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Market Cap: 166.4M
Average Volume: 2.1K
52W Range: $10.00 - $12.03
Weekly %: +0.19%
Monthly %: -5.99%
Inst Owners: 0


Target: Searching
Days Since IPO: 595
Unit composition:
Each unit has an offering price of $10.00 and consists of one Class A ordinary share and one-half of one redeemable warrant
Trust Size: 30600000.0M


Our officers, directors and director nominees are as follows: Name Age Position Richard N. Peretz 59 Executive Chairman Hooman Yazhari 48 Vice Chairman Ben Baldanza 59 Chief Executive Officer Jeff Rogers 58 President Philippe J. Kurzweil 35 Chief Financial Officer Paul P. Jebely 40 Independent Director Brad Stewart 44 Independent Director* Parizad Olver Parchi 41 Independent Director* * This individual will occupy the indicated position on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Our management team is led by Richard N. Peretz, our Executive Chairman, Hooman Yazhari, our Vice Chairman, Ben Baldanza, our Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Rogers, our President, and Philippe J. Kurzweil, our Chief Financial Officer. The team has significant operational and transactional experience, primarily in the transportation, mobility and supply chain management industries. We believe our management team has complementary skills and deep operational experience relevant to our target industries with a strong history of working productively and creatively with stakeholders and labor groups, which represent a prominent and sustainable competitive advantage. Enriching this differentiated characteristic is management’s well-connected network, extending from leadership of the largest industrial and transportation enterprises to founders at early-stage technology ventures across our target markets as well as consultants, private equity and venture capital firms, and more. Our team is a flat, consensus-driven organization with a focus on seeking business combination opportunities that we hope will meaningfully benefit from accessing capital via the public market and more importantly, have the potential to become a world-class, industry leading organization with help from the wide-ranging set of competencies of our officers and directors. Richard N. Peretz serves as Executive Chairman. Mr. Peretz currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tribe Capital Growth Corp. I and Tribe Capital Growth Corp. II, both special purpose acquisition companies, as well as for ELMS—Electric Last Mile, Inc., an EV company and is a director nominee for Altus Power, a clean energy C&I company. Mr. Peretz also serves as a venture partner for Playground Global, an early-stage investment firm. From 1981 to 2019, Mr. Peretz held a number of executive roles at United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) in US and Global operations as well as in Supply Chain Management. From 2015 to 2019, he served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and a member of the UPS Executive Leadership Team. The senior leadership team was responsible for the global company’s strategy and day to day operations in over 220 countries. Mr. Peretz oversaw all global financial operations and acted as senior liaison to the financial community. He spearheaded the move into technology-based operational capital investments and improved the capital structure along with the working capital for UPS. Prior to serving as CFO, Mr. Peretz was both the corporate Controller and Treasurer, leading all global M&A for UPS, overseeing nearly $3 billion in acquisitions globally in areas including healthcare logistics, truckload brokerage, business-to-business shipping and business-to-consumer shipping. Acquisitions at UPS included third-party logistics provider Coyote Logistics and healthcare logistics companies such as Marken, Polar Speed (UK), Poltraf (Poland), Cemelog (Hungary) and Pieffe Group (Italy). He helped strengthen UPS’s business-to-consumer portfolio with the acquisitions of iParcel (US) and Kiala (Europe). Mr. Peretz also helped expand the company’s international small package footprint in Turkey, Slovenia, Romania, South Korea, Vietnam and Costa Rica. Mr. Peretz also served on the team responsible for taking UPS public in 1999, the largest IPO in U.S. history at the time. Mr. Peretz served as an investment committee member for the UPS Strategic Venture Fund. Previously, he was a member of the Board of Directors for First International Bancorp. Mr. Peretz holds a BBA in Accounting (1985) from the University of Texas in San Antonio and an MBA (1995) from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. We believe Mr. Peretz is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive strategic, operational and management experience. 136 Hooman Yazhari serves as Vice Chairman. Mr. Yazhari is the Founder and CEO of Mobility Capital Group, an impact aligned investment manager providing credit-oriented capital for the next generation of enterprises and assets in mobility, logistics and transportation. Mr. Yazhari has served as an Independent Director of Voyager Aviation, a global aircraft lessor since 2017. He also has been a Co-Founder and Chairman of Beyond Capital Fund, an early stage and emerging market focused impact investment fund, since 2010. From February 2018 to March 2019, Mr. Yazhari served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Waypoint Leasing, the largest independent global helicopter lessor and financier, where he led an operational and balance sheet restructuring and transformation and successful strategic sale of its operating assets and business, pursuant to a voluntary filing under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, in March 2019. From 2015 to 2018, he served as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for CHC Helicopter Corporation (“CHC”), a global helicopter services company, while taking on a leadership role in the operational and balance sheet restructuring and related turnaround, pursuant to a voluntary filing under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Yazhari served as General Counsel for International Lease Finance Corporation (“ILFC”), the largest global aircraft lessor, serving as part of the team that rebuilt and renewed the lessor after the global financial crisis and led it to a strategic sale. Mr. Yazhari previously served as an Independent Director of Speedcast Americas, Inc., a global telecommunication enterprise (2020-2021) and Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director of Bristow Group, a global helicopter services company. Mr. Yazhari holds an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law (1995) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Law (1994) from Jesus College, Oxford University. We believe Mr. Yazhari is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive strategic, operational and management experience. B. Ben Baldanza will serve as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Baldanza is currently the CEO of Diemacher LLC, an advisory firm focused on business restructuring, revenue optimization and cost containment. Mr. Baldanza currently serves on the Board of Directors for JetBlue Airways, where he serves as Chair of the Audit Committee, GoAir Limited, where he serves as Vice Chairman, and Six Flags Entertainment. From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Baldanza served as the President and CEO, and as a director, of Spirit Airlines, Inc. (“Spirit Airlines”), a low-cost airline, where he oversaw revenue growth from $500 million to $2.1 billion. During his time at Spirit Airlines, he led an IPO in 2011 while also managing an operational turnaround that resulted in industry leading margins. Recruited by Oaktree Capital in 2004, Mr. Baldanza transformed Spirit into an ‘Ultra Low Cost Carrier,’ leveraging a new aircraft fleet, establishment of a defensible franchise network, unbundling of pricing and reduction of costs per seat mile. Mr. Baldanza was twice named to the list of Business Travel News’s 25 Most Influential. Prior to 2005, Mr. Baldanza held executive roles with American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, TACA Airlines (“TACA”) and US Airways where he was responsible for finance, marketing and revenue management. While at Continental Airlines, Mr. Baldanza assisted with applying innovations in scheduling, pricing and revenue management, increasing unit revenues, underpinning a rise in the share price and improvements in profitability. With US Airways, Mr. Baldanza led the rationalization of duplicative hubs, rapid Caribbean expansion and shift to monetize frequent flier rewards on a profit, as opposed to usage, basis. Mr. Baldanza also worked at UPS, where he supervised the improvement of revenues and capital cost savings. Mr. Baldanza also currently serves as an Operating Partner for Sterling Investment Partners, a private equity firm, and as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He holds a BA in Policy Studies and Economics (1984) from Syracuse University and an MPA (1986) from Princeton University in Urban and Regional Planning and Transportation Economics. 137 Jeff Rogers will serve as President. Mr. Rogers is currently a strategic advisor to TruckPark, an inventory management and booking platform for the trucking industry, and an operating advisor to Red Arts Capital, a private equity firm focused on supply chain and industrial businesses. From 2015 to 2020, Mr. Rogers served as CEO and director of Universal Logistics Holdings (“Universal Logistics”), a global asset-light provider of transport and logistics solutions. During an 18-month period at Universal Logistics, Mr. Rogers led multiple acquisitions in the International Intermodal space that provided strategic footprints and positively contributed to growth and profitability. From 1998 to 2013, Mr. Rogers held several executive positions at YRC Worldwide including CFO of YRC Regional Transportation (2006-2008), President of USF Holland Inc. (“Holland”) (2008-2011), a YRC subsidiary and President of YRC Freight (2011-2013). While President of USF Holland, Mr. Rogers led a significant turnaround, closing unprofitable locations and shrinking Holland’s footprint to focus on next-day and two-day lanes. From 1984 to 1998, Mr. Rogers held numerous finance and operations related roles at UPS. He holds a BS in Accounting (1988) from Kansas Newman University and an MBA (1995) from Baker University. Mr. Rogers is also an Army veteran and served as an Airborne Ranger from 1980 to 1984. Philippe J. Kurzweil will serve as Chief Financial Officer. From 2020 to 2021, Mr. Kurzweil was a part of the investment team at Arch Companies, a real estate private equity firm, where he was responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence and financing. From 2013 to 2020, he was a Research Analyst at Corsair Capital Management LP, an investment advisor, where he was responsible for idea generation and investment underwriting. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Kurzweil was a Senior Associate at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, an investment advisor, where he was responsible for macroeconomic research and the management of fixed income portfolios. He holds a BSE (2008) in Operations Research and Financing Engineering from Princeton University with highest honors. Paul P. Jebely serves as an Independent Director and chair of the Compensation Committee. Currently, Mr. Jebely is a managing partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he also serves in various leadership positions, such as co-chair of aviation finance and co-chair of private wealth. His law practice is focused exclusively on the private and commercial aviation industry. He has served as counsel on billions of dollars of deals involving financing, acquisition, disposal and merger transactions in addition to handling numerous dispute, enforcement and restructuring situations. Mr. Jebely is well regarded in the aviation and legal industries, and has been named top private client attorney in Asia (2020) and rated top private aircraft attorney in Asia (2016 – 2020). From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Jebely held numerous positions at Clyde & Co where he rose to Senior Equity Partner and Global Head of Aviation Finance. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Jebely held numerous positions at Ashurst, where he rose to head of their AMEA aviation practice. Mr. Jebely holds a JD (2005) from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and a BA (2002) from Trinity Collage at the University of Toronto.We believe Mr. Jebely is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive strategic, legal and transactional experience. Parizad Olver Parchi will serve as Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee. Ms. Olver is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Panorama Aero, a US-based special mission aerospace lessor and end-to-end logistics provider. Panorama Aero was founded in 2018 through the management buyout of Cowen Aviation Finance, a company Ms. Olver established and led while at Cowen. Immediately after founding Panorama Aero, she established a funding relationship with Fortress Investment Group, called Triangle Aero. From 2009 to 2018, Ms. Olver held numerous executive roles at Cowen Inc., a multinational investment bank, where she most recently served as President and CEO of Cowen Aviation Finance, an operating lessor funded by Cowen Inc. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Olver served as a senior strategist at Fortress Investment Group’s Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund, whose investment portfolio included structured product securities and related investments in the aircraft, equipment and specialty finance sectors. 138 Ms. Olver’s investment experience began in 2005 at Ramius Capital Group, a multi-strategy hedge fund, where she was a special situations investor and co-managed an investment strategy that included a leasing book of distressed narrow body aircraft. She began her career at Morgan Stanley as an investment banking analyst from 2002 to 2005. Ms. Olver holds a BS (2001) from UC Berkley’s Haas School of Business and an MBA (2011) from Columbia University and London Business School. We believe Ms. Olver is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to her extensive strategic, operational, management, and financial experience. Brad Stewart will serve as Independent Director. Mr. Stewart is currently CEO and board member of, a US-based automotive marketplace and technology company. Previously, from 2011 to 2019, Mr. Stewart held numerous executive roles at XOJet, the largest on-demand private jet services company in North America, most recently serving as Chairman and CEO. While leading XOJet, he oversaw a highly complex and regulated business with three separate business units: aircraft fleet ownership and operations; branded direct-to-consumer brokerage with membership/subscription; and shuttle operations. Concurrent with his tenure at XOJet, from 2014 to 2019, Mr. Stewart served as Senior Advisor to TPG Growth, the growth equity and venture capital division of a global private equity company, where he served on multiple portfolio company boards. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Stewart served as Vice President and then Portfolio Company Advisor at Parthenon Capital, a middle market private equity company with expertise in financial, healthcare and business services. Mr. Stewart began his career as a consultant working at both McKinsey & Company (2004-2007) and Deloitte Consulting (1999-2002). Mr. Stewart holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (2004) and a BS in Corporate Finance from University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management (1999). We believe Mr. Stewart is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive strategic, operational, and management experience. The past performance of the members of our management team or their affiliates is not a guarantee that we will be able to identify a suitable candidate for our initial business combination or of success with respect to any business combination we may consummate. Mr. Peretz has had management experience with blank check companies or special purpose acquisition companies, including Tribe Capital Growth Corp. I and Tribe Capital Growth Corp. II. Although Tribe Capital Growth Corp. I and Tribe Capital Growth Corp. II are both special purpose acquisition companies, both entities focus on the technology sector rather than the transportation, supply chain and logistics industry. In addition, Tribe Capital Growth Corp. II, as of the date of this prospectus, has not yet consummated its initial public offering. Except for Mr. Peretz, at this time, none of our other officers or directors, our sponsor, nor its respective officers, directors, employees, or affiliates, have had management experience with blank check companies or special purpose acquisition companies in the past. You should not rely on the historical record of the performance of our management or any of their affiliates’ performance as indicative of our future performance. Number and Terms of Office of Officers and Directors Our 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. In accordance with the Nasdaq corporate governance requirements, we are not required to hold an annual general meeting until one year after our first fiscal year end following our listing on the Nasdaq. The term of office of the first class of directors, consisting of Paul P. Jebely, will expire at our first annual general meeting. The term of office of the second class of directors, consisting of Parizad Olver Parchi and Brad Stewart, will expire at our second annual general meeting. The term of office of the third class of directors, consisting of Richard N. Peretz and Hooman Yazhari will expire at our third annual general meeting. 139 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 or by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors present and voting at a meeting of our board. 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. Holders of our public shares will not have the right to vote on the appointment or removal of directors prior to the completion of an initial business combination. Pursuant to an agreement to be entered into on or prior to the closing of this offering, our sponsor, upon and following consummation of an initial business combination, will be entitled to nominate three individuals for appointment to our board of directors, as long as our sponsor holds any securities covered by the registration and shareholder rights agreement. Our Officers 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 will provide that our officers may consist of one or more chairman of the board, chief executive officer, president, chief financial officer, vice presidents, secretary, treasurer and such other offices as may be determined by the board of directors. Director Independence The Nasdaq listing standards require that a majority of our board of directors be independent, subject to certain phase-in provisions. 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 which, in the opinion of the company’s board of directors, would interfere with the directo

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