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Latest SPAC News: Virgin Galactic appoints new top lawyer, Trump Media SPAC rises after investors approve merger deadline extension, and Al Maadeed to be first Qatari to list company on NYSE
Virgin Galactic, Preparing for Liftoff, Appoints New Top Lawyer
Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SPCE), a commercial spaceflight company backed by billionaire Richard Branson which combined with Social Capital Hedosophia Acquisition Corp., has named Sarah Kim its chief legal officer and corporate secretary.
Kim, who has been general counsel for the newly-merged Topgolf Callaway Brands Inc., will take on those roles as of Dec. 5, Virgin Galactic announced this week. She succeeds former legal chief Michelle Kley, who left Virgin Galactic in July.READ
Trump Media SPAC Rises After Investors Approve Merger Deadline Extension
Shares of the SPAC attempting to take public Donald Trump’s social-media company rose more than 5% in afternoon trading after investors extended the deadline for the deal to be completed to September 2023.
The SPAC, Digital World Acquisition (NASDAQ:DWAC), had tried several times in recent weeks to secure the approval of 65% of its investors to extend the deadline, but was unable to do so until Tuesday.READ
Al Maadeed first Qatari to list his company on NYSE
Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company founded by a Qatari Sultan al-Maadeed, has listed its newly acquired Babylon Holdings Limited in the New York Stock Exchange.
This makes al-Maadeed the first Qatari and Gulf national to establish an American company to be listed on the American stock exchange. The Babylon Holdings Limited has been listed under the ticker symbol ‘BBLN’.READ
MENA fintech hubs are channelling funds into the sector but need to keep momentum
The fintech sector in the Middle East and Africa Region (MENA) has already raised $1.73 billion in the first half of 2022, as per a report by global strategy consulting business Strategy&. In 2021, the sector raised $2.5 billion in funding.
The amount of fintech investment in the MENA region reached $448 million in 2021 across 108 transactions. There were also four fintech “exits”—the highest for a single year. A fintech exit includes IPOs, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), mergers, and acquisitions.READ
Seaport Calibre Materials Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:SCMA) announced in an 8-K that it has inked new non-redemption agreements after postponing its initial extension vote. The SPAC has agreed to allocate up to 37,500 promote shares (1.1%) to investors holding in exchange for them agreeing not to redeem an aggregate of 150,000 shares at the vote now...
Armada I (NASDAQ:AACI) announced this afternoon that it has once again postponed its extension vote. The SPAC initially planned to hold its special meeting on January 20, but postponed it to January 30, and will now be pushing it back until tomorrow, January 31. Armada has also extended the deadline for holders to submit their public...
Prime Impact I (NYSE:PIAI) has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with auto insurance firm Cheche at an enterprise value of $841 million, or about 2.3x its 2022 revenue. Beijing-based Cheche provides a digital insurance platform for car owners in China with about 34 million vehicles covered. The combined company is expected to trade...
Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web. Latest SPAC News: Hambro Perks eyes merger with Biotech Istesso, Rocket Lab launches first vehicle from U.S. soil, and Alliance Entertainment signs licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Company Hambro Perks SPAC Eyes Merger With Biotech...
Pono Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:PONO) disclosed in an 8-K filing this morning that its shareholders approved its combination with air mobility company AERWINS at a special meeting held on Friday, January 27. Holders of 12,412,861 common shares were present at the meeting and the deal was approved with 11,218,712 shares in favor of the transaction. The filing did not...