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Going Public? IPO v. SPAC v. Direct Listing Quick Reference GuideMarch 10, 2021
With the continued surge in SPAC IPOs and the SEC’s recent approval of rules allowing companies to raise capital via direct listings (a “primary direct listing”), companies thinking about going public can look beyond the traditional IPO process and structures. But, should they? Understanding the distinctions between a SPAC, primary direct listing, and traditional IPO is critical to determining the best choice for your company. This month’s edition of Momentum Minutes is a quick reference guide to the different rules of engagement for these offerings, helping you make this decision with your company’s goals in mind.
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