Trends & Strategies For SPAC Litigation: Navigating the Evolving Legal Landscape of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies



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The last two years have ushered in an exponential rise in Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) transactions, and, subsequently, a surge in shareholder litigation and a consequent increase in post-merger redemptions by shareholders.

As SPAC litigation develops rapidly, what trends are driving the evolving laws around SPAC transactions? What interests are investors seeking to protect? What are the best forums for such litigation? How does SPAC litigation differ from IPOs?

Join this webcast where experts in SPAC litigation explore the defining trends, strategies, and best practices for mitigating litigation risk and protecting the interests of the SPACs, their founders and investors. You will learn:

  • The development of the law governing SPAC transactions.
  • Mitigation strategies to avoid litigation in a SPAC transaction.
  • How SPAC shareholder litigation is evolving.


Hon. Marcy Friedman (Ret.) – Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master – JAMS New York

Hon. Marcy Friedman (Ret.) joined JAMS after having served as a judge in the New York State courts for nearly 30 years. Since 2000, she has presided in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, and was appointed to that court’s Center for Complex Litigation. In 2012, Justice Friedman was appointed to the Commercial Division and was designated to hear all residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) cases filed after 2013. In this assignment, she heard dozens of RMBS fraud, breach of contract and investor actions against securitizers and mortgage originators, as well as cases seeking judicial approval of settlements of these actions and judicial instructions as to the distribution of settlement payments to various classes of investors.

Having heard thousands of cases during the course of her judicial career, Justice Friedman has extensive experience conducting settlement conferences as well as presiding over both bench and jury trials. She is widely respected for her meticulous attention to detail and tenacious, evenhanded pursuit of justice.

Mark Lebovitch, Esq. Partner, New York & Wilmington - Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

Mark Lebovitch co-leads the firm’s corporate governance litigation practice, focusing on the startup and conclusion stages of the practice’s derivative suits and transactional litigation. Working with his institutional investor clients, he fights to hold management accountable, pursuing meaningful and novel challenges to alleged corporate governance-related misconduct and anti-shareholder practices. A seasoned litigator, Mark also prosecutes securities fraud class actions and has been a senior or lead member of the trial teams on some of the most high-profile securities fraud class actions and corporate governance litigations in history. His cases regularly result in key legal precedents while helping recoup billions of dollars for investors and improving corporate governance practices.

Susan Saltzstein Esq. Partner, Securities Litigation; Complex Litigation and Trials – Skadden

Susan Saltzstein is co-deputy of Skadden’s U.S.-wide Securities Litigation Group. Her sophisticated litigation practice focuses on the representation of U.S. and global financial institutions, corporations and individual clients embroiled in complex securities, corporate and commercial litigation in federal and state courts. Susan’s experience extends to class and derivative actions, investigations and corporate control contests, and bet-the-company litigation is one of the mainstays of her practice. In recognition of her work, Susan is one of two women securities litigators ranked by Chambers USA in its top band and she was named a 2021 Securities MVP by Law360.

Andrew Denney – Bureau Chief for the New York Law Journal

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