Going Public?: Deciding Whether an IPO, SPAC, or Direct Listing is Right for You

December 9, 2020

With the advent of direct listings and the rise of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), companies looking to go public are sidestepping the traditional initial public offering in favor of these new vehicles.

O’Melveny’s upcoming webinar “Going Public?: Deciding Whether an IPO, SPAC, or Direct Listing is Right for You” will explore the pros and cons of each type of transaction from a legal and business perspective.

Panelists will include Amanda Bradley, Head of Legal at Shift, a company that recently went public via SPAC, Amanda Abrams, Chief Operating Officer of the sponsor group of FinTech Acquisition Corps I - IV, and capital markets and M&A lawyers from O’Melveny.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 pm PST / 3:00 - 4:00 pm EST


To register for this event, click here.


O’Melveny will be offering one (1) hour of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for licensed attorneys attending the webinar.

If you have questions regarding CLE, please contact Hilary Herrington, O’Melveny’s Attorney Training & CLE Manager, at hherrington@omm.com or 949-823-7978.


Amanda Bradley is Head of Legal at Shift (Nasdaq: SFT), an ecommerce platform for buying and selling used cars. Amanda recently helped guide Shift through its merger with Insurance Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, which resulted in a capital raise of more than $300 million for Shift, now a publicly traded company as a result of the merger.

Amanda Abrams is the chief operating officer of the sponsor group of FinTech Acquisition Corps I - IV, special purpose acquisition companies formed to acquire or merge with businesses in the financial technology industry.

Jeeho Lee is a partner in O’Melveny’s Capital Markets practice, representing US and foreign issuers and underwriters in a variety of public and private offerings, including initial public offerings and SPAC transactions. She also assists public companies with securities law compliance, disclosure issues, and corporate governance matters.

Noah Kornblith is a counsel in O’Melveny’s M&A practice, advising clients across a broad range of US and cross-border M&A transactions, including SPAC transactions, mergers, tender and exchange offers, as well as stock and asset acquisitions, and other strategic transactions.


Paul Sieben is the Managing Partner of O’Melveny’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the firm’s Emerging Companies practice. He represents all stages of technology companies as well as numerous venture capital firms, other investors and market participants.