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Latest SPAC News: Hong Kong market regulator urges city to uphold rule of law, IPO market freeze sparks 80% drop in Nasdaq listings, and Grab takes cost-cutting measures
Top Hong Kong Market Regulator Urges City to Uphold Rule of Law
Hong Kong’s status as an international financial center hinges on ensuring investors have confidence that the city follows the “conventional” rule of law in place in other global hubs and maintaining its special role as a bridge between the world and China, according to Ashley Alder, the outgoing top market regulator.
Alder noted that “SPACs were one of the phenomena which basically signaled the final bit of bull market. We were very aware of that. Given that there seemed to be an inevitable, unstoppable drive to create a SPAC regime, we ended up with one that was deliberately designed to detoxify it. Because the incentives and other features of SPACs, without that sort of framework, in my view, broadly works against public investors.”READ
IPO market freeze sparks 80% drop in Nasdaq listings
Equity listings on the Nasdaq fell about 80% this year, as the appetite for new issues took a hit from extreme volatility in the stock market, sparked by the Federal Reserve’s war on inflation.
A total of 156 companies listed their shares on the bourse this year, raising nearly $15 billion in initial public offerings, a far cry from 743 firms that raised $180 billion in what was a blockbuster 2021, data from the exchange operator showed.
The year also saw a big drop in the listings of blank-check companies, as regulatory concerns and their free-falling share price seemed to have cooled Wall Street’s hottest investment trend of 2021. In total, 68 SPACs listed on the exchange in 2022, compared with 110 a year earlier.READ
Grab cost-cutting measures necessary but uncertainties continue to loom, say analysts
The recent round of cost-cutting measures undertaken by super app company Grab (NASDAQ:GRAB), coming two-and-a-half years since it last executed a major retrenchment exercise, was a necessary move given the firm’s financial situation, said analysts.
Its move was the latest in a spate of cost-cutting measures by high-profile tech firms, some of which have laid off workers, with one analyst describing Grab’s decision as a “matter of survival”.READ
Dune Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ:DUNE) announced in an 8-K today that it has once again modified its agreement with sustainable energy firm Global Hydrogen. This amendment marks a reduction in Global Hydrogen’s equity value from $48 million to $43 million, alongside an increase in the available shares of common stock that is for the Global Gas Corporation...
At the SPAC of Dawn After mixed signals for the consumer sector earlier this month, initial Black Friday sales numbers have shown that Americans were not too stuffed for a shopping spree this year. Shoppers bagged between $9.8 billion and $10 billion in goods online, depending on one’s preferred source, either of which would be...
Terms Tracker for the Week Ending November 24, 2023 Welcome to our weekly column where we discuss the findings from our IPO terms tracker based on the previous week’s pricings. This being the Thanksgiving holiday week, we are thankful for a lot of things, but mostly that 2023 is almost over. It’s been a rough...
At the SPAC of Dawn Though perhaps stuffed to the brim, SPAC activity continues this Thanksgiving Friday with votes by Clean Earth and Zalatoris to extend a deadline and amend trust contributions, respectively. At least seven de-SPACs are also reporting earnings today and will do so going into a futures market that is mostly green...
IB Acquisition Corp. submitted its S-1 filing Friday afternoon for a $100 million IPO, coming right on the heels of Bayview Acquisition Corp, which also filed its S-1 that day. IB is also similar to Bayview in that its units do not feature a warrant but include 1 right for 1/10. However, its trust is slightly...