Analysis

3 Hurdles That Could Slow The Pace Of SPACs In 2022

By Tom Zanki (January 3, 2022, 12:03 PM EST) -- Special purpose acquisition companies endured a roller coaster in 2021, attracting unprecedented scrutiny from regulators and litigators. Yet market participants continued to embrace these alternative funding vehicles that have upended capital markets since 2020.

Initial public offerings from SPACs and subsequent mergers continued to rack up in late 2021, providing target companies another way to go public apart from a conventional IPO. Also called blank-check companies, SPACs hand their stock listing to their targets once the merger is done.

But SPACs may face headwinds in the coming year — be it from market forces, regulation or litigation — that could rein...

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