Podcast: Vertiv’s David Cote and GS I’s Tom Knott Discuss the Success of their SPAC Combination
by Kristi Marvin on 2024-05-29 at 7:34am

This week, in a special edition of the SPACInsider Podcast, we speak with David Cote, Executive Chairman of Vertiv, and Tom Knott, who was previously Head of Permanent Capital at Goldman Sachs. Both joined forces in 2019 on GS Acquisition Holdings Corp., which combined with Vertiv (NYSE:VRT) in what has become the most successful SPAC deal of all time.

We discuss what were the critical ingredients to the transaction’s success and what is needed to achieve solid returns in SPAC deals under the current conditions.

However, it wasn’t all roses from the start, with the deal closing right as the pandemic shocks were beginning to hit the system. But, the two explain how their team weathered the storm with both preparation and a plan for the company’s post-transaction future.

Give it a listen.


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