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The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: April 19, 2022


The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: April 19, 2022


Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web. 

Latest SPAC News: Billionaire Francois Pinault and partners set to buy Deezer in $1.1B deal, Singapore SPACs draw investor interest, and Lilium hit with investor lawsuit

Billionaire Francois Pinault and Partners Are Set to Buy Deezer in a $1.1 Billion Deal

Billionaire Francois Pinault and the other founders of a blank-check firm are buying music-streaming platform Deezer in a deal valued at more than $1 billion.

The family office of Kering SA founder Pinault, as well as two other founding members of I2PO, a blank-check firm that listed in Paris last year, said Monday they would acquire the French company for an enterprise value of 1.075 billion euros ($1.16 billion) and take it public.

The combined entity is raising at least 120 million euros with the original investors as well as new ones and plans to list Deezer in Paris around July once the deal closes.


Singapore SPACs Still Draw Investor Interest Despite ‘Challenging’ Environment, Says Exchange Executive

Investors still have an appetite for SPACs listed in Singapore despite a “more challenging” environment for the investment vehicles this year, according to the head of the Singapore Exchange’s regulatory arm.

Singapore and Hong Kong both introduced new rules last year to allow the blank check companies to go public on their bourses amid a fervor for the listings among investors and sponsors that saw more than US$162 billion raised by the vehicles globally in 2021.


Electric Aircraft Vehicle Developer Hit By Investors Lawsuit After Research Report Sinks Shares

Investors hit Germany-based Lilium (NASDAQ:LILM), developer of electric aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically, with a securities class action following the release of a research report that questioned the company’s technology and sent its stock plummeting 34%.

According to the complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles, Lilium’s management misled investors last year about the capacity of the seven-seat jet the company is developing and about when the aircraft will be ready for commercial production.

Qell Acquisition Corp. completed its combination with renewable electric vertical take-off and landing jet maker Lilium in September 2021.


Comera Life Sciences and Intas Pharmaceuticals Announce Research Collaboration

Today, Comera Life Sciences, Inc. and Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd.  announced a research collaboration to develop a new generation of bio-innovative biologic medicines to improve patient access, safety, and convenience.

On January 31, 2022, Comera Life Sciences and OTR Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: OTRA), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), announced a proposed business combination.