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Gesher I Acquisition Corp. - GIAC

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    $9.90

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    GIAC Vol: 1.6K

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    $0.55

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    GIACW Vol: 17.1K

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SPAC Stats

Market Cap: 144.3M
Average Volume: 96.5K
52W Range: $9.71 - $10.50
Weekly %: +1.21%
Monthly %: +0.00%
Inst Owners: 0

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Target: Searching
Days Since IPO: 57
Unit composition:
Each unit consists of one ordinary share and one-half of one warrant
Trust Size: 10100000.0M

Management

Our current directors and executive officers are as follows: Name Age Title Ezra Gardner 44 Chief Executive Officer and Director Omri Cherni 37 Chief Operating Officer and Director Chris Coward 45 Chief Financial Officer Philip Broenniman 55 Director Eugene Dozortsev 37 Director Noah G. Levy 43 Director Ezra Gardner has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since our inception. Since 2012, Mr. Gardner has served as a Partner at Varana Capital, LLC, an investment firm he co-founded. As part of the Varana investment strategy of cooperative engagement, Mr. Gardner sits on or advises the boards of multiple public and private companies, working with each on strategic planning, operational dynamics, and balance sheet needs/restructuring. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Gardner served as the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of Omnium Capital, LLC, a family office he co-founded in Tel Aviv, Israel. From 2005 to 2009, he was at UBS where he served as a Portfolio Manager and most recently Head of UBS’ US Equity Portfolio for the Fundamental Investment Group where he also sat on the US Trading Committee (Management Board for the US Equities Business). From 2001 to 2005, he served in senior analyst roles at MSD Capital (Michael Dell family fund management office) and Braahman Capital. From 1999 to 2001, he served as an analyst in the Investment Banking Group at JP Morgan. Mr. Gardner currently serves on the board of directors of Galileo Wheel and Neureality, both Israeli-based private businesses, and CCI, a Colorado-based private business. Mr. Gardner received a BA in Economics (with honors) and a BA in International Relations from Brown University. We believe Mr. Gardner is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his experience and relationships and contacts. Omir Cherni has served as our Chief Operating Officer and a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Cherni has significant experience in the Israeli venture and startup industry. Since 2016, Mr. Cherni has served as Chief Executive Officer of High House, a family office focusing on making real estate and technology investments. Since 2016, he has served as Chief Scientific Officer of Atlas Dynamics, an aerospace company that he founded that creates autonomous vessels, which has grown to become the biggest supplier of tactical UAVs in the EU. Since 2015, Mr. Cherni has served as Chief Executive Officer of LogiQa, a systematic and technology backed financial trading platform and fund manager that he founded which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to outperform benchmarks in both fiat as well as crypto markets. From 2012 to 2014, he was at Jerusalem Venture Partners, one of Israel’s most successful venture capital firms, where he was an associate dealing with the firms’ deep tech and hardware-based investments. Mr. Cherni was a platoon commander in the Israeli Air Force Special forces and received an LLB and an MBA from the Hebrew University. We believe Mr. Cherni is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his experience and relationships and contacts. Chris Coward has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception. Since March 2020, Mr. Coward has been a private investor. From March 2015 to March 2020, Mr. Coward held various roles with Point72 Latitude Investments, an investment platform comprising over 30 fundamental investors, data scientists, and quantitative researchers building technology-driven innovations in asset management. His positions at Point72 Latitude included Head of Singapore, where he built the firm’s equity, macro and data science capability, and Head of International Risk, where he oversaw the risk function for the Firm’s offices in Hong Kong, Japan, London, Singapore and Sydney. Mr. Coward was also a member of Point 72’s Risk Committee with responsibility for allocating approximately $60 billion in capital globally. From 1998 to 2014, Mr. Coward was a Portfolio Manager running quantamental global equity strategies at UBS and BlueCrest Capital. Mr. Coward received an MBA from Columbia University and BEc from Macquarie University (Sydney). He is a member of the Advisory Council of the National University of Singapore Centre for Asset Management Research and Investments and a Member of Rutgers Leading Disruptive Innovation Board. He has completed all levels of the CFA certification. 70 Table of Contents Philip Broenniman has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception. Since 2012, Mr. Broenniman has been Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager for Varana Capital, LLC, which he co-founded with Mr. Gardner. At Verana Capital, Mr. Broenniman invests in, and consults with the Board of Directors of, certain public and private companies, working with each on strategic planning, financing, and/or balance sheet restructuring. Mr. Broenniman established and refined the opportunistic/deep value, multi-asset class investment paradigm that is the foundation of Varana Capital’s investment focus. Since May 2020, he has been the President and Chief Operating Officer of Ipsidy Inc. (OTCQB: IDTY), a public company that delivers a suite of secure, mobile, biometric identity solutions, available to any vertical, and has also served on the board of directors of such company since March 2020. From 2003 until 2008, he was Managing Partner of Cadence Investment Partners, LLC (“Cadence”), and from 2008 until 2011, he was a principal and Portfolio Manager with Visium Asset Management, LP, which acquired Cadence in 2008. Mr. Broenniman began his portfolio management career with the Bass family of Fort Worth, TX in 1993, investing in event strategies, assisting on derivative hedging and investment strategies, and developing his skills in derivative analytics, risk management, and portfolio construction. From August 2010 until February 2018, Mr. Broenniman was co-founder and a member of Cadence Distributors, LLC, an import/export company focused on the fragrance industry. From February 2012 to April 2017, Mr. Broenniman was a founding investor in, and served as an advisor to, Cacao Prieto, a bourbon and rum distillery, providing strategic guidance during the initial launch of the business. From July 2019 until March 2020 upon successful closing of its merger, Mr. Broenniman served as a member of the Board of Directors and Special Committee evaluating strategic options for CSS Industries, Inc. (Formerly NYSE: CSS). Mr. Broenniman received a BS from Duke University, an MBA from University of Virginia, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. We believe Mr. Broenniman is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his experience and relationships and contacts. Eugene Dozortsev has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Dozortsev has been a managing member of Newtyn Management, LLC, an investment firm, since he co-founded it in July 2011. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst at Tyndall Management from October 2003 to 2011. He previously served on the board of directors of Collective Growth Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed special purpose acquisition company like our company that consummated an initial business combination with Innoviz Technologies, an Israeli based Global Leader in LiDAR Sensors and Perception Software for Autonomous Driving, in April 2021. Mr. Dozortzsev received a B.S. in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. We believe Mr. Dozortsev is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience, including with Collective Growth, and contacts and relationships. Noah G. Levy has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Levy has been a managing member and portfolio manager at Newtyn Management, LLC since he co-founded it in July 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Levy served as a senior member at Tyndall Management from 2002 to 2011 and as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank and financial services company, from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Levy received a B.A. from Dartmouth College. Mr. Levy currently serves on the board of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a Nasdaq-listed biotechnology firm. Mr. Levy is also a member of the ACLU investment committee. We believe Mr. Levy is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his investment management experience and strong financial and business acumen. Our board of directors is divided into three classes with only one class of directors being elected in each year and each class serving a three-year term. The term of office of the first class of directors, consisting of Noah G. Levy, will expire at our first annual meeting of shareholders. The term of office of the second class of directors, consisting of Philip Broenniman and Eugene Dozortsev, will expire at the second annual meeting. The term of office of the third class of directors, consisting of Ezra Gardner and Omri Cherni, will expire at the third annual meeting. Executive Compensation No executive officer has received any cash compensation for services rendered to us. Commencing on the date of this prospectus through the acquisition of a target business or our liquidation of the trust account, we will pay High House, an affiliate of Mr. Cherni, our Chief Operating Officer, $10,000 per month for providing us with office space and certain office and secretarial services. However, this arrangement is solely for our benefit and is not intended to provide our officers or directors compensation in lieu of a salary. Other than the $10,000 per month administrative fee, the payment of consulting, success or finder fees to our sponsor, officers, directors, initial shareholders or their affiliates in connection with the consummation of our initial business combination and the repayment of the aggregate $150,000 of loans made by Varana Capital to us, no compensation or fees of any kind will be paid to our sponsor, initial shareholders, members of our management team or their respective 71 Table of Contents affiliates, for services rendered prior to or in connection with the consummation of our initial business combination (regardless of the type of transaction that it is). However, they will receive reimbursement for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred by them in connection with activities on our behalf, such as identifying potential target businesses, performing business due diligence on suitable target businesses and business combinations as well as traveling to and from the offices, plants or similar locations of prospective target businesses to examine their operations. There is no limit on the amount of consulting, success or finder fees payable by us upon consummation of an initial business combination. Additionally, there is no limit on the amount of out-of-pocket expenses reimbursable by us; provided, however, that to the extent such expenses exceed the available proceeds not deposited in the trust account, such expenses would not be reimbursed by us unless we consummate an initial business combination. After our initial business combination, members of our management team who remain with us may be paid consulting, management or other fees from the combined company with any and all amounts being fully disclosed to shareholders, to the extent then known, in the proxy solicitation materials furnished to our shareholders. However, the amount of such compensation may not be known at the time of the shareholder meeting held to consider an initial business combination, as it will be up to the directors of the post-combination business to determine executive and director compensation. In this event, such compensation will be publicly disclosed at the time of its determination in a Current Report on Form 8-K or a periodic report, as required by the SEC. Director Independence Currently Philip Broenniman, Eugene Dozortsev and Noah G. Levy would each be considered an “independent director” under the Nasdaq listing rules, which is defined generally as a person other than an officer or employee of the company or its subsidiaries or any other individual having a relationship, which, in the opinion of the company’s board of directors would interfere with the director’s exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. Our independent directors will have regularly scheduled meetings at which only independent directors are present. Any affiliated transactions will be on terms no less favorable to us than could be obtained from independent parties. Our board of directors will review and approve all affiliated transactions with any interested director abstaining from such review and approval. Audit Committee Effective upon the date of this prospectus, we will establish an audit committee of the board of directors, which will consist of Philip Broenniman, Eugene Dozortsev and Noah G. Levy, each of whom is an independent director under Nasdaq’s listing standards. The audit committee’s duties, which are specified in our Audit Committee Charter, include, but are not limited to: • reviewing and discussing with management and the independent auditor the annual audited financial statements, and recommending to the board whether the audited financial statements should be included in our Form 10-K; • discussing with management and the independent auditor significant financial reporting issues and judgments made in connection with the preparation of our financial statements; • discussing with management major risk assessment and risk management policies; • monitoring the independence of the independent auditor; • verifying the rotation of the lead (or coordinating) audit partner having primary responsibility for the audit and the audit partner responsible for reviewing the audit as required by law; • reviewing and approving all related-party transactions; • inquiring and discussing with management our compliance with applicable laws and regulations; • pre-approving all audit services and permitted non-audit services to be performed by our independent auditor, including the fees and terms of the services to be performed; 72 Table of Contents • appointing or replacing the independent auditor; • determining the compensation and oversight of the work of the independent auditor (including resolution of disagreements between management and the independent auditor regarding financial reporting) for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or related work; • establishing procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by us regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or reports which raise material issues regarding our financial statements or accounting policies; and • approving reimbursement of expenses incurred by our management team in identifying potential target businesses. Financial Experts on Audit Committee The audit committee will at all times be composed exclusively of “independent directors” who are “financially literate” as defined under Nasdaq’s listing standards. Nasdaq’s standards define “financially literate” as being able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including a company’s balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. In addition, we must certify to Nasdaq that the committee has, and will continue to have, at least one member who has past employment experience in finance or accounting, requisite professional certification in accounting, or other comparable experience or background, including actively supervising a principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller, public accountant, auditor or person performing similar functions, that results in the individual’s financial sophistication. The board of directors has determined that Mr. Broenniman qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as defined under rules and regulations of the SEC. Nominating Committee Effective upon the date of this prospectus, we will establish a nominating committee of the board of directors, which will consist of Philip Broenniman, Eugene Dozortsev and Noah G. Levy, each of whom is an independent director under Nasdaq’s listing standards. The nominating committee is responsible for overseeing the selection of persons to be nominated to serve on our board of directors. The nominating committee considers persons identified by its members, management, shareholders, investment bankers and others. Guidelines for Selecting Director Nominees The guidelines for selecting nominees, which are specified in the Nominating Committee Charter, generally provide that persons to be nominated: • should have demonstrated notable or significant achievements in business, education or public service; • should possess the requisite intelligence, education and experience to make a significant contribution to the board of directors and bring a range of skills, diverse perspectives and backgrounds to its deliberations; and • should have the highest ethical standards, a strong sense of professionalism and intense dedication to serving the interests of the shareholders. The Nominating Committee will consider a number of qualifications relating to management and leadership experience, background and integrity and professionalism in evaluating a person’s candidacy for membership on the board of directors. The nominating committee may require certain skills or attributes, such as financial or accounting experience, to meet specific board needs that arise from time to time and will also consider the overall experience and makeup of its members to obtain a broad and diverse mix of board members. The nominating committee does not distinguish among nominees recommended by shareholders and other persons. 73 Table of Contents Compensation Committee Effective upon the date of this prospectus, we will establish a compensation committee of the board of directors, which will consist of Philip Broenniman, Eugene Dozortsev and Noah G. Levy, each of whom is an independent director under Nasdaq’s listing standards. The compensation committee’s duties, which are specified in our Compensation Committee Charter, include, but are not limited to: • reviewing and approving on an annual basis the corporate goals and objectives relevant to our Chief Executive Officer’s compensation, evaluating our Chief Executive Officer’s performance in light of such goals and objectives and determining and approving the remuneration (if any) of our Chief Executive Officer based on such evaluation; • reviewing and approving the compensation of all of our other executive officers; • reviewing our executive compensation policies and plans; • implementing and administering our incentive compensation equity-based remuneration plans; • assisting management in complying with our proxy statement and annual report disclosure requirements; • approving all special perquisites, special cash payments and other special compensation and benefit arrangements for our executive officers and employees; • if required, producing a report on executive compensation to be included in our annual proxy statement; and • reviewing, evaluating and recommending changes, if appropriate, to the remuneration for directors. Code of Ethics Effective upon consummation of this offering, we will adopt a code of ethics that applies to all of our executive officers, directors and employees. The code of ethics codifies the business and ethical principles that govern all aspects of our business. Conflicts of Interest All of our executive officers and certain of our directors have or may have fiduciary and contractual duties to certain companies in which they have invested. These ent

SEC Filings

Form Type Form Description Filing Date Document Link
8-K CURRENT REPORT 2021-11-05 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021056917/ea149847-8k_gesher1acquisit.htm
SC 13G/A 2021-11-03 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000160825821000049/GIACU13GA.txt
SC 13G 2021-10-25 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000092963821001227/sc13g.htm
SC 13G 2021-10-22 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000101359421000769/gesher13g-101221.htm
SC 13G SC 13G 2021-10-22 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000119312521304843/d210576dsc13g.htm
8-K CURRENT REPORT 2021-10-21 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021053928/ea149003-8k_gesher1acq.htm
SC 13G 2021-10-18 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000160825821000042/GIACU13G.txt
8-K CURRENT REPORT 2021-10-14 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021052873/ea148720-8k_gesher1acq.htm
424B4 PROSPECTUS 2021-10-13 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021052582/f424b41021_gesher1.htm
EFFECT 2021-10-12 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/999999999521003853/xslEFFECTX01/primary_doc.xml
3 INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES 2021-10-12 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000106299321009422/xslF345X02/form3.xml
3 INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES 2021-10-12 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000106299321009406/xslF345X02/form3.xml
3 INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES 2021-10-12 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000106299321009404/xslF345X02/form3.xml
3 INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES 2021-10-12 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000106299321009403/xslF345X02/form3.xml
3 INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES 2021-10-12 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000106299321009400/xslF345X02/form3.xml
CERT 2021-10-08 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000135445721001143/8A_Cert_GIAC.pdf
8-A12B FOR REGISTRATION OF CERTAIN CLASSES 2021-10-08 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021051967/ea148447-8a12b_gesher1acq.htm
CORRESP 2021-10-06 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021051525/filename1.htm
CORRESP 2021-10-06 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021051524/filename1.htm
S-1/A AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO FORM S-1 2021-09-27 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021049981/fs12021a1_gesher1acqcorp.htm
S-1 REGISTRATION STATEMENT 2021-09-02 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021046205/fs12021_gesher1acquisition.htm
CORRESP 2021-09-01 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021046208/filename1.htm
UPLOAD 2021-04-27 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000000000021005358/filename1.pdf
DRS 2021-03-31 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1853314/000121390021019325/filename1.htm