In this webinar, Adam Sisitsky moderates a panel of Mintz litigation attorneys including Nancy Adams, Jack Sylvia and Kristen White as they explore the rising risk of litigation and regulatory enforcement facing SPACs and the individuals that lead them.
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.
The ongoing surge in blank check acquisition transactions has invited heightened scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which recently asked several underwriters to disclose information related to their recent SPAC dealings.
On September 3, 2020, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a revised Merger Remedies Manual, which sets forth the Division’s framework for implementing remedies to resolve antitrust concerns in merger cases. The Manual specifically calls out Private Equity firms as potentially preferred buyers in certain situations. We believe the policy behind that announcement applies equally to Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”).