SPACs Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) have grown again in popularity and The International Stock Exchange has introduced rules which allow them to be listed on its leading, independent Exchange.

TISE’s rules have been designed to provide a regime that is superior to others by being both commercially attractive for management teams and yet also offering robust integrity for investors. 

Key Benefits » Low minimum market cap » 36 month QA timeframe » Competitive fee regime

The key benefits of our rules for listing a SPAC are the low minimum market capitalisation, combined with a 36 month timeframe for a Qualifying Acquisition (QA) and an extremely competitive and transparent fee regime.

The key features compare extremely favourably to the alternatives on offer:
Minimum market capitalisation £700,000
% funds to be held in Escrow 90%
% Escrow funds to be used for QA 80%
Listing document approval Exchange approval
Management team shareholding 10% or above
Permitted timeframe 36 months
Acquisition approval Shareholders & NEDs
Accounting requirements Annual & where prepared, interim
Fees Initial £5,000 / Annual £5,000
TISE's rules are also attractive in the event that a QA is not made within the permitted timeframe
Liquidation 60 days after end of 36 months
Distribution Shareholders, pro-rata
Delisting Suspended for distribution, then delisted

Why a SPAC?

A SPAC is a cash shell which is used to raise money for a very specific objective. It is well suited to industries where there is an unknown element of risk associated with the target assets. A SPAC allows capital to be raised within a structure where investors and owners of the assets can receive shares in a transparent, listed vehicle which can react quickly to investment opportunities. 

Minimum market capitalisation commences at £700,000

A SPAC can resemble an investment fund. However, the costs associated with establishing a SPAC are generally lower than those applicable to a fund. For example, a SPAC does not require a fund management company to be established, which saves time and cost. In addition, a SPAC’s investment policies and objectives are not intended to achieve a spread of risk.

Their nature also means that – more than ever – investors are placing their faith in the management, which will usually sit on the board of directors of the listed SPAC and who will be incentivised through holding a minority shareholding in the SPAC.

TISE rules – more detail                                       

TISE has specific rules for SPACs in Chapter 10 of the Listing Rules. In addition, TISE has rules for listing the equity of trading companies which might be utilised by the enlarged group once the SPAC has made its QA if there is a demand to retain a listing.


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Robbie Andrade
Robbie Andrade
Ben Snook
Ben Snook
Senior Manager