SPAC: New Trends in France and Europe

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The European SPAC market, understood as the market on which SPACs are being launched and listed, does not seem to suffer the consequences of the excesses of the U.S. market and could even benefit from an increased interest from investors used to that kind of products. Between January and the end of August 2021, 26 SPACs were launched on European stock markets, i.e., five times more than during previous years.

Far from the U.S. figures that turn heads, the European SPAC market is booming and continues its development (re)started in 2019, at a pace admittedly slower but steady and, above all, untroubled. New trends have thus appeared since the end of 2020 regarding the conditions and the structuring of European SPACs.

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