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What Companies Must Know Before Merging With A SPAC

By Tom Zanki (April 2, 2021, 10:48 AM EDT) -- As the pace of mergers through special purpose acquisition companies swells, more target businesses are under pressure to make a speedy transition to public markets, where regulators, investors and plaintiff's lawyers are watching with increased scrutiny.

The surge in companies going public through these once-obscure vehicles is hard to overstate.

Since 2019, 168 so-called SPACs have landed acquisition targets that either have already become public companies or are transitioning toward listing on an exchange, according to data provider Dealogic. The pipeline for future deals is more massive. Another 436 SPACs that have raised $138.2 billion since 2019 are still hunting for an...

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