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The below-announced combination was terminated on 11/17/23.  It will remain on the page for reference purposes only.


ENTERPRISE VALUE: $tbd million

Leo Holdings Corp. II proposes to combine with World View Enterprises Inc.

Developer of stratollite flight vehicle systems designed to offer directional capability over remote areas for extended periods of time. The company’s systems can fly a variety of trajectories from circumnavigating the earth to persistence over a location, and maintain position over specific areas of interest for days, weeks and months, enabling scientists, defense, and commercial enterprises to get sustained measurements and monitoring capabilities over a targeted area.


  • The Company anticipates that the last day of trading in the Class A ordinary shares will be November 17, 2023.
    • The per-share redemption price will be approximately $10.95

EXTENSION – 10/18/23 – LINK

  • The SPAC approved the extension from October 12, 2023 to October 12, 2024.
    • 586,767 shares were redeemed for $10.88 per share.
    • $240K per month will be deposited into the trust account.

EXTENSION – 1/13/23 – LINK

  • The SPAC approved the extension from January 12, 2023 to April 12, 2023 and to allow the Company, without another shareholder vote, to elect to extend the Termination Date to consummate a business combination on a monthly basis for up to six times by an additional one month each time after the Articles Extension Date, by resolution of the Company’s board of directors if requested by the Sponsor, and upon five days’ advance notice prior to the applicable Termination Date, until October 12, 2023
    • 32,924,036 (87.797%) Class A ordinary shares were redeemed at the meeting.
    • $720K was deposited for the first 3 months and $240K will be deposited each month (x6) if needed.


  • The total consideration to be paid at the closing to the selling parties in connection with the Agreement will be approximately $350,000,000
  • The Business Combination is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023, following the receipt of the required approval by the Company’s shareholders and the fulfillment or waiver of other customary closing conditions.


  • The Parties may also enter into additional equity or equity-linked financing commitments for up to $75 million gross proceeds at or prior to the closing of the Business Combination.


  • Sponsor
    • 12 months from the Closing Date
  • Company
    • 6 months from the Closing Date


  • The amount of available cash, less the Company’s transaction expenses, less deductible World View transaction expenses shall be equal to or greater than $20,000,000


  • By either World View or the Company by written notice to the other Party if the Closing has not occurred on or prior to October 12, 2023


  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Leo.
  • Guggenheim Securities served as exclusive financial advisor to World View
  • Cooley LLP served as legal advisor to World View.
  • New Vista Capital to add industry experts to Leo’s established team that will continue to advise the combined company after the transaction closes.


Executive Officers

Lyndon Lea, 51
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Lyndon Lea is a founder of Lion Capital and has served as its Managing Partner since its inception in 2004. Prior to founding Lion Capital, Mr. Lea was a partner of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst where he co-founded its European operations in 1998. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Lea served at Glenisla, the former European affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., prior to which he was an investment banker in London and New York with Schroders and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Lea graduated with a BA in Honors Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 1990. Mr. Lea has been active in the investment arena for 30 years, 26 of which have been exclusively focused on private equity. Mr. Lea has led the acquisitions of over 30 investments. Mr. Lea also has extensive operating experience having served as interim CEO for AllSaints and having held executive positions in several portfolio investments over his career. Additionally, Mr. Lea has served on several public company boards including Yell plc, Premier Foods and Aber. Mr. Lea currently serves on the board of DMS (NYSE:DMS).

Robert Darwent, 47
Chief Financial Officer and Director

Alongside Mr. Lea, Mr. Darwent is a founder of Lion Capital where he sits on the Investment Committee and Operating Committee of the firm. Prior to founding Lion Capital in 2004, Mr. Darwent worked with Mr. Lea in the European operations of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst since its formation in 1998. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Darwent worked in the London office of Morgan Stanley in their investment banking and private equity groups. Mr. Darwent graduated from Cambridge University in 1995. Mr. Darwent currently serves on the public company boards of Loungers plc (LON:LGRS) and DMS (NYSE:DMS).


Board of Directors

Ed Forst, 59

Ed Forst is Chairman, Partner, and member of the Investment Committee at Lion Capital. Mr. Forst previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Cushman & Wakefield, leading the commercial real estate firm across more than 60 countries. Prior to this, Mr. Forst was a Management Committee Partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he served as the Co-CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and before that as the Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President of the firm. Mr. Forst also served as the Chairman of Goldman’s Global Debt Underwriting Committee for seven years. Mr. Forst was also the Executive Vice President and Principal Operating Officer of Harvard University during the financial crisis, as well as Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Mr. Forst sits on the boards of The Feinstein Institute of Northwell Health and the Yale School of Management. Mr. Forst has also served on the board of the Harvard Management Company, as Treasurer of Carnegie Hall, and as the Chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Mr. Forst earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his AB in Economics from Harvard University.

Lori Bush, 62

Lori Bush is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Rodan + Fields, a US manufacturer and Social Commerce company specializing in skincare products, where she served from October 2007 until her retirement in January 2016. During Ms. Bush’s tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, she led the company from a start-up to one of the largest premium skincare brands in the United States and a valuation of $1.5 billion. With more than 30 years’ experience in the consumer and health care products industries, Ms. Bush was responsible for overseeing the brand’s entrance into the direct selling arena. A seasoned direct selling leader, Ms. Bush previously served from February 2000 to March 2006 as President of the personal care segment of Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS), a global direct selling company operating in more than 40 markets around the world. During Ms. Bush’s tenure with the company, she acted as a global spokesperson for the brand while leading the marketing, operations and research and development functions. Ms. Bush has also held several leadership positions, from 1993 to 2000, within the skincare franchise of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Companies, including Worldwide Executive Director Skin Care Ventures and Vice President of Professional Marketing at Neutrogena. In 2020, Ms. Bush came out of retirement as the co-founder and CEO of Solvasa LLC, a beauty and wellness startup pioneering the concept of Integrative Beauty. Ms. Bush also served as a director of Leo Holdings Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed for substantially similar purposes as our company and that completed its initial public offering in February 2018. Ms. Bush is also a current director of Viveve Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVE), where she has served since 2016. Ms. Bush has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, which she received from Ohio State University in 1978 and an MBA from Fox School of Management at Temple University which she received in 1985 and where she currently serves as Director on the Board of Visitors.

Mary E. Minnick, 59

Mary E. Minnick was a Partner of Lion Capital from 2007 until 2017. Previously, Ms. Minnick served in various capacities at The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), including as Chief Operating Officer of Asia and Global President of Marketing, Strategy and Innovation, from 1983 to 2007. During Ms. Minnick tenure at The Coca-Cola Company, she led the strategic planning process for all markets and held direct responsibility for strategic planning, marketing, new product development, product quality, advertising, media, environmental policies, sustainability, research and development, science and regulatory affairs, worldwide packaging and equipment. In Ms. Minnick role as Chief Operating Officer of Asia from 2002 to 2005, she was responsible for the management of 30 countries throughout Asia Ms. Minnick has also served as a member of the board of directors of the global brewer Heineken (AMS:HEIA) from 2008 to 2015 and the consumer packaged food and beverage company WhiteWave Foods Co. (NYSE:WWAV) from 2012 to 2016. Ms. Minnick currently is a member of the board of directors of the Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), which she joined in 2005. Ms. Minnick also served as a director of Leo Holdings Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed for substantially similar purposes as our company and that completed its initial public offering in February 2018. Ms. Minnick continues to serve as Chairman of DMS (NYSE:DMS). Ms. Minnick has an MBA from Duke University and a BA in Business from Bowling Green State University.

Naveen Agarwal, 62

Naveen Agarwal is currently Chief Market Development Officer for Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU), a Fortune 50 company with 50,000+ global employees, offering financial products and services and generating more than $50 billion in annual revenue. Previously, Mr. Agarwal served as Prudential Financial’s Chief Marketing Officer from 2019 to 2020, and Chief Customer Officer from 2015 to 2018. At Prudential Financial, Mr. Agarwal created the vision to drive income growth and operational efficiencies across its U.S. and international businesses leveraging digital technology, marketing and data analytics. He has led global brand, digital solutions, customer experience, customer marketing, and data science, and has been the catalyst behind company’s culture change and transformation from product centric to customer centric. Mr. Agarwal mobilized the adoption of technology, personalization, predictive modeling and artificial intelligence at scale, and is now helping company’s entry into new markets, products, capabilities, and distribution ecosystems. Prior to Prudential Financial, Mr. Agarwal worked for 20 years as a senior executive in several companies in Silicon Valley, most recently from 2012 to 2014 as Chief Executive Officer and Board Director and from 2009 to 2011 as Chief Operating Officer of Pricelock, an online marketplace for large energy buyers and sellers. Mr. Agarwal was instrumental in creating a unique brand in energy markets that helped Pricelock grow to more than a billion dollars in transaction volume. Before that, Mr. Agarwal served from 2006 to 2008 as President of E*Trade Capital Management, where he drove P/L growth via engaging company’s mass-affluent customers, and from 2002 to 2005, as Vice President of Engineering and Product at E*Trade Financial. Mr. Agarwal also served as Vice President, Engineering for Weave Innovations from 1999 to 2002, Vice President of Risk Solutions at SunGard from 1995 to 2001, and spent several years working in various global software development and product management positions in the health care, auto and finance sectors in London, India, and New York. Mr. Agarwal leverages his broad expertise to drive innovation, and seamlessly connect the dots between traditional and new digital economies, modern marketing and customer engagement at scale. Mr. Agarwal also serves as an external board member and advisor for Finovera and Knotch. Mr. Agarwal holds an MBA from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India.

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