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In Reuters Legal Video, Paul Tropp Examines SPAC Growth and Law Firm Impact

Practices: Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, Finance, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Public Companies, Capital Markets, Life Sciences, Asset Management, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

A Reuters Legal video explores the surging number of special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, that are coming to market and their effect on the legal business.

In the video, capital markets partner and co-chair Paul Tropp (New York) explains that coronavirus was a catalyst for SPACs because investors were seeking certainty in a volatile fluctuating market. In 2020, a record 254 SPACs raised $78 billion. There have already been more than 65 SPAC deals in January 2021.

Paul notes that Ropes & Gray is advising industry participants on recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure guidance regarding SPACs and working across the firm with insurance and trust & estates practices.

SPAC growth was also been driven by well-known market participants including the Pershing Square Holdings $4 billion SPAC, which Ropes was involved with.

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