There's a new kid in town and his name is SPAC. Everywhere you go in the financial world, you hear about some kind of SPAC deal taking place. A SPAC, or Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation, is a new way of taking a company public without going through a lot of pre-listing due diligence. The idea is that you create a SPAC, which is just an empty shell whose sole purpose is to buy real companies later on, and get it listed on the stock exchange of choice. Since it is an empty suit that has no non-monetary assets or business to slow things down via rigorous scrutiny, it is easier to get a listing.
What Is A SPAC
Afterwards, the SPAC is used to "buy" an existing company that wants to go public but doesn't want to expose itself to a lot of SEC scrutiny or time-consuming delays. The two companies can also "merge". In either event, the façade of the SPAC is wound down and the new venture changes its ticker symbol to that of the targeted acquisition in a process known as a reverse merger.
Apex Clearing Reverse Merger
Case in point is the recent announcement regarding the SPAC Northern Star Investment Corporation II Apex Clearing reverse merger. The newly-merged entity will be listed as APX on the New York Stock Exchange and will bid adieu to the corporate profile of the technically senior partner in the transaction.
What this reverse merger will do is provide Apex with the public recognition that it has already earned among dedicated professionals through its quiet back office viability in the financial community. Apex has provided the lifting power for many innovative financial companies and revolutionary new techniques that have greatly broadened the ability of ordinary people to participate in the great stock market boom of the past several years.
Robinhood and Apex
Until it opened up its own platform, the now-well-known firm Robinhood used Apex as the clearinghouse for all of its financial transactions. Apex was a pioneer in both fractional share and crypto trading. A lot of entities are powered by Apex in one way or another. Firmly profitable and now about to become widely available to the general public, the brain trust behind Apex has set the company up for a regular moonshot.
Chief among these planners were former Morningstar exec and current Apex President Tricia Rothschild, Apex CEO William Capuzzi, and Northstar Chairwoman and CEO Joanna Coles. A few pro forma hurdles remain in front of the expected 2Q 2021 finalization of the merger. Both sets of shareholders will need to approve, and the SEC will also need to sign off on the proposal. Since neither of these conditions seem destined for disapproval, the new and improved Apex will soon be on the big board.
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