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

    Dr. Denis Phares, CEO of Dragonfly Energy and Jonas Grossman, CEO/President of Chardan NexTech 2

    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    We talk about the areas of the market where outdated lead acid batteries still dominate, while Jonas gives us the SPAC-side view on what teams should be looking for in the current market conditions.

     

    • 22 min
    Anil Mathews, Founder & CEO of Near

    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.

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    Bonus Episode: Jim Zukin discuss his new Reasonable Basis Review (”RBR”) product

    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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    • 27 min
    American Acquisition Opportunity, Inc. CFO, Kirk Taylor

    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.

    • 22 min
    Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber and Gesher I Acquisition Corp. CEO Ezra Gardner

    Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber and Gesher I Acquisition Corp. CEO Ezra Gardner

    This week, we speak with Zvi Schreiber, CEO of Freightos, and Ezra Gardner, CEO of Gesher I Acquisition Corp.

    The two companies entered into a $436 million business combination last month. Freightos provides a freight-shipping marketplace that works much like a flight-booking website.

    Zvi Schreiber talks about why the freight shipping space remains largely un-digitized and how the visibility his digital platform has achieved has spun into financial derivatives and sustainability metrics.

    Ezra also gets into why Gesher I made sure early in its process that it lined up enough committed capital for its transaction, and what advice he has for other SPAC teams in the current climate.

     

    • 22 min
    Voltus CEO Gregg Dixon

    Voltus CEO Gregg Dixon

    This week, we will be speaking with Voltus CEO Gregg Dixon. Voltus entered into a $822 million combination agreement with Broadscale Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: SCLE), in December of 2021.

    Voltus runs software that allows customers to manage their distributed energy resources in a way that both monetizes the energy they have stored and reduces the strain on the wider grid.

    We talk about how much of the market is already available for these kinds of services and how the rest can be tapped into over time, and how the market will change once there is more power available from plugged in electric cars than from power plants.

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    • 26 min

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