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SPACs: An alternative to traditional IPOs

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Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) exist for the sole purpose of acquiring a private company and taking it public. As an alternative to a traditional initial public offering (IPO), business owners and management teams may consider a transaction with a SPAC as an option to access public capital. SPACs have raised more than $60 billion in 2020, and they need to find acquisition targets to put that money to work. Explore our resources, insights, and guidance on what to know, do, and decide before, during, and after a SPAC transaction.

What potential investors and target companies should know about SPACs

Learn more about what is behind the uptick in Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, commonly referred to as SPAC’s or blank check companies and how CohnReznick can help.

Our private company clients have seen growing interest from SPACs who are searching for a target. Historically, SPACs focused on emerging industries like technology and biotech, but recently we’ve seen them approaching hospitality, consumer and manufacturing companies as well.

Going public: SPACs offer a capital raising alternative for private companies


Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACS) have been increasingly popular among private companies. Read how they work and what advantages they may offer.

Going public as a SPAC target company: What to consider and how to prepare


Being bought by a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) and then becoming a public company can be tricky. Read what to know and how to prepare.

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The roadmap to becoming a public company through a transaction with a SPAC is different when compared to a traditional IPO. What is not different is the level of preparedness required by the target company’s CFO. From accounting and reporting to risk and compliance, the CFO will need to plan adequate resources to transition from a private to a public entity.

Phases in the lifecycle of a SPAC


Knowing the phases of SPAC formation and acquisitions can help target companies understand the complexities and timing of SPAC transactions. Read more.

Post-SPAC transaction: Challenges and benefits of operating as a public company


Going public brings new visibility and growth potential, but also new obligations related to IT, governance, reporting, and more. Learn what to plan for.

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