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Market analysis and commentary focused on the SPAC market you can only get here.

    XCF Global's CEO Mihir Dange and Focus Impact BH3's Co-CEO Wray Thorn

    XCF Global's CEO Mihir Dange and Focus Impact BH3's Co-CEO Wray Thorn

    The world has a long way to go to meet climate goals, especially airlines. There is currently no alternative to jet fuel-powered passenger planes on the horizon, which puts the focus on sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF.
    This week, we speak with Mihir Dange, CEO of XCF Global and Wray Thorn, co-CEO of Focus Impact BH3 Acquisition Company (NASDAQ:BHAC). The two signed a $1.8 billion combination in March and aim to create one of the only pureplay SAF producers on the public markets.
    XCF is in the process of converting existing diesel facilities to produce SAF and Mihir explains why this approach is key to bringing production online faster.
    Wray also lays out the financial case for backing SAF production and how a SPAC deal plays into XCF’s future funding mix.

    • 33 min
    Vertiv's David Cote and GS I's Tom Knott Discuss the Success of their SPAC Combination

    Vertiv's David Cote and GS I's Tom Knott Discuss the Success of their SPAC Combination

    This week, in a special edition of the SPACInsider Podcast, we speak with David Cote, Executive Chairman of Vertiv, and Tom Knott, who was previously Head of Permanent Capital at Goldman Sachs, who joined forces in 2019 on GS Acquisition Holdings Corp.
    GS I combined with Vertiv (NYSE:VRT) in what has become the most successful SPAC deal of all time.
    We discuss what were the critical ingredients to the transaction's success and what is needed to achieve solid returns in SPAC deals under the current conditions.
    However, it wasn’t all roses from the start, with the deal closing right as the pandemic shocks were beginning to hit the system. But, the two explain how their team weathered the storm with both preparation and a plan for the company’s post-transaction future.
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    • 38 min
    One Energy's Founder and CEO, Jereme Kent

    One Energy's Founder and CEO, Jereme Kent

    Providing dedicated power to industrial facilities is a task that has drawn in a variety of different energy technologies and, increasingly, a variety of SPAC transactions.
    This week I speak with Jereme Kent, founder and CEO of One Energy. One Energy provides dedicated clean power generation to industrial clients allowing them to lock in cheaper energy, sell power back to the grid or turn their operations into net zero facilities.
    Jereme explains One Energy’s 20-year vision for how this work will stack and why the time was right for it to ink a $384 million combination with TortoiseEcofin Acquisition Corp. III (NYSE:TRTL). He also gets into how this deal is structured to provide some unique benefits to public shareholders.

    • 27 min
    DevvStream Co-Founder/CEO Sunny Trinh & Carl Stanton, CEO of Focus Impact (FIAC)

    DevvStream Co-Founder/CEO Sunny Trinh & Carl Stanton, CEO of Focus Impact (FIAC)

    SPACs have brought a number of sustainability companies to market, but the economics of carbon credits have always been on the edge of those specific opportunities.
    Focus Impact Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:FIAC) aims to change that with its $213 million combination with DevvStream, a Canadian company focused on generating carbon credits with proprietary technology-based approaches.
    This week, we speak with Sunny Trinh, co-founder and CEO of DevvStream and Carl Stanton, CEO of Focus Impact.
    Sunny explains how DevvStream has worked to build confidence in carbon assets by consulting its wide pipeline of clients on getting better and more measurable impacts out of projects.
    And Carl tells us why he believes DevvStream’s operational efficiencies and capital-light model make it a unique play on the carbon market and a more stable fit for the current market conditions.
     

    • 36 min
    Sky Harbour CFO Francisco Gonzalez

    Sky Harbour CFO Francisco Gonzalez

    SPAC deals have provided a variety of ways to try and ride the growth in the private aviation space. One of the most successful so far has been to approach it not through the aircraft or sales of flights, but as an infrastructure play.
    This week, we speak with Francisco Gonzalez, CFO of private hangar operator Sky Harbour (NYSE:SKYH).
    Francisco explains why he believes Sky Harbour has traded consistently up from its valuation in its $777 million combination with Yellowstone two years ago.
    Why are hangars such a high-demand and profitable part of the aviation space? And how has Sky Harbour gained investor confidence in its plans yet to come while much of the industry faces skepticism?
     

    • 28 min
    Stardust Power CEO Roshan Pujari and Global Partner II (GPAC) CEO & Chairman Chandra Patel

    Stardust Power CEO Roshan Pujari and Global Partner II (GPAC) CEO & Chairman Chandra Patel

    Spot lithium prices may be down, but Stardust Power believes that makes now an even more important time to build new US-based lithium refineries.
    This week, we speak with Roshan Pujari, Co-founder and CEO of Stardust Power and Chandra Patel, CEO and Chairman of Global Partner Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ:GPAC).
    The two announced a $490 million business combination in November of 2023.
    Roshan explains how its plans to build its lithium refinery in Oklahoma are progressing and why he believes the company’s methods should command a premium for its resources.
    Chandra meanwhile tells us how his team is working through a dealmaking playbook involving both SPAC IPOs and those that they can take over post-IPO like Global Partner II.
     

    • 21 min

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