SPAC Filings This Week Include Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Mayer

Thirteen new SPACs have been formed this week as of Friday afternoon. As more blank-check companies pop up in filings each week, Crunchbase News is charting them with a weekly roundup of the new SPACs and key names to note. Among the big names tied to SPACs this week are basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and billionaire Alec Gores

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SPACs, special purpose acquisition companies, are blank-check companies formed with the intent of acquiring another company. Those who form a SPAC raise money through an IPO and then buy another company, making it public. Companies like DraftKings, Nikola Motor Company and Virgin Galactic have all gone public via SPACs, and high-profile names like Chamath Palihapitiya and Reid Hoffman have formed SPACs (you can read more about SPACs here). Here’s a look at the SPACs formed this past week:

Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corp.

Healthcare Services Acquisition Corp.

  • S-1 Filing Date: Oct. 8
  • Key Names:
    • David Blair, executive chairman of Accountable Health Solutions Inc. and former CEO of Catalyst Health Solutions
    • Martin Payne, executive at MedX, Comprehensive Clinical Solutions and HRGi

Forest Road Acquisition Corp.

  • S-1 Filing Date: Oct. 8
  • Key Names:
    • Kevin Mayer, former (brief) CEO of TikTok and former chairman of direct-to-consumer and international at Disney
    • Thomas Staggs, former CFO and COO of Disney
    • Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA player and member of Basketball Hall of Fame

Better World Acquisition Corp.

  • S-1 Filing Date: Oct. 7
  • Key Names:
    • Rosemary Ripley, managing director of N*GEN
    • Peter Grubstein, founder and managing member of N*GEN

Altimar Acquisition Corp.

  • S-1 Filing Date: Oct. 7
  • Key Names:
    • Scott Kapnick, CEO of HPS
    • Scot French, governing partner of HPS

CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III

  • S-1 Filing Date: Oct. 7
  • Key Names:
    • Howard Lutnick, CEO of Cantor
    • Anshu Jain, president of Cantor and former co-CEO of Deutsche Bank

Cascade Acquisition Corp.

  • S-1 Filing Date: Oct. 6
  • Key Names:

LCP Acquisition Corp.

RMG Acquisition Corp. II

Rice Acquisition Corp.

Aequi Acquisition Corp.

Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.

  • S-1 Filing Date: Oct. 5
  • Key Names:
    • Dr. Donald Basile, former CEO of FusionIO and former CEO of Violin Memory
    • Dixon Doll, CEO of DBM Cloud Systems

Gores Holdings VI

  • S-1 Filing Date: Oct. 5
  • Key Names: 
    • Alec Gores, CEO of The Gores Group
    • Mark Stone, member of Gores’ Group investment committee

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