Former U.S. oil investment bankers, portfolio managers and executives have formed over 20 listed blank-check companies to take renewable energy companies public, with more listings expected.
Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai has put on hold plans to go public in New York through a merger with a blank-check firm at a $12 billion valuation, after it failed to gain assurances from Beijing that it would not become a target of a crackdown against Chinese technology companies, people familiar with the matter said.
Emerging markets have so far been on the fringes of a fundraising boom using so-called SPACs or special-purpose acquisition companies, which could potentially unlock a vital new source of cash for entrepreneurs in developing regions.
Billionaire investor Bill Ackman will buy up to 10% of Vivendi’s (VIV.PA) Universal Music Group through his main hedge fund, rather than a special purpose acquisition company, after investors and regulators questioned his use of a SPAC.
The U.S. securities regulator has ramped-up its inquiry on Wall Street’s blank check acquisition frenzy, homing in on potential conflicts of interest created when banks act as underwriters and advisers on the same deal, three people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
William Ackman, whose blank check acquisition company struck a deal to buy 10% of Universal Music Group (UMG) last week, is exploring options to increase his stake in the music label and already pushing ahead with his next deal, he told investors on Wednesday.
Billionaire investor William Ackman’s Pershing Square Tontine Holdings (PSTH.N) signed a deal to buy 10% of Universal Music Group (UMG), Taylor Swift’s label, for about $4 billion, the companies said on Sunday.
LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – Fusion Acquisition Chief Executive John James is in talks to launch a new blank-check company which could soon file for a London listing with the aim of becoming the first to take advantage of a new British SPAC regime, sources told Reuters.
Billionaire Mark Cuban-backed Dave said on Monday it would go public through a merger with a blank-check firm sponsored by investment firm Victory Park Capital, valuing the banking app at $4 billion.