Latest M&A Activity: Understanding SPACs and How They Will Impact the M&A World

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: September 22, 2021
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  • What are SPAC's?
  • Why are SPAC's so popular?
  • SPAC Acquisition vs M & A
  • SPAC IPO vs Traditional IPO
  • SPAC's and the SEC
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded: September 22, 2021

Difficulty: Experienced Attorneys (Non-Transitional)


Even though Special Purpose Acquisition Companies have existed for years, their utilization in the recent years has taken the M&A world by storm. Our experts will explain what they are and the use behind them.

This program was recorded as part of ALM & Corporate Counsel's Annual General Counsel Conference East on September 22nd, 2021.

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Yelena Dunaevsky

Vice President, Transactional Insurance
Woodruff Sawyer

Yelena is a member of Woodruff Sawyer’s transactional insurance brokerage and SPAC teams. She advises clients on M&A- and IPO-related insurance solutions, including representations and warranties insurance and D&O insurance for SPACs. Yelena is a frequent speaker and author and serves as the M&A managing editor of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today.

Prior to Woodruff Sawyer, Yelena oversaw the development of Bloomberg Law’s practical guidance, reference and analysis content covering capital markets, M&A and securities law and practiced as a senior capital markets associate at Clifford Chance and a corporate associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.

Yelena received her BS in Economics from Cornell University and her JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Tim Parilla

Chief Legal Officer

As Chief Legal Officer, Tim oversees LinkSquares’ legal posture and acts as a strategic advisor to the company’s management and corporate counsel customer base.

He previously spent seven years as General Counsel for DraftKings, where he scaled the legal function and managed the company’s legal posture throughout numerous financing and fundraising rounds, litigation, and regulatory actions, at both the state and federal level, including the high profile legal challenges the company faced in 2015 alongside the explosion in popularity of daily fantasy sports and strategic acquisitions.

Prior to DraftKings, Tim was General Counsel for Everest Gaming, a European-based online poker and casino operator, and was also a founder of a company in the cryptocurrency space.

Tiffany Lundquist

Senior Assiocate General Counsel & Executive Director
Moelis & Company

Tiffany Lundquist is a Senior Associate General Counsel at Moelis & Company.

David Kastin

General Counsel
Clever Leaves

David M. Kastin is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Clever Leaves where he leads the company’s global legal and compliance function. David joined Clever Leaves from The Vitamin Shoppe, a omni-channel specialty retailer, where he served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. David has more than 25 years' experience and a proven track record of success in the legal profession with experience in representing companies in all facets of their business. Previously, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Town Sports International Holdings, Inc., a leading owner and operator of health and fitness clubs in the Northeast, United States, Deputy General Counsel at Toys "R" Us, Inc., and worked at several prominent New York law firms, including Bryan Cave LLP. He began his career as Staff Attorney in the Northeast Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

David graduated from The George Washington University, in Washington, D. C. with a degree in Finance and graduated from The Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, with a J.D. degree and is a member of the New York and New Jersey bar.

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