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Nogin Co-Founder & CEO Jan-Christopher Nugent and Software Acq. Group III’s Jon Huberman
This week, we speak with Jan-Christopher Nugent, Co-Founder and CEO of Nogin and Jon Huberman, Chairman, CEO and CFO of Software Acquisition Group Inc. III. The two announced a $658 million combination agreement in February of 2022.
Nogin provides commerce-as-a-service for ecommerce clients – putting their marketing, payments and shipping process all under a single umbrella.
Jan talks about how the current market conditions have driven a greater demand for efficiencies among ecommerce players, while Jon describes how the Software SPAC team has shifted strategy with the changing market tides in its third combination since 2020.
Scott Ford, CEO and Co-founder of Westrock Coffee
This week we speak with Scott Ford, CEO and Co-founder of Westrock Coffee.
Westrock entered into a $1.1 billion combination agreement with Riverview Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: RVAC) in April of 2022, and has grown into the #1 wholesale provider of coffee and tea to US restaurants. Westrock is now looking to use its SPAC deal to make a big move into cold brew, made in the United States.
Scott explains how the company has worked to insulate itself from supply chain and commodity disruptions and why a SPAC deal was preferable to an IPO or more trips to the private equity watering hole.
Dr. Denis Phares, CEO of Dragonfly Energy and Jonas Grossman, CEO/President of Chardan NexTech 2
This week, we speak with Dr. Denis Phares, CEO of Dragonfly Energy and Jonas Grossman, CEO and President of Chardan NexTech Acquisition 2 Corp. (Nasdaq: CNTQ). The two announced a $501 million combination agreement in May.
Dragonfly has been attacking a less-talked-about corner of the energy storage market by providing lithium-ion solutions for boats, RVs and off-grid homes. Although this has been profitable work for several years running, Dragonfly’s operations in this niche have always been designed to set the stage for a much bigger technological and organizational transition into solid state systems.
We talk about the areas of the market where outdated lead acid batteries still dominate, while Jonas gives us the SPAC-side view on what teams should be looking for in the current market conditions.
Anil Mathews, Founder & CEO of Near
This week, we speak with Anil Mathews, Founder and CEO of Near.
Near announced a $754 million combination agreement with KludeIn I Acquisition Corp (Nasdaq: INKA), in May of this year.
We discuss how Near has built a data platform capable of tracking the activity of 1.6 billion consumers and how it has grown this platform geographically from the global East to West.
Anil also describes the work that goes into protecting and enriching this data to ensure regulatory compliance and drive further insights. He also talks about what it has been like to pull together a SPAC deal amid the market’s shifting tides and how Near plans to put its new share and cash capital to use.
Bonus Episode: Jim Zukin discuss his new Reasonable Basis Review (”RBR”) product
On this special edition, SPACInsider’s founder Kristi Marvin and Nick Clayton speak with Jim Zukin, Chairman and Founder of Zukin Certification Services.
Zukin Certification Services has recently expanded its offerings from examining the public-company readiness of potential SPAC targets to providing a reasonable basis review for companies’ financial projections.
Jim describes why he thinks SEC has essentially invented a new service with its proposed SPAC rule changes and how such reviews of company projections could become a standard practice in other M&A transactions.
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American Acquisition Opportunity, Inc. CFO, Kirk Taylor
This week, we speak with Kirk Taylor, President and CFO of American Acquisition Opportunity Inc.
It announced a $97 million combination agreement with Royalty Management Corporation in June.
Royalty Management has pulled together a range of unique financing deals that give it royalties on business activities ranging from water treatment utilities to coal exploration and land renewal.
Kirk discusses how the available PIPE terms for SPACs have changed over the past year, and how redemptions turned from an impediment to an unexpected advantage as his SPAC sought out a right-sized target.