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2020 is officially the busiest year ever for SPACs as deal count reaches a new high

August 5, 2020

With three SPAC offerings completed yesterday, the number of year-to-date SPAC IPOs has now exceeded the previous year's record breaking count. So far in 2020, 60 SPACs have raised $22.5 billion, all-time highs for both count and proceeds with nearly five months to go.

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This latest record adds to the growing list of milestones for 2020 SPACs:
  • The largest SPAC ever to go public: Pershing Square Tontine (PSTHU)
  • The largest announced SPAC merger: Churchill Capital III (CCXXU) and MultiPlan ($11 billion)
  • The first-ever SPAC IPO of common shares: Therapeutics Acquisition (TXAC)
  • The best first-day pop for a SPAC: Therapeutics Acquisition (TXAC; +20% pop)
  • The most SPAC proceeds raised in a year: $22.5 billion, with nearly five months to go
  • The 3Q20 is the biggest quarter ever by deal count and proceeds
  • More companies choosing SPAC listings over IPOs

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