In 2020, in the most significant transaction of its almost 100-year history, Utz entered into a business combination agreement with Collier Creek Holdings, through which Utz became a public company and started trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the name Utz Brands, Inc. Laubach served as lead M&A counsel to Utz throughout the $1.56 billion transaction.

Despite shutdowns and slowdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Laubach was able to keep this transaction on schedule. He and his team designed a SPAC structure that is likely to serve as a model for future deals, cleared all regulatory hurdles, and resolved potentially fraught post-closing ownership issues, all in time for an Aug. 28, 2020 closing date.