Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”) played a critical role in U.S. capital market growth in 2020. There were 248 SPACs launched, raising an aggregate of $83 billion in proceeds. The beginning of 2021 witnessed an acceleration of SPAC activity. In January and February alone, roughly $60 billion was raised by 189 SPACs. This article discusses what a SPAC is, how to raise a SPAC, and how de-SPAC transactions work.
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