Karim Anani

Partner, Americas FAAS Transactions Accounting Advisory Leader & SPAC Transactions 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).


11:45 AM - 12:40 PM

Thursday January 20

Benefits for SPAC Sponsors

  • Why pre-IPO SPACs are compelling investments in times of zero-interest bonds and bearish markets
  • How sponsors who know the sectors they target can make serious money
  • Discussion of sponsor deal structure for "founder shares"
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