Special purpose acquisition companies have become more mainstream in recent years.
A SPAC is a publicly traded acquisition and investment tool which has a seasoned lineup of investors of parties that invest the seed money for the SPAC. This revived recognition of SPACs is due to encouraging capital markets conditions. This white paper reviews what makes a SPAC special and how to distinguish it from a typical public company.
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Lori Smith is a partner in the New York, NY office of White and Williams LLP. She co-chairs the Corporate and Securities Group and is a member of the firm's Healthcare and Food and Beverage Groups. Lori's practice focuses on representation of foreign and domestic companies at all stages of development from formation and early and growth stage companies to multi-national public companies, as well as angel, venture capital and private equity investors. Her practice spans diverse industries including, technology, media, fashion and textiles, financial services, food and beverage, sports, specialty chemicals, insurance, healthcare and digital health. Lori has more than 30 years of experience handling corporate and commercial transactional work for her clients, as well as acting as outside general counsel managing all of their other ongoing legal needs. She has significant experience representing emerging technology companies and venture capital and angel investors in connection with early and growth stage financings and strategic transactions.
Lori represents public and private companies in the negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, equity and debt financings, private placements, strategic alliances, partnerships and joint ventures. She also advises companies on various legal issues impacting their ongoing business operations, such as governance issues, shareholder and board of directors matters, operational agreements such as consulting, licensing, manufacturing, distribution and supply agreements, employment matters, protection of intellectual property rights and the transitional issues that arise in the transfer of management and control in closely held corporations.
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Howard Jiang is a partner in the New York, NY office of White and Williams LLP. Howard's practice focuses on domestic and trans-border corporate transactions. He represents clients in both public and private mergers and acquisitions and advises companies in both the acquisition and sale of assets and equity, as well as forming and dissolving strategic alliances, joint ventures and special arrangements in the U.S. and internationally. Howard guides clients through the asset or equity sale auction process in bankruptcy court under Section 363 and through non-bankruptcy related auctions. He also advises U.S. and foreign companies on investment projects in Asia and China in particular, as well as companies from the Asia Pacific region in their investments in the U.S. and overseas.
Howard represents domestic and foreign issuers in various equity and debt instruments offerings and listings on various capital markets. He represents leading investment banks in their underwriting activities involving domestic and foreign issuers. Howard works on project finance transactions designing project structures and related securities offerings. He also advises clients on international distribution and licensing matters.
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