Rising of the SPACs

May 19, 2021 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Amy Goggins

Rising of the SPACs

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 @ 3:30pm PST (1.5hrs)


*Complimentary to all*

Meeting details provided upon registration

Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego on May 19th at 3:30pm PST (6:30pm EST) as we breakdown the hottest talked about structure to bringing a company public in the recent year – Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). And, why are we hearing so much about them now?

Our experienced panel will give us an overview to the structure of these deals. Then, we’ll discuss the differences compared to a traditional IPO, due diligence process and, more importantly, the benefits and risks involved.

To provide first-hand experience, we will also hear from a company that went public in late-March via a SPAC structure to provide insight and lessons learned!


Michael Carrier, CFA, Brokers, Asset Managers, & Exchanges, BofA Securities, Global Equity Research

Michael Carrier is a managing director in Equity Research covering US Brokers, Asset Managers, and Exchanges. Over the past eight years, he has ranked in the Institutional Investor All-America Research Poll. Previously, he was a research analyst at Deutsche Bank and UBS. Carrier has a BS in business administration from The Ohio State University and is a CFA charterholder. He is based in New York. For more information about any awards cited, visit https://go.bofa.com/awards.


Michael Youngworth, CFA, Director, BofA Global Research, BofA Securities, Inc

Michael Youngworth is a Director in Global Equity Derivatives Research and the head of Global Convertible Bond Strategy. His flagship publications are the Global Convertibles Chartbook and Global Convertibles Quick Note, and he is a regular contributor to Global Equity Volatility Insights and related derivatives and delta-one research. He has also written numerous primers on convertible bonds, including the Global Convertibles Primer, the US Convertibles ETF Primer, and the Convertibles Arbitrage Primer. The Global Equity Derivatives Research team has consistently ranked either #2 or #3 in both the Institutional Investor All-America Research survey and the Extel survey in recent years. Previously, Youngworth was part of the High Yield and Relative Value Strategy team in Credit Research. He has a BS degree in Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) with a minor in Economics from Cornell University, and he is a CFA Charterholder. He is based in New York. For more information about any awards cited, visit https://rsch.baml.com/awards.


Marc Trahand, Executive Vice President, Marketing

Marc Trahand is Executive Vice President of Marketing for Nuvve and oversees all aspects of marketing, branding and external communications for the company and previously oversaw Nuvve’s European V2G operations.

Marc is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur, previously serving as Co-Founder and COO of luxury smartphone company Savelli-Genève. He also served as President of Topyko Mobility SAS, Director of Product Management at Modelabs and at Kyocera Communications, Inc. Marc has also worked at Nokia, Ford Motor Company and GE Medical Systems in marketing and product management roles.

Marc holds an MBA from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Supelec, France, an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College of London and a Bachelor of Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.



Kaitlyn Cruse, SVP, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Kaitlyn joined Merrill in 2008, spending six years within Merrill Private Wealth Management Group in Boston, MA and later joining Merrill Lynch Wealth Management to form the Bradshaw Cruse Group.

She enjoys working with successful women and their families to organize their financial lives and find ways to invest in a meaningful and impactful way while helping them achieve specific financial goals.

She earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) and the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) designations, holds the CA Life, Accident & Health license, as well as, the Series 7, 63, 65 & 66 FINRA registrations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Bryant University with a focus in Financial Services and a minor in Communications. Additionally, she studied abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Currently, Kaitlyn is involved with Merrill’s Women’s Exchange, San Diego & Executive committee, Secretary of MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego, Member of the National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO) San Diego, and Member of Merrill’s Military Support & Assistance Group (MSAG) San Diego Chapter.

Kaitlyn and team are proud sponsors of the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego, the ALS Association of Greater San Diego, and the Berry Good Food Foundation.

In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, wine and craft beer, Pilates, skiing, traveling and all things San Diego has to offer. Originally from Boston, MA, she, her husband Matt, a Marine Corps Captain C-130 Pilot, and rescue dog Mia now call Carlsbad, CA home.


We look forward to connecting with you,

The Chapter Executive Committee & Advisory Board
MIT Enterprise Forum-San Diego Chapter


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