SPAC transactions come to a halt amid SEC crackdown, cooling retail investor interest


Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday.

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SPAC mania has come to a screeching halt.

Just last month, special purpose acquisition companies celebrated a head-turning milestone by breaking their 2020 issuance record in just three-month’s time. After more than 100 new deals in March alone, issuance is nearly at a standstill with just 10 SPACs in April, according to data from SPAC Research.

The drastic slowdown came after the Securities and Exchange Commission issued accounting guidance that would classify SPAC warrants as liabilities instead of equity instruments. If it becomes law, deals in the pipeline as well as existing…


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