Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web.
JSE reviewing listing requirements with aim to simplify them
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange will be reviewing all its listings requirements with the objective of further simplifying its requirements, as part of its ongoing efforts to create an enabling listing environment and attract local and international listings. […]
The JSE said that although its current special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) offering is accessible and flexible, it has made amendments to align with international leading markets to ensure the attractiveness and competitiveness of SPACs to issuers and investors, it said.
Further, in terms of free float for new listings, the JSE has reduced the 20% free float threshold to 10%, as it has been identified as a deterrent to listing.READ
Better Therapeutics SPAC Deal Dispute Nears Anticlimactic Ending
Litigation challenging the blank-check transaction that took Better Therapeutics Inc. public is set to end with a whimper after the deal’s architects failed to answer the investor lawsuit filed in Delaware.
Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III issued a default judgment Wednesday against Mountain Crest Capital LLC affiliates who engineered the $187 million merger between Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. II and Better Therapeutics, a biotech business focused on cardiometabolic diseases. The two-page ruling left open the amount of any potential damages.
Mountain Crest, headquartered in South Carolina, didn’t respond to requests for comment Wednesday or after the shareholder complaint was filed.
Cathie Wood Just Sold Shopify and Bought Genius Sports
Late last week, sports data company Genius Sports (GENI -0.28%) plunged more than 10% in just one trading session. Interestingly, tech investor and CEO of Ark Invest, Cathie Wood, took advantage of the depressed stock price by adding 1.27 million shares to her position in the company.
On the same day, Wood also sold roughly 66,000 shares of e-commerce company Shopify. Perhaps this shouldn’t be too surprising, as Wood has cut her position in Shopify by nearly half since April.
What happened? On Sept. 14, Genius Sports announced hat its largest investor, Apax Partners, was selling 20 million shares as part of a secondary offering.
Following its SPAC merger and subsequent lawsuit, IronNet is looking at bankruptcy
IronNet, a McLean, Virginia cybersecurity firm, is in the midst of financial trouble, according to a recent filing.
The company said, in the document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that it furloughed “almost all” of its employees and curtailed business operations. The filing states that IronNet has substantial doubt about its ability to continue, and unless additional funds become available, the company may need to file for bankruptcy or liquidation.
In 2021, the company went public via a SPAC merger with LGL Systems. The company has now been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Last year, a lawsuit was filed claiming that IronNet misled investors and made false promises about government contracts and revenue dollars.READ
Hony Looks to Raise SPAC in Hong Kong
Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital has filed to raise a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in Hong Kong, having previously failed to get traction with a similar structure in the US.
Everest Acquisition Corp. is a joint effort between Hony Partners Group and ABCI Capital, an offshore investment arm of Agricultural Bank of China (ABC).
Plum Acquisition Corp. I (NASDAQ:PLMI) has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with digital transformation company Veea for a total enterprise value of approximately $281 million. New York City-based Veea aims to simplify secure edge computing by improving application responsiveness, reducing bandwidth and data transport costs, and eliminating central cloud dependency. The parties expect the transaction to be...
L Catterton Asia (NASDAQ:LCAA) announced this morning that it has upsized the committed financing in its combination with EV sports car maker Lotus to $870 million in total. The latest fuel injection comes in the form of $750 million in convertible notes and PIPE commitments under so far undisclosed terms. Counted purely as a PIPE,...
At the SPAC of Dawn SPAC closing timelines can always be somewhat unpredictable, but PROOF I (NYSE:PACI) has the opportunity today to vie for a recent speed record today. It announced a combination with private aviation firm Volato 118 days ago on August 2 and its shareholders are set to vote to approve the combination...
Dune Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ:DUNE) announced in an 8-K today that it has once again modified its agreement with sustainable energy firm Global Hydrogen. This amendment marks a reduction in Global Hydrogen’s equity value from $48 million to $43 million, alongside an increase in the available shares of common stock that is for the Global Gas Corporation...
At the SPAC of Dawn After mixed signals for the consumer sector earlier this month, initial Black Friday sales numbers have shown that Americans were not too stuffed for a shopping spree this year. Shoppers bagged between $9.8 billion and $10 billion in goods online, depending on one’s preferred source, either of which would be...