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SPAC Boom Faces New SEC Threat With Accounting Crackdown (2)

April 13, 2021, 12:19 PM

U.S. regulators are throwing another wrench into Wall Street’s SPAC machine by cracking down on how accounting rules apply to a key element of blank-check companies.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is setting forth new guidance that warrants, which are issued to early investors in the deals, might not be considered equity instruments and may instead be liabilities for accounting purposes. The move, reported earlier by Bloomberg News, threatens to disrupt filings for new special purpose acquisition companies until the issue is resolved.

The accounting considerations mark the latest effort by the SEC to clamp down on the white-hot SPAC...

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