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Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs): a popular alternative path to the public markets

We will explore the recent expansion of the special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) market and discuss key considerations for private companies considering a SPAC.

Over the last several years, and in particular over the last several months, the market for special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) has grown and matured significantly, opening a viable alternative and expedited path for private companies to access the public markets.

SPAC IPOs have generated more than $10 billion of proceeds each year since 2017, a milestone not seen since before the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008.

During this webcast, we will review the latest trends impacting this rise in SPAC transactions. We’ll also cover the basics of executing a SPAC, with key perspectives from our experienced financial accounting, tax and capital markets professionals.

Topics include:

  • SPAC backdrop and latest trends: why now?
  • How to get it done: critical success factors for both sides
  • Takeaways for private companies considering a SPAC merger

Panelists:

  • Karim Anani, EY Americas Financial Accounting Advisory Services Transactions Leader; SPAC Co-Leader
  • Alex Zuluaga, Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services Transactions, Ernst & Young LLP; SPAC Co-Leader
  • Mark Schwartz, Managing Director, Capital Markets Advisory, Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC
  • Christopher Lallo, Partner, International Tax and Transaction Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Moderator:

  • Jackie Kelley, EY Americas IPOs and Strategic Transactions Leader

SPAC IPOs have generated more than $10 billion of proceeds each year since 2017, a milestone not seen since before the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008.

Presenters

Mark Schwartz
Ernst & Young Capital Advisors LLC, Equity Capital Markets Advisory, Managing Director

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