SEC charges misleading claims and inadequate due diligence in SPAC transaction

The SEC has announced charges against Stable Road Acquisition Corp. (a SPAC), SRC-NI (its sponsor), Brian Kabot (its CEO), Momentus, Inc. (the SPAC’s proposed merger target), and Mikhail Kokorich (Momentus’s founder and former CEO) for misleading claims about Momentus’s technology and about national security risks associated with Kokorich. All the […]

Past Event: SPAC Litigation Update

Cooley partner Shannon Eagan spoke on a panel discussion that reviewed the types of lawsuits that are hitting SPACs as well as how you can best position your company to avoid, or at least mitigate this litigation. Topics Included Pre-close litigation beyond M&A challenge suits of the type filed against […]

Media Mention: An M&A Talent Bubble Is Forming. What Happens When It Pops?

“The sustained surge of M&A activity, SPACs, de-SPACing and IPOs has major dealmakers scrambling to find enough associates to staff their deals, risking burnout for the associates they do have on staff.”

Past Event: TechGC Virtual Dinner – Getting Your House in Order: Public Company Readiness

So you’ve decided to go public. Now what? Taking your company public is a momentous occasion and should be approached with great thought and ample preparation. Cooley partners Nicole Brookshire and Christina Roupas walked through the standard IPO timeline and key public readiness actions to take prior to your company’s […]

Past Event: Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference Series Session 4

Partners John McKenna and Luke Cadigan joined PwC to discuss SPACs, tax, audit, legal, and other relevant topics for finance and legal professionals at venture capital and private equity funds. This event took place on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM PDT Register to view the recorded event.

The House Hears About SPACs

Congress now seems to be all over this SPAC phenomenon.  Last week a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on “Going Public: SPACs, Direct Listings, Public Offerings, and the Need for Investor Protections.” What is the headline from the hearing?  All the witnesses agreed that, to […]

Is There a Resurgence in the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures?

In 2016 and early 2017, the SEC made a big push—through a series of staff oral admonitions and written guidance, as well as an enforcement action—to require issuers to be more transparent and more consistent in the use of non-GAAP financial measures and to avoid altogether non-GAAP measures that were […]

Past Event: Behind the Scenes of the 2021 IPO & SPAC Boom

Cooley, DFIN, PwC, Nasdaq and The Blueshirt Group hosted a two-part webinar series Behind the Scenes of the 2021 IPO & SPAC Boom on May 4 & 11, 2021. We heard the latest insights from leaders who have successfully completed recent IPOs or SPAC mergers and learned about the current capital raising […]

SEC to Scrutinize Company Accounting for Impact of Climate

In February, then-Acting SEC Chair Allison Lee directed the staff of Corp Fin, in connection with the disclosure review process, to “enhance its focus on climate-related disclosure in public company filings,” starting with the extent to which public companies address the topics identified in the interpretive guidance the staff issued regarding climate […]

Is the SEC considering guidance on SPAC projections?

Reuters is reporting—exclusively—that the SEC is contemplating issuing more guidance that would “rein in growth projections” made by listed SPACs and clarify when the PSLRA would be available to protect SPAC projections, “according to three people with knowledge of the discussions.”  According to Reuters, the SEC guidance “would escalate its crackdown on the […]