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SPACs - Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

The rise of SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) has prompted huge investment from those seeking a swift return. But investors need to know the legal issues and potential risks.

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The use of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) as an alternative route to gain access to the capital markets has proved extremely popular in recent years. 

There has been a huge rise in the appeal of SPACs, which has been especially evident during the pandemic. 2020 saw records broken for SPACs, with a total of $73 billion raised through them in the US. Yet this was soon dwarfed by the first three months of 2021, in which 298 SPACs raised almost $88 billion. 

It is a situation that has prompted other financial centres to consider what they can do to attract lucrative SPACs activity. Elsewhere, we detail the attempts being made by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to modernise the UK market in order to persuade more high-growth companies to list in London.

Rahman Ravelli has an in-depth guide on the subject of SPACs that answers many questions relating to them.

An article by Syed Rahman details the responsibilities and risks facing directors of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

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SPACs and their legal responsibilities
Syed Rahman of financial crime specialists Rahman Ravelli outlines the reasons for the rise of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and the obligations imposed on those who run them. 

3 min read - Published Oct 2021
SPACs, The FCA's New Rules and The Banks
It came as little surprise that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA - the regulator within the UK's financial services sector) was prepared to change its regime to help the UK attract some of the bil...

5 min read - Published Aug 2021
The FCA’s Listing Rules changes for SPACs
Syed Rahman of Rahman Ravelli details the Financial Conduct Authority’s just-published final rules and changes to its Listing Rules for certain special purpose acquisition companies.

2 min read - Published Jul 2021