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Airbnb Rebuffs Approach From Bill Ackman’s SPAC

  • Held discussions before Airbnb confidentially filed for IPO
  • Pershing Square Tontine is largest-ever blank-check company
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Bill Ackman approached Airbnb Inc. about a merger with his blank-check company, but the home-rental site rebuffed the billionaire investor and said it prefers a traditional initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.

Airbnb hasn’t completely ruled out a merger with Ackman’s Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd., although no discussions are currently underway, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. Early stage discussions broke off when Airbnb filed confidentially for an IPO last month, the people said.