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G Squared Ascend II, Inc. - GSQB

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    $9.85

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    GSQB Vol: 0.0

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SPAC Stats

Market Cap: 32.2M
Average Volume: 2.0K
52W Range: $9.64 - $9.95
Weekly %: +0.10%
Monthly %: +1.03%
Inst Owners: 1

Info

Target: Searching
Days Since IPO: 166
Unit composition:
Each unit has an offering price of   $10.00 and consists of one Class A ordinary share and one-fifth of one redeemable warrant
Trust Size: 12500000.0M

Management

Our officers, directors and director nominees are as follows: Name ​ ​ Age ​ ​ Position ​ Larry Aschebrook ​ ​ 43 ​ ​ Chairman of the Board ​ Ward Davis ​ ​ 56 ​ ​ Chief Executive Officer and Director ​ Tom Hoban ​ ​ 51 ​ ​ Chief Financial Officer ​ Thomas Evans ​ ​ 66 ​ ​ Director Nominee ​ Heather Hasson ​ ​ 39 ​ ​ Director Nominee ​ Our Founding Team Larry Aschebrook, Chairman Mr. Aschebrook is the Founder and Managing Partner of G Squared. He is a member of the G Squared Executive Group and G Squared Investment Committee. Under the leadership of Mr. Aschebrook, G Squared has deployed over $2 billion in total capital since inception across several flagship funds, co-investment funds and separate managed accounts. Mr. Aschebrook has led or co-led every major investment of G Squared including but not limited to current holdings of 23andMe, Auto1, Blend, Bolt, Brex, Convoy, Coursera, Fast, Flexport, Revolut, Toast, Turo, and WeFox, as well as now notable public companies such as Asana, Dropbox, Jamf, Lemonade, Lyft, Meituan, Palantir, Peloton, Pinterest, Postmates, Snap, Spotify, Twitter and Uber among others. Having previously served on the boards of directors of numerous VC-backed businesses, Mr. Aschebrook oversees many of G Squared’s close ties to other top-tier venture funds. Prior to founding G Squared, Mr. Aschebrook owned multiple businesses and previously served as a Vice President level administrator for five large academic institutions including Arizona State University, at the time the largest university in the U.S. by student population. Mr. Aschebrook’s primary responsibility in these positions was development activity, such as raising funds from private and corporate donors. Over the course of his career, Mr. Aschebrook was responsible for overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in grants, donations and sponsorships. He was also responsible for multi-million-dollar projects such as stadium naming rights, television and radio rights, as well as all revenue generation activities for athletics as Associate Athletic Director. During the same period, Mr. Aschebrook launched his first private investment partnership. Mr. Aschebrook serves as the Chairman of the Board of GSQD Mr. Aschebrook earned his MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Additionally, he earned a MS in Athletic Administration and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin system. Ward Davis, Chief Executive Officer and Director Mr. Davis joined G Squared in July 2019, bringing nearly three decades of public equity market research and portfolio management experience to the organization. He has led several investments at G Squared with emphasis on certain Mobility 2.0/Logistics and Online Marketplace sectors. Mr. Davis holds extensive proficiency in evaluating business plans, appraising management teams, dissecting industry competitive dynamics and scrutinizing financials of publicly traded companies across a multitude of consumer and technology sectors. Over a 26-year career as an equity analyst, portfolio manager and business founder, Mr. Davis successfully led investment management organizations and teams through a multitude of business and market cycles. Additionally, over this time he evaluated and participated in hundreds of initial public offerings. Prior to joining G Squared, Mr. Davis was the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Caerus Investors, a hedge fund focused on the broad consumer sector that launched in 2009. From 2002 to 2009, he was the co-Founder and co-Chief Investment Officer at Trivium Capital, a hedge fund focused on technology and consumer equities. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Davis was Managing Director at Chilton Investment Company where he headed the consumer sector team. He also served stints at Zweig DiMenna Associates and Massachusetts Financial Services as a senior equity ​ 127 TABLE OF CONTENTS MANAGEMENT ​ analyst. Prior to his career in investment management, Mr. Davis spent five years at Matsushita Electric Industrial and was the first US employee working within the finance department at the company’s headquarters in Osaka, Japan. Mr. Davis serves as the Chief Executive Officer and as a director of GSQD. Mr. Davis holds an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA in East Asian Studies from Washington and Lee University. Tom Hoban, Chief Financial Officer Mr. Hoban joined G Squared in February 2020 as Chief Operating Officer after spending the prior 29 years in the hedge fund industry managing the non-investment operations of multiple firms. He brings extensive experience in operations, accounting, compliance and investor relations having built both institutional infrastructure for a number of start-up firms and run the back-office for multi-billion dollar established managers. Prior to joining G Squared, Mr. Hoban was a founding partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Aravt Global, a growth-focused long/short equity hedge fund. Prior to Aravt, from 1993 to 2013 Mr. Hoban held senior operating and finance roles for several asset management firms including Vinik Asset Management, Signpost Capital, Sursum Capital Management, PilotRock Investment Partners, Chilton Investment Company and Tudor Investments. He started his career at Ernst & Young auditing hedge funds and commodity trading firms, including Tudor and Commodities Corporation. Mr. Hoban serves as Chief Financial Officer and as a director of GSQD. Mr. Hoban graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Accountancy and is a registered CPA in New York State. Thomas Evans, Director Nominee Thomas R. Evans serves as a director of Angie’s Home Services (NAS: ANGI) and Shutterstock, (NYSE: SSTK). Previously, Mr. Evans was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bankrate, Inc. (NYSE: RATE), an internet publisher of consumer financial content and rate information from 2004 through 2013. In 2009, Mr. Evans took Bankrate through a $580 million go-private transaction with Apax Partners. Later, he led Bankrate through a $1.5 billion initial public offering. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Evans served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Official Payments Corp. From March 1998 to June 1999, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of GeoCities Inc. We believe Mr. Evans’ public company board experience and chief executive experience make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors. Mr. Evans holds a BA from Arizona State University. Heather Hasson, Director Nominee Heather Hasson is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of FIGS. A serial entrepreneur with a background in design and luxury fashion, Heather has brought the healthcare workwear industry into the twenty-first century with technical products and an industry-shifting distribution model. Heather was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2015. She won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Los Angeles Region in 2018. She was recognized as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs’ Builders and Innovators Summit in 2018 and 2019 and was named Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Female Founders in 2019. Heather received the RxArt Foundation’s Innovation Award in 2019 and sits on the RxArt Board. Heather received her B.A. in Political Science from Wisconsin University. We believe Ms. Hasson unique entrepreneurial background make her well qualified to serve on our board of directors. Ms. Hasson attended the Business School at University of Oxford and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. OUR STRATEGIC ADVISORS In addition to our management, investment team and board of directors, we will be supported by the following strategic advisors. We currently expect our strategic advisors to (i) assist us in sourcing and negotiating with potential business combination targets, (ii) provide business insights when we assess potential business combination targets and (iii) upon our request, provide business insights as we work to ​ 128​ TABLE OF CONTENTS MANAGEMENT ​ create additional value in the business or businesses that we acquire. In this regard, our strategic advisors will fulfil some of the same functions as our board members; however, they will not owe any fiduciary obligations to us nor will they perform board or committee functions or have any voting or decision-making capacity on our behalf. They will also not be required to devote any specific amount of time to our efforts. While certain of our strategic advisors have ownership interests in our sponsor, none of our strategic advisors have any employment, consulting fee or other similar compensation arrangements with us. Johan Bergqvist, Special Advisor Johan Bergqvist, currently is the CFO of Bolt, a transportation platform providing ride-hailing, micromobility, and food delivery services. Bolt is headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia and operates in over 200 cities in 40 countries in Europe, Africa, Western Asia and North America. Today Bolt is considered one of the fasted growing mobility companies in the world. As the CFO of Bolt Mr. Bergqvist has overseen several significant rounds of equity and debt financings. Prior to joining Bolt, Mr. Bergqvist was the VP of Corporate Finance and Treasury at Spotify. During his Spotify career, he helped the company scale from a few hundred million in revenue to several billions. Mr. Bergqvist was a part of the core team that listed Spotify on the New York Stock Exchange at a $30 billion valuation, making it the highest-valued European tech startup at the time. We believe Mr Bergqvist’s Mobility 2.0 and New Age Media expertise, along with his strong European connections, make him well qualified to serve as a strategic advisor. Kenneth Hahn, Special Advisor Kenneth Hahn presently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Coursera, a high-growth private online education company. Mr. Hahn brings more than twenty years of experience as the Chief Financial Officer of several public and private companies: Collective Health, Icontrol Networks (acquired by Comcast), QuinStreet (Nasdaq: QNST), Borland Software (Nasdaq: BORL), and Extensity (Nasdaq: EXTN). Mr. Hahn led the IPOs, as CFO, of QuinStreet and Extensity and has extensive operational mergers and acquisitions experience, both on the buyside and sellside, of private and public companies. He has a deep network of operating professionals and board members from his thirty years of experience in Silicon Valley. Prior to his executive roles, his professional services background included eight years at the Boston Consulting Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Hahn holds a BA in Business from CSU Fullerton, summa cum laude, and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He has also earned CPA (inactive) and CMA credentials. We believe Mr. Hahn’s deep financial and business creation skills make him a valuable member of our strategic advisors Mike Linton, Special Advisor Mike Linton serves as Chief Revenue Officer at Ancestry. Mr. Linton joined Ancestry in September 2019, to lead consumer and product marketing with a focus on accelerating growth and continuing to build a global brand that consumers love and trust. Prior to Ancestry, he served as CMO of Farmers Insurance where his responsibilities included marketing, research, strategic planning, internal and external communications, customer experience and the company’s digital and mobile efforts. In his 30-year marketing and general management career Mr. Linton has also worked at Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, BestBuy and eBay, to name a few. He is on the Board of Directors of Medical Solutions and The Wine Group and advises a number of early-stage companies. Among numerous awards, Mr. Linton has won 4 Effies, a Valiente and was named by Ad Age as one of the most influential 30 marketers. In 2017, he was named one of the 50 Most Innovative CMO’s in the World by Business Insider. Mr. Linton holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS/BA in Business from Bowling Green State University. We believe Mr. Linton’s extensive marketing expertise and brand building skills make him a valuable member of our strategic advisors. John McAteer, Special Advisor John McAteer currently oversees all aspects of Google’s relationships with Retail, Consumer Electronics, and Telco partnerships and clients. In addition, Mr. McAteer works directly with Google’s product organization to ensure that Google’s Retail and Tech client’s interests/needs are being met. In his 15 years plus at Google, Mr. McAteer has had the opportunity to form strong relationships with many of Google’s ​ 129 TABLE OF CONTENTS MANAGEMENT ​ top partners (Apple, Amazon, Walmart, Samsung, Verizon to name a few) His vantage point as head of Sales and operations has given him a unique perspective and understanding of what companies are doing well - or not doing well - in order to take advantage of their digital presence. Prior to joining Google, Mr. McAteer was VP, Sales and Merchandising, for PriceGrabber Inc. where he was responsible for relationships to retailers and manufacturers. Earlier in his career, he was a VP of Sales and Business Development at Evite and prior to that at PC World Online and at Ziff-Davis Publishing. He currently sits on the Board of the National Retail Federation (NRF) as well as an advisor to several early to late-stage Tech start-ups. Mr. McAteer holds a B.S. in Finance from California State University - Sacramento. We believe Mr. McAteer’s unique experience at Google and outstanding network of relationships make him well qualified to serve as a strategic advisor. Ilan Nissan, Special Advisor Ilan Nissan is a senior partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions business and leads the practice in New York. Mr. Nissan’s clients include many of the top alternative asset managers in the world including private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and family offices. Since 2003, he has been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University Law School, where he teaches a course focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and legal transactional strategies. Mr. Nissan holds a JD from Boston University School of Law and a BS at SUNY, Albany. We believe Mr. Nissan is well-qualified to serve as a strategic advisor given his extensive M&A experience and vast network of venture company relationships. Steve Papa, Special Advisor Steve Papa is Founder and CEO of Parallel Wireless, the world’s first fully 5G-native architecture for 2G/3G/4G/5G that is built on 100% open COTS components from RAN through core. He was the founder and CEO of Endeca, which he sold to Oracle for $1B in 2011. Endeca pioneered Guided Navigation, one of the leading search innovations of the decade, and made it an industry standard online. Prior to Endeca, Mr. Papa was a part of the original MIT team creating Akamai, a member of the early team at Inktomi in charge of creating the company’s infrastructure caching business, and spent time at Teradata and also at Venrock, the Rockefeller Family’s venture capital arm. Mr. Papa is also a Founding Partner at Toast and current Board Member, Founding Partner of Shoobx and Founding investor and Partner at Kandou Bus S.A. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE in Engineering and Economics from Princeton University. We believe Mr. Papa’s depth of industry knowledge, broad network, and experience scaling companies makes him a valuable member of our strategic advisors. William Tanona, Special Advisor William Tanona serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Investor Relations, providing planning, advisory and execution leadership on mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures. Prior to SoFi, Mr. Tanona was the President, CFO and Treasurer of GSV Capital Corp, a late-stage publicly traded venture capital fund. Prior to joining GSV, he spent nearly two decades at J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Fortress Investment Group. Mr. Tanona received a BS in Accounting from Villanova University and is a CFA charterholder. We believe Mr. Tanona is well qualified to serve as a strategic advisor given his extensive experience in growth venture equity and the fintech sector specifically. In addition to our management team, independent board members and strategic advisors our Company will leverage our sponsor’s extensive research and origination teams based in San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, Greenwich, CT and Zurich, Switzerland. This team will assist our Company with target identification, target due diligence, financial analysis, public peer comparison studies and public market reception evaluation in both the U.S. and Europe. Number and Terms of Office of Officers and Directors Our board of directors is divided into three classes, with only one class of directors being appointed in each year, and with each class (except for those directors appointed prior to our first annual general meeting) serving a three-year term. The term of office of the first class of directors, consisting of  [         ​ 130​ TABLE OF CONTENTS MANAGEMENT ​   ], will expire at our first general annual meeting. The term of office of the second class of directors, consisting of  [           ]and [           ], will expire at our second annual general meeting. The term of office of the third class of directors, consisting of Ward Davis and Larry Aschebrook, will expire at our third annual general meeting. Prior to the completion of an initial business combination, any vacancy on the board of directors may be filled by a nominee chosen by holders of a majority of our founder shares. In addition, prior to the completion of an initial business combination, holders of a majority of our founder shares may remove a member of the board of directors for any reason. Our officers are appointed by the board of directors and serve at the discretion of the board of directors, rather than for specific terms of office. Our board of directors is authorized to appoint persons to the offices set forth in our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association as it deems appropriate. Our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association provides that our officers may consist of one or more chairman of the board, chief executive officer, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chief business officer, president, vice presidents, secretary, treasurer and such other offices as may be determined by the board of directors. Director Independence The rules of the NYSE require that a majority of our board of directors be independent. An “independent director” 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 with the company which in the opinion of the company’s board of directors, could interfere with the director’s exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. Upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, we expect to have three “independent directors” as defined in NYSE’s listing standards and applicable SEC rules. Our board of directors has determined that [           ], [           ]and [           ]are “independent directors” as defined in the NYSE listing standards and applicable SEC rules. Our independent directors will have regularly scheduled meetings at which only independent directors are present. Executive Officer and Director Compensation None of our executive officers or directors have received any cash compensation for services rendered to us. Commencing on the date that our securities are first listed on the NYSE through the earlier of consummation of

Holder Stats

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% of Shares Held by All Insider 0.00%
% of Shares Held by Institutions 0.32%
% of Float Held by Institutions 0.32%
Number of Institutions Holding Shares 1

Institutional Holders

Reporting Date Hedge Fund Shares Held Market Value % of Portfolio Quarterly Change in Shares Ownership in Company
2021-11-15 Highbridge Capital Management LLC 584,284 $5,710,000 0.2% -35.1% 8.514%
2021-11-12 Weiss Asset Management LP 374,853 $3,670,000 0.1% +25.0% 5.462%
2021-11-04 Corbyn Investment Management Inc. MD 10,539 $100,000 0.0% 0 0.154%

SEC Filings

Form Type Form Description Filing Date Document Link
10-Q FORM 10-Q 2021-11-16 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921139978/gsqb-20210930x10q.htm
NT 10-Q NT 10-Q 2021-11-15 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921139187/tm2126131d2_nt10q.htm
10-Q 2021-08-24 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921108665/gsqb-20210630x10q.htm
NT 10-Q NT 10-Q 2021-08-16 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921106408/tm2120787d2_nt10q.htm
10-Q FORM 10-Q 2021-07-29 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921097561/gsqb-20210331x10q.htm
SC 13G G SQUARED ASCEND II, INC. 2021-06-28 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921086298/tm2120869d1_sc13g.htm
SC 13G G SQUARED ASCEND II INC. 2021-06-28 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000090266421003297/p21-1650sc13g.htm
8-K FORM 8-K 2021-06-24 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921085145/tm2120641d1_8k.htm
8-K FORM 8-K 2021-06-21 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921083476/tm2120099d1_8k.htm
424B4 424B4 2021-06-16 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921081669/tm218569-8_424b4.htm
3 OWNERSHIP DOCUMENT 2021-06-15 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921081079/xslF345X02/tm2119588-4_3seq1.xml
EFFECT 2021-06-14 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/999999999521002325/xslEFFECTX01/primary_doc.xml
3 OWNERSHIP DOCUMENT 2021-06-14 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921081038/xslF345X02/tm2119588-7_3seq1.xml
3 OWNERSHIP DOCUMENT 2021-06-14 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921081034/xslF345X02/tm2119588-2_3seq1.xml
3 OWNERSHIP DOCUMENT 2021-06-14 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921081032/xslF345X02/tm2119588-3_3seq1.xml
3 OWNERSHIP DOCUMENT 2021-06-14 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921081031/xslF345X02/tm2119588-5_3seq1.xml
3 OWNERSHIP DOCUMENT 2021-06-14 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921081030/xslF345X02/tm2119588-6_3seq1.xml
3 OWNERSHIP DOCUMENT 2021-06-14 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921081027/xslF345X02/tm2119588-1_3seq1.xml
CERT NYSE CERTIFICATION 2021-06-14 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000087666121000864/GSQB061421.pdf
8-A12B 8-A12B 2021-06-11 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921080221/tm218569d5_8a12b.htm
S-1/A S-1/A 2021-06-01 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921074356/tm218569-3_s1a.htm
S-1 S-1 2021-03-05 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1849280/000110465921032335/tm218569-1_s1.htm