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date: 29 May 2020

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Specified purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) are a special type of public company currently available to investors in financial markets. As an investment vehicle, modern SPACs are traced back to eighteenth-century England where blank checks were first mentioned as blind pools during the infamous South Sea Bubble. In the United States, the Security and Exchange Commission classifies a SPAC as a blank-check company. This chapter reviews the academic and financial literatures about SPACs, describes their institutional characteristics, and analyzes their market performance since initial public offering (IPO). The sole purpose of SPACs is to use the proceeds to finance future merger or acquisition.

Keywords: blank check, initial public offering, IPO survival, merger, acquisition, specified purpose acquisition company, SPAC

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