about Stifel, please visit the Company’s website at www.stifel.com. For global disclosures, please visit https://www.stifel.com/investor-relations/press-releases.
About Vinson & Elkins
Vinson & Elkins is recognized as a premier law firm with a diversified practice that serves the needs of a global industry. We offer an integrated team of nearly 700 skilled lawyers in 12 global locations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more than 100 years, V&E has achieved excellent results for clients around the world. Our reputation has been built on handling day-to-day matters, as well as those involving pivotal and bet-the-company legal issues. Consistently high rankings in legal directories such as Chambers and Legal 500, among others, reflects the confidence we have earned from clients and peers by delivering excellent results over the long term. For more information, please visit our website at velaw.com
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About MorganFranklin Consulting
MorganFranklin Consulting is a management advisory firm that works with leading businesses to address critical finance, technology and business objectives. MorganFranklin is headquartered in the Washington D.C. area with regional offices in New York, Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte, Nashville, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The firm supports clients across the globe. For more information: www.morganfranklin.com
Established in 1998, ICR partners with its clients to execute strategic communications and advisory programs that achieve business goals, build awareness and credibility, and enhance long-term enterprise value. The firm’s highly-differentiated service model, which pairs capital markets veterans with senior communications professionals, brings deep sector knowledge and relationships to more than 750 clients in approximately 20 industries. ICR’s healthcare practice operates under the Westwicke brand (www.westwicke.com). Today, ICR is one of the largest and most experienced independent communications and advisory firms in North America, maintaining offices in New York, Norwalk, Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, San Diego and Beijing. Learn more at www.icrinc.com. Follow us on Twitter at @ICRPR.
About Hennessy Capital
Dan Hennessy is one of the longest tenured and most experienced SPAC Sponsors and currently serves as Chairman & CEO of Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V (NASDAQ: HCICU) which raised $345 MM via IPO in January, 2021. Hennessy Capital Group LLC is an alternative investment firm he founded in 2013 to focus on investments in the sustainable industrial technology and infrastructure sectors. Mr. Hennessy most recently served as Chairman and CEO of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. IV which in December, 2020 completed its business combination with Canoo Holdings Ltd, (NASDAQ: GOEV)
Mr. Hennessy holds a BA degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Mr. Hennessy has dedicated over 25 years serving non-profit healthcare, higher education and conservation organizations including Board leadership positions at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, National MS Society, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Georgetown University and Yellowstone Park Foundation.
About IPO Edge
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John Jannarone, Editor-in-Chief