Analysis

4 Points To Watch As Regulators Revamp SPAC Rules

By Tom Zanki (October 1, 2021, 6:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is moving forward on plans to bolster oversight of special-purpose acquisition companies, potentially creating new rules for the alternative funding vehicles that have upended capital markets and M&A landscapes.

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler recently told the U.S. Senate and SEC advisory committees he has asked staff to generate proposals for public comment, a move that follows nearly a year of steady signs that regulators are worried companies are going public through SPAC mergers under less rigorous scrutiny compared with a traditional initial public offering.

Any action remains months away — the SEC's rulemaking agenda lists...

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