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Latest SPAC News: Volta sued over SPAC deal, Liberty Resources establishes M&A Transition Taskforce, and chancery validates SPACs’ charter amendments and share issuances
Volta Sued Over SPAC Deal as $169M Shell Sale Is Approved
An investor sued Volta Inc. (NYSE:VLTA) on Wednesday—the same day shareholders approved its $169 million sale to Shell Plc—over concerns that insiders may have engineered an earlier blank-check deal to give themselves a windfall at everyone else’s expense.
The lawsuit seeks internal files from Volta to investigate allegations that the lopsided structure of its 2021 merger with Tortoise Acquisition Corp. II, a “special purpose acquisition company,” drove the deal’s backers to dupe public investors into participating. The claims echo a familiar refrain at the heart of dozens of other similar cases brought in recent years.
Liberty Resources Acquisition Corp. Announces the Establishment of the M&A Transition Taskforce to Further Support the Business Combination With Caspi Oil Gas LLP
Liberty Resources Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: LIBY) a special purpose acquisition company, announced today the establishment of a M&A Transition Taskforce to support the business combination with Caspi Oil Gas LLP (“COG”) and execution of pre and post transaction business plans.
As previously announced, Liberty entered into a definitive business combination agreement effective December 15, 2022 that will result in Liberty becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Onshore Energy B.V. (“PubCo”).READ
Chancery Validates SPACs’ Charter Amendments and Share Issuances
Many SPACs, in connection with a de-SPAC merger, have approved charter amendments authorizing an increase in the number of their authorized shares of Class A Common Stock to facilitate the issuance of shares required for the merger. Based on widely accepted legal advice at the time, such amendments typically were approved by vote of the Class A and Class B Common Stock voting together. However, in a December 2022 decision, Garfield v. Boxer, which came as a surprise to corporations and legal practitioners, the Delaware Court of Chancery indicated that such amendments require, in addition, a separate vote of the Class A common shares.READ
Online used-car marketplace Shift cuts workforce 30% following CarLotz merger
Online used vehicle retailer Shift Technologies (NASDAQ: SFT) cut its workforce by 30% in the first quarter as the company sought to reduce costs and eliminate duplicate positions following its merger with CarLotz, CEO Jeff Clementz said during an earnings call.
Shift Technologies, which went public in 2020 via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, reported it generated $65.6 million in revenue in the fourth quarter, a 67% drop from the same year-ago period. Shift reported an operating loss of $60.7 million in the fourth quarter, a 14% increase from the same period in 2021.READ
Latest Non-Redemption Agreements: EVe Mobility EVe Mobility Acquisition Corp. (EVE) Adds Non-Redemption Agreement On June 5, 2023, EVe Mobility Acquisition Corp. (NYSE:EVE) and the Sponsor entered into non-redemption agreements with unaffiliated third party investors, pursuant to which the Investors have, in connection with the Extension Meeting, agreed not to redeem, or to reverse and revoke any prior...
Latest SPAC Liquidations: ST Energy Transition I, MELI Kaszek Pioneer Corp. ST Energy Transition I Ltd. (STET) to Liquidate on June 7 ST Energy Transition I Ltd. (NYSE:STET) announced today that the Board of Directors has elected to dissolve and liquidate the company. Net of taxes and dissolution expenses, the per-share redemption price for the...
Worldwide Webb Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: WWAC) announced this afternoon that it has secured a $5 million PIPE for its proposed merger with consultancy firm Aeries Technology. While most PIPEs are priced at $10 per share, Worldwide Webb’s $5 million subscription agreement was executed at just $4.48 per share in a private placement to be completed concurrently...
Metals Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: MTAL) announced this afternoon that its shareholders have approved its acquisition and business combination with the CSA Copper Mine from Glencore (LON:GLEN) at a special meeting held earlier today. The business combination and merger were overwhelmingly approved as both proposals received 27,538,130 shares in favor of it and just 455,506 shares against it. In...
Power & Digital Infrastructure II (NASDAQ: XPDB) has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with water harvesting company Montana Technologies at a pro forma enterprise value of approximately $500 million. Ronan, Montana-based Montana Technologies manufactures a dual-chamber design intended for a water harvesting process to solve legacy thermal constraints. The parties expect to close the deal in...