One of the hottest trends on Wall Street has found its way to the fintech market. A SPAC or special purpose acquisition company is a vehicle for companies to go public without having to navigate the arduous and expensive IPO process.
SPACs are shell companies set up by investors with the sole purpose of raising money through an IPO to eventually acquire another company. SPACs have skyrocketed from a small number of deals in 2019 to more than 20 in 2020.
We’ve put together a list of fintech SPACs, current deals in market and completed transactions. Next week we’ll bring together Greg Smith of FT Partners and Brendan Carroll of Victory Park Capital to discuss this trend and what it means for fintech access to public markets.
Here is a list of the current SPACs in the market for a fintech acquisition:
Deep Lake Capital Acquisition – the company plans to target businesses in the financial technology, ecommerce software, and data and analytics sectors with enterprise values between $750M-$1.5B.
FinTech Acquisition V – the company plans to target businesses providing technological services to the financial services industry.
Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital – plans to target businesses that provide solutions promoting sustainable development, economic growth, and prosperity, with sectors of potential interest including clean energy, healthcare, financial technology, industrials, mobility, and emerging technology.
SPACs look to be here to stay, at least in the near term. What this craze will do, though, is create a new breed of public companies in fintech. That will raise the profile of our industry and will likely produce a handful of household names.
Todd is the host of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast, a weekly interview show featuring emerging fintech founders and leading venture capitalists. He is responsible for leading the content team which covers fintech through daily & weekly email newsletters, editorial, virtual events, and in-person conferences. He has been covering fintech, banking, and venture capital for more than 15 years, including speaking regularly at industry events.