The flexible office giant WeWork is the latest real estate company to use a special purpose acquisition company to go public. The wave of real estate companies turning to SPACs is growing, such as with Cushman & Wakefield, RXR Realty, Simon Property Group, Tishman Speyer, Opendoor, and Matterport, among others.
Going public through a special purpose acquisition company is officially mainstream. Special purpose acquisition companies, once looked down upon by Wall Street-types as a less respectable way to go public, have been forming and going public at an unprecedented pace this year.
Matterport Inc, which makes makes 3D cameras for virtual tours of real estate, will go public through a merger with a blank-check firm backed by billionaire Alec Gores in a deal that values the combined entity at $2.9 billion, the companies said on Monday.