Aequi Acquisition Corporation *

Aequi Acquisition Corporation *

Oct 16, 2020 by Roman Developer


  • The Company anticipates that the last day of trading in the Class A ordinary shares will be August 3, 2023.
    • The per-share redemption price will be approximately $10.25

EXTENSION – 11/18/22 – LINK

  • At the special meeting held on November 15, 2022, the Company’s stockholders approved the Charter Amendment extending the date by which the Company must consummate the Initial Business Combination from November 24, 2022, to August 24, 2023.
  • In connection with the Meeting, stockholders holding 19,410,956 shares of Class A common stock exercised their right to redeem their shares for a pro-rata portion of the funds in the Company’s trust account.
  • As a result, approximately $195.5 million (approximately $10.07 per public share) will be removed from the Trust Account to pay such holders and approximately $36.1 million will remain in the Trust Account.
  • Following redemptions, the Company will have 3,589,044 public shares outstanding.


Executive Officers

Hope S. Taitz, 56
Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Taitz is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ELY Capital where she invests in and advises early stage companies. Prior to ELY Capital, Ms. Taitz was the co-founder of Catalyst Partners, an event driven, special situation hedge fund. After graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania majoring in economics and concentrating in marketing, Ms. Taitz began her investment banking career in mergers and acquisitions at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Ms. Taitz then transitioned to the buy side. Ms. Taitz has extensive public company board experience, having served and chaired all committees, as well as having been a lead director. She currently sits on the boards of directors of Athene Holding Ltd., MidCap Finco Holdings Limited, and Summit Hotel Properties, Inc., and previously served on the Boards of Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc., Diamond Resorts International, Inc., Greenlight Capital RE, Ltd., and Lumenis Ltd. Ms. Taitz also focuses on equity and education and is an advocate for underrepresented groups in STEM. She currently serves as a board member on The New York City Foundation for Computer Science working on CSforALL and the 2025 STEM Initiative, and previously served on the board of Girls Who Code. Ms. Taitz is a founding board member of YRFDarca, a member of the Wharton School Undergraduate Executive Board as well as a member of the Center for Social Innovation, and an emeritus board member of Pencils of Promise.

Joy Seppala, 58
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Director

Mr. Seppala founded SISU Capital, a value-driven investment fund based in London. Prior to establishing SISU, Ms. Seppala was the Worldwide Head of the Special Situations Investment Group at Banque Paribas, overseeing investment groups in London, Hong Kong and New York. She previously worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Departments at Drexel Burnham Lambert and Kidder Peabody. Ms. Seppala served for six years as a member of the U.K. Takeover Panel and its Code Committee, an independent body which issues and administers the Code on U.K. Takeovers providing regulatory oversight. She was until recently a member of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania EMEA Alumni Board. Ms. Seppala serves on the Board of Governors for The Federation of Westminster Special Schools and is Vice-Chairman of the Financial Resources Committee. Additionally, she is a board member of a cyber security company and a travel technology company, both early stage businesses. Ms. Seppala has been active across all areas of investing, including private equity, distressed investments, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Ms. Seppala holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers University.


Board of Directors

Merline Saintil, 44

Ms. Saintil has served as a technology and business executive at Fortune 500 and privately-held companies, including Intuit, Yahoo, PayPal, Adobe, Joyent, and Sun Microsystems. From 2019 to 2020, she was the Chief Operating Officer, R&D-IT of Change Healthcare Inc. Prior to that, she held the position of Head of Operations, Product & Technology with Intuit Inc. from November 2014 until August 2018. Ms. Saintil currently serves on the boards of directors of Lightspeed (NYSE: LSPD) since 2020, ShotSpotter (NASDAQ: SSTI) since 2019, and Banner Corporation (NASDAQ: BANR) since 2017. She is a member of the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee at Lightspeed, a member of the Audit Committee at Shotspotter, and a member of Risk and Compensation Committees at Banner Corporation. Ms. Saintil has received numerous accolades during her career, most recently being named Women Inc.’s 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Director. In prior years, she was ranked one of the Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World by BusinessInsider magazine, she was recognized as a Women of Influence 2017 by Silicon Valley Business Journal, and she has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from Girls in Tech. She is certified in Cybersecurity Oversight by the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. Ms. Saintil holds a B. Sc. from Florida A&M University and a M. Sc. from Carnegie Mellon University, and has completed Stanford Directors’ College and Harvard Business School’s executive education program.

Jason Scheir, 39

Mr. Scheir has been working at Apollo as a Partner and the US Head of its Hybrid Value Group since 2008. Before joining Apollo, Mr. Scheir worked at Tailwind Capital, a middle market private equity firm. Prior to Tailwind, he was a member of the Restructuring Group and Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Rothschild Inc. Mr. Scheir currently serves on the board of directors of Genco Shipping & Trading (NYSE: GNK) and Ridgeback Resources and is a board observer of Expedia Group Inc (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Gannett Co Inc (NYSE: GCI). Mr. Scheir graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a BS in applied economics and received his M.B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Fatou Sagnang, 35

Ms. Sagnang has served as an Investment Director at Mubadala Capital in the firm’s ventures team in London since 2018. In her current role, Ms. Sagnang leads the execution of early and late stage growth transactions for Mubadala Capital globally and manages the firm’s stake in the SoftBank Vision Fund. Ms. Sagnang was previously employed at Mubadala Capital from 2009 to 2013 as an associate. From 2015 to 2018, Ms. Sagnang worked at Zymergen, a SoftBank Vision Fund portfolio company, and helped scale the business to “unicorn” status. Ms. Sagnang started her career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. She holds a B.S.E. from Princeton University and an M.B.A., with distinction, from Harvard Business School.

Roy Swan, 56

Mr. Swan leads The Ford Foundation’s Mission Investments team, managing the foundation’s portfolio of mission-related investments (MRIs), program-related investments (PRIs), and grants dedicated to the impact investing field. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2018, Mr. Swan was a managing director at Morgan Stanley for ten years, where he held roles including co-head of Global Sustainable Finance, President & COO of Morgan Stanley Trust, and founding CEO and Managing Member of Morgan Stanley Impact Small Business Investment Company LLC, where he remains a Managing Member. Before Morgan Stanley, Mr. Swan served as CFO and Corporate Secretary at Carver Bancorp (NASDAQ: CARV) in Harlem, the largest African American-managed bank in the U.S. at that time. Over the course of his career, Mr. Swan has also worked in corporate law, investment banking, media, and as founding Chief Investment Officer of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Mr. Swan received a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Emil Woods, 48

Mr. Woods is a Principal of LCV Blockchain GP, LLC (the General Partner) and LCV Blockchain Management, LLC (the Investment Manager), and the Portfolio Manager of CH/LCV Fund VII, L.P., a venture capital fund focused on investments in blockchain and distributed ledger technology companies. In 2012, Mr. Woods co-founded Liberty City Ventures, a New York City-based seed stage venture capital investment firm. Prior to that, Mr. Woods co-founded Cedar Hill Capital Partners, LLC, a multi-strategy institutional asset management firm in 2005. Prior to 2004, Mr. Woods was a Portfolio Manager at SAC Capital Management and, prior to that, he worked in various financial services capacities, including Portfolio Manager and Head Trader in the Equities and Asset Management divisions of Goldman Sachs & Co. He has served on the boards of several private companies, including Kabompo Holdings, Inc., the holding company of Paxos, a regulated financial institution building infrastructure to enable movement between physical and digital assets, Lukka, Inc., a software company that provides institutional grade middle and back office solutions to aggregate, normalize and process crypto transactional data into audit-ready financial and operating information, and Omega Point Research, Inc., a company that brings advanced quantitative investing to fundamental-style asset managers, funds of funds, and endowments. Mr. Woods received a B.S.E. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.