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Strategies and Pitfalls in SPAC Litigation


Aug 19, 2021 12:26 PM

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Eric Waxman
Partner @Ares
Eric Waxman is a Partner within the Ares Private Equity Group and is a member of the Partners Committee of Ares Management. He works on both the acquisition and disposition of ACOF portfolio assets and assists portfolio companies in dealing with significant legal issues. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Eric was a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, where he practiced for more than 30 years. Eric holds a B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles in Economics and a J.D. from The University of California Davis School of Law.
Priya Huskins
Partner and SVP @Woodruff Sawyer
Priya Cherian Huskins is a Partner and Senior Vice President at Woodruff Sawyer. She is a recognized expert and frequent speaker and guest lecturer on D&O liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance, she counsels clients on corporate governance matters, including ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya has an impressive list of publications, speaking engagements, and awards for her influence and expertise in the industry and is the author and editor of the D&O Notebook blog. In addition to serving as a board member at Woodruff Sawyer, Priya is on the board of directors of Realty Income Corporation, (NYSE: O), NMI Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMIH), and Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I). Priya earned her undergraduate degree with high honors from Harvard University. She was awarded her juris doctorate with honors from the Law School at the University of Chicago.
Geoff Chepiga
Partner @Paul Weiss
Geoff Chepiga is a partner in the Litigation Department and co-deputy chair of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group at Paul Weiss. He represents clients in a variety of litigation and regulatory matters, including securities fraud cases, mergers and acquisitions litigation and DOJ and SEC investigations. Geoff holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, M.Phil from University of Cambridge and a B.A. from Yale University.
Mark McDonald
Partner @Cleary Gottlieb
Mark McDonald is a partner at Cleary. His practice focuses on high-stakes mergers and acquisitions litigation as well as complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including disputes involving securities and financial institutions. Mark holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. from New York University.
Teresa Johnson
Partner @Arnold & Portner
Teresa Johnson is a partner at Arnold & Porter. She advises clients on corporate and finance matters, often serving as a trusted advisor to the C suite and board members. Terry is the co-head of the firm's Capital Markets practice and advises clients on securities transactions, compliance and reporting matters, including SPACs. In her corporate governance work and thought leadership, Terry has focused in particular on board diversity, stakeholder capitalism and other ESG matters. Her experience includes representing wineries and winery owners, and family-owned companies in other industries, in a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions and other transactional projects. Terry’s practice also includes acting for lenders and borrowers in commercial credit and finance transactions. Terry holds a JD from Stanford Law School, where she was a member of the Stanford Law Review, and a BA from Harvard University, cum laude.
Alex Kasdan
Partner @Convergence. Host, Expert Webcast
Alex Kasdan is a Managing Partner of Convergence.  He brings more than twenty-five years of senior-level Wall Street advice to middle market companies, entrepreneurs and institutional investors.  Alex has extensive experience in investment banking, corporate law and restructuring at Credit Suisse First Boston, O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell LLP (now O’Melveny & Myers LLP), Battle Fowler LLP (now Paul Hastings LLP) and Schlumberger Ltd.  Alex has worked on more than 100 domestic and cross-border transactions including representing debtors, creditor committees and other constituencies in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. Alex is a frequent moderator and an interviewer at Expert Webcast (www.expertwebcast.com) roundtable discussions attracting business leaders and leading professionals from around the world.  He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College & a J.D. from Columbia University Law School and has studied at the University of Florence, Italy.