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Hannes Snellman Counsel to Virala Acquisition Company Plc on its IPO and Listing on the SPAC Segment of Nasdaq Helsinki – First SPAC in Finland

29 June 2021

Hannes Snellman acted as legal counsel to Virala Acquisition Company Plc (VAC), whose founding shareholder and largest owner is Virala Corporation, on its IPO and the listing of its Class C shares on the SPAC segment of the regulated market of Nasdaq Helsinki. VAC is a Finnish acquisition company, a so-called Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), and the first SPAC to list its shares on Nasdaq Helsinki. The purpose of VAC is to raise capital through the IPO and within 36 months thereafter acquire a company, which will be listed on the Official List of Nasdaq Helsinki or on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market. VAC raised gross proceeds of EUR 107.5 million in the IPO.

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