GLG Network Survey: SPACs

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The GLG Surveys team interviewed 60 European SPACs sponsors and investors.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • The survey assessed the US SPAC market and captured a comparison with the current developments within Europe.
  • The research also gathered insights into the current sentiment and concerns around SPACs and analysed the most appealing features of this structure.
  • Lastly, these respondents provided their views into how their partners would feel about their fund launching a SPAC.

Examples of findings:

  • Sponsors view SPACs favourably, with all respondents assessing their sentiment to be “positive” or “very positive”.
  • 80% of sponsor respondents forecast the EMEA and APAC markets will resemble the US market within the next 2 years.
  • On the investor side, 90% of respondents noted a SPAC IPO as being “moderately” or “extremely” attractive. As a market, 70% assessed this as ‘early’ or ‘growing’.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Benjamin Pell, Founder and Managing Partner at Verdene Group.

The standard deliverable includes:

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”), in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • In-depth PowerPoint report of survey findings presented by the Network Member via webcast (optional).


  • Has your company been involved with any SPAC transactions in the past?
  • Do you view a SPAC as a competitive or complementary structure to your fund?
  • Which exchanges do you think are most appealing to sponsors?
  • How attractive is investing in a SPAC IPO to you?
  • What SPAC size do sponsors typically consider launching?
  • How important is the management team of a SPAC?
  • Does sector of focus for a management team influence your investment in a particular SPAC?
  • How long do investors typically hold a SPAC investment?
  • In what stage would you classify the SPAC market?
  • Does the listing exchange have an impact on your willingness to purchase SPAC units?


The survey is available to subscribers of the Financial Business Services (FBS), Legal, Economic & Regulatory Affairs (LERA) and Accounting and Financial Analysis (AFA) sectors (Limited subscriptions and above). Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access or click the button below to inquire.

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