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Alan I. Annex is Co-Chair of the firm's Global Corporate Practice. He leads multi-disciplinary deal teams in a wide variety of large-cap and middle-market domestic and cross-border transactions. Alan has broad experience in corporate and securities matters, and regularly advises public company boards, special committees and executive management regarding their fiduciary duties; corporate governance best practices; and M&A deal strategies, structures and techniques.

Alan was an architect of the structure for the early SPACs of the 1990s. He routinely leads 20+ attorney teams whose deals have increased exponentially in number and value over the past year: Under Alan’s leadership, GT has leapt in its rankings as one of the top law firms on SPAC Research’s DeSPAC Legal Advisors table for business combinations (based on closed and pending deals).

Alan recently lead the team of GT attorneys who handled one of the largest SPAC merger transactions ever, United Wholesale Mortgage, with an approximate value of $16 billion.

Concentrations

  • Public and private offerings of equity and debt
  • Domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)
  • UK Cash Shells and other alternative investment vehicles
  • Leveraged buy-outs and other going-private transactions
  • Audit committee issues
  • Securities Exchange Act reporting and compliance obligations

Capabilities

Experiencia

IPOs

  • Representation of Cowen and Company, LLC as underwriters in connection with 890 5th Avenue Partners, Inc.’s $250 million IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Representation of VectoIQ Acquisition Corp. in its $300 million IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Representation of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. as underwriters in connection with MedTech Acquisition Corporation’s $250 million IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Representation of DD3 Acquisition Corp. II in its $110 million IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Representation of Concord Acquisition Corp. in its $240 million IPO on the NYSE.
  • Representation of New Beginnings Acquisition Corp. in its $100 million IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Representation of DPCM Capital, Inc. in its $300 million IPO on the NYSE.
  • Representation of Barclays Capital Inc. as underwriters in connection with Motion Acquisition Corp.’s $115 million IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Representation of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. as underwriters in connection with Recharge Acquisition Corp.’s $200 million IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Representation of GO Acquisition Corp. in its $500 million IPO on the NYSE.
  • Representation of Mizuho Securities USA LLC and I-Bankers Securities, Inc. as underwriters in connection with Burgundy Technology Acquisition Corp.’s $300 million IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Representation of Kismet Acquisition One Corp in its $250 million IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Representation of Capstar Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. in its $240 million IPO on the NYSE.
  • Representation of Cowen and Company, LLC as underwriter in connection with Panacea Acquisition Corp.’s $125 million IPO on the NYSE.
  • Representation of EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. and I-Bankers Securities, Inc. as underwriters in connection with Interprivate Acquisition Corp.’s $210 million IPO on the NYSE.

Business Combinations

  • In the largest SPAC transaction to date, representation of United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM), the largest wholesale mortgage originator in the United States, in the completion of its previously announced business combination with Gores Holdings IV, Inc., valuing UWM at approximately $16 billion. In connection with the closing, UWM received approximately $925 million of gross proceeds, including approximately $425 million of cash from Gores and $500 million in proceeds from the private placement that was completed in connection with the business combination.  Additionally, in connection with the closing, Gores changed its name to UWM Holdings Corporation and commenced trading on the NYSE under the new ticker symbol “UWMC.”
  • Representation of Tuscan Holdings Corp. in connection with entering into a merger agreement with Microvast, Inc., a designer, manufacturer and provider of next-generation battery technologies for commercial and specialty electric vehicles. The transaction will value the combined company at $3 billion.
  • Representation of ARKO Holdings Ltd., an Israeli public holding company whose primary asset is a controlling stake in GPM Investments, LLC, the seventh largest convenience store chain the United States, in its business combination with Haymaker Acquisition Corp. II.
  • Representation of Schultze Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SAMA) with its business combination with Clever Leaves International Inc., one of the largest cultivators, extractors and producers of pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis and hemp extracts in Latin America and among the largest in the world, including Canada’s licensed producers and top extractors. Pursuant to the business combination, a newly formed holding company acquired SAMA and Clever Leaves and became a NASDAQ-listed public company trading under the new ticker symbol “CLVR”. The transaction had an enterprise value of $255 million.
  • Representation of Arrival S.à r.l. in its $5.4 billion business combination with SPAC CIIG Merger Group – Arrival S.à r.l. is a BlackRock-backed UK electric vehicle company that manufactures zero-emission buses and vans designed for public transit and commercial fleets.
  • Representation of InterPrivate Acquisition Corp. in connection with entering into a business combination agreement with Aeva, Inc., a leading developer of lidar chips, used to measure distance in autonomous cars and with other applications across the consumer electronics, health, industrial and security markets. The transaction will value Aeva at $2.1 billion.
  • Representation of Replay Acquisition Corp. (Replay) in connection with entering into a business combination agreement with Finance of America Equity Capital LLC (Finance of America), a Blackstone-backed end-to-end lending and services platform that operates in market sectors that include mortgages, reverse mortgages, commercial real estate and fixed income investing. The transaction is structured as an “Up-C” and a “double dummy” merger pursuant to which Finance of America will undertake a reorganization and a newly formed company will acquire Replay and an interest in Finance of America and the combined company is anticipated to become a NYSE listed public company.  The transaction implies an equity valuation at closing for the combined company of $1.912 billion.
  • Representation of Nebula Acquisition Corporation in connection with its business combination with Open Lending, a Texas-based company who, through its flagship product, Lenders Protection, offers loan analytics, risk-based pricing, risk modeling and default insurance ensuring profitable auto loan portfolios for financial institutions throughout the United States. Upon completion of the business combination, Nebula changed its name to Open Lending.
  • Representation of Pensare Acquisition Corp. in its business combination with Stratos Management Systems, Inc., which does business as Computex Technology Solutions, a leading IT Solutions and Managed Services Provider. With the closing of the transaction Pensare was renamed American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc.
  • Representation of VectoIQ Acquisition Corp. in its merger with Nikola Corporation, a leader in the design and development of BEV and FCEV class 8 semi-trucks.
  • Representation of DD3 Acquisition Corp. in its merger with Betterware, a fast growing direct-to-consumer company selling innovative household goods, with a unique product portfolio focused on providing everyday solutions for modern spaces, with a streamlined sales force comprised of +400k distributors and associates serving three million households every six weeks in 800 communities across Mexico. The combined company will remain named Betterware.
  • Representation of Landscape Acquisition Holdings Limited, a publicly traded company sponsored by Toms Capital LLC and Imperial Cos Ltd., in its business combination with AP Wireless, a leading global cell site lease investment firm. With the closing of the transaction Landscape was renamed Digital Landscape Group.
  • Representation of Boulevard Acquisition Corporation II, a blank check company sponsored by an affiliate of Avenue Capital Group, in its business combination with Estre Ambiental S.A., the largest waste management company in Brazil and Latin America.
  • Representation of Jarden Corporation, a leading global consumer products company, in its $15.4 billion acquisition by Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
  • Representation of APR Energy Cayman Limited (APR), one of the world’s largest providers of temporary power generation solutions, and its management shareholders in the sale of APR to Horizon Acquisition Company plc.
  • Represented Mestel & Company, one of the largest U.S. legal recruiting firms, and Hire Counsel, an outsourcing company, in selling their stock to HCMC Legal, Inc., Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2008-2017, 2021
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Listed, Daily Business Review, "Most Effective Lawyer," 2020 
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," 2020 
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2013-2014, 2018-2020
    • Mergers and Acquisitions and Buyouts/Corporate and Commercial - M&A - Large Deals ($1bn+), 2018-2020
    • Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts - M&A - Large Deals ($1bn-5bn), 2014
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2007-2009 and 2012-2020
  • Listed, IFLR1000 United States, 2017-2021
  • Member, Winning Team, "M&A Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion to $5 Billion)" for Platform Specialty Products Corporation (f/k/a Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited) acquisition of MacDermid, Incorporated and related entities, The M&A Advisor’s 6th Annual International M&A Awards, 2014
  • Member, Winning Team, ACG New York Champion’s Awards, Deal of the Year (over $500mm); Cross-border Transaction of the Year (over $250mm) for $1.8 billion Acquisition of MacDermid, Inc. by Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited, 2014
  • Member, Winning Team, "Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year (over $200mm)" for Merger of Burger King and Justice Holdings Ltd., ACG New York Champion’s Award, 2013
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Workshop Theatre
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, NYC Bar Association, Corporation Law Committee
  • Delegate, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, 2011

Credentials

Educación
  • J.D., cum laude, New York Law School
  • B.S., Accounting, cum laude, State University of New York at Albany
Con licencia para ejercer en
  • Nueva Jersey
  • Nueva York
  • Florida