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Why SPACs Are the New IPO

The traditional route to going public is too slow for companies that want to cash in on hype

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Special purpose acquisition companies (or SPACs) have raised record amounts in the last few years. Some 28 SPACs have had IPOs this year, raising $8.9 billion, according to At the current rate, that’s on pace to reach $16.5 billion by the end of the…




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