UConn SPAC Conference:

Research Evidence, Regulatory Perspectives, and Industry Practice

Thursday, December 9, 2021
12:30 - 5:00 P.M. (EST)

Join us in-person at:

UConn Stamford
GenRe Auditorium Room 1.09
One University Place
Stamford, CT 06901

This event will be livestreamed. Registration is free for either in-person or virtual attendance.

UConn SPAC Conference Stamford 2021

Program Agenda

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 1:05 p.m.


John Elliott
Dean and Auran J. Fox Chair in Business
University of Connecticut, School of Business

1:05 - 1:35 p.m.

Why is the SPAC Market Changing?

Jay Ritter
Joseph B. Cordell Eminent Scholar, Professor of Finance
University of Florida

1:35 - 2:05 p.m.

Sponsor Expertise and SPAC Outcomes

Yiming Qian
Professor and the Toscano Family Chair in Finance
UConn School of Business

2:05 - 2:35 p.m.

From Corporate to SPAC

George Barrios '87, '89 MBA
Founder and Co-CEO
Isos Capital Management

Chinmoy Ghosh
Head of Department Finance, Gladstein Professor of Business and Innovation
UConn School of Business

2:35 - 2:50 p.m.

Coffee Break

2:50 - 3:20 p.m.

SPAC Law and Myths

John Coates
John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics
Harvard Law School

Lingling Wang
Assistant Professor of Finance
UConn School of Business

3:20 - 4:00 p.m.

The Rise of SPACs – Opportunities and Risks

Michael Brooder
Managing Partner
Marcum LLP

Matt McCooe
Connecticut Innovations

Kevin Rakin
HighCape Capital

David Noble
Associate Professor In-Residence, Director of the Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

4:00 - 4:05 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Yiming Qian
Professor and the Toscano Family Chair in Finance
UConn School of Business

4:05 - 5:00 p.m.


Outside of GenRe Auditorium Room 1.09


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