21 April 2021

The SPACs phenomenon

Dominic Carman

Featured in our Offshore Report (April 2021)


The big story so far this year, and it’s continuing to expand outside the original US base, is SPACs,’ says Edward Mackereth, Ogier’s global managing partner. There is no doubt that SPACs – an acronym for special purpose acquisition companies – are indeed big news.

Although they have existed for decades on public markets, a tipping point occurred in 2019 when private equity firms began to use SPACs more often, creating an explosion of interest over the past 12 months in this relatively arcane financial instrument. Activity has been high both onshore and offshore.

Related News

May 2024 News

Switzerland: Still resilient and reliable?

Like the country in which they operate, Swiss law firms seem immune to adversity beyond their borders. So, how do they do they manage it?

May 2024 News

Germany’s distress: Switzerland needs the sick man of Europe to recover

As the German economic miracle gives way to stagnation and a real estate crisis, can Switzerland remain immune to the challenges facing its giant neighbour?

May 2024 News

A feast for litigators: Fallout from the UBS-Credit Suisse merger

As AT1 bondholders use “the world’s best, most expensive lawyers” to take on the Swiss financial regulator, what lessons does the Swiss bank merger provide?

May 2024 News

Swiss regulation: The privacy vs transparency debate rages on

New data protection law and anti-money laundering proposals that impact law firms’ privacy – how is Switzerland managing to square the circle?