Deals, Insight, Guidance

A repository of market insight and our guidance for businesses focused on the popular alternative to a traditional IPO: special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger.


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Un-packing SPACs: Risks, Rewards and Everything in Between
March 4, 2021 – Cooley partner Matthew Brown will participate on a panel that will discuss many SPAC-related topics, mostly involving the SPAC path to public for private companies.


TechGC SPAC & Direct Listing Virtual Forum
February 2–4, 2021 – Cooley partners Dave Peinsipp and Garth Osterman will lead a panel on how to approach SPACs strategically including evaluating which structure to use, understanding economics/dilution and how to execute on these transactions.

Pacific Southwest Region SPAC / IPO Roundtable
November 12, 2020 – Cooley partners Dave Peinsipp and Sean Clayton, Deloitte, Nasdaq and an investment banker well-versed in the IPO and SPAC processes to share insights on the next normal.

Cell & Gene Meeting on the Mesa
October 12–16, 2020 – The sector’s foremost annual conference bringing together senior executives and top decision-makers in the industry to advance cutting-edge research into cures.

Dealmakers Roundtable: SPACs!
September 24, 2020 – A high-level overview of the structure, key considerations, reasons SPACs are so popular and discussion on the key question of how to decide between a SPAC vs. direct listing vs. traditional IPO.
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Bay Area IPO Readiness Workshop
September 17, 2020 – A panel featuring leaders well-versed in the IPO, direct listing and SPAC processes sharing their insights on the next normal.

The 2020 IPO Comeback Series: Alternative Liquidity Strategies: SPACs, Direct Listings
September 1, 2020 – Part two of the PWC hosted 2020 IPO Comeback Series discussing the novel challenges of capital raising during a pandemic.

SPAC resources

Muddy Waters, MultiPlan Tussle Over SPAC Deal The (Deal)

SPAC Market Shows Signs of Bubble (The Deal)

SPAC Insider

SPAC Attack: Everything a Founder or Investor Should Know (John Luttig)

Almost Everything You Need to Know About SPACs (TechCrunch)

Here’s How SPACs Work and Why They’re so Popular (Bloomberg)

Related Contacts
Michal Berkner Partner, London
Barbara Borden Partner, San Diego
Kevin Cooper Partner, New York
Jim Fulton Partner, New York
Charlie Kim Partner, San Diego
Jamie Leigh Partner, San Francisco
Garth Osterman Partner, San Francisco
Rama Padmanabhan Partner, San Diego
David Peinsipp Partner, San Francisco
Yvan-Claude Pierre Partner, New York
Kristin VanderPas Partner, San Francisco
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Capital Markets Mergers & Acquisitions