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SPACs - Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Overview


Speaker(s): N. Adele Hogan, Risë B. Norman
Recorded on: Sep. 16, 2020
PLI Program #: 308067

Adele Hogan represents clients in mergers, securities offerings, restructuring, bankruptcies, and projects for early stage and large companies in all industries, including financial institutions (banks, private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital, insurance, alternative assets, broker dealers); TMT (technology, media, and telecom); healthcare (pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, telemedicine); leisure (hotels, gaming); energy & mining; transportation (air, auto, rail, shipping); and FinTech (technology, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, trading platforms, exchanges). Ms. Hogan conducts due diligence, drafts, negotiates, advises on risk, and structures deals.

Ms. Hogan has led the corporate side for either the debtor or a credit committee work for more than 30 bankruptcies. She has also led many restructurings, including public debt consent solicitations, credit agreement amendments, and overseeing portions of restructurings of foreign banks in the areas of capital and liquidity and sales of more than $100 billion of risk weighted assets, representing clients netting derivatives and payment obligations in the Lehman bankruptcy. She drafts prepackaged bankruptcy plans, backstops, DIP documentation, bank/bond/equity financings, and litigation documents and does investigations on preferences, zones of insolvency and asset tracing. She has also led distressed public and private company M&A and 363 sales.

Ms. Hogan has experience leading Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) policies and controls projects, including data privacy, data governance and cybersecurity. She has led anti-money laundering (AML), OFAC, fraud, FCPA, derivatives, foreign exchange and Libor matters. She has closed more than $200 billion in deals. She has served as a partner at several international law firms and in-house.

Cornell University BA, Cornell Law School JD. Admitted in New York, Texas and U.S. Supreme Court.


Risë Norman is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Corporate Department, where she represents a broad range of corporations, investment banks and other financial institutions engaged in capital markets transactions involving initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, high yield and investment grade debt offerings and restructurings, as well as in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyout transactions. She also advises such clients with respect to corporate governance, securities laws and general corporate matters.

Risë has advised, among others, The Hershey Company, Peabody Energy Corporation, TRW Automotive and Unisys Corporation. She has also represented:

  • Vanguard Health Systems and its majority shareholder, Blackstone, in its initial public offering and NYSE Listing and $350 million debt offering
  • ITC Holdings Corp. and its majority shareholders, and KKR and Trimaran, in its initial public offering and NYSE Listing and $267 million debt offering

In addition, Risë represents major investment banking firms in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. She recently represented:

  • Underwriters in secondary offerings of common stock by SBA Communications Corporation
  • Initial purchasers in debt offerings by Covanta Holding Company
  • Underwriters in debt offerings by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
  • Underwriters in an $11.0 billion debt offering by Broadcom Inc. in addition to other transactions

Risë became a member of Simpson Thacher in 1998. From June 1997 to November 1997, she practiced in the Firm’s Hong Kong office.

Risë is a former member of the Securities Regulation Committee, a former member of the Financial Reporting Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and a current member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. She sits on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School, was the Area Enrollment Director for the Dartmouth Alumni Association of New York, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Division of the UJA-Federation. In June 2016, Risë participated in the Inaugural Women in Law Hackathon, a competition created by the Diversity Lab in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law, to generate innovative ideas and solutions that will lead to greater retention and advancement of experienced women in law firms. Risë was named a recommended lawyer by The Legal 500 United States for her capital markets work and a 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group for delivering superior client service to Fortune 1000 clients. She has also been recognized by Super Lawyers 2013 – 2019.

Risë received her A.B., magna cum laude, in 1985 from Dartmouth College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1988 where she was an Articles Editor for the Stanford Law Review. From 1988 to 1989, Risë was a Law Clerk to the Hon. Jesse E. Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.