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Derek Liu is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s San Francisco office. Derek handles mergers and acquisitions, and other complex corporate transactions, and has signed transactions with an aggregate transaction value of more than USD 100 billion. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Derek practiced at two top-tier firms in San Francisco and New York.

On 30 March 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved proposed rules relating to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and released an accompanying fact sheet. Work on the final rules will begin following the public comment period, which ends on the later of 31 May 2022 and 30 days following the publication of the proposing release in the Federal Register.

Baker McKenzie and the Financial Times co-created a multimedia series, the FT Big Deal, to explore new trends shaping transactions and how to unlock value. In this series, Baker McKenzie lawyers are joined by industry thought leaders to discuss the key developments and issues shaping the future of global transactions.

Deals involving SPACs have drawn much attention in recent years due to numerous advantages, including the availability of already-raised capital and a quicker timeline than the standard IPO process. In conjunction with ACC Southern California Chapter, Baker McKenzie partners, Derek Liu, Perrie Weiner, Michelle Heisner and Steve Canner give a primer on de-SPAC transactions as a pathway for private companies to access the public markets, discuss current market trends and some of the regulatory and litigation risks associated with this deal structure.

Partners Michael Fieweger and Derek Liu were featured in Private Equity International’s Keynote Interview, entitled “Public deals for private equity”.

In this interview Michael and Derek discuss reasons why SPACs present an attractive opportunity for Private Equity investors, but they consider the potential challenges for mid-market PE funds and potential conflicts they can create for private equity firms. They also give their opinion on the reasons for the decline in PIPEs and provide forecasts for how the SPAC market will evolve into 2022.

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