News & Events - SPACs

  • August 25, 2009

    China Networks (OTC:CNWHF), which went public through SPAC Analyst Acquisition, is prepared to trade again on the AMEX after being moved to the OTC Pink Sheets for failing to maintain mandatory shareholder minimums.

  • August 21, 2009

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has okayed a proposed rule change filed by the New York Stock Exchange to lower its public float requirement for initial public offerings.

  • August 17, 2009

    New York-based GHL Acquisition, which was established by investment banking firm Greenhill & Co. Inc. in February 2008 as a special purpose acquisition company, will hold a special stockholders’ meeting Sept. 23 to vote on whether or not to approve the purchase of Iridium

  • August 14, 2009

    Incisive Media lenders were presented on Wednesday (12 August) with a cash-out alternative from CIG, a newly-established media group acquisition vehicle, two sources familiar with the situation told Debtwire. However, the SPAC abruptly changed course today, announcing talks between itself and the UK-based media group had now terminated.

  • August 08, 2009

    Madison Dearborn Partners is selling the last of its stake in Great Lakes Dredge & Docks Corp., nearly doubling its original investment in the nearly six years it’s owned the company.Crain's Chicago Business, Wednesday August 12, 2009
    2009 Brings Fresh HopesRashdan is especially excited about the new equity framework introduced by the regulators. He particularly sees potential in the introduction of the Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC) to promote and facilitate private equity activities, spur corporate transformation and encourage corporate mergers and transactions.

  • August 03, 2009

    Independent oil and gas company Resolute Natural Resources Co. will go public in a $582 million deal with Hicks Acquisition Co. (TOH)..

  • August 01, 2009

    Frontier Financial of Everett, the troubled parent of Washington state's fourth-largest bank, has been thrown a multimillion-dollar lifeline by a New York "blank check" investment company.

  • August 01, 2009

    A new product usually injects excitement. It is no different with the introduction of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in the capital market. This is made possible because of the Securities Commission’s (SC) new guidelines on equity.

  • July 31, 2009

    A blank-check company controlled by hedge fund manager Warren Lichtenstein will acquire Frontier Financial Corp (FTBK.O), a troubled Washington state bank with $4 billion in assets.

  • July 29, 2009

    The special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE: GHL) has announced that the affiliate GHL Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: GHQ) has entered into agreements with certain holder of warrants that will hopefully be the last amended terms in the quest to bring the global satellite phone provider public.

  • July 29, 2009

    Among the least-damaged victims of the boom's unwinding are SPACs, which arguable were among the worst manifestations of the irrational exuberance driven by excess liquidity. Despite their relative resilience to the bust, their cash hoards coupled with limited life offer an interesting arbitrage opportunity with yields that, in some cases, reach well into the double digits.

  • July 27, 2009

    Few companies these days look like hot investment opportunities, but few companies are able to cash in on economic distress like liquidation firm Great American Group LLC.

  • July 24, 2009

    The team behind cash shell company Germany1 is preparing to list its next special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in October after Thursday’s 532 million euros deal with AEG Power.

  • July 23, 2009

    Hugh Osmond’s Pearl Group is expected to get the go-ahead for its capital restructuring on Friday from shareholders in Liberty Acquisition, the vehicle that will inject about €600m (£519m) into the company.

  • July 23, 2009

    AEG (AEGXY.PK) Power will become a public company when it completes a so-called 'back door' listing in a 532 million euro deal with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Germany1 in mid-August.

  • July 22, 2009

    A SPAC typically has been used in a variety of industries including media, energy, shipping, retail, telecom, insurance and health care. This deal will test whether investors have an appetite for smaller regional and commercial banks as well as whether regulators are comfortable with financial buyers. A completed deal may even give new life to the once popular SPAC vehicle.

  • July 20, 2009

    It turns out, many of these blank checks were never cashed. And SPACs that returned investors’ money after failing to find acquisitions generally performed better than those that actually made deals.

  • July 07, 2009

    Last month, a SPAC known as Liberty International Acquisition Co., agreed to buy U.K. life insurer Pearl Group in a deal valued at about GBP1.6 billion ($2.6 billion). A similar vehicle in the U.S. is hunting for deals and Pearl itself could become a platform for more acquisitions.

  • July 01, 2009

    Pantheon China Acquisition Corp. is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of acquiring, through a stock exchange, asset acquisition or other similar business combination, an operating business in the People's Republic of China.

  • June 01, 2009

    Jamba, Inc. has completed a sale of convertible preferred stock which raised $35 million in gross proceeds for the company.

  • April 25, 2009

    Victory Acquisition Corp. (NYSE Amex: VRY), a specified purpose acquisition company, announced the termination of the proposed merger with TouchTunes Corporation. ...

  • March 25, 2009

    A special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, called Victory Acquisition Corp. (AMEX: VRY) announced that it was acquiring an operating companycalled TouchTunes Corp. TouchTunes is a provider of out-of-home interactive entertainment ....

  • January 26, 2009

    Tailwind Financial, a Toronto-based special purpose acquisition company listed on the NYSE Alternext US, through an all-stock transaction will acquire Allen-Vanguard, a Canada-based developer of detection...

  • January 20, 2009

    Because Citi has not been active in the SPAC market since eliminating in September 2008 the holdings of Old Lane, the hedge fund run by Vikram Pandit prior to his assuming the chief executive role of Citigroup, its investment in Global Consumer Acquisition Co. is significant not simply because of the overall size of the stake it now owns.

  • January 19, 2009

    The amendments allowing special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange are one month old, but judging by the flurry of action, law firms are expecting that the structure, which has been in use in the United States for about a decade, will receive a friendly welcome north of the border....