Galileo Acquisition Corporation

Galileo Acquisition Corporation

Oct 19, 2020 by Roman Developer


ENTERPRISE VALUE: $410 million

Galileo Acquisition Corporation proposes to combine with Shapeways, Inc., a leading global digital manufacturing platform driven by proprietary software.

Shapeways is a leader in the large and fast-growing digital manufacturing industry combining high quality, flexible on-demand manufacturing powered by purpose-built proprietary software which enables customers to rapidly transform digital designs into physical products, globally. Shapeways makes industrial-grade additive manufacturing accessible by fully digitizing the end-to-end manufacturing process, and by providing a broad range of solutions utilizing 11 additive manufacturing technologies and more than 90 materials and finishes, with the ability to easily scale new innovation. The Company has delivered over 21 million parts to 1 million customers in over 160 countries.

Shapeways’ platform is positioned to scale across materials, markets and technologies. Expanding additive manufacturing capabilities will enable acceleration of adoption in key markets including industrial, medical, automotive, and aerospace. As an example of this opportunity, Shapeways has signed a strategic partnership with Desktop Metal, a leader in additive manufacturing metal technologies, an important expansion beyond Shapeways’ current focus on polymers. In terms of markets, Asia represents an attractive opportunity for expansion beyond the United States and Europe given the sizable annual manufacturing output from that region. Additionally, enabling manufacturers’ digital transformation provides Shapeways with a substantial market opportunity. In 2020, Shapeways began licensing a commercialized SaaS version of its proprietary software to key partners, enabling them to deploy Shapeways’ manufacturing operating system within their own organizations.

Shapeways Investment Highlights

  • Unique and compelling opportunity in large, fast growing digital manufacturing market
  • High quality, flexible on-demand manufacturing with proprietary purpose-built software
  • Agnostic to hardware and materials allows scalability and quick adaptability to market shifts
  • Broad use across customer types and industries with global delivery to end customers in over 160 countries
  • Experienced management team with strong investor support
  • Scalable financial model with opportunity to consolidate fragmented market


  • The business combination values Shapeways at a $410 million pro forma enterprise value, at the $10.00 per share PIPE price which implies an equity value of $605 million assuming minimal redemptions by Galileo shareholders.
  • The transaction will provide more than $195 million of net proceeds to the Company, including a $75 million fully committed common stock PIPE anchored by top-tier institutional investors including Miller Value Partners and XN, along with a strategic partner Desktop Metal.
  • Cash proceeds will primarily be used to accelerate Shapeways’ metal additive manufacturing capabilities, expand the Company’s material and technology offerings to extend market reach and grow customer share of wallet as well as to provide additional working capital.

gleo overview


  • $75 million fully committed common stock PIPE at $10.00 per share
    • Anchored by top-tier institutional investors including Miller Value Partners and XN, along with a strategic partner Desktop Metal.


  • 4.0m rollover shares subject to an earnout
    • Half of the earnout shares are released if the VWAP exceeds $14.00 for 30 consecutive trading days
    • The second half are released if the VWAP exceeds $16.00 for 30 consecutive trading days.
    • Earnout is subject to a three year term following the transaction closing.


  • Galileo having, at the Closing, at least $100,000,000 in cash and cash equivalents, including funds remaining in the trust account (after giving effect to the completion and payment of any redemptions) and the proceeds of any PIPE Investment, prior to paying any of Galileo’s expenses and liabilities due at the Closing


  • By either Galileo or Shapeways if any of the conditions to Closing have not been satisfied or waived by August 31, 2021 (with such date being subject to an extension of up to three months in the event Galileo obtains an extension of the deadline by which it must complete its business combination pursuant to its organizational documents)


  • Stifel is serving as the exclusive financial and capital markets advisor to Shapeways and as sole placement agent to Galileo for the PIPE.
  • EarlyBirdCapital is serving as financial and capital markets advisor to Galileo.
  • Needham & Company and Craig-Hallum are acting as capital markets advisors to Galileo.
  • Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP is serving as legal advisor to Shapeways.
  • Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP is serving as legal advisor to Galileo.
  • ICR is serving as investor relations and communications advisor to Shapeways.


Executive Officers

Luca Giacometti, 59
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Giacometti has previously led four blank check companies in Italy. He launched the first blank check company under Italian law in 2011. In 2017 he sponsored Glenalta (merged with CFT S.p.A.), GF in 2015 (merged with Orsero S.p.A.), IPO Challenger in 2014 (merged with Italian Wine Brands S.p.A.), and MII1 in 2011 (merged with SeSa S.p.A.). In 2005 Mr. Giacometti co-founded European Co-investment Partners LLP with Mr. David Smith, one of our strategic advisors, and other former GE Capital colleagues, thereby forming Capital Dynamics’ private equity co-investment business. Capital Dynamics is an independent global private asset management business commanding over $16 billion in assets under management and advisory service arrangements, more than 700 fund investments, over 350 fund general partner relationships and a global footprint of 11 offices. Capital Dynamics is not our affiliate. Mr. Giacometti remains a Senior Adviser to Capital Dynamics, typically working closely with Mr. Smith. He has been an independent director of Digital Magics (DM:XMIL) since 2012. Digital Magics is a large Italian digital incubator, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, with more than 70 accelerated startups. From 2003 to 2005, he worked at the Ferrero family office in Italy, where he was in charge of its private equity activities. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Giacometti founded and managed General Electric’s private equity business in Italy. At the time, Mr. Giacometti worked with another one of our strategic advisors, Mr. Giuseppe Recchi. Mr. Giacometti built a private equity portfolio including Cantieri Rodriguez, Nuova Bianchi, Bafin, SM Logistics, Vimercati, GMV Martini MARR and Euralcom, sometimes serving on the board of directors of these companies; Messrs. Giacometti and Smith worked together closely in sourcing, executing and realizing this portfolio. Prior to this, Mr. Giacometti was deputy director of merchant banking at Banca Commerciale Italiana, where he worked on private equity investments in Italian companies including Grove, IMA, and Industrie Ilpea. Prior to joining Banca Commerciale Italiana, Mr. Giacometti worked in the syndications group at Citibank in Milan where he was responsible for the syndication of Italian MBOs. Mr. Giacometti holds a degree in business and economics from the Luigi Bocconi School of Business in Milan.

Alberto Recchi, 46
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Recchi has over 15 years of experience in corporate and leveraged finance, mergers and acquisitions, and principal investing, in both the North American and Western European markets. In 2019, he founded Ampla Capital, a merchant bank, based in New York, which focuses on proprietary direct co-investments, in both established and growth-oriented SMEs in the North American and Western European markets. Previously, from 2016 to 2019, he was a Managing Director at MC Square Capital, a co-investment platform and cross-border boutique merchant bank. Prior to this, Mr. Recchi spent 12 years at Credit Suisse, where he worked in the Private Banking and Wealth Management Division in London for three years, advising corporate treasury departments, single and multi-family offices, ultra-high net worth individuals, across all product offerings, including direct investments, asset management, custody, corporate finance, structured finance, and private wealth management. Prior to that he worked in the Investment Banking Division for nine years, advising financial sponsors in the U.S. and E.U., structuring and executing LBOs, IPOs and M&A deals, based in New York first and London thereafter. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Recchi developed a network of relationships with single and multi-family offices, and with private equity players in North America and Western Europe. He is the brother of one of our strategic advisors. Mr. Recchi holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy. He also holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School as well as an M&A Certificate of Mastery issued by the New York Institute of Finance.


Board of Directors

Patrick S. Jones, 74

Mr. Jones is a private investor with considerable independent board member experience with a variety of technology companies. He currently serves as audit committee chairman and independent board member for Talend SA (TLND:NASDAQ), a software company, since 2015, as audit committee chairman and independent board member for Fluidigm (FLDM:NASDAQ), a designer and manufacturer of integrated fluidic circuit technology, since 2011, and also an independent board member of Itesoft SA (ITE.PA:PARIS), a software company, since 2014. Previously, from 2007 to 2017, he was Chairman of the Board of Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC:NASDAQ), Chairman of the Board of InsideSecure (INSD.PA:PARIS) (now Verimatrix), Chairman of the Board of Dialogic (DLGC:OTC), Chairman of the Board of Epocrates (EPOC:NASDAQ), and has served on other boards including Openwave Systems (UPIP:NASDAQ) and Novell (NOVL:NASDAQ). Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Gemplus SA, where he worked closely with Mr. David Smith, one of our strategic advisors, who also served on Gemplus’s board of directors, audit committee and IPO committee prior to the company’s initial public offering, representing shareholder GE Capital. Prior to this, Mr. Jones was Vice President of Finance?—?Corporate Controller for Intel Corp (INTC:NASDAQ). Mr. Jones has an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from Saint Louis University.

Alberto Pontonio, 53

Mr. Pontonio has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry in both the US and European markets. In January 2019, he joined Raymond James as a financial advisor, based in Miami. Prior to this, from 2015 to December 2018, he traded Equity Index futures. In 2009, he co-founded Censible, an automated investment platform that allows individual investors to align their investments with their personal interests and social values. Previously, Mr. Pontonio worked for Espirito Santo Investment Banking, was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns in London, and worked at Merrill Lynch, in New York and then in London, as a Director in the Institutional Equity department. Mr. Pontonio started his career in New York at Cowen & Co. He holds a B.A. in economics from the Catholic University in Milan, Italy.

Robert Cohen, 63

Mr. Cohen has 37 years’ of experience in investment banking and financial services around the world. In 2007, he founded Cohen Brothers, an international fund placement agent, raising capital across all main private asset fund strategies for fund manager clients in the US, Europe and Asia. From 2000 to 2007, he held several executive-level positions at Deutsche Bank & Schroder fund management businesses in France. From 1998 to 2000, he was a director and executive board member of J. Henry Schroder & Co. in London in structured investments, a vice president at Natixis in Equity Capital Markets, a deputy chief financial officer in Barclay’s France group specialized credit division and a senior auditor at Ernst & Young Paris, where he started his career. He holds the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales diploma (MBA), Jouy en Josas, France and was a board member of AFG, the French fund management professional association.

Pecori Giraldi, 66 [Appointed 3/12/21]

Since January 2020, Mr. Giraldi has been serving as a Senior Advisor of McKinsey & Company, Zurich. He is Chairman of the Board of Hedge Invest SGR, an Italian independent asset management company specialized in the creation and management of alternative investments with over €1 billion AUM. Previously, from October 2011 to June 2018, he was the Global Head of Private Investment Banking at Société Générale, based in Paris, responsible for relationships with major holding companies and family offices for Europe and the Middle East. From May 2010 to June 2018, he was the Deputy Chairman of the Investment Banking Committee and a member of the CORI Executive Committee and of the European Strategic Committee at Société Générale. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Investment Banking Committee and Member of the European Strategic Committee. Prior to this, Mr. Pecori Giraldi spent 24 years at Morgan Stanley as Vice Chairman Europe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Italy & Switzerland, Member of the Global Investment Committee of MSREF (real estate funds). He also spent seven years at Citibank in London at the start of his banking experience. He has served on the Advisory Board of Bridgepoint Capital since January 2008 and served as an independent Deputy Chairman at Clessidra SGR (Italian mid-cap private equity) until June 2019. He also serves as member of the board of non-profit organizations FAI (National Trust) and Accenture Foundation. Mr. Pecori Giraldi graduated with a degree in international law from Padua University and attended graduate courses in Business Economics at Cambridge and Harvard Universities.