Why SPACS Are Flailing as Market Conditions Shift

For a time, SPACs were the preferred way for companies to go public. But changing market conditions and the threat of regulation are making Wall Street lose its appetite.

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BuzzFeed I.P.O. Illegally Shortchanged Employees, Dozens Claim

The group is asking for compensatory damages estimated at more than $4.6 million.

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Trump Deal Faced Widespread Investor Doubt Before Raising $1 Billion

More than a dozen big Wall Street money managers said no to Trump Media, but the Pentwater and Sabby hedge funds are among those that have committed millions.

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Former Insider at the Company Merging With Trump Media Sues Over ‘Brazen’ Fraud

A prospective investor in Digital World Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company that is merging with President Donald J. Trump’s social media start-up, says he was removed from a slate of board nominees without warning and deprived of shares he was owed.

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Before Trump’s SPAC Deal, a Strange Surge in Trading

Trading in the merger partner’s warrants, which allow holders to buy shares later, spiked several times before the Trump Media agreement was made public.

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Trump’s Media Company Investigated Over SPAC Deal

A financing company told investors that it wasn’t in deal talks, weeks after its C.E.O. held a private videoconference about a possible deal with Donald Trump.

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BuzzFeed’s First Day as a Public Company Is a Big Test

The move is a “means to an end” for BuzzFeed to grow via acquisitions and e-commerce, its chief executive said.

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Trump’s $300 Million SPAC Deal May Have Skirted Securities Laws

The former president began discussing a deal with a ‘blank check’ company early this year. Investors weren’t told.

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How Trump Is Using a SPAC to Bankroll a New Social Media Company

A merger with a so-called blank check company is poised to give the former president access to hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge on Having Enough Chargers

The United States has about 100,000 public chargers, far fewer than Europe and China. It needs 10 times as many, auto experts say, to complete the switch from combustion engine vehicles.

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A Skeptical Stock Analyst Wins Big by Seeking Out Frauds

The activist short-seller behind Hindenburg Research has become known for research that sends companies’ stock sinking. He says he’s not in it just to move share prices.

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BuzzFeed Is Going Public. Now What for Vox Media, Group Nine and Vice?

The digital media companies that once seemed to have a lock on the future are making plans to get bigger and pay back their investors.

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Behind the Lordstown Debacle, the Hand of a Wall Street Dealmaker

A longtime real estate investor and former Goldman Sachs executive decided to take an electric truck company public. Chaos ensued.

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BuzzFeed Closes In on Deal to Go Public

The digital publisher is said to be on the verge of announcing a SPAC merger that would take the company public.

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No End to Whiplash in Meme Stocks, Crypto and More

With the pandemic starting to ease in the United States, many had expected a year of wild investments to slow. It hasn’t. Yet.

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Bill Ackman’s SPAC is close to a deal valuing Universal Music at $40 billion.

It would be the largest special purpose acquisition company transaction to date.

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Lordstown Motors Shares Plunge as Investors See Problems

Lordstown Motors said it would start producing and selling electric pickup trucks this year, but there is little evidence it is ready to do so. Its stock has tumbled from a high of about $30 last year to around $8.

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Help Wanted: Someone With Money and Connections

SPACs have taken off during the pandemic, and they’re looking for directors who can help find a company to merge with.

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D.C. Gives Tech Giants an Earful

Lawmakers in D.C. delivered a one-two punch.

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Gary Gensler, Wall Street’s New Watchdog, Has a Full Plate

Gary Gensler, the new S.E.C. chairman, wants to improve corporate disclosure and regulate digital assets better. But a lot awaits him already.

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How Can the City of London Survive Brexit?

Other European cities are eating away at Britain’s edge in financial services. The government is trying to find ways to keep it.

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