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.

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.

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 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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Phases in the lifecycle of a SPAC


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

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.

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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PE firms line up to launch blank-check companies amid 2020 spike


Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are growing in popularity among private equity firms wanting to differentiate their product offerings and make the most of their deal pipelines. The launch of these companies, has grown exponentially in 2020.

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Managing Principal, Transactions & Turnaround Advisory

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Cindy McLoughlin

CPA, Managing Partner, Consumer, Hospitality, and Manufacturing Practice

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