Wednesday, December 7 Day 1

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

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Steven Dresner

CEO
DealFlow Events

Speaker

9:15 AM - 9:40 AM

Presentation

State of The Market

  • SPAC deal flow in 2021-2022
  • An overview of blank-check growth in Europe
  • Discussion of the hot sectors for doing deals

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Doug Ellenoff

Partner
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole

Speaker

9:45 AM - 10:10 AM

Presentation

SPACs: A Look Forward

  • The next stage for blank-check companies
  • Understanding potential hurdles, regulatory and otherwise
  • Finding opportunity across Europe

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Mitch Nussbaum

Vice Chairman; Co-Chair, Capital Markets & Corporate
Loeb & Loeb

Speaker

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

Networking Break

10:40 AM - 11:25 AM

Panel

Counseling Private Companies Considering a SPAC in Turbulent Times

  • What advisors tell private companies considering SPACs in the current environment
  • Navigating the challenging issues of the day (and what to watch out for)
  • How the markets and other forces are influencing company behavior

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Mark Schwartz

Head of IPO and SPAC Capital Markets Advisory
Ernst & Young

Moderator

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Karim Anani

Americas FAAS Transaction Leader
Ernst & Young

Panelist

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Michele Cohen

Head of SPACs
Deutsche Bank

Panelist

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Denis Klimentchenko

Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Panelist

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Presentation

What Higher Interest Rates Will Mean for the Primary Markets

  • Implications of rapidly rising interest rates on economic policy
  • What the end of low-interest rates will mean for new equity issuance worldwide
  • Why volatile interest rates will pose not only more risk, but more opportunities
  • Will the new interest rate environment be a boon or hindrance to alternative finance strategies
  • Using big data to chart leading indicators and make sense of an increasingly complex world
  • Negative yields are persisting despite higher nominal rates - why is this?

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Trevor Williams

Economist
TW Consultancy

Speaker

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Panel

Cross-Border SPAC Activity

  • Why EMEA / APAC sponsors are registering SPACs to go public in the US
  • Non-US companies choosing to align with US SPACs
  • Navigating the rules and regulations of cross-border transactions

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John Baker

Executive Vice President, Head of US Sales
EQ + AST

Moderator

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George Kaufman

Partner
Chardan

Panelist

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Gregory Stoupnitzky

Head Of Business Development
EarlyBirdCapital

Panelist

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Jack Marriott

Partner and Head of Corporate
Maples Group London

Panelist

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Jay Heller

Head of Capital Markets
Nasdaq

Speaker

1:55 PM - 2:45 PM

Panel

Regulatory and Market Drivers and Consequent Expectations for SPACs in Europe

  • What does the tumultuous market for SPACs in the U.S. say about where things are heading in Europe?
  • What trends will cross the Atlantic? What are the differences?
  • What should we expect for Europe-listed SPACs and How Do We Avoid the Downside?

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Charles Nelson

Managing Director – Head of UK
Morrow Sodali

Moderator

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Inigo Esteve

Partner
White & Case

Panelist

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Alexander Imseeh

Senior BD Investment Trusts, Sustainable Investments, Alternatives
London Stock Exchange

Panelist

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Diana Vaughton

Partner
Brunswick PR

Panelist

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Darren Novak

Head of Shareholder Engagement and M&A Capital Markets EMEA
JP Morgan

Panelist

2:45 PM - 3:20 PM

Networking Break

3:25 PM - 4:00 PM

Fireside

Are There Benefits to an Overseas SPAC Listing Due to SEC Scrutiny Stateside?

  • What the SEC actually proposes
  • No excise tax on European SPAC stock repurchases
  • Less competition – for now – is advantageous
  • European SPAC deals becoming larger and more lucrative
  • A caveat: European de-SPAC mergers and standard IPOs differ little from a regulatory standpoint

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Kristi Marvin

Founder
SPACInsider

Speaker

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Mark Stone

Senior Managing Director
The Gores Group

Speaker

4:05 PM - 4:30 PM

Presentation

Deal Protections to Ensure Closing & Cash Certainty in De-SPAC Transactions

  • Bridging the cash gap amid a tightening PIPE market
  • Limiting redemptions in a bearish SPAC market
  • Managing market volatility between signing and closing
  • Closing conditions and termination rights

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Josh DuClos

Partner
Sidley

Speaker

4:35 PM - 5:00 PM

Presentation

The SPAC Conference Wrap Up: What We Learned and a Look Ahead

  • Structural considerations for a successful IPO
  • Regulatory scrutiny and proposed litigation
  • SPAC liquidations
  • Looking ahead to 2023 and beyond

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David W. Boral

President
EF Hutton

Speaker

5:00 PM - 5:10 PM

Closing Remarks

5:10 PM - 6:10 PM

Cocktail Reception (Sponsored by Toppan Merrill)

Thursday, December 8 Day 2

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Presentation

Opening Remarks

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Steven Dresner

CEO
DealFlow Events

Speaker

9:15 AM - 9:40 AM

Presentation

SPAC Risk Management and Insurance

  • Potential risks, historical perspectives and emerging trends
  • Discussing Nuanced Insurance for SPAC transactions
  • Managing and optimizing current market conditions

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John Marchisi

National Director – SPAC Segment
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Speaker

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Round Table

Plumbing the PIPEs: SPACs and Private Equity

  • Why raising private equity is a critical component in closing deals
  • Understanding the growing trend towards creating a backstop against redemptions
  • Identifying reliable capital sources

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Will Braeutigam

US Capital Markets Transactions Leader and US SPAC Leader
Deloitte

Speaker

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David Ni

Capital Markets Partner
Sidley

Speaker

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Matt McCloskey

Managing Director
I-Bankers Securities

Speaker

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Networking Break

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM

Presentation

A Look At The Rapid Growth of SPACs in Italy

  • A discussion of SPAC underwriters and SPAC investors in Italy
  • Key players on the Italian Market
  • Why SPACs are a viable tool to take public mid size companies in Italy and other EU countries
  • Innovations to fuel the next generation of Italian SPACs

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Attilio Arietti

Promoter and Director
Industrial Stars of Italy

Speaker

11:40 AM - 12:15 PM

Fireside

SPACs – The Opportunity for London

  • General Overview of European SPAC Market
  • Types of Target Suitable for De-SPAC
  • Brief History of London SPAC and Latest IPOs
  • Structural Overview of London SPAC
  • What’s in store for next 12-18 months

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Paul Amiss

Partner
Winston & Strawn

Speaker

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Stefano Conte

Head of SPAC ECM EMEA
Barclays

Speaker

12:20 PM - 12:45 PM

Presentation

Nasdaq: How Requirements are Evolving with SPACs

  • Requirements for entry on the Nasdaq Market
  • How you can prepare for fast-changing regulations governing SPACs
  • Getting up to speed on the current and proposed listing rules

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Jay Heller

Head of Capital Markets
Nasdaq

Speaker

12:45 PM - 2:05 PM

Lunch

2:05 PM - 2:40 PM

Fireside

Advising SPACs & Targets

  • Best practices for business combinations
  • SPAC extensions & shareholder meetings
  • SPAC liquidations

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Jennie Dong

Head of SPACs
NYSE

Speaker

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Kevin Kelly

Managing Director
Morrow Sodali

Speaker

2:40 PM - 3:05 PM

Networking Break

3:05 PM - 3:30 PM

Presentation

Understanding the Agency Problem Between SPAC Investors and SPAC Sponsors Inherent in Standard Contractual Arrangements

  • Understanding misalignment in the incentives of sponsors and SPAC shareholders
  • Assessing the potential for costly agency problems
  • Why some sponsors might pursue any deal rather than liquidate
  • Fostering good communication between sponsors and shareholders to avoid litigation

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Tom Nohel

Visiting Professor of Finance
Imperial College London

Speaker

3:35 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation

Listing Options: London or Amsterdam?

  • A perspective on which listing venue is the preferable market for a new European SPAC
  • Amsterdam advantages (and drawbacks)
  • The London edge (and disadvantages)

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Daniele D’Alvia

Lecturer in Banking and Finance Law
CCLS - Queen Mary University of London

Speaker

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Closing Remarks

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