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November 23, 2022

De-SPACs and Projections - A Discussion with Jim Zukin and Christian Nagler

SPACs and the use of projections have gotten a fair amount of attention this year from both the media and the SEC. And, the pending SEC SPAC Rule could have an additional effect on how bankers and SPAC teams handle projections in the future.

However, Jim Zukin, of Zukin Certification Services ("ZCS"), and Christian Nagler, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, join us to break it all down and give us some context as to how projections have been used in the past, as well as how they're currently being addressed given the current regulatory landscape.

Jim also discusses the Reasonable Basis Review, or "RBR", which was created to provide a review of an operating company's projections as an additional layer of diligence by a third party in IPOs and M&A transactions. In fact, the RBR is already in use in a number of De-SPAC transactions.

Join us to hear more about what SPACs can expect from the use of projections going forward.


November 2, 2022

Getaround Founder & CEO Sam Zaid and Interprivate II Chairman & CEO Ahmed Fattouh

Is it possible to do to the car rental industry what Airbnb has done for travel accommodation? That is Getaround’s thesis as it runs a marketplace where people can rent out their personal cars for short trips, and it announced a $900 million combination agreement with Interprivate II Acquisition Corp. in May. 

This week, we speak with Getaround founder and CEO Sam Zaid about how the pandemic accelerated shifts in the way we drive and how car sharing fits into future.

Interprivate II Chairman and CEO Ahmed Fattouh also joins to discuss why Getaround fits the profile of companies the market is ready for now. As a serial SPAC sponsor, Ahmed also shares his take for how the SPAC landscape is shaping up.


October 27, 2022

FiscalNote Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder Tim Hwang

The market is down, but so are valuations for private companies looking at their strategic options. There are now bargains to be had for recent de-SPACs looking to execute a post-listing roll-up strategy, according to FiscalNote Chairman, CEO and co-founder Tim Hwang.

This week, we catch up with Tim to talk about how his company has kept busy in the two months since closing its combination with Duddell Street.

Tim reflects on how FiscalNote was able to prioritize key conditions in getting the right SPAC deal and how it is already taking advantage of being a publicly company.

FiscalNote collects data on the regulatory processes in the US and abroad from federal institutions all the way down to local school boards. Tim also talks about the growing demand for data in these realms and how the pandemic increased the number of touch points governments at every level have on business operations.


October 20, 2022

Selina CEO/Co-Founder Rafael Museri and BOA President /CFO Ben Friedman

People are traveling again, but not many hotel chains focused on Millennial and Gen Z customers have achieved a global scale.

Selina is hoping to be that company. It signed a $996 million combination agreement with BOA Acquisition Corp. in December 2021 and it is now approaching its close.

This week we speak with Selina CEO and Co-Founder Rafael Museri and BOA President and CFO Ben Friedman.

They talk about why Selina has such a unique pitch to both customers and investors in this moment where the market is jumping from the pandemic to a risk-off climate. And, how its asset-light approach has put profitability squarely in its sights without sacrificing growth.


October 12, 2022

Gorilla Technology’s Jay Chandan & Raj Natarajan Discuss AI solutions in the Edge Computing Space

This week we speak with Jay Chandan, Chairman and CEO of Gorilla Technology, and Raj Natarajan, its Chief Innovation Officer.

Gorilla closed a $720 million combination with Global SPAC Partners in July and has since been a bright spot among recent de-SPACs, consistently trading in the $11 to $12 range.

Jay and Raj explain how the 20-year-old video intelligence company is meeting the growing demand for new AI solutions in the edge computing space, and how its mix of public readiness and a willingness to make changes to the initial deal to meet the changing market have helped Gorilla to be successful post-close.

October 6, 2022

Gastón Paladini, Co-founder and CEO of Moolec Science

We all know you can make alternative meats out of plants, but what about growing meat from plants? This week, we speak with Gastón Paladini, Co-founder and CEO of Moolec Science, which announced a $504 million dollar combination with LightJump Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: LJAQ) in June.

Moolec is pioneering a new way to achieve plant-based foods by taking dairy and meat proteins and programming the soy and pea-plant seeds to grow it themselves.

Paladini discusses how his background in the conventional foods industry gives Moolec the upper hand in proving its technology, and how its journey as a de-SPAC of a de-SPAC gives it unique opportunities to accelerate towards commercialization.

September 22, 2022

Len Liptak, CEO of ProSomnus, and Bill Chen, CEO & Chairman of Lakeshore Acquisition I Corp.

This week, we speak with Len Liptak, CEO of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies, which announced a $168 million combination with Lakeshore Acquisition I Corp. (Nasdaq: LAAA), in May.

ProSomnus has developed a new device to treat obstructive sleep apnea that disrupts the need for its millions of sufferers to be connected to ventilators at night. Len explains how the COVID-19 pandemic increased the need for sleep apnea treatments, and how this deal will help power its continued commercialization.

Lakeshore I CEO and Chairman Bill Chen joins to tell us why it was important that ProSomnus is already generating revenue and how SPACs can still compete for quality targets in the current market.


September 8, 2022

Appreciate & PropTech II (PTIC) Discuss the Single-Family Rental Market

We spoke with real estate investment marketplace Appreciate, which announced a $416 million deal with PropTech Investment Corp II (Nasdaq: PTIC) in May.

CEO Chris Laurence and President Kevin Ortner explain how they built a unique end-to-end platform for real estate investors looking to buy properties to rent out far afield from their local market, be they institutions or moms and pops.

They also give us the lowdown on what the single-family rental market looks like from inside the machine and how capital can best be put to work in the current climate.

PropTech II’s Co-CEO and CFO M. Joseph Beck also joins to walk us through how the SPACs’ prolific team has shifted criteria to match the times.

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August 31, 2022

Raj Suri, Founder & CEO of Presto

This week, we speak with Raj Suri, Founder and CEO of Presto. Presto entered into a $634 million combination agreement with Ventoux CCM Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:VTAQ) in November 2021.

If you’ve ordered a fast-food meal using a smart touch screen or talking to a voice AI recently, there’s a good chance Presto made that order happen. The company has developed both hardware and software that serve to automate quick-service ordering and it counts some of America’s biggest fast-food chains among its clients.

Raj talks about how Presto plans to expand within its clients' chains and what the future of automated restaurants looks like. He also speaks to how both Presto and Ventoux have ridden out the difficult market conditions and why Presto could serve as a hedge stock against inflation once the deal closes.


August 26, 2022

Stu Landesberg, Founder & CEO of Grove Collaborative

This week, we speak with Stu Landesberg, Founder and CEO of Grove Collaborative (NYSE:GROV). Grove produces a line of sustainable and plastic-free home and personal care goods and it closed a $1.5 billion combination with Virgin Group Acquisition Corp. II in June. 

Stu talks about how getting to cleaner home goods isn’t just about ingredients, but rethinking everything down to whether they are a liquid or a solid. He gets into how much of this innovation comes from the feedback loop Grove has with its DTC customers. 

He also reflects on Grove’s decision to go for a SPAC deal now that the company is on the other end of it, and what advice he has for fellow CEOs fielding SPAC calls today.