Robert Smith’s Vista Equity Weighs Joining Rivals With Two SPACs
(Bloomberg) -- Vista Equity Partners is exploring raising two special purpose acquisition companies despite a slowdown in issuance in the vehicles that have gained mainstream popularity and even inspired a hip-hop track.
A Vista spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Any initial public offerings of Vista-affiliated SPACs would follow debuts of blank-check companies backed by rivals including Thoma Bravo, which is taking app-software company ironSource public with its first vehicle, Thoma Bravo Advantage.
Other blue-chip private equity firms, including TPG, Apollo Global Management Inc. and KKR & Co., have also raised SPACs. And private equity firms have leaned on SPACs as vehicles to take portfolio companies public. Vivid Seats, a digital ticketing marketplace backed by GTCR and Vista, in April agreed to merge with Horizon Acquisition Corp., a blank-check firm led by Todd Boehly.
More than 330 blank-check firms have raised in excess of $105 billion via U.S. listings this year, more than the combined total for all of 2020. Issuance has slowed in recent weeks following a clarification from regulators about how to account for warrants, a key element of blank-check companies.
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