Tagged: spacs

SEC Outlines Regulatory Agenda, Exempt Securities Top the List Including Reg D, Accredited Investor Definition

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has outlined its regulatory agenda for the coming months and at the top of the list are exempt securities that include Reg D and perhaps other exemptions such as Reg CF and Reg A+. Of note, is that the… Read More

SEC Chair Gensler Testifies in Front of House Subcommittee, Talks Crypto and SPACs

Gary Gensler, the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), testified today in front of the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, part of the Appropriations Committee, where he presented the litany of challenges his agency faces including emerging Fintech issues. The… Read More

SPACs Challenged by House Subcommittee Hearing

On Monday, May 24, the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets, part of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled “Going Public: SPACs, Direct Listings, Public Offerings, and the Need for Investor Protections.”  While the title of the hearing addressed… Read More

House Subcommittee Hearing to Tackle SPACs

This coming Monday, May 24th, the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets will hold a hearing entitled Going Public: SPACs, Direct Listings, Public Offerings, and the Need for Investor Protections. The Subcommittee is part of the powerful House Committee on Financial Services… Read More

OurCrowd Updates on Platform Performance: Two Exits Since the Beginning of 2021

OurCrowd is one of the largest securities crowdfunding platforms in the world. Based in Israel, OurCrowd has been recognized by Pitchbook as the most active venture investor in the country with 24 different deals in 2020. OurCrowd provides a pathway for smaller investors to participate… Read More

SEC Issues Statement on Select Issues Regarding SPACs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a statement addressing the hot SPAC market. Special purpose acquisitions companies or blank check firms have boomed in recent months. SPACs are viewed as an easier path for issuers to become a publicly-traded firm yet the rapid… Read More

M&A Attorney Lawrence C. Lee at Baker McKenzie: “We will likely experience continuing consolidation in the Fintech sector”

Lawrence C. Lee is a top merger and acquisitions attorney operating in the Fintech sector. A partner at Baker McKenzie and based in Palo Alto, Lee was previously in-house counsel for Coinbase where he led strategic transactions and investments. More recently, Lee and his team… Read More

Southeast Asia’s Grab Holdings Is Reportedly Looking into Going Public via SPAC

Southeast Asian ride-hailing and food delivery giant Grab Holdings is reportedly holding discussions regarding its plans to go public via a potential merger with a US-based special purpose acquisition company or SPAC. Grab Holdings may be valued at around $53 to $54 billion if these… Read More

SPACs and Real Estate Crowdfunding: Berlin’s iFunded, Klickown are Partnering Investunity AG so they Can Soon be Listed

Crowdinvesting or crowdfunding for real estate has long been considered a major potential market. However, there are a number of platforms that have downsized during the past year, even some established players like Exporo. Notably, the first Germany-based firm that’s set to go public through… Read More

SEC Cautions the Public on SPACs and Celebrity Endorsements

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a warning on SPACs and “celebrity involvement.” Emanating from the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA)  the agency cautions investors not to invest in SPACs based solely on celebrity involvement. To quote the SEC: “Celebrities, from… Read More

Tech focused VC Investments in Europe Remain Strong, SPACs are Hottest Trend, while Chinese Online Lending Crackdown Continues: Report

Finch Capital, a venture capital firm, recently finalized a €150 million fund to invest in Series A and B deals across Europe. The firm with its Amsterdam and London offices currently has €85 million in capital that is ready to deploy for its “Europe III”… Read More

SPACs: New UK Proposals for Rule Changes for London Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Could Help Attract More Tech Firms

The United Kingdom might reportedly consider making several key changes to London’s current listing rules post-Brexit. The country aims to remove a barrier that has prevented special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) from choosing the European nation. The updates are meant to attract technology-focused public offerings…. Read More

Brendan Carroll from Chicago’s Victory Park Capital Says Banks and Fintechs Can Operate Effectively in New Business Environment

In early 2020, Opportunity Financial began evaluating whether it should go public. The online lending platform was interested in shifting focus away from the installment loan business to various other financial products (in order to improve its company profile). Jared Kaplan, CEO of the Chicago-based… Read More

Digital Banking: Revolut Keeps Rolling out New Features for Business Payments, CEO Storonsky Says Firm to Eventually Conduct US IPO

Digital bank Revolut notes that if you’ve set up a WooCommerce store and are accepting payments with mainstream payment gateways, then you might not be happy with the extra transaction fees. Revolut reveals that it has been working on improving this for users by offering… Read More

Dramatic Rise in SPACs Is Reflection of Market with Surplus Liquidity and Not Enough Assets to Acquire, JPMorgan Exec Explains

JPMorgan Co-President Daniel Pinto recently noted that he doesn’t see another stock market correction “anytime soon,” unless the current situation “changes dramatically.” Pinto also said during his interview with CNBC that Fintech challengers are really good at providing “great client experience.” He acknowledged that they’ve… Read More

SPACs: Nearly 300 Special Purpose Acquisition Companies are Currently Seeking Deals with $90B in Available Cash

The hottest or most trendy thing right now in the world of finance are SPACs or special purpose acquisition companies. Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal reportedly has one now, and so does former House Speaker Paul Ryan, and hedge-fund billionaire William Ackman. SPACs have become… Read More

Firms Secured More Capital via Stock Market Listings in 2020 than Any Other Year, Except 2007: Report

Firms secured more capital via stock market listings in 2020 than in any other year, except for 2007, as a recovery in equities valuations managed to attract various firms and blank-cheque acquisition vehicles were increasingly used to carry out listings in US markets. The hot… Read More

Doug Ellenoff Comments on Updates to the Exempt Offering Ecosystem. Momentum in SPACs Expected to Continue

  Doug Ellenoff, the Managing Partner of Manhattan law firm Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole (EGS), has been involved with the Fintech sector since the early days of the JOBS Act – the legislation that eventually legalized investment crowdfunding. He is not only deeply engaged with… Read More

SPAC: SoftBank Group Corp. Is Reportedly Planning to Secure $500 Million via Blank Check Company

SoftBank Group Corp. (TYO: 9984), a Japanese multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Minato, Tokyo with over $300 billion in assets, is reportedly planning to secure at least $500 million in capital via a blank-check company, according to sources familiar with the matter. The special-purpose… Read More

King of SPACs: Doug Ellenoff of EGS Discusses the Hot SPAC Market – “Not a Fad”

The law firm of Ellenoff, Grossman, and Schole (EGS) has long been a leading Manhattan firm in the SPAC sector (Special Purpose Acquisition Company). This year, SPACs have boomed, including multiple high profile issuers as well as several Fintech focused SPACs. So how did SPACs… Read More

Send this to a friend