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In the final episode of our SPACs series, we wrap-up our month-long deep dive by reflecting on the evolution of the current market and key takeaways.
Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around for some time, but in the last 24 months there have been an unprecedented number of companies going public via a SPAC transaction. In our Facts on SPACs mini-series, we cut through the noise to help you focus on some of the key issues relating to these transactions.
In the final episode of our six-part series on SPACs, Mike Bellin, PwC’s IPO Services co-leader, is back to wrap-up our deep dive into SPACs. Mike and Heather reflect on how the SPAC market has continued to evolve and key considerations as companies prepare for going public.
Topics include:
  • 1:09 - Developments in the past month. One month since our first conversation on SPACs - what’s happened in the market since then, and how have things evolved? Mike explains.
  • 11:54 - SPAC strategy. There is an endless task list and many agreements to reach before going public. Mike highlights five items commonly negotiated between SPACs and their targets.
  • 18:14 - Being public. We’ve talked about the difficulties companies face when shifting from private to public. Mike gives his take on the challenges he sees and some advice for companies dealing with this transition.
  • 26:44 - Final words. We’ve covered a breadth of topics in the past few weeks. Mike leaves us with some final advice for listeners contemplating a SPAC or going public (hint: preparation is key).
Want to learn more? Explore our Roadmap for an IPO: A guide to going public.
About our guest
Mike Bellin is a PwC Deals partner and co-leads PwC’s IPO Services practice. Mike focuses on IPOs, SPACs, accounting for carve-outs/spin-offs, purchase accounting, pro forma financial statements, stock compensation, the SEC registration process, and much more. In addition, he frequently advises on IPOs, helping his clients with their initial registration process and operational readiness.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
Transcripts are available upon request. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.
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