QuantumScape Announces Response to SEC Guidance Applicable to Warrants Issued by Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”)

QuantumScape is announcing that as a result of recent guidance provided by the SEC on April 12, 2021 regarding the accounting and reporting of warrants issued by SPACs, it will restate its consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2020 to change the accounting treatment of its public and private placement warrants.

Public Benefit Corporations and the SPAC Surge

In Mintz’s recent article—“Public Benefit Corporations are Going Public,”—we predicted that, as Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”) reemerge as an alternative to initial public offerings (“IPOs”), Public Benefit Corporations (“PBCs”) would start going public through the SPAC process.