SPACs: Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

Listing a SPAC on Nasdaq

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SPACs—or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies—are publicly-traded investment vehicles that raise funds via an initial public offering (IPO) in order to complete a targeted acquisition.

SPAC Process


Since 2010, Nasdaq has been the exchange of choice for SPACs, attracting 82% of all SPAC IPOs.* We are proud of the continued momentum of Nasdaq-listed SPACs and look forward to adding to this diverse group of companies on our market.

*As of December 31, 2019


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Benefits of SPACs

Proven and Reputable Structure

SPACs offer founders efficient access to capital and the ability to build value.

Opportunity for Additional SPAC Formations

SPAC founders have the ability to create additional SPACs.

Faster Capital-Raising Process

SPACs offer faster capital-raising relative to private fund-raising. The accelerated execution and liquidity timeline is typically within 24 months from IPO to M&A.


Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are publicly-traded investment vehicles that raise funds via an IPO in order to complete a future acquisition. They provide private companies with a unique way to access the public markets, while offering investors a way to co-invest side-by-side with best-in-class sponsors.

Investors who participate in these investment vehicles not only receive common shares, but also warrants as part of the IPO. The initial funds raised through the IPO are placed into a trust or escrow account until the time of a potential business combination occurs. Investors also hold the right to vote on potential business combination targets and can choose to redeem their public shares.
A SPAC is formed from capital raised in a traditional IPO. As a publicly-traded entity, a SPAC must satisfy Nasdaq’s listing requirements. SPACs can be used as a tool by public and private companies to raise funds for the purpose of an acquisition. In a SPAC, original investors vote on the business combination. In traditional IPOs, the underwriters market and sell the company shares.

Our position as the industry leader supports SPACs and target private companies in making a seamless transition to the public markets. Through our market-leading investor relations (IR) intelligence services, we assist companies in building their IR programs and preparing for life as a public company. Beyond capital markets support, Nasdaq also provides post-transaction visibility services that helps to raise the profile of the combined entity to investors and customers.
Information is provided for educational purposes only. The content does not attempt to examine all the facts and circumstances which may be relevant to any particular company, industry, strategy or security mentioned herein and nothing contained herein should be construed as legal or investment advice. Nasdaq does not recommend or endorse any securities offering; you are urged to read the company’s SEC filings, undertake your own due diligence and carefully evaluate any companies before investing. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

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