The SPAC Boom Comes to Asia

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SPACs have dominated the IPO market with over 300 transactions raising nearly $100 billion year-to-date. And while Wall Street is buzzing with a surge of deal activity, the next big trend in SPACs hasn’t yet hit the mainstream.

In this webinar, you’ll hear from prominent SPAC dealmakers with boots on the ground in Asia, talking about the leading indicators which suggest a coming wave of activity from the Far East as major investors in the region gear up with their own SPAC strategies.

Our expert panel explores why Asian companies are planning their own SPACs and explains the unique due diligence, governance, and transparency issues associated with Asian issuers. Investment professionals and companies from Greater China and Southeast Asia along with US-based SPAC players shouldn’t miss this free webinar on the next big opportunity in the SPAC market.

This interactive webinar explores the following topics and offers a detailed Q&A session to address unique considerations when working with Asian companies:

  • Understanding why Asia provides a target-rich environment for innovative, high-growth companies
  • Discussion of trends leading Asian private equity and venture investors to become more receptive to SPACs
  • How to connect with “unicorn” companies in Greater China and Southeast Asia to explain this path to become public and tap into growth capital
  • Discussion of the special challenges Asian targets present in terms of due diligence, “SPAC-readiness,” internal controls, and governance
  • Understanding how sponsors can add value beyond capital and craft winning partnerships with Asian management teams

Our Speakers

Drew Bernstein

Co-Managing Partner

Drew Bernstein is the Co-Regional Managing Partner of Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk (MBP), initially co-founder of Bernstein & Pinchuk, a PCAOB registered accounting firm that has been providing SEC audit and advisory services to Chinese companies since 1983. The firm is a member of the Marcum Group and an affiliate of Marcum LLP, a leading U.S. accounting and advisory firm. The combined firm is one of the largest middle-market accounting firms servicing China-based, US publicly traded companies. MBP has a very active practice providing audit and advisory services to SPAC IPOs and SPAC mergers and Drew is recognized as a thought leader with regard to special purpose acquisition companies.

Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP since its founding in 1992, is a corporate and securities attorney with a specialty in alternative financings, including, SPACs, M&A, PIPEs, RDs and Crowdfunding. In the last 10 years, he has been involved at various stages in numerous registered public offerings, including more than 100 financings and, hundreds of private placements into public companies.  Since 2002, Mr. Ellenoff has been involved with over 135 SPACs and 45 SPAC M&A assignments.

Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP

Douglas Ellenoff

John C. Lee is Vice Chairman and Head of Greater China, Global Banking for UBS AG. Mr. Lee joined UBS AG in March 2017 and is currently responsible for senior client coverage and origination efforts for M&A and equity and debt capital markets origination efforts in the Greater China region. He has over 25 years of investment banking experience with transactions across Asia in a wide range of product areas. Prior to joining UBS AG, John worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for 20 years from 1996-2016 as Vice Chairman of Asia Coverage and Head of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau coverage and at Bear Stearns Asia Limited for 2 years from 1994-1996. Mr. Lee is a Council Member of The Better Hong Kong Foundation and Vice Chairman of Hong Kong-Mainland International Investment Society.
John holds a BBA degree from Southern Methodist University in the U.S., with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate.

Vice Chairman and Head of Greater China, Global Banking

John C. Lee

Robert H. McCooey, Jr. is a Senior Vice President of Nasdaq’s Listing Services unit. He leads the business development for the new listings in Latin America and Asia Pacific and relationship management with companies throughout their corporate lifecycle. He also works closely with premier financial sponsors globally to optimize and integrate interactions across Nasdaq’s Corporate Services teams, ensuring long-term partnership and relationship. Previously, Robert ran New Listings and the Capital Markets Group at Nasdaq.

Global Head of Capital Markets and Chairman of Asia Pacific

Bob McCooey

About MBP

Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP (MBP) offers specialized audit and advisory services to support SPAC sponsors and SPAC targets in Asia. MBP and our parent company, Marcum LLP, have been involved in more SPAC transactions than any other audit firm, and we are the only audit firm to have a dedicated SPAC team. MBP performs all audits for Marcum in Greater China and MBP is a top-five auditor for Chinese companies listed in the U.S.

Our SPAC team has worked with SPAC sponsors, underwriters, and targets, and we draw on wide-ranging experience with both the initial public offerings and subsequent business transactions consummated by such companies. MBP has designed our audit platform to deliver technical expertise, efficiency, and urgency required by SPAC IPOs. And we can provide high-quality, PCAOB-compliant audits for private Asian companies that are contemplating entering a SPAC merger. Learn more at

About DealFlow Events

DealFlow Events hosts The SPAC Conference, the industry’s flagship event which provides the leading platform for networking and deal-making amongst finance professionals. Since 2003, DealFlow Events has hosted over 80 in-person conferences under 27 unique brands and conducted over 200 webcasts. Our events have been held around the world in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Canada.

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Recorded: April 29, 2021
Duration: 1 hour


The SPAC Boom Comes to Asia