The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: May 26th, 2021


The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: May 26th, 2021

Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web.

Vista Equity considers SPACs, ousted founder of Velodyne wants directors off the board, and Ackman deal remains elusive


Robert Smith’s Vista Equity Weighs Joining Rivals With Two SPACs

Vista Equity Partners is exploring raising two SPACs despite a slowdown in issuance in the vehicles that have gained mainstream popularity and even inspired a hip-hop track.

Vista, led by billionaire Robert F. Smith, last month registered entities named V-Acquisition I Corp. and V-Acquisition II Corp. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to data reviewed by Bloomberg.


The Founder of Lidar Maker Velodyne Is Going To War With His Own SPAC

David Hall, the founder of leading lidar manufacturer Velodyne, is going to war with the SPAC that acquired his company. In a letter, Hall is calling for the resignation of two of the company’s SPAC-appointed board directors, whom he blames for Velodyne’s “poor financial performance.”

“I will not stand idly by and watch the board squander Velodyne Lidar’s bright future with what I believe is a lack of strategic focus and poor corporate governance,” Hall writes.


Ackman Says Hopes to Make Announcement on SPAC Target Within Weeks

Ackman told investors on a quarterly call that his team is “working to complete the transaction” and that he likes the business and loves the management team.

If however the deal should collapse, Ackman said he would then move on to his next target. Either way, he said he would offer an update.


The SPAC Overcorrection

“It’s not even the SPAC market that’s tightening; it’s the pipe market,” Scott Gallaway tells the Intelligencer.

On the latest Pivot podcast, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway discuss why the shell companies have fallen out of favor — and why they will likely have an enduring place in the market regardless.