Hosted by DealFlow Events
December 7-8, 2022
The largest forum for networking and discussion of SPACs & alternative IPO techniques. Attend in-person or virtually.
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The SPAC Conference is the premier event uniting the most influential participants in this specialized market. Participants report year-after-year that this is the best forum available for networking and access to SPAC experts. It’s been that way since 2008, when the inaugural event was held in New York.
Now DealFlow brings The SPAC Conference Europe to London. Follow the money, as the saying goes. Europe and the U.K. are widely seen as golden opportunities for SPACs to make deals with high-quality companies that would benefit from access to public markets.
Through the first half of 2022, nearly two dozen European SPACs launched IPOs with a combined market value of almost $21 billion. The U.K. leads the way in successful mergers and de-SPACs outside the United States.
Just ask around. The SPAC Conference’s reputation speaks volumes about the value of attending this event. Attendees called our last conference, “The best SPAC Conference that’s ever been held.” We aim to top that in London at The SPAC Conference Europe. Meet and learn from the best SPAC pros in the world. Join us.
Each year attendees at The SPAC Conference represent a broad range of professionals. The SPAC Conference 2021 attracted over 700 attendees. Below is demographic information on The SPAC Conference in New York.
In London, we have an entirely new audience of SPAC issuers and finance professionals who are eager to learn best practices for international markets. Get ready to meet them.
Whether you’re attending from the U.S. or from other international destinations, The SPAC Conference Europe is uniquely designed to prepare you for conducting business worldwide. No other conference delivers this much value from such a deep bench of SPAC professionals. The networking opportunities alone make this a must-attend event.
Offering the largest gathering of investors, bankers and management teams in the business. You can count on the best networking to maximize your business development.
Our panelists and presenters are thought leaders in the industry.
The SPAC Conference includes 1-on-1 meetings that you can schedule through our event app, allowing you to connect with conference attendees even before the event.
Comprehensive and technical discussions of legal issues, finance trends, and deal dynamics.
The DealFlow Event App provides attendees with the ability to connect and engage with one another. You can start networking in advance, or you can wait for the conference to connect, whichever you prefer. (And yes, you’ll be able to get the list of attendees through the app as well!)
The DealFlow Event App features advanced technology which promises a seamless networking experience and access to all the information you’ll need about The SPAC Conference Europe – from following event activities to following individual attendees, it’s all included.
Now you can join the action remotely and participate in The SPAC Conference Europe live. Don’t miss out on a minute of the agenda or audience Q&A.
Next Generation Networking
You can use enhanced networking technology, the most seamless way to connect and engage with other event attendees.
With the virtual booth, you have instant remote access to participating event sponsors during both days.
Share any big announcements about yourself or your company that other attendees might find helpful or interesting.
Direct & Group Attendee Messaging
You can chat 1-on-1 directly through the app with connections you’ve made or you can create groups to streamline communications.
Advanced Meeting Scheduler
Attendees have the ability to create 1-on-1 meetings with other attendees. You have the option to choose a date, time and location. You can also use the in-app video chatting feature.
Shake & Connect
“Shake & Connect” is truly a next-level networking experience. Attendees can shake their phones to discover who is around them, and simply exchange profiles with a click of a button. It’s as easy as a handshake.
Winston & Strawn
Paul Amiss specialises in SPACs, de-SPACs, M&A, equity capital markets and private equity. He has advised sponsor teams on UK and US listed SPACs and their business combinations. Paul has recently represented Broadstone Acquisition Corp., a NYSE listed SPAC founded by a UK-based team on its US$2 billion business combination with Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd. Paul is also currently working on UK SPAC IPOs under the new Listing Rules.
Americas FAAS Transaction Leader
Ernst & Young
Karim has more than 23 years of experience serving clients in a variety of industries. He has extensive knowledge of special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) mergers covering accounting, reporting, regulatory, operational and integration matters. Karim has lead 50+ SPAC transactions in the past 10 years. Karim advises clients on numerous accounting and financial reporting matters including: mergers and acquisitions, registration statements’ complex accounting matters, policies and procedures, IPOs, debt offerings, purchase accounting, spin-outs, divestitures, valuation-related matters associated with purchase accounting, carve-out accounting, consolidation matters, fresh start and bankruptcy accounting, and other complex accounting matters, as well as compliance with SEC financial reporting requirements for US domestic and foreign private issuers. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of California; and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Promoter and Director
Industrial Stars of Italy
Attilio Arietti has been the founder and CEO of Oaklins Italy a leading Italian M&A advisory company member of Oaklins International one of the largest international M&A organizations present in over 50 countries of which he has also been President and Chairman. He has extensive experience in negotiations, valuations and deal structuring. He has advised a wide variety of international and domestic clients in acquiring or disposing of businesses in Italy and abroad as well as raising debt or equity and establishing strategic alliances or joint ventures.
Attilio holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a degree in Economics from the University of Turin and is a chartered accountant.
David W. Boral has been the President of EF Hutton since he co-founded the firm in May of 2020.
Prior to co-founding EF Hutton, David held several leadership positions in the Investment Banking and Capital Markets industry with over 15 years of experience leading and participating in transactions including IPOs, Secondaries/Follow-on Offerings, SPACs, PIPEs, Reverse Mergers, M&A, Bankruptcy/Restructurings, Cross Listings, and other private and public offerings in the US and abroad. Most recently, David was Co-Head of Investment Banking/Managing Director at Aegis Capital Corp, and prior to that, he was a Director in the Investment Banking Division at Maxim Group.
In addition to his work at EF Hutton, David is dedicated to improving the world around him, specifically the lives of children and veterans. He currently serves on the advisory board for Keep A Child Alive, a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare, housing, and other support services to HIV/AIDS-affected communities in Africa and India, and he serves on the board for Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, which was founded by Princess Katherine to reduce and relieve the suffering of physically and mentally disabled children, orphans, the elderly as well as to improve medical facilities in Serbia. He also partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Heroes Among Us, and Project Rosseau through corporate sponsorships.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.
US Capital Markets Transactions Leader and US SPAC Leader
Will is the National Capital Markets Transactions Leader and the National SPAC Leader at Deloitte & Touche LLP. In this role, he leads Accounting & Reporting Advisory (ARA) offerings related to IPO, SPACs, Acquisitions and Divestitures. He offers more than 15 years of experience providing advisory and audit services to clients. He has extensive private equity experience including auditing and/or advising portfolio companies regarding public exit strategies. He has led numerous IPO engagements including reverse mergers, SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies), recapitalizations, Up-C Structures, predecessor accounting, and SEC pre-clearance filings. He is a certified public accountant in Texas and has a Master in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas.
EMEA Head of SPACs
Michele has 20 years experience at Deutsche Bank serving clients across public and private markets. Michele is part of Deutsche Bank SPAC team and leads the EMEA franchise, assisting EMEA sponsors and corporates with regard to SPAC and Business Combinations. Michele is a Managing Director in the Capital Markets team and is currently based in London.
Head of SPAC ECM EMEA
Stefano Conte is a Director in the EMEA Equity Capital Markets (ECM) team at Barclays, based in London. In addition to leading origination and execution of ECM transactions in Southern Europe, he is responsible for SPAC ECM across EMEA.
Since June 2021, Barclays led as Global Coordinator or Active Bookrunner three new European SPAC listings: Financials Acquisition Corp / FINSAC (£150m London IPO, 2022), SMG European Recovery SPAC (€115m Frankfurt IPO, 2022) and Climate Transition Capital Acquisition I / CTCA1 (€190m Amsterdam IPO, 2021).
Stefano has 11 years of ECM experience and has been involved in $70bn+ of equity offerings across Europe.
Lecturer in Banking and Finance Law
CCLS - Queen Mary University of London
Dr. Daniele D'Alvia is a Lecturer in Banking and Finance Law at CCLS - Queen Mary University of London, an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, and an Associate Researcher at the European Banking Institute in Frankfurt.
He is an internationally recognised expert on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, Corporate Finance Law, M&As Law, and Regulation of Financial Markets. A pioneer in SPAC studies in law, author of the first book on SPACs ever published by Routledge in 2021, and award-winner of the Colin B Picker Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law. His articles on SPACs have been featured on Fortune, Bloomberg, SOLE 24 ORE, MilanoFinanza, Financial Mirror, etc..
He is the CEO of SPACs Consultancy LTD with offices in London and Milan. He has advised SPAC sponsors, underwriters and target companies as well as assisting clients in relation to M&As and Banking and Finance deals.
Head of SPACs
Jennie Dong is the Head of SPACs in NYSE’s Capital Markets Group. She is responsible for leading new business development and execution for both SPAC IPOs and business combinations. She advises SPAC sponsors and their advisers from inception through the business combination, with a focus on NYSE support through the full lifecycle. Prior to joining the NYSE, she held various roles in investment banking where she advised clients on equity financing.
Josh DuClos is a partner in Sidley’s office in Century City. He concentrates his practice on representing private equity sponsors, public and privately held companies, and their respective stakeholders and advisors in de-SPAC transactions, mergers, buyouts, investments and divestitures. Josh was named to the Daily Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” list, which celebrates the achievements of California-based lawyers under the age of 40 for 2020.
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole
Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP since its founding in 1992, is a corporate and securities attorney with a specialty in alternative financings, including, SPACs, M&A, PIPEs, RDs and Crowdfunding. In the last 10 years, he has been involved at various stages in numerous registered public offerings, including more than 100 financings and, hundreds of private placements into public companies. Since 2002, Mr. Ellenoff has been involved with over 250 SPAC IPOs and 60 business combinations.
Head of Capital Markets
At Nasdaq, Jay Heller is senior member of the Capital Markets Team. With over 25 years’ experience in the financial markets arena, Jay was tasked by senior management to lead a team in analyzing and enhancing the process in which new listings are facilitated on the exchange. Over the years, Nasdaq has introduced several innovative tools, leveraging data and technology to provide greater transparency for IPOs and Direct Listings.
Under his leadership, the team has executed more than 2,300 IPOs, consisting of operating companies and SPAC’s. Some of the world’s most innovative companies have gone public on Nasdaq during his tenure including: Rivian, Mobileye, Coinbase, Lyft, TPG, Warner Music, Airbnb and GlobalFoundries, just to name a few.
Prior to joining the Nasdaq in 2008, Jay was the Managing Director of Institutional Trading and Sales at American Capital Partners. There he was a partner on the Institutional Trading and Sales Desk, while working with various hedge funds and financial institutions. Jay also has worked as a market marker at Pershing Capital Markets and NDB Capital Markets, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank.
Senior BD Investment Trusts, Sustainable Investments, Alternatives
London Stock Exchange
Alexander Imseeh joined the multi-asset primary markets team at London Stock Exchange plc in September 2015 as a business development lead. In his role, Alex advises companies on the process of listing and trading debt securities, as well as funds on London Stock Exchange’s markets. Prior to joining London Stock Exchange, Alex was at the London Clearing House (LCH) working in SwapClear as a risk operations analyst supporting large investment banks clearing interest rates derivatives. Alex holds a Master’s degree in Nanotechnology from University College London (UCL).
Mr. George B. Kaufman has been the Partner and Head of Investment Banking at Chardan Capital Markets, LLC since January 2015. Mr. Kaufman was the Managing Director of Investment Banking at Chardan Capital Markets, LLC since January 2006. He founded Detroit Coffee Company, LLC in January 2002 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kaufman established the investment banking, brokerage and marketing protocols and standards. He has extensive experience with operating and development stage companies, particularly those in the China and Greater Asian region, having lead and/or managed over 30 public and private transactions. He has been a Director at China Networks International Holdings, Ltd. since June 26, 2009. He has been Director of Chardan Metropol Acquisition Corp. since April 01, 2012. He serves as an Independent Director at Delta Technology Holdings Limited. He has been an Independent Director of Prime Acquisition Corp. since May 5, 2014. He served as an Independent Director of Delta Technology Holdings Limited until February 18, 2016. He served as a Director of Prime Acquisition Corp. from March 21, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Mr. Kaufman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Vermont in 1999.
Kevin Kelly, a Senior Director, joined Morrow Sodali in October 2003. Kevin leads its SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) services and is responsible for new business development. He has worked on approximately 250 SPAC merger meetings over the past 14 years.
Morrow Sodali is a leading global consulting firm specializing in proxy solicitation, capital markets transactions, strategic stock surveillance, shareholder services, and corporate governance. The firm provides strategic advice and services relating to mergers and acquisitions, shareholder meetings, contested campaigns, shareholder activism, and cross-border transactions. From headquarters in New York and London with nine offices in major capital markets around the world (Sydney, Stamford, Beijing, Johannesburg, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, Rome and San Paulo), the firm services more than 700 corporate clients in 40 countries, including many of the world’s largest multinational corporations. Some well know clients include Bank of America, Unitedhealth Group, AXA Group, Pfizer, CFS Health Group, GM, Boeing, GE, Goldman Sachs Group, IBM, American Express, and Vivendi.
Prior to joining Morrow Sodali, Kevin held a number of senior roles in the transfer agent business including positions in sales, marketing, administration, product management, and operations. Kevin’s career included transfer agent and corporate trust roles with Computershare, Harris Bank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, and Chase Manhattan Bank.
He holds an M.B.A. degree from Fordham University and a B.A. degree from St. Anselm College.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Denis Klimentchenko is a Partner in Skadden’s Corporate and M&A Group. He joined the Firm in November 2009 and prior to law school worked as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche, where he supervised audits of US publicly traded companies.
Mr. Klimentchenko is dual-qualified in the US and England and Wales, and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate financings, and other corporate and securities matters.
In addition, Denis is very involved in the Nordic markets and played a key role of a number of new engagements for the firm, including representations of Alussa Energy, Adevinta, Nordea, Borr Drilling, Nokia, DSV, Wolt and Kinnevik.
National Director – SPAC Segment
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
John C. Marchisi is National Director – SPAC Segment and Area Senior Vice President of Gallagher’s Financial Institutions Practice, focusing on insurance and risk management for Directors & Officers Liability, Cyber Liability, and Transactional risk. John has over 15 years of experience with SPAC transactions, which began on the American Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange, where he led businesses and SPAC IPO listings and trading as a Managing Director and Exchange Official. John has developed proprietary analytics and resources to assist insurance carrier partners with the underwriting of SPAC insurance programs, and is responsible for numerous national publications including The Life Cycle of a SPAC – A Strategic Risk Management Perspective.
Partner and Head of Corporate
Maples Group London
Jack Marriott is head of Maples and Calder's Corporate team in the Maples Group's London office. He specialises in corporate matters, including advising financial institutions and public and private businesses on a full range of corporate transactions. His extensive experience includes IPOs, particularly special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) on NYSE / NASDAQ, Euronext (Amsterdam) and London Stock Exchange. He also acts on public and private M&A, joint ventures, buyouts, restructurings, debt financings and security arrangements as well as management incentive structures. Jack’s expertise also covers investment funds, and he is head of our Process Agency Services team in London.
Accomplished investment professional with 15 years of experience driving revenue in traditional and alternative investment markets, including Hedge Funds and SPACs.
Successful in establishing, managing, and marketing asset management products targeted towards sophisticated investors. A builder of businesses: co-founded and established SPACInsider.com, a website devoted to the Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) asset class. Responsible for all website development, content, analysis and data management. Skilled in investment banking, capital markets, relationship building and presentations, with superior ability to communicate complex information in an informed and concise manner.
Matt has 20+ years of experience in the Financial Services Industry holding Research, Institutional Sales and Asset Management roles at various firms including ABN Amro, CRT Capital and Bear Stearns. Prior to joining I-Bankers, Matt was a SPAC specialist for Macquarie Capital (USA), where he helped build the firm’s SPAC Sales, Trading and Underwriting capabilities. He graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Business Management and holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities licenses.
Managing Director – Head of UK
Charles is a Managing Director of Morrow Sodali and is the head of the team in the UK.
He brings his extensive Investment Banking and Financial Technology experience to the business in London.
His roles within Investment Banking have focussed on managing global equities sales, corporate access and syndicate teams.
Throughout his career he has worked to help companies raise capital and engage with investors, whether to present their financial credentials or to discuss corporate governance topics.
His experience managing a Fintech platform specialising in investor and issuer engagement, gives him the ability to understand and advise on the complex issues facing issuers to ensure successful outcomes.
Capital Markets Partner
David Ni represents issuers, underwriters and selling securityholders in a variety of public and private offerings, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, acquisition and leveraged finance transactions, debt restructurings, liability management transactions, SPAC initial public offerings and “de-SPACings,” remarketings, at-the-market offerings, bank note offerings and medium-term notes offerings. He counsels companies on a variety of products, including debt (investment grade and high-yield), common stock, preferred stock, depositary shares, warrants, trust preferreds, regulatory capital, Eurobonds, convertible notes and other hybrid securities. He works across a diverse range of industries, including energy, technology, media and telecommunications, life sciences and financial services. David serves as co-leader of the firm’s Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) group.
David regularly advises public companies regarding corporate governance matters, ongoing reporting obligations and exchange listing requirements.
Prior to joining Sidley, David was a capital markets partner at another global law firm. In addition, he completed secondments at the equity capital markets desk of a prominent bulge bracket investment bank and the Office of the Prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Visiting Professor of Finance
Imperial College London
Tom Nohel is a Visiting Professor of Finance at Imperial College, and Professor of Finance at Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business. Professor Nohel earned his PhD in Finance from the University of Minnesota; he also holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University. He currently teaches graduate courses in corporate finance at Imperial College, and he has also taught at the University of Minnesota, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cornell University, the University of Michigan, and the Indian School of Business, as well as Loyola. Nohel also was a visiting Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Nohel has published numerous articles in leading academic journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies, among others. His research has focused on corporate finance and corporate governance, and most recently on SPACs. He presents his work regularly at numerous national and international conferences, and at many of the world’s leading universities, and his work is widely cited by financial and legal scholars and practitioners. Finally, Nohel is a Past President of the Midwest Finance Association.
Head of Shareholder Engagement and M&A Capital Markets EMEA
Mr. Darren Novak is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and heads the EMEA Shareholder Engagement and M&A Capital Markets practice.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Darren was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of UBS Investment Bank where he lead UBS’s activist defence efforts globally. Prior to joining UBS Investment Bank, Darren co-led the Activist Situations Team at Houlihan Lokey. He has advised in many of the leading situations since 2010, including campaigns with respect to Bayer, BHP, CRH, CSX, Darden, Kirin, MetroPCS and NXP. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Darren was an M&A attorney for a dozen years, most recently as a partner at Davies Ward specialising in contested situations, and before that as a Senior Associate in the M&A department of Simpson Thacher.
Darren received a JD and MBA from the University of Toronto. He graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Alberta.
Vice Chairman; Co-Chair, Capital Markets & Corporate
Loeb & Loeb
Mitch Nussbaum is the vice chair of Loeb & Loeb and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Capital Markets and Corporate Department. His practice focuses on representing emerging growth companies and investment banks in initial public offerings, follow-on public offerings, shelf takedowns, registered direct placements, PIPEs and other private placements (144A, Reg D, Reg A, Reg S, etc.). Mr. Nussbaum also regularly represents public companies regarding their SEC and NYSE or Nasdaq listing compliance and has acted as outside general counsel, including corporate, securities, M&A litigation and business counseling, to hundreds of private and public companies as well as their officers and directors. He also negotiates and documents acquisitions, mergers, going-private transactions, reverse mergers, proxy contests, tender offers, control contests, fund formations and secured lending financings and has represented issuers and underwriters in more than 100 SPAC public offerings and business combinations. Mr. Nussbaum was responsible for developing the groundbreaking IPAC, which features many of the benefits of the SPAC, but offers increased flexibility on pricing and deal structure, along with a more rapid transaction cycle.
Head of IPO and SPAC Capital Markets Advisory
Ernst & Young
Mark leads EY Capital Advisory’s “EYCA” capital markets advisory team preparing companies to enter the public markets through IPOs, SPAC mergers and direct listings. Prior to joining EYCA, Mark served in senior Equity Capital Markets “ECM” positions on Wall Street for about 15 years. Most recently he was Deutsche Bank's Head of Equity Financing Solutions, and prior to that he was a senior ECM execution banker at Barclays and its predecessor, Lehman Brothers. Before his investment banking years, Mark was a corporate and securities lawyer in Davis Polk's capital markets group, and a staff attorney in the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance.
White & Case
Andrew Scott is an associate in the Capital Markets practice in London. Andrew helps clients access equity capital markets through a wide range of transactions including initial public offerings and secondary fundraisings on the London Stock Exchange. Andrew also regularly advises on listing rules, market abuse regulation and corporate governance matters.
Prior to joining White & Case, Andrew worked at Magic Circle and international firms in London and Hong Kong.
Senior Managing Director
The Gores Group
Mr. Stone is a member of Gores’ investment committee and is responsible for alternative investments. Prior to joining The Gores Group, Mr. Stone spent nearly a decade as a Chief Executive transforming businesses across the services, industrial and technology sectors. Mr. Stone spent five years with The Boston Consulting Group (“BCG”) as a member of their high technology and industrial goods practices and served in BCG’s Boston, London, Los Angeles and Seoul offices. Mr. Stone earned a B.S. in Finance with Computer Science and Mathematics concentrations from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Head Of Business Development
Mr. Stoupnitzky joined EarlyBirdCapital in 2019 as a Director in Investment Banking and Head of Business Development. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the Senior Independent Director and member of the Audit & Nominating Committees at Eland Oil & Gas Plc. (AIM: ELA). Eland was successfully merged with Seplat Energy Plc. (LSE: SEPL) in late 2019. Mr. Stoupnitzky served as a Director of Twelve Seas Investment Company from 2018 until the completion of its business combination in December of 2019 with Brooge Holdings Ltd., a UAE-based oil storage company (NASDAQ: BROG). From 2018 until 2019, Mr. Stoupnitzky served as Advisory Director for Innolith AG, a Swiss-based private energy technology company. He previously served in various executive roles with Azonto Petroleum Limited (ASX: APY) and Vioco Petroleum. Mr. Stoupnitzky held senior positions with Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns and Renaissance Capital in London, Moscow and New York. Most of his investment banking experience focused on energy and natural resource companies with operating assets across emerging markets including Latin America, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Stoupnitzky is an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, where he lectures on the energy transition. He is also a member of SIPA’s Advisory Board and holds both a BA and MA from Columbia, as well as a certificate from Moscow State University.
Diana is a Partner in London and advises global clients on a variety of critical communication issues, with a focus on capital markets and investor communication. She advises on strategic communications in financial situations including SPAC listings and business combinations, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism and cross border transactions involving financial, social and/or regulatory complexities. Diana joined Brunswick in 2013 from UBS Investment Bank where she was in the Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsors group in London and Hong Kong, working on private equity buyouts and exits.
Diana holds an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.
Associate Professor of Finance
EDHECK Business School
Milos Vulanovic is associate professor of finance at EDHEC Business School. He is teaching in various EDHEC programs and holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from The Graduate Center at City University of New York. His research interests are on mergers and acquisitions and particularly on specified purpose acquisition companies.
Former Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank & Rotating Chair of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Shadow Monetary Policy Committee
Trevor Williams served as Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank for over a decade. Now an author, academic and consultant, he analyses the key trends and policies that shape the economy and markets. From energy and climate to how companies use their data to understand the wider economy, he brings clarity and relevance to an often complex and abstract field.
SPACs: Injecting Equity into Corporate Britain
How post-Brexit economic realities are driving SPAC growth in the UK.
Challenges Facing UK Dealmakers
How to establish the fair value of target acquisitions. And how to sell shareholders on the deal.
Raising Capital for UK Blank-check Companies
UK firms traditionally have more restrictive access to venture capital funding and public markets than their American counterparts. Why that’s not going to last.
Competing with Amsterdam
The Dutch enjoy the lion’s share of SPAC IPOs in Europe, but London is still favored by investors. Learn how to position yourself to take advantage of this situation.
Why a SPAC Listing May be your Best Bet
Learn why speed and sponsorship make SPACs the best route to the public market for many companies.
Exchange Listing Rules in London and Europe
The regulations governing SPACs are changing fast. Get up to speed on the current and proposed listing rules on local markets and exchanges.
Reverse Takeovers and Trading Suspensions
Why the Financial Conduct Authority is working to modify regulations on reverse takeovers and why trading suspensions need to be addressed on SPAC deal details that are leaked to the public.
Understanding Cross-Border SPAC Activity
Why stateside competition is driving the search for international targets and understanding why EMEA/APAC sponsors are registering SPACs to go public in the US.
Understanding Britain’s Interest in SPACs
Why the London Stock Exchange is in a race with Euronext, Hong Kong and American exchanges for a greater share of blank-check business.
How to align sponsor incentives with investors’ interests and working toward minimizing shareholder issues post-merger.
UK Tech Companies and SPACs
Why the UK’s rapidly growing technology sector is driving the appetite for SPACs. After feeding on state subsidies and government grants, tech companies are reaching the right size and maturity to pursue the capital markets.
Competition Among UK Companies Fueling Demand
Learn about the hot markets where deals are likely to be done by firms needing capital to hit their next stage of growth as quickly as possible.
Dual Class vs. Free Float Share Structures
How UK regulators approach different tiers of stock and whether dual class shares impact market price.
AIM, Standard and Premium Listings
How listing classifications impact the way a SPAC may operate. Not all listings are equal on the London Exchange.
Plumbing the PIPEs
Why private investment alongside the SPAC is often a necessity and working to keep PIPE investors and other stakeholders on a level playing field.
Advising SPACs in the UK
Learn about the growing opportunities to help blank-check companies accelerate the acquisition process while Britain works to sustain its dominance in European markets.
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