Private companies going public: The rise of the SPAC

Published on: Feb 09, 2021

Host: Wolfe Tone, partner, Deloitte Tax LLP
Presenter: Will Braeutigam, Phil Colaco, and Michael Daniels

1 Overview CPE credit | Specialized Knowledge

Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) are in vogue today as a way for investors and public companies to mitigate public market volatility and risk. But what risks and opportunities do they pose? We’ll discuss:

  • The history of SPACs and conditions and trends driving 2020’s record-breaking pace of SPAC use.
  • Traditional IPOs vs. SPACs—important differences between the two paths to public, including practical issues and considerations.
  • Lifecycle of a SPAC from inception through merger consummation and as a newly public operating company.
  • Tax considerations of a SPAC target company.

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