Definitive Agreement


L&F Acquisition Corp.

Sponsors: JAR Sponsor
Underwriter: Jefferies
Governance, Risk, Compliance, Legal, Technology, Software
External link: SEC Filings



Jeffrey C. Hammes serves as the Chairman of the company and is on the board of directors . Mr. Hammes served as the Chairman of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Kirkland & Ellis International LLP (collectively, “K&E”) from 2010 until retiring in 2019. During his tenure as Chairman of K&E, K&E revenues grew from $1.4 billion to more than $4.0 billion, and net income rose from less than $700 million to more than $2.2 billion according to the American Lawyer. Under Mr. Hammes’ leadership, in 2019, K&E ranked first in total revenue and aggregate net income among the world’s top large law firms according to Bloomberg. That growth came across a variety of verticals where K&E has built leading franchises, including private equity and M&A, restructuring and litigation, a breadth of expertise that affords valuable insight into various product categories as one of the largest consumers of the tech-enabled services offered by companies in our target universe. In addition, K&E currently services more than 400 private equity clients around the world and Mr. Hammes maintains relationships at the senior levels of many of those firms. Mr. Hammes graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He is a member of the Illinois bar (inactive).

Adam Gerchen is the Chief Executive Officer of the company and serves on its board of directors . Mr. Gerchen is also co-founder, and since 2018, Chief Executive Officer of, Keller Lenkner, a law firm that has developed unique arbitration strategies and other innovations in mass actions. Additionally, in order to serve the large number of firm clients, and address the complexity of various areas of law, Mr. Gerchen also built a separate servicing business in 2018 that combines client origination, intake, customer relationship management, IT, and settlement administration. Previously, Mr. Gerchen co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Gerchen Keller Capital (“GKC”) from 2013 until GKC’s sale to Burford Capital Limited (LSE: BUR) (“Burford”), the leading global finance firm focused on law, in 2016. Prior to its acquisition, GKC grew into the largest private investment and advisory firm focused exclusively on legal and regulatory risk, raising $1.4 billion of institutional capital. From 2016 to 2017, Mr. Gerchen also served as President of Burford. Across both organizations, products developed for and deployed into the legal sector included single-case litigation finance, portfolio funding, risk management & insurance, claim monetization, postsettlement, bankruptcy & insolvency, international arbitration, and patent and intellectual property. Mr. Gerchen graduated from Brown University and received his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Richard Levy has agreed to serve on the board of directors of the company. Mr. Levy is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of VPC. Mr. Levy oversees VPC’s investment and operational activities. Mr. Levy is also the chairman of VPC’s Senior Leadership Team and Investment Committee. Mr. Levy serves as chairman of the board of directors of VPC portfolio company, Giordano’s. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of VPC portfolio companies, Caribbean Financial Group and United Automobile Insurance Company, and as a board member of VPC Specialty Lending Investments Plc (LON: VSL), a VPC managed UK publicly listed investment trust. Previously, Mr. Levy served as head of the Small Cap Structured Products Group and co-head of the Solutions Group at Magnetar Capital. Mr. Levy also co-founded and served as managing partner at Crestview Capital Partners. Mr. Levy received a B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the Illinois bar (inactive). Mr. Levy is also chairman of the board of nonprofit, Gardeneers, an active board member of Camp Kesem and he sits on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Tom Gazdziak is the Chief Financial Officer of the company. Mr. Gazdziak joined VPC in 2015 and currently serves as Fund Controller. He oversees VPC’s accounting team in the execution of accounting, finance, tax, audit, reporting and treasury related activities for the VPC funds, including VPC Specialty Lending Investments PLC (LSE: VSL), a VPC managed UK publicly listed investment trust focused on opportunities in the litigation and fintech markets. Mr. Gazdziak joined VPC from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he progressed through several accounting roles since 2011 within the financial services practice specializing in the banking and capital markets industry. Mr. Gazdziak received a B.S. in accountancy and finance and an MBA in accountancy and financial analysis from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Senator Lieberman has served as Senior Counsel at Kasowitz, Benson & Torres LLP since 2013. Prior to joining Kasowitz, Senator Lieberman, the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in 2000, served 24 years in the U.S. Senate, retiring in January 2013 following the end of his fourth term. During his tenure with the U.S. Senate, Senator Lieberman served as the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and helped shape legislation for homeland security, foreign policy, fiscal policy, environmental protection, human rights, health care, trade, energy, cyber security and taxes. Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Senator Lieberman served as the Attorney General of the State of Connecticut from 1983 until 1988. From 1970 until 1980, Senator Lieberman also served in the Connecticut State Senate, including three terms as majority leader. Senator Lieberman currently serves on the board of directors of Park Hotels and Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ: PK). Senator Lieberman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics and his Juris Doctorate degree from Yale University.

Albert Goldstein has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Goldstein is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Avant, Inc (“Avant”) and Amount, Inc (“Amount”), each based in Chicago. Mr. Goldstein co-founded Avant in 2013 and Avant spun Amount off in January 2020. Amount is a technology platform helping large financial institutions digitize their credit offerings and improve their capability. Mr. Goldstein has built multiple companies throughout his professional career — including a real estate platform called Pangea Properties. Mr. Goldstein is currently a board member of Spring Labs, a blockchain company and I2R Holdings, a supplier of electricity and solar power. Goldstein has been the recipient of multiple awards for entrepreneurship including winning the Ernst & Young Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year Award twice and being named to the Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list. Mr. Goldstein holds a Bachelors degree in Finance and Mathematics from the University of Illinois Urbana — Champaign.