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Part 1 – The 2020 SPAC Revolution

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SPACs or “special purpose acquisition corporations” have greatly impacted the 2020 IPO market because they are more efficient, quicker and less expensive than IPOs, and they are less linked to market timing. Seventy (70) SPACs have accounted for approximately 40% of US IPO filings and raised over $31 billion during 2020 (versus 59 SPACs in 2019 which raised $13.6B). We will explore the changing dynamics of SPACs, and their influence on capital and M&A markets.

  • Basics of SPACs
  • Market Trends and Structure
  • Advantages for Sponsors
  • Advantages for Target Companies
  • Procedures and Timelines
  • Lessons Learned


C. Craig Lilly
ReedSmith LLP

Craig Lilly is a leading legal advisor for strategic and private equity clients on domestic and cross-border technology acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, SPACs, recapitalizations, consolidations, auctions, leveraged buyouts, and minority investments. Craig’s practice includes advising emerging technology companies on venture capital financings, corporate governance, public offerings and joint ventures. He also represents fund sponsors in connection with structuring and organizing investment funds, parallel investment vehicles, and offshore funds.

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