Restructure This! Episode 16: Current Trends in SPACs with Bill Kane


Sheppard Mullin's Restructure THIS! podcast explores the latest trends and controversies in chapter 11 bankruptcy, commercial insolvency and distressed investing. In this episode, Sheppard Mullin partner and former Illinois Assistant Attorney General Bill Kane joins host Justin Bernbrock to discuss current trends in Special Purpose Acquisition Company (“SPACs”) deals, including how a cooling economy creates the potential for more SPAC-related litigation and how an uptick in such litigation could ultimately result in more restructuring activity.


What We Discussed In This Episode:

  1. What’s behind the recent surge in the popularity of SPACs?
  2. What are some common issues you’re seeing emerge in regards to SPAC litigation?
  3. How could the overall cooling of financial markets impact disputes over SPAC investments?
  4. Which SPAC-related claims are most likely to succeed and which are not?
  5. Going forward, what do you see for restructuring professionals concerning SPACs?

About Bill Kane

As a partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Chicago litigation group, Bill Kane's national litigation practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and advice across industry sectors in corporate governance, director and officer issues, shareholder rights, media/entertainment and regulatory issues. He has more than 30 years of experience representing clients before trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies, private mediations and arbitrations. Bill previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Illinois Attorney General’s office where he represented the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government.

He actively represents clients in contract disputes, business tort claims, antitrust, and consumer protection issues. Bill further has experience in Special Purpose Acquisition Company or SPAC litigation. In addition to his experience in SPAC-related litigation, Bill also represents clients in contract disputes, business tort claims, antitrust and consumer protection issues. His practice includes representing private equity investors, along with directors and officers in partnership and shareholder litigation.

About Justin Bernbrock

Justin Bernbrock is a partner in the Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin's Chicago office, where he focuses on all aspects of corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and financial distress. He represents clients across a wide range of matters, including debtor and creditor representations. He has substantial experience in out-of-court and in-court restructurings, primarily in the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Virginia, District of Delaware and Southern District of Texas.

Contact Information

Bill Kane

Justin Bernbrock

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