Finance from the Inside Webinar Series 

Webinar #1: "SPACs: the Next Bubble?"

November 18th, 2021

12:30 - 13:30 (Paris time)

via Zoom

SPACs or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies are listed vehicles that appeared in the United States at the end of the 20th century and experienced strong growth. Europe followed suit more timidly at the beginning of the 21th century.

SPACs raised record amounts in 2020, but their activity has significantly decreased in recent months.

12:30 - 13:30 Debate between

Mathieu Carles, Private Investor, worked in M&A and ECM with HSBC and Oddo Bank

Philippe Hoang, Executive Director, Restructuring & Workout, CACIB, Asset Finance

- Where is the current market? 

- Why are SPACs so popular? 

- What are the latest trends? Can we see warning signals coming from the US?

- Q&A


Véronique Buisson, ESSEC Professor of Finance & Webinar organizer

Philippe Hoang, Executive Director, Restructuring & Workout, CACIB, Asset Finance


Philippe HOANG

Mathieu CARLES


Philippe is currently Executive Director at Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, in the Restructuring & Workout division in charge of aviation loans.

He has 15+ years of experience in Structured Asset Finance: Structuring, Origination, Advisory, Restructuring, with a strong focus on transportation assets and highly structured deals.

Philippe graduated from ESSEC (E 2003), holds a master degree in French business law from Université Paris II, a bachelor in Mandarin and a bachelor in Vietnamese from Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales.  


Mathieu graduated from ESSEC, he worked in M&A and ECM with HSBC and Oddo Bank.

He has been leading training courses for more than 10 years, mainly at the CNAM, where he is in charge of the course in financial modeling, company valuation and construction of business plans in Master programmes. He has worked for more than 10 years in investment banking on business analysis, optimizing the financial performance of groups of companies, corporate restructuring, IPO and other market operations.

In 2008, his experience enabled him to become a private investor on his own account and to raise a very significant amount of debt. Today, he is the manager of companies whose main activity is to acquire assets of various kinds and to optimize their operational and financial performance. In this, he regularly supports company executives.


Véronique BUISSON

Professor of Finance at ESSEC Business School

Vanessa THOMAS

Event Project Manager at ESSEC Business School