Today, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued two statements relating to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). Neither statement provided any guidance or interpretation. Both seemed directed at emphasizing existing regulations.

The first statement from the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (see: https://www.sec.gov/news/public-statement/division-cf-spac-2021-03-31) noted a series of considerations that private

On December 22, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved the proposal submitted by the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) that allows companies to conduct concurrent primary offerings as part of a direct listing on the exchange.  The NYSE’s proposal had been put on hold since August, following the SEC’s receipt of a

In the International Financial Law Review’s latest publication, A Deep Dive Into Capital Raising Alternatives, Mayer Brown provides context on the changes in market structure and market dynamics that led to the enactment of the JOBS Act. Specifically, the trend for many private companies to remain private longer, defer or dispense with traditional

This chart is intended to compare and contrast in summary form some of the considerations for a private company considering merging into an existing public operating company in a reverse merger or entering into a business combination with a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”). In particular, reverse mergers into operating companies with failed clinical programs

The National Center of the Middle Market (NCMM) conducted a survey from March 12-23, 2020 of 400 strategic decision makers from life sciences companies in the United States and Canada. The report noted middle market life sciences companies, which include companies with annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion, have experienced robust growth. Between

Tech companies at all growth stages are facing capital raising and operating challenges brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic.  A recent CB Insights client briefing explored these novel business pressures.

To add some perspective, an analysis of earnings calls provided by CB Insights showed that the mentions of “layoffs,” “furloughs” and “hiring freezes” in