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Derek Dostal


Deep experience on a wide variety of public and private capital markets transactions. Co-leader of our SPAC practice. Named a Law360 Capital Markets MVP in 2021.

Derek has deep experience on a wide variety of public and private capital markets transactions, including IPOs, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and other equity offerings, investment-grade and high-yield debt financings, private placements and mandatory and optional convertible securities offerings, by issuers in various industries. He co-leads the firm’s SPAC practice, advising on more than 125 SPAC transactions since the start of 2020.

In 2021, Law360 named Derek a “Capital Markets MVP of the Year” and New York Law Journal selected him as a “Dealmaker of the Year.”

In 2020, he was named among “the most influential legal advisers” in SPACs by Business Insider, where a banker called him likely the “most thoughtful” SPAC lawyer. His SPAC work is also recognized by Chambers USA, where a source says Derek “has quickly made a name for himself in SPAC offerings, where he is respected both by in-house counsel and by top-name partners of other leading law firms.”

Experience highlights

IPOs, SPACS and Other Equity-Linked Transactions
  • IPOs for AC Immune, Allegro Microsystems, Aprea Therapeutics, Calyxt, Convey Health, Coty, Focus Financial, Galapagos, Gamida Cell, Mersana Therapeutics, REV Group, Silvergate, Taminco and Warner Music Group
  • SPAC IPOs for Virgin Group, KKR, European Biotech, Silver Spike, Warburg Pincus, Alpha Capital, Figure, Tuatara, Priveterra, CC Neuberger, Constellation, Primavera, Provident, Highland Transcend, Trepont and LIV Capital
  • Follow-on or secondary equity offerings for Acadia Healthcare, Affimed, Black Hills, Gamida Cell, Integra, Otter Tail, Oxford Immunotec, Quality Distribution, South Jersey Industries, Spectrum Brands, SRC Energy, Stemline Therapeutics, Taminco, Tellurian, Tower International and Umpqua Holdings
  • Convertible offerings for Alliance Data Systems, Ares, Citibank, Cree, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Illumina, Kaman Corporation, Lennar, McMoRan Exploration, The Medicines Company, Microsoft, Quantum, Silicon Laboratories, Sunrise Senior Living and Veeco Instruments
High-Yield and Investment-Grade Debt
  • High-yield debt offerings for Acadia Healthcare, Air & Gas Handling Business of Colfax Corporation, AmeriGas, Clarios, Hearthside Group Holdings, Hologic, HRG Group, IHS Markit, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Kissner, Murphy Oil, NANA Development Corporation, Northwestern Corporation, Nuance Communications, PDC Energy, Pilgrim’s Pride, Prince Minerals, Roundy’s Supermarkets, Spectrum Brands, Stericycle, Taminco, Vista Global, Wyndham Destinations and Zebra Technologies
  • Investment-grade debt offerings for Arrow Electronics, Bacardi Limited, Best Buy, Black Hills Corporation, Columbia Property Trust, Constellation Brands, Continental Resources, Discovery Communications, Energizer Holdings, Fidelity National, General Mills, IHS Markit, J.M. Smucker Company, Kennametal, Las Vegas Sands, Legg Mason, National Life Insurance Company, Qualcomm, Rockwell Automation, Sands China, Tech Data, Tyson Foods, Wyndham and Xylem
Liability Management and Restructuring Transactions
  • Transactions involving AmeriGas, Amplify Energy, Banc of California, Blackhawk Mining, Columbia Property Trust, Discovery Communications, JG Wentworth, Jones Energy, Kaman Corporation, Legacy Reserves, Lockheed Martin, Midstates Petroleum, NextEra Energy and Qualcomm
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Law360 – “Capital Markets MVP of the Year,” 2021

New York Law Journal – "Dealmaker of the Year," 2021

Chambers USA – Capital Markets: SPACs

Chambers USA – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States

Legal 500 U.S. – Capital Markets: High Yield

Legal 500 U.S. – Capital Markets: Global Offerings

IFLR1000 – Capital Markets: Debt, Equity, High Yield

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.B.A., Finance, Loyola University Maryland
Professional history
  • Partner, 2016-present
  • Counsel, 2014-2016
  • Associate, 2006-2014
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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