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Evolutions in Finance: SPACs, Cannabis & Other Examples of Change

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This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


In 2020, companies are seeking funding using new mechanisms and new legal regimes. Rules changes affecting the use of direct listings, the growing importance of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), and new regulations affecting investment by foreign entities are subjects that legal practitioners need to be aware of. And entrepreneurs continue to invest in new industries, such as cannabis and cryptocurrency. Corporate funding in 2020 continues to reflect a growing private-public company divide, with a continuing evolution of market mechanisms. Join Bloomberg Law for this 60-minute webinar focused on key factors to watch and the sectors most likely to drive this year’s market for new offerings.

Educational Objectives

  • Get updated on market developments and emerging industries such as cannabis that characterized the last half of 2019 and how those will affect performance in 2020
  • Understand the market framework that will influence decisions by private companies on going public or the raising of new capital by public entities 
  • Get insights on how the ongoing changes in SEC rules, new regulations under the CFIUS, and other factors will affect market flotations

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

  • Attorneys and other professionals engaged in capital market transactions
  • In-house counsel in companies anticipating going public or raising new capital 


Preston Brewer
  • Legal Analyst, Corporate Transactions
  • Bloomberg Law

Preston Brewer is a Legal Analyst on Bloomberg Law’s Transactional team, with an emphasis on capital markets. Previously, he was an attorney-adviser with the SEC focusing on biotech IPOs. His law firm experience includes corporate and securities and debt trading. Preston has an LL.M. in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown, a JD from USC, and a BA from UC Santa Barbara.

Grace Maral Burnett
  • Legal Analyst, Corporate Transactions
  • Bloomberg Law

Grace Maral Burnett is a Legal Analyst on Bloomberg Law’s Transactional team, with a focus on M&A. Previously, she was an M&A lawyer at Turunc law firm in Istanbul, where her practice focused on inbound and outbound transactions and greenfield investment projects. At Turunc, she regularly advised multinationals and private equity funds on deals. Previously, Grace worked on business and employment disputes as an associate at Leftwich LLC. Grace received her JD and BA degrees from American University.

Carol Anne Huff
  • Partner
  • Arnold & Porter

Carol Anne Huff focuses her practice on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on the representation of private equity firms and public companies in capital markets transactions and in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and restructurings. Ms. Huff has deep experience in complex capital markets and restructuring transactions, including initial public offerings, transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs),high-yield debt offerings, going-private transactions, tender offers, PIPE transactions,and spin-offs.

Matthew R. Kittay
  • Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group
  • Fox Rothschild LLP

Matthew Kittay is nationally recognized as an innovative leader who guides businesses, investors and entrepreneurs to achieve the corporate financing and structures that drive their success.  Matthew has deep experience in structuring mergers and acquisitions and securing private equity and venture capital for a wide range of companies, particularly in the technology, software, cannabis, manufacturing and health care sectors. He serves as Outside General Counsel for emerging and growth-stage companies, advising clients on a host of regulatory and corporate matters and resolving a range of legal issues as they arise. Matthew is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA as a leading corporate attorney for his transactional work with clients in the cannabis sector. Following a string major deals he closed in 2019, The National Law Journal recognized him as a Trailblazer in Cannabis Law.   

Moderator: Diane Holt
  • Team Lead, Transactional Analysis
  • Bloomberg Law

Diane Holt is the Team Lead Bloomberg Law’s Transactional Analysis. Previously, she worked as transactional counsel for Enel, SpA, the Italian electric monopoly, in Rome, Italy; consultant to Central European regional operations in transition; manager of Central European Advisory Group, the regional legal and business consultancy; and associate at a large law firm in Washington D.C. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Diane earned her JD at the University of Michigan, and she speaks Spanish, Italian, Czech and French.

Continuing Education

1.0 General COA, 1.0 CLE
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