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Bison Capital Acquisition Corporation *

Bison Capital Acquisition Corporation *

Oct 19, 2020 by Roman Developer



* SPACInsider estimate a/o 5/11/19

Bison Capital proposes to acquire Xynomic Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  Xynomic, is principally engaged in the research, development and commercialization of targeted cancer therapeutics in the U.S., Europe and China and focuses on orally delivered small molecule drugs.

Xynomic has in-licensed a clinical stage drug candidate from Pharmacyclics/AbbVie and a pre-clinical stage drug candidate from Boehringer Ingelheim.  Additionally, Xynomic is collaborating with Janssen R&D, LLC in a clinical trial of a combination therapy.


The merger consideration will be payable entirely in common stock of BCAC at a value of $10.15 per share consisting of:

  • Closing consideration of $350 million in BCAC shares, and
  • Earnout consideration of an additional $100 million in BCAC shares, subject to:
    • If Xynomic obtains a worldwide exclusive license to a Phase II-ready oncology drug candidate on or prior to March 12, 2019 (to be identified)

3% of the initial BCAC shares payable to Xynomic shareholders in the merger and 3% of the earnout shares, when payable, will be held in escrow for a period of 18 months following the closing to serve as security for BCAC’s indemnity rights and any excess of the estimated closing merger consideration over the final closing merger consideration amount determined post-closing.

To-date, Bison Capital has not filed an investor presentation or included any financial details on Xynomic.

Bison transaction summary



  • EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. is acting as financial advisor to BCAC
  • Cassel Salpeter & Co., LLC is acting as financial advisor to the special committee of BCAC’s board
  • Hunter Taubman Fischer & Li LLC and Ogier are acting as legal counsels to BCAC
  • Sidley Austin LLP is acting as legal counsel to Xynomic



Executive Officers

Peixin Xu, 45
Chairman, President and Director

Since March 2013, Mr. Xu has been the Founder, Managing Partner and Director of our sponsor. He has been a Director at AirMedia Group, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China targeting mid-to-high-end consumers in the travel Wi-Fi market since September 2013. In addition, since July 2016, Mr. Xu has been a Non-Executive Director of Target Capital Management Limited, an asset management company established in Hong Kong and licensed under the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. Target Capital Management Limited manages discretionary portfolios and one hedge fund for individual and institutional clients, and invests in equities in selected Asian countries, which includes ASEAN countries, China and Hong Kong along with the United States and European countries across all sectors and market capitalization.  Mr. Xu also co-founded Beijing Redbaby Info-Tech Co, the largest ecommerce service provider for baby and maternity products in China, and has been the Chairman of Beijing Redbaby since June 2004. Mr. Xu has also served as an independent director and chairman of the strategy committee of Bona Film Group Ltd, a Nasdaq-listed public company focusing on vertically integrated filming in China, since November 2011. Mr. Xu has also been a researcher at Peking University since 2007. From 2005 to June 2012, Mr. Xu was a Partner of New Enterprise Associates, one of the world’s largest and most active venture capital firms. Mr. Xu graduated from Tianjin University of Commerce with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1993.

James Jiayuan Tong, 43
CEO, CFO and Director

Since October 2015, Dr. Tong has served as a Partner of our sponsor. Dr. Tong has served as a Venture Partner at Delta Capital, a venture capital and early growth investment firm, since September 2015. From December 2014 until September 2015, Dr. Tong worked as an advisor to Delta Capital. From 2010 to November 2014, he worked as Chief Financial Officer at Tianyin Pharmaceutical Co., Inc, a U.S. public company that manufactures and sells biopharmaceutical herbal medicines, branded generics and other pharmaceuticals in Asia. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Tong worked as Vice President in the investment banking department at Roth Capital, an investment banking firm headquartered in Newport Beach, CA. In 2007, Dr. Tong was a biotech equity research analyst for Rodman & Renshaw. In 2006, Dr. Tong was principal investigator at the Grass Foundation Laboratory at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Tong was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Center for Molecular Medicine and Mitochondrial Genetics at the University of California, Irvine focusing on Neurofibromatosis, cognitive disorders and longevity research. Dr. Tong graduated from Peking University Healthcare Center with a Medical Degree in 1996 and from Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with a Doctor of Philosophy degree majored in Neurobiology and Behavior in 2002.

Peng Jin, 41
COO and Secretary

Since August 2014, Mr. Jin has been a Managing Partner of our sponsor. In addition, since July 2016, Mr. Jin has been a Non-Executive Director of Target Capital Management Limited. From August 2000 until December 2002, Mr. Jin worked at 21 Vianet (Nasdaq: VNET) as Vice President in charge of operations. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Jin was a Partner at China eCapital, a boutique investment bank. During his stay at China eCapital, Mr. Jin led many fund raising, leveraged buyout and cross-border M&A transactions in the Internet and consumer service industries. In 2008, Mr. Jin co-founded Keytone Ventures, a U.S. dollar venture capital fund focused on early-growth stage technology investment opportunities and served as a Partner there until May 2014. Mr. Jin holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Information Systems from New York University, Stern School of Business.

Board of Directors

Charles Vincent Prizzi, 42

Mr. Prizzi has been the Vice President for Development and Community Relations and a member of the senior administrative team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned cancer and neuroscience research institution based in New York, since February 2000. Mr. Prizzi has also served as one of Cold Spring Harbor’s liaisons to Accelerate Long Island, an organization composed of leading research institutions to strengthen Long Island’s regional biotechnology cluster, since May 2012. Mr. Prizzi has also served on the charity boards of Save the Children – Long Island Chapter, the Cold Spring Harbor Education Foundation, the Long Island University Alumni Board, the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the Don Monti Memorial Cancer Research Foundation. Mr. Prizzi received both his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science from Long Island University, where he was honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award. He received the Special Humanitarian Award from the Sons of Italy in America Grand Lodge of New York in 2007 and the “40 Under 40” Award by Long Island Business News in 2013.

Thomas Folinsbee, 49

Mr. Folinsbee is Director of Corporate Development of 3SBio Inc.’s strategic investment division with a focus on sourcing business development opportunities in Canada, Australia and Japan, including licensing, distribution and M&A. Mr. Folinsbee joined 3SBio, a biotechnology company, in 2009 to manage 3SBio’s investor relations activities and was a member of the management group which delisted 3SBio from NASDAQ in May 2013 and relisted it on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in June 2016. In addition, since 2011, Mr. Folinsbee has worked with the board of directors of Hisanaga Seisakusho Co. Ltd, a Japanese company, where he helped launch Hisanaga’s sales platform in India and designed a business intelligence system to support a corporate turnaround.  Mr. Folinsbee has over 25 years of experience as a financial and securities professional. In 2001, Mr. Folinsbee established Optivest Systems Ltd and developed proprietary research databases to support institutional investment strategies. In 2006, Mr. Folinsbee joined BNP Paribas’ Asian Execution Services desk where he helped institutional investors implement statistical arbitrage strategies and post-trade analytics. In 2008, he rejoined Macquarie Equities (Hong Kong) Limited in its Alternative Strategies Division where he packaged long-short trading strategies in collaboration with the equity research platform. Mr. Folinsbee had previously been at Macquarie from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Folinsbee graduated in 1990 from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with concentrations in finance and international business (with distinction).

Richard Peidong Wu, 53

Mr. Wu has been Chief Financial Officer of Airmedia Group Inc, a Nasdaq-listed outdoor media group (stock ticker: AMCN) with multiple operating units and more than 600 employee since May 2014. Mr. Wu is responsible for the accounting, finance and operational decisions for Airmedia Group Inc. He has lead strategies, investment, budgeting, reporting, auditing, regulatory filing, and board meetings. Prior to joining Airmedia Group Inc., Mr. Wu served as the lead of legal and compliance at Nokia Siemens Networks (China) Limited, from April 2012 until April of 2014, where he oversaw the legal and compliance operations consisting of 12 legal entities and 20,000 employees. From January 2010 to March 2012, Mr. Wu served as a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Vimicro International Corporation, (Nasdaq: VIMC) that designs, develops and markets mixed-signal semiconductor products and system-level solutions. When at VIMC, Mr. Wu was responsible for finance, control, legal, and investor relations. From January 200 to December 2009 Mr. Wu was President of Dragon Bay Capital, LLC, a China-focused financial advisory and management consulting firm specializing in IPO preparation, fund raise, M&A, restructuring, turnaround, pre-auditing, compliance and corporate governance. From May 1996 to December 1999 Mr. Wu was a Senior Finance Management for Motorola, Inc. Mr. Wu received his MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School in May of 1995. He received his Master of Justice Administration from Indiana University in May 1994. He earned his Master of Law from China University of Political Science and Law in July 1987 and his Bachelor of Arts from Zhengzhou University in July 1985. Mr. Wu is also a licensed lawyer of China.