The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: July 20, 2022
by Marlena Haddad on 2022-07-20 at 12:37pm


Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web. 

Latest SPAC News:  Frazier SPAC mulls merger with NewAmsterdam Pharma, Turkish mobility app Marti’s IPO announcement imminent, and leverage craze brings new ETF targeting SPACs

Frazier SPAC Is in Talks to Merge With NewAmsterdam Pharma

NewAmsterdam Pharma BV, a biotechnology company that aims to treat metabolic diseases, is in talks to go public through a merger with blank-check firm Frazier Lifesciences Acquisition Corp.(NASDAQ:FLAC), according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Frazier, a Seattle-based special purpose acquisition company led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Topper, is in final discussions with investors for a private investment in public equity to support a transaction that’s set to value the combined entity at more than $700 million, said some of the people, all of whom requested anonymity as the talks are private. As with all transactions that have not been finalized, it’s possible talks could collapse.


Turkish Mobility App Marti’s New York IPO Announcement Imminent 

Turkey’s mobility app Marti will announce its planned merger with a blank-check company within weeks, a deal that marks the first initial public offering by a Turkish company via a SPAC in New York, according to Bloomberg.


Leverage Craze Brings New ETF Targeting the SPAC Market

A new exchange-traded fund is looking to make leveraged bets on one of the worst-performing corners of the US equity markets this year, as the craze of amped-up strategies sweeps the ETF industry.

The RiverNorth Enhanced Pre-Merger SPAC ETF (NYSE:SPCZ) launched last week, investing in SPACs before they merge with their targets. There are at least eight other exchange-traded funds in the US focused on blank-check companies, but this new fund would be the first that uses leverage, according to RiverNorth Capital Management Chief Executive Officer Patrick Galley.


SeaStar Medical Submits Humanitarian Device Exemption Application to FDA for Use of Selective Cytopheretic Device in Children with Acute Kidney Injury

SeaStar Medical, a medical technology company developing proprietary solutions to reduce the consequences of hyperinflammation on vital organs, and LMF Acquisition Opportunities, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMAO) (LMAO), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced SeaStar Medical has submitted its application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) for use of the Selective Cytopheretic Device (SCD) for critically-ill children with acute kidney injury (AKI). The FDA informed SeaStar Medical that it has accepted the application and will begin its review.



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