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Anyone actively engaged in investing and/or interested in innovative business practices has heard a lot of buzz around SPACS. The Second SPAC Opportunity Summit offers a unique venue for you to learn from the executives and investors actively tapping into the promise of this new approach to funding.

2020 Speakers

Faquiry Diaz
Faquiry Diaz
Chairman - mxhero
Bryan Finkel
Bryan Finkel
Managing Director - Nomura
Betsy Z. Cohen
Betsy Z. Cohen
Founder - The Bancorp

Betsy Z. Cohen is the founder of The Bancorp, where she served as the Chief Executive Officer from 1999 through 2014. She is a creator of financial businesses with over 30 years of experience in banking, real estate and financial law, as well as real estate lending, investing and development. Mrs. Cohen was the second female law professor on the east coast, teaching antitrust law and government regulation of business at Rutgers University Law School. She co-founded a Philadelphia law firm specializing in complex real estate and financial concerns.

In 1974 Mrs. Cohen founded Jefferson Bank in Pennsylvania where she served continuously as Chairman and CEO as well as Chairman and CEO of its holding company, Jeffbanks, Inc., the largest financial institution in Pennsylvania. In 1999, she founded The Bancorp, an FDIC-insured virtual bank providing services to small and mid-size businesses and their principals in the Philadelphia-Wilmington market area through its community bank Philadelphia Private Bank, and on private-label affinity group programs for organizations and institutions, including merchant card servicing.

Mrs. Cohen is the recipient of numerous awards, among them named in 1997 one of 50 leading female entrepreneurs of the world by the National Foundation for Women Business Owners, ranked in several years among the 25 outstanding Women Bankers and in 2009 named By US Banker as one of 25 Women to Watch.

Mrs. Cohen is affiliated with many corporate and non-profit boards, currently serving Chairman of Fintech Acquisition Corp. III; Vice Chairman, Executive Committee member and Secretary of Asia Society; Founding Member of the Asia Society Policy Institute; Trustee of The Brookings Institute; Honorary Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Treasurer, Managing Director, and Finance Committee member of The Metropolitan Opera.

Mrs. Cohen is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Heather Emmel
Heather Emmel
Partner - Weil
Jackie Cohen
Jackie Cohen
Partner - Weil
Chinh Chu
Chinh Chu
Founder and Senior Managing Director - CC Capital
Bennett Schachter
Bennett Schachter
Managing Director - Morgan Stanley
Derek Dostal
Derek Dostal
Partner - Davis Polk

Derek Dostal is a partner in Davis Polk’s capital markets group. He represents clients in domestic and international capital markets transactions and advises on general corporate and governance matters. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of capital markets transactions, including IPOs, high-yield financings and convertible offerings. He has extensive experience in SPAC transactions, and co-leads the Davis Polk SPAC practice.

Andrew Garcia
Andrew Garcia
Managing Director - Barclays
Cody Slach
Cody Slach
Managing Director - Gateway Investor Relations
Mark Ein
Mark Ein
Chairman and CEO - Capitol Investment Corp
Matias Urcuyo
Matias Urcuyo
Founder and President - Penn SPAC Club
Douglas Ellenoff
Douglas Ellenoff
Founder and Partner - Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole LLP
Ophir Sternberg
Ophir Sternberg
Chairman and CEO - Lionheart Acquisition Corp
Steve McLaughlin
Steve McLaughlin
Founder and CEO - FT Partners
Sir Martin Franklin
Sir Martin Franklin
Founder & CEO - Mariposa Capital
Kristi Marvin
Kristi Marvin
Founder - SPACInsider
Mauro Guillen
Mauro Guillen
Professor of International Management - The Wharton School
Steven Levine
Steven Levine
CEO and Head of Investment Banking - EarlyBirdCapital

Mr. Levine is the Co-Founder, CEO, and Head of Investment Banking of EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. Mr. Levine primary focus is on private placements, public offerings, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and financial advisory work. Mr. Levine has over two decades of experience in the securities sector, particularly in the emerging-growth arena, and together with EBC’s co-founder David M. Nussbaum, re-introduced the SPAC vehicle in 2003. Mr. Levine has headed the team responsible for underwriting over a 100 SPAC IPOs and has advised on more than 65 M&A transactions.

Prior to EarlyBirdCapital, Mr. Levine was Vice President of investment banking at Southeast Research Partners, Inc., an investment banking and institutional research firm and the predecessor of EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. with offices in New York and Florida. From 1980 to 1991 he headed a New York-based food distribution company, a role that gave him hands-on experience in running a mid-sized business.

Mr. Levine earned his B.A. degree from George Washington University and J.D., magna cum laude, from George Mason University of Law. Mr. Levine is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

Top Reasons to Attend:

  • 1- Unicorns and Investors can Connect and Launch NEW DEALS.
  1. 2- Momentum from the First SPAC Opportunity Summit makes this event the singular in-gathering for SPAC LEADERS to Interact and Learn Together.
  2. 3- Gain the Insights Needed to tap into the SPAC Market NOW while the deals are flowing.
  3. 4- ACQUIRE a clear understanding of the PROS & CONS of SPACs including legal implications and what the future holds.
  4. 5- Leave with the TACTICS, RELATIONSHIPS, and KNOWLEDGE needed to take advantage of SPAC deals in smart ways.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

✔ Service providers such as investment banks, auditors, law firms
✔ Unicorns/Startups/Companies looking to go public through SPAC
✔ SPAC Sponsors, executive teams, deal origination teams
✔ Those looking to learn more about the SPAC space and potentially enter into the space
✔ Those interested in learning more about the SPAC space
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