Despite the economic hurdles brought by the pandemic last year, 2020 saw an upsurge of initial public offerings (IPOs) through special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). The sudden increase, which continued this 2021, has prompted the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to better probe all related activities involving SPACs and ensure that these transactions are compliant with existing laws. While this move meant a safer and more reliable transition for private companies wanting to go public, it has also opened newer risks of litigation and enforcement actions.

Join a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group as they bring the audience to a comprehensive discussion of recent SPAC-related acquisitions. Speakers will delve into an in-depth analysis of the current trends, litigation risks, and enforcement actions. They will also provide practical compliance strategies for transitioning private companies amidst a rapidly evolving legal climate.

This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following key topics:

  • Overview of the SPAC Context
  • Recent SPAC Acquisitions
  • Litigation Hurdles
  • SEC Enforcement Actions
  • Practical Compliance Tips


Course Level:


Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

Live Webcast




Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Adrienna Huffman , Associate
The Brattle Group

Dr. Huffman is experienced in analyzing a broad range of securities, finance, and accounting topics. Dr. Huffman focuses on securities litigation with expertise in financial reporting and disclosures, asset valuation, and issues arising from the application of complex accounting standards. She has served as a subject matter expert on federal investigations into white collar crime and financial reporting fraud. Prior to joining Brattle, Dr. Huffman was an Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, where she served as a fellow with the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.

Samantha S. Martin, Senior Counsel
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Samantha is a Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.  In her nine years with the SEC, Samantha has brought numerous enforcement actions, including those involving SPACs, FCPA violations, and offering frauds.  Currently, Samantha is conducting an ongoing investigation involving a post-SPAC music streaming company and serves as a resource to other SEC staff conducting SPAC-related investigations.  Prior to joining the SEC in 2013, Samantha was an associate in Jones Day’s securities litigation practice group where she represented companies and individuals in government investigations and private securities litigation.  Samantha received a B.A from the University of Florida and her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.


Adrienna Huffman Associate

The Brattle Group

Date & Time:

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

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Who Should Attend:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers
  • M&A Advisors
  • Corporate Governance Lawyers
  • Chief Legal Officers
  • General Counsel
  • Investment Advisors
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Business Owners
  • Top-Level Executives


Adrienna Huffman Associate
The Brattle Group
Samantha S. MartinSenior Counsel
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission



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