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On Mergers, Acquisitions and Liquidation Using Specified Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)

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  • Milan Lakicevic

    () (College of Economics, Podgorica, Montenegro)

  • Yochanan Shachmurove

    () (The City College of The City University of New York, Department of Economics)

  • Milos Vulanovic

    () (Western New England University, College of Business)

Abstract

A Specified Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) is formed to purchase operating businesses within a priori determined time period. SPACs existed in U.S capital markets since the 1920s. Their corporate structure has recently become debated in the legal and financial literatures, especially their structural response to regulations by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the late 1990s. SPACs were traded on American Stock Exchange and Overt the Counter Bulletin Board. Since 2008, SPACs are listed on New York Stock Exchange and National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations. This paper examines the determinants of the execution of mergers by SPACs.

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  • Milan Lakicevic & Yochanan Shachmurove & Milos Vulanovic, 2013. "On Mergers, Acquisitions and Liquidation Using Specified Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)," PIER Working Paper Archive 13-013, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
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    1. Shachmurove, Yochanan & Vulanovic, Milos, 2015. "Specified purpose acquisition companies in shipping," Global Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 64-79.
    2. Shachmurove, Yochanan & Vulanovic, Milos, 2014. "SPACs with focus on China," EconStor Preprints 92407, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.
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    5. Lin, Lin & Tai, Vivian W. & Hsu, Chien-Lung & Yang, Chung-Chun, 2016. "Who is more visionary in mergers: Commercial vs. investment banks," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 133-152.

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    Keywords

    Specified Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs); Blank Checks; M&A; IPO; Unit IPO; Warrants; Reverse Mergers; Private Equity;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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