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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Each episode tackles a subject that's worthy of a deep dive—from law firm profit hacks to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech. Hosted by Senior Litigation Reporter of the Daily Report Cedra Mayfield and Senior Staff Writer for the American Lawyer Patrick Smith, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus an inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Nov 13, 2020

Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, are everywhere in 2020, with celebrities, athletes and even lawyers getting in on the action. On this episode Sidley Austin partners Joshua DuClos and Michael Heinz explain how SPACs work, what’s behind the current boom and why the spate of 2020 IPOs are likely to produce a huge wave of M&A and other legal work.