HCSF Salon Talk Series:  "SPACs: Demystifying a Hot Topic in the Capital Markets"

While the SPAC vehicle has been in existence since the early 1990s, the boom of the SPAC product took nearly 30 years to become mainstream with rapid growth in 2019 - 2022 YTD. SPACs have been making headlines, drawing the attention of institutional investors, retail investors and C-suite professionals alike -- representing $80BN+ of capital raised in 2020 and a whopping $160BN of capital raised in 2021. Join us for a SPAC crash course to demystify the SPAC asset class, the boom and ensuing challenges of the SPAC construct, and what we can expect in the market going forward.

Speaker Bio: Aarti Kapoor is the Chief Executive Officer of VMG Consumer Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:VMGAU), a $230MM SPAC focused on partnering with the next generation of high-growth consumer & retail brands. The VMG SPAC is sponsored by leading consumer investment firm VMG Partners, which has been a partner to many best-in-class consumer brands and pioneers, including KIND, Vega, Quest, Drunk Elephant, Daily Harvest, Justin’s and more. Ms. Kapoor is a seasoned investment banker with 14 years of experience in financial services, spending the majority of her career covering high-growth consumer and retail companies across both M&A and capital markets transactions. Prior to joining VMG Consumer Acquisition Corp., Ms. Kapoor was a senior investment banker at Goldman Sachs, where she built out the firm’s coverage of leisure, lifestyle and wellness companies and led the new disruptive growth coverage effort within consumer and retail investment banking. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. Kapoor was an investment banker at Moelis & Company, where she covered consumer and retail companies and built one of Wall Street’s first coverage platforms focused on the health and wellness industry. Ms. Kapoor began her career as an investment banker at Citi covering the technology sector. Ms. Kapoor has advised several marquee brands across the consumer and retail universe including Barry's Bootcamp, Casper, Caribou Coffee, F45 Training, Flywheel Sports, Indigo Wild, LaserAway, Vega, and various others. Ms. Kapoor has been recognized by various outlets for her work in pioneering coverage of the health and wellness industry on Wall Street, listed to "Forbes 30 Under 30" in Finance, Business Insider's "Rising Stars" of Wall Street, and featured in publications by Bloomberg, ESPN, Yahoo! Finance and more. Ms. Kapoor received her B.A. with Honors in Economics from Harvard College.

Tuesday April 19, 2022
5:30PM - 7:00PM PT

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