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  • 09/24/21: China Detains Top HNA Group Executives
    The seizure of the top two leaders of HNA comes as speculation swirls over whether Beijing will bail out another troubled giant, Evergrande. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/24/21: Direct Selling Acquisition Corp. Announces Pricing of $200 Million Initial Public Offering
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Direct Selling Acquisition Corp. Announces Pricing of $200 Million Initial Public Offering - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 09/23/21: Superior Plus and Kamps Propane Receive Requests for Additional Information from the FTC
    TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Superior Plus Corp. (“Superior”) (TSX:SPB) today announced that it has received a request for additional information (“second request”) from the United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in connection with the pending acquisition by a wholly-owned Superior subsidiary of the equity interests of Kamps Propane, Inc., High Country Propane, Inc., Pick Up Propane, Inc., Kiva Energy, Inc., Competitive Capital, Inc. and Propane Construction and Meter Services (collectivel - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 09/23/21: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Acquires Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL
    BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---- $PEB #PEB--Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Acquires Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 09/23/21: Audax Private Equity Portfolio Company, Emplifi, Acquires Go Instore
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audax Private Equity Portfolio Company, Emplifi, Acquires Go Instore - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 09/23/21: French Connection shares jump after entrepreneur makes bid

    Shares increased by 15% although company said no guarantee offer would be made by latest bidding consortium

    French Connection has revealed that a Newcastle-based businessman is leading a £29m pitch to buy the ailing fashion brand.

    Shares in the fashion chain shot up nearly 16% on Thursday to 26.8p, giving it a market value of about £26m, after the company announced in a statement to the stock market that Apinder Singh Ghura had teamed up to make a bid for it with Manchester-based business partner Amarjit Singh Grewal and KJR Brothers Ltd.

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  • 09/23/21:  DBAY Advisors Intends to File a Tender Offer for SQLI Shares
    PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: Proposed takeover offer for SQLI DBAY Advisors (“DBAY”) (Paris:SQI), SQLI's reference shareholder holding 28.6% of the capital and 26.7% of the voting rights1 of SQLI (“Company”), intends to file a tender offer, through a dedicated vehicle2, for the SQLI shares that it does not already own. The tender offer would be settled entirely in cash at 30.00 euros per share. DBAY intends to implement a squeeze-out if it holds 90% of the share capital and voting r - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 09/23/21: Implanet Announces the Planned Divestment of Its Knee Prosthesis to Focus on Its Spine Business
    BORDEAUX, France & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: IMPLANET (Euronext Growth: ALIMP, FR0013470168, eligible for PEA-PME equity savings plans) a medical technology company specializing in vertebral and knee-surgery implants, announces the planned divestment of its knee prosthesis in order to devote itself to its Spine business. Implanet had announced in previous press releases, including that of 18 May 2020, its intention of refocusing on its Spine business to position itself as a benc - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 09/21/21: Ladbrokes owner bet big that it was undervalued. It won … big

    Liberalisation of US gambling law is fuelling a wave of buyouts of more tech-savvy UK betting firms

    The stock market bargain during the wild pandemic trading of March 2020, it turns out, was the owner of antique betting chains Ladbrokes and Coral. In the middle of that month, the share price more than halved in a week and briefly fell as low as 300p. Now Entain, as owner GVC subsequently renamed itself, may be looking at a bid of £25 a share or thereabouts, equivalent to £14.6bn.

    Naturally the appeal of Entain at that price has little do with its 3,000 old-school bookies. The buzz is all in the US, where liberalisation of gambling laws has provoked a deal-making frenzy. DraftKings, the US suitor, comes armed with a roaring stock price and is determined to spend to grab market share.

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  • 09/21/21: How Bad Is It?
    The jitters over a potential collapse of the Chinese property developer Evergrande only tell part of the story. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/21/21: National Express in talks to buy rival Stagecoach

    All-share deal would value Scotland-based coach operator at £445m

    National Express is in talks to buy Stagecoach in a deal that would combine the UK’s biggest coach and bus operators and signal cost savings as the hard-hit industry emerges from the pandemic.

    The all-share deal would create a business with a fleet of 36,000 buses and coaches and deliver “significant growth and cost synergies”, according to the two companies. Shares in both firms jumped on Tuesday after the talks were announced, giving them a combined market value of more than £1.9bn.

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  • 09/21/21: Royal Dutch Shell Is Selling Its Permian Basin Oil Holdings to ConocoPhillips
    The deal with ConocoPhillips comes with oil prices high, Permian production strong and Shell under pressure to move faster to cut carbon emissions. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/16/21: Back on Track
    The bidding war to acquire Kansas City Southern appears to end in victory for Canadian Pacific. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/16/21: One of two Canadian railroads bidding for Kansas City Southern drops out.
    Canadian Pacific was the winner to acquire Kansas City Southern after a merger agreement with Canadian National was terminated. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/15/21: Biden Pushes Companies on Vaccine Mandates
    The White House’s latest effort to tackle Covid-19 includes a mandate for businesses with over 100 employees. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/14/21: Rishi Sunak gives blessing to foreign firms snapping up UK businesses

    Multibillion-pound private equity trend is ‘sign of confidence’ in UK companies, says chancellor

    Rishi Sunak has given his blessing to a multibillion-pound trend that has seen foreign private equity firms snap up British businesses, describing the buying spree as “good news” for the economy.

    The chancellor was speaking at the launch of Treasury Connect, an event intended to bring together fast-growing tech businesses with investors and politicians to spur innovation in areas such as fintech and life sciences.

    Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
  • 09/13/21: Intuit to buy Mailchimp for $12 billion.
    The deal is part of Intuit’s effort to position itself as a one-stop shop for small and midsize businesses. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/13/21: Fox Buys TMZ From Warner Media
    Fox already broadcasts TMZ programs on some of its cable channels. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/13/21: Nickolas Davatzes, Force Behind A&E and the History Channel, Dies at 79
    He led the cable giant, whose eclectic mix of shows would include collaborations with the BBC and documentary-style series like “Hoarders.” - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/13/21: Why takeovers, rather than arms, may be the talk of UK defence fair

    In the second in our Britain For Sale series, we examine concerns over Britain’s inability to prevent the sale of established defence firms

    Defence industry bosses have missed out on a year’s worth of hobnobbing with customers at trade fairs like the Farnborough and Paris air shows, but will have the chance to make up for lost time this week when Europe’s biggest arms fair returns to the ExCeL centre in London.

    Amid tight security and demonstrations by protesters, a vast array of weaponry will be on sale at the UK’s most controversial trade fair, DSEI, which opens on Tuesday. However, it is the purchase of UK companies that is likely to occupy the thoughts of bosses – and the government – in one corner of the fair.

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  • 09/13/21: Kansas City Southern Chooses Suitor in Bid for North American Rail Link
    After the merger with Canadian Pacific, the railroad would connect Canada, the United States and Mexico. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 09/09/21: EasyJet needs investors on board as next takeover bid may be serious | Nils Pratley

    Wizz Air’s offer was rejected, of course, but £1.2bn rights issue hardly put fizz back into shares

    The pandemic has transformed the airline industry in unexpected ways: Wizz Air, whose shares have recovered all the altitude lost in the early months of lockdown, is now bigger in stock market terms than easyJet. The latter’s shares are stuck at half their old level and £3.25bn valuation now compares with £5bn for Wizz.

    The position is quite a comedown for easyJet, and Wizz’s cheeky takeover bid, one suspects, will have come as a blow to the corporate ego. It had to be rejected, of course, because it would have been an act of desperation to contemplate an all-share deal on “low premium” terms at today’s valuation. Life is tough for easyJet, a UK-skewed operator more exposed than most to UK travel restrictions and the absurd price of PRC tests, but this is not a moment to give up.

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  • 09/09/21: Morrisons cuts sick pay for non-jabbed workers after ‘biblical’ pandemic costs

    Pay changes part of plans to mitigate supply chain crisis as company prepares to be auctioned off amid profit slump

    Morrisons is cutting sick pay for unvaccinated workers who need to self-isolate, as the UK’s fourth largest supermarket tries to pare back the “biblical costs” of the pandemic after a slump in profits.

    David Potts, the chief executive of the Bradford-based group, said the pay changes were among a number of strategies Morrisons was using to mitigate cost rises from shortages of HGV drivers, supply chain disruption, and the growing wholesale prices of commodities, including beef and wheat-based products such as bread.

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  • 09/09/21: Gambling firm 888 buys William Hill International in £2.2bn deal

    Online casino business signals intention to keep bookmaker’s shops as part of a foray into bricks and mortar

    The online casino company 888 Holdings has confirmed its £2.2bn purchase of William Hill International and signalled its intent to keep the bookmaker’s 1,400 shops as part of a foray into bricks-and-mortar betting.

    William Hill has been owned by the Las Vegas casino company Caesars since last year, when shareholders accepted a $3.7bn (£2.7bn) takeover bid, but the American firm was open about its lack of interest in the British company’s 87-year-old brand, its high-street bookmaking shops and its non-US online operations.

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  • 09/09/21: EasyJet rejects Wizz Air takeover approach amid £1.2bn fundraising push

    Airline says unnamed bidder no longer considering an offer as company warns of drawn-out recovery

    EasyJet has rejected a takeover approach from rival Wizz Air and is launching a £1.2bn fundraiser to see it through a slow recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

    The budget airline said it had “received an unsolicited preliminary takeover approach” but that it was unanimously rejected by its board.

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  • 09/08/21: Past Event: Webinar: The Impact of Foreign Investment Screening Regimes on M&A Transactions
    Recent years have seen a proliferation of foreign investment screening and control regimes worldwide, and with them, heightened government scrutiny of foreign investment transactions. The implementation of such “foreign direct investment” (FDI) regimes has accelerated as national governments broaden their conceptions of national security issues and seek to protect an expansive range of industries and […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 09/08/21: UK watchdog approves £2.9bn Viagogo and StubHub merger

    Resale website StubHub’s international arm will be sold to US firm Digital Fuel Capital to meet the CMA’s conditions

    The $4bn (£2.9bn) merger of controversial ticket resale websites Viagogo and StubHub can go ahead after the UK competition regulator approved a plan that will see StubHub’s international operations sold to a new entrant to the market, US investment group Digital Fuel Capital.

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had ordered Viagogo to sell StubHub’s operations outside North America, after concluding that the combined entity would have handled about 90% of resold tickets for gigs, sports events and theatre in the UK.

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  • 09/08/21: Morrisons in talks with suitors and regulator to begin takeover auction

    Supermarket works on basis that offers from US private equity firms CD&R and Fortress are not final

    Morrisons has announced it is in talks with both of its US private equity suitors, as well as the UK’s Takeover Panel, which regulates acquisition activity, to begin an auction procedure to settle who takes control of the country’s fourth largest supermarket chain.

    Last month, the board of the grocer recommended that shareholders back an offer by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) that would value the supermarket chain at £7bn (or £9.7bn including debt).

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  • 09/07/21: Phew! Kwarteng can breathe again as Meggitt race slims down to one

    TransDigm was the more problematic bidder but the UK still needs solid assurances from Parker-Hannifin

    Meggitt takeover rival pulls out

    That’s a relief – especially for Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary. TransDigm, by a distance the more problematic of the two bidders for Meggitt, the Coventry-based maker of components for commercial and military aircraft, is out of the race. The Ohio-based firm yanked its £7bn proposal on Tuesday and grumbled about “the quite limited due diligence information” that Meggitt made available.

    You got the same data as Parker-Hannifin, the other contender, Meggitt quickly replied, giving a hint of the tensions behind the scenes. One speculative reading of that sub-plot is that TransDigm, already borrowed up to the eyeballs by conventional yardsticks, required every last financial detail to make its lenders comfortable.

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  • 09/07/21: US firm nears takeover of UK aerospace supplier Meggitt after rival pulls out

    Parker-Hannifin edging closer to deal after withdrawal of £7.1bn offer by Ohio-based TransDigm

    The British aerospace manufacturer Meggitt is a step closer to a takeover by US company Parker-Hannifin after rival suitor TransDigm said it would not make an offer.

    Ohio-based TransDigm said on Tuesday it was pulling out of the race because it was unclear it would be able to secure a high enough return on its investment.

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  • 09/07/21: Foreign takeovers of UK firms hit highest level since 2018

    ONS figures for April to June show total value of mergers and acquisitions surging to £27.7bn after £8.3bn in first quarter

    Takeovers of UK companies by foreign firms have surged to the highest point since the end of 2018, with more major deals under negotiation, including the £7bn sale of Morrisons to a US private equity house.

    Mergers and acquisitions conducted by foreign companies of UK firms were worth £27.7bn between April and June, up from £8.3bn in the first quarter, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). That was the highest level since the last three months of 2018, when US cable giant Comcast’s £30bn takeover of Sky pushed the quarter’s total to £33.3bn.

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  • 09/03/21: Cooley Shortlisted for M&A Team of the Year at Legal Week’s British Legal Awards
    Legal Week has nominated Cooley for its M&A Team of the Year in the large deal category as part of the 2021 British Legal Awards, which honor the best of the best within the UK’s legal community. Legal Week selects nominees for this award based on execution of M&A deals that set new standards in the […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 09/02/21: JD Sports may have to sell Footasylum after new watchdog ruling

    Competition regulator says £90m takeover could translate into worse deal for shoppers

    JD Sports could be forced to sell Footasylum after the UK’s competition regulator again ruled that the takeover would result in a worse deal for sportswear shoppers – even after the shift online during the pandemic.

    JD Sports agreed to buy Footasylum in March 2019 for £90m but it has been a tortuous process since then, with the Competition and Markets Authority repeatedly trying to block it.

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  • 09/01/21: Cooley Bolsters Elite M&A Practice With Key Midwest Hire
    Neal Aizenstein has joined Cooley’s mergers and acquisitions practice group in the firm’s newly launched Chicago office. Most recently serving as chair of DLA Piper’s Chicago corporate group, Aizenstein is known for his strong leadership and decades advising companies and boards of directors on high-profile transactions with public and private companies. “It’s an honor to welcome […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 08/30/21: City veteran Simon Laffin on the challenges posed by controversial takeovers

    Weighing up the role boards must play as Morrisons, Meggitt and more make the headlines

    Responsible business is all the rage in the City but you wouldn’t necessarily know it: a healthcare company that makes inhalers to treat lung diseases is being sold to big tobacco and Bradford awaits its fate as the homegrown chain Morrisons is circled by US private equity.

    To some non-City observers the decisions look wrongheaded and, amid a wave of other takeovers including the sale of the defence contractors Ultra Electronics and Meggitt, suggest that while boards and shareholders talk about their good environmental, social and governance principles, money still talks.

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  • 08/29/21: Big investors back South Tees bid for key English ports

    Success of L&G-backed bid for PD Ports would boost mayor Ben Houchen’s ambitions in north-east England

    A group of powerful investors are preparing a £2bn takeover of one of the UK’s largest port operators in a move seen by some as a vote of confidence in the government’s levelling-up agenda.

    The South Tees Development Corporation, which is run by the Tees Valley combined authority and headed by the local mayor, Ben Houchen, has reportedly been preparing a bid for PD Ports, which owns 12 ports and distribution sites across the UK.

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  • 08/29/21: ‘Proof is in the pudding’: Morrisons’ hometown less than sold on takeover

    In the first in our Britain for Sale series, we head to Bradford, where one store is part of the fabric

    Among the traders in at the bustling Oastler market in Bradford, Sir Ken Morrison – who died four years ago – is remembered as an “icon”.

    He took over his father’s egg and butter stall at the city’s former Rawson market in 1952 and, over the next 50 years, turned it into the multi-billion pound Morrisons supermarket chain.

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  • 08/27/21: Nvidia vows to counter any EU concerns over $54bn Arm takeover

    Investigation into US tech firm’s proposed acquisition of British chip designer expected

    The US multinational technology company Nvidia has said it will answer “any concerns” raised by the European Commission as regulators appeared set to launch an investigation into the firm’s proposed $54bn (£39bn) purchase of the British chip designer Arm.

    The world’s leading maker of graphics and artificial intelligence chips is expected to notify the commission early in September of its plan to purchase Arm, when regulators would probably undertake a preliminary review.

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  • 08/25/21: Cooley Stands Apart in Women and M&A Deal Leadership
    A recently published article by UC Davis School Law Professor Afra Afsharipour, “Women and M&A,” shows that of the 20 firms handling the most significant public M&A transactions from 2014 to 2020, Cooley is the only firm with equal gender representation in leading roles across such deals. “The outlier position is a testament to how […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 08/25/21: Morrisons and Meggitt tipped for FTSE 100 return as shares surge

    Takeover targets expected to briefly re-enter blue-chip index while ITV and Weir Group face demotion

    The takeover targets Morrisons and Meggitt look set for a brief return to the FTSE 100 index of blue-chip UK companies, after their share prices were boosted by bidding wars between rival US suitors.

    The index’s manager, FTSE Russell, has placed both companies on its indicative FTSE 100 additions list and said it would make a final announcement on the quarterly stock market reshuffle on 1 September, based on the data collected at the close of share trading on 31 August.

    Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
  • 07/21/21: President Biden’s Executive Order on Competition: Three Important Takeaways for Tech and Life Sciences Companies
    On July 9, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” With 72 initiatives and directives by more than a dozen federal agencies, the order seeks to aggressively “reduce the trend of corporate consolidation, increase competition, and deliver concrete benefits to America’s consumers, workers, farmers, and small businesses.” President Biden stated the order […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 07/09/21: Keeping Up with Delaware Appraisal Jurisprudence Since Aruba: Deal Price Reigns Supreme, But Will Recent Decision Lead to More Arbitrage?
    In a string of seminal decisions from 2017 through 2019 (DFC Global, Dell and Aruba), the Delaware Supreme Court re-shaped appraisal jurisprudence, in each case by overturning the Court of Chancery for failing to give adequate weight to deal price as the most reliable indicator of fair value. In the Delaware appraisal decisions that have […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 06/29/21: Media Mention: An M&A Talent Bubble Is Forming. What Happens When It Pops?
    “The sustained surge of M&A activity, SPACs, de-SPACing and IPOs has major dealmakers scrambling to find enough associates to staff their deals, risking burnout for the associates they do have on staff.” Cooley partner and M&A co-chair Jamie Leigh was quoted in this American Lawyer article on M&A trends. Read the full article here (subscription […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 06/23/21: Past Event: M&A Dealmakers Roundtable: Tech M&A Outlook for a Post-COVID World
    How has dealmaking changed in the last 18 months? Have we developed new playbooks or best practices? Will the market continue to accelerate through 2021 and beyond? What does all of this mean for the wider tech sector? Seasoned M&A dealmakers met on June 30, 2021 for a discussion on current trends and what’s next […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 06/17/21: Media Mention: Domestic M&A Retreats in First Quarter After Dealmaking Wave at the End of 2020
    “During the first quarter, domestic M&A – where UK companies acquire other UK companies – was worth £3.8bn, a decrease of £5.3bn from the previous quarter last year, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.” Michal Berkner was quoted in this City A.M. article on M&A trends. Read the full article here Michal Berkner - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 06/07/21: Past Event: Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference Series Session 4
    Partners John McKenna and Luke Cadigan joined PwC to discuss SPACs, tax, audit, legal, and other relevant topics for finance and legal professionals at venture capital and private equity funds. This event took place on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM PDT Click here to register and view the recorded event - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 05/21/21: Have Your Cake, and Closing Too: Invoking Prevention Doctrine, Delaware Chancery Court Grants Seller’s Request for Specific Performance in COVID-Related M&A Dispute
    Chancellor McCormick’s opinion in Snow Phipps Group, LLC, et al. v. KCake Acquisition, Inc., et al. (Del. Ch. April 30, 2021) is 125 pages long, but she helpfully digests the holding in a single sentence on page 3: “Chalking up a victory for deal certainty, this post-trial decision resolves all issues in favor of seller […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 05/05/21: 2021 M&A Editorial Advisory Board
    Caitlin Gibson has been named to Law360’s 2021 M&A Editorial Advisory Board, which provides feedback on Law360’s coverage and expert insight on how best to shape future coverage. Read the Law360 article here (Subscription required) Contributors Caitlin Gibson - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 05/04/21: Past Event: Institute for Law and Economics Spring Corporate Roundtable
    Partner and M&A co-chair Jamie Leigh spoke at Penn Law’s ILE Spring Corporate Roundtable on May 7, 2021. Joined by six esteemed panelists, they discussed Tech and M&A: New Developments, New Challenges. This event was by invitation only. For more information, please email Sean Hayes. - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 04/27/21: Past Event: Behind the Scenes of the 2021 IPO & SPAC Boom
    Cooley, DFIN, PwC, Nasdaq and The Blueshirt Group took part in a two-part webinar series Behind the Scenes of the 2021 IPO & SPAC Boom on May 4 & 11, 2021. They discussed the latest insights from leaders who have successfully completed recent IPOs or SPAC mergers and the current capital raising environment, market trends and the […] - Source: Cooley M&A


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