Investing Essentials: SPACs Panel: A Discussion with Industry Experts
Join Investor-in-Residence, Duane Jackson, in a panel discussion with several SPAC industry veterans including Joe Reece of SilverBox Capital and Ben Kwasnick of SPAC Research. SilverBox -Engaged completed a $345M IPO in March 2021 and expects to merge with Black Rifle Coffee Company in February 2022. SPAC Research is a leading aggregator providing data and insights on US SPACs to investors, bankers and sponsors. Both Joe and Ben have been featured on CNBC and numerous other media outlets for their thought leadership.
About the Moderator
Duane Jackson, Founder, Jackson Private Capital
Duane Jackson is the founder of Jackson Private Capital, a merchant bank that provides objective advice and long-term, flexible capital to founder- and family-led businesses below $20M in EBITDA. Duane previously worked at BDT Capital Partners, a merchant bank focused on larger founder- and family-led businesses. At BDT, he had broad responsibilities including sourcing and executing transactions, leading research initiatives across the firm, and assisting in the development of the firm’s approach to ESG. Duane also served as a Toigo Private Equity Fellow at Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on software and technology businesses. He came to appreciate the role families have in building businesses over the long-term by working alongside several notable families, supporting their direct investments ranging from pre-revenue angel stage companies to small but mature, lower middle market companies. Duane first learned to creatively address complex problems as a member of the Chief Investment Office for TARP at the US Treasury Department during the global financial crisis and as an investment banker to financial institutions at Merrill Lynch. Duane earned an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was an MLT Fellow and earned a BBA from the George Washington University. He serves as an investor-in-residence at Chicago Booth and serves as a trustee at Lake Forest Academy.
About the Panelists:
Joe Reece, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, SilverBox Capital
SilverBox Engaged, a SPAC sponsored by SilverBox Capital, expects to close its recently announced merger with Black Rifle Coffee Company in February 2022. The expected proceeds from the transaction will provide the company with the growth capital to continue investing in its omnichannel strategy, and support its mission, including its long-term goal to hire 10,000 Veterans. Black Rifle Coffee Company is a Veteran-founded coffee company serving premium coffee to people who love America. The company was founded in 2014 by Green Beret Evan Hafer.
Ben Kwasnick, Founder, SPAC Research
SPAC Research provides custom research & comprehensive data services for US-listed SPAC investors, bankers & sponsors. Ben has been featured on CNBC and numerous other media channels where he has discussed trends in the industry.