Tech Transfer Central
University-Industry Engagement Advisor

SPACs and University Start-ups: Understanding and Assessing the Pros and Cons

Format: Webinar, On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 ~ 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) have become one of the hottest IPO trends, in large part due to the global pandemic and its effect on the stock market. This places university spinouts in an attractive position as SPAC managers are actively seeking M&A opportunities, and university start-ups are looking for viable options to go public. These new entities present real advantages, but pursuing a SPAC exit is anything but cut and dried.

These so-called “blank check” companies allow even an undersized start-up to go public and raise significant capital faster than it would with a conventional IPO. They can close a deal much faster compared to the cumbersome process of registering an IPO with the SEC, and they are a much more flexible vehicle for fundraising. Universities are just starting to turn attention to SPACs, and in a high profile deal worth $2 billion, Duke University spinout IonQ announced it had entered into a merger agreement with dMY Technology Group, a SPAC. 

However, SPACs are basically shell companies that have no commercial operations — leaving them open to controversy and risk. To assist TTOs and their start-ups in assessing the possibility of a SPAC transaction and its pros and cons, we’ve scheduled this informative webinar:

SPACs and University Start-ups: Understanding and Assessing the Pros and Cons

Tech Transfer Central invites you to join Michael J. Blankenship, partner in the Houston office of Winston and Strawn, LLP, for this timely distance learning program. He’ll explain what a SPAC is and why it has become such a popular option for going public, and you’ll gain keen insights into the benefits and risks associated with these fast-growing entities. Here’s a brief look at the agenda:

  • What is a SPAC?
  • Why has it become so popular globally?
  • What is the current state of the U.S. SPAC IPO market?
    • What are the current terms?
    • Who are the current investors?
    • Is it here to stay?
  • What is a “de-SPAC” transaction?
  • What role does a PIPE (private investment in public equity) offering play?
  • Why a SPAC over a traditional IPO?
  • What are the benefits for university start-ups?
  • What are the risks?

Plus: Join in the Q&A to get your specific questions addressed.

After the live session, keep the on-demand video for future training and education

Meet your session leader:

Michael J. BlankenshipMichael J. Blankenship
Partner, Houston Office
Co-Chair, Energy & Infrastructure Industry Group

Winston and Strawn, LLP

Mike Blankenship focuses his practice on corporate finance, M&A, private equity, special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) offerings, and securities law. He regularly counsels companies on strategic transactions, capital markets offerings, and general corporate and securities law matters. Mike represents both issuers and underwriters in U.S. and international capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs) and SPAC IPOs, and advises on corporate governance and securities market regulation.

Additional Lines

Orders for all live programs will include up to five additional lines at no additional charge for staff within your organization who can attend remotely, and all live programs will include our digital package – the on-demand video and transcript.

These will be delivered soon after the live program with no extra fee. In the current climate resulting from pandemic control efforts, we hope these additional access options will help your organization continue to receive important professional education and training safely and regardless of travel and social distancing restrictions.

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Participation in the live webinar is just $197 per site and allows access to one computer for an unlimited number of people to watch. Gather your entire staff and watch for maximum benefit!

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