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"Fallen Angel" Reverse Mergers: An Alternative to the Traditional IPO

Mintz Levin


Date: March 6, 2017

Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Location: Boston, MA


  • "Fallen Angel" Reverse Mergers: An Alternative to the Traditional IPO 

About the Event 

  • The IPO market in 2016 was abysmal, especially for the life sciences sector. Annual IPO proceeds fell to the lowest level since 2003. The IPO market forecast for 2017 is uncertain.
  • Some life sciences companies that went public during the last IPO wave ending in 2015 still have plenty of cash yet they have "hit the wall" clinically, making them "fallen angels".
  • In this environment, the "fallen angel" reverse merger has emerged as an attractive way for many promising life sciences companies to raise capital and to go public.

Join the lawyers at Mintz Levin for a panel discussion about fallen angel reverse mergers as an alternative to the traditional IPO, and learn whether this important approach might be right for your company. Our panel of experts will provide the perspectives of the deal lawyer, the private company, the fallen angel, the investor, the investment banker, and the Nasdaq consultant. You will gain insights into the key issues involved in evaluating a fallen angel reverse merger strategy, negotiating a deal, smoothly completing a transaction, and being ready for life as a public company.




Matt regularly advises companies, board of directors, special committees, investment banks and investors in both buy and sell-side mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. In addition, Matt counsels public companies on a broad range of corporate, securities and business-related matters, including capital-raising, fiduciary duties, corporate governance, SEC reporting and defensive measures.

Marc Schneebaum


Senior Vice President and CFO, Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Pete Zorn


Chief Corporate Officer and General Counsel, Albireo Pharma, Inc.

Scott Morenstein


Managing Director, CAM Capital

Andrew Weisenfeld


Partner, MTS Health Partners

David Donohoe Jr


Principal, Donohoe Advisory Associates