Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corp. II
- Distressed Companies, Opportunity Based on Coronavirus Impact
Jason Mudrick has been our Chief Executive Officer and chairman of our board of directors since August 2020. Mr. Mudrick is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Mudrick Capital Management, L.P. (“Mudrick Capital”), an investment firm that specializes in long and short investments in distressed credit. Mudrick Capital was founded in 2009 with $5 million under management. As of August 2020, the firm had grown to approximately $2.5 billion under management, primarily for institutional clients. Mr. Mudrick began his Wall Street career in 2000 advising on mergers and acquisition transactions as an Associate in Merrill Lynch’s Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking Group. In 2001, he joined Contrarian Capital Management, where he began his focus on distressed investing. Beginning in October 2002, Mr. Mudrick served as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of the Contrarian Equity Fund, a fund specializing in post-restructured equities, which he managed until his departure at the end of 2008. As Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of the Contrarian Equity Fund, Mr. Mudrick specialized in investing in post-restructured equities, among other things. In 2009, Mr. Mudrick founded Mudrick Capital to continue his specialty of investing in distressed debt and post-restructured equities. Mr. Mudrick has served on numerous ad hoc creditors’ committees and eleven post-restructured companies’ boards of directors, including Safety-Kleen Holdings, Integrated Alarm Services Group, Salton, Rotech Healthcare, NJOY Holdings, Corporate Risk Holdings, Fieldwood Energy, Proenza Schouler, cxLoyalty and Thryv Holdings, Inc., where he is currently the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Mudrick was also Chief Executive Officer and director of Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation, our predecessor special purpose acquisition company. Mr. Mudrick also spent two years in graduate school teaching economics classes to Harvard University undergraduates. Mr. Mudrick has a B.A. in Political Science from the College of the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Mudrick was previously admitted to the New York State Bar. Mr. Mudrick’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his extensive leadership and board experience, his track record as a founder and Chief Investment Officer of Mudrick Capital, his current board experience, including as Chairman of the Board of Thryv Holdings, Inc., and his network of contacts in the distressed investing field.
Victor Danh has been our Vice President since August 2020. Mr. Danh is a Managing Director and Senior Analyst at Mudrick Capital, where he is responsible for analyzing distressed credit and equity opportunities across a diverse range of industries and overseeing and coordinating the research team. Prior to joining Mudrick Capital, Mr. Danh was a Vice President and Assistant Portfolio Manager at Contrarian Capital Management, LLC from 2003 to 2009 where he focused on deep value and distressed investments in a wide range of industries across the entire capital structure. Previously, Mr. Danh worked at Merrill Lynch in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and at UBS in the Technology Investment Banking Group. Mr. Danh previously served on the Board of Directors of Seventy Seven Energy and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Expanse Energy Solutions, Inc. Mr. Danh was also Vice President of Hycroft Mining Holding Corp. (fka Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation). Mr. Danh received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College.
David Kirsch has been our Vice President and a member of our board of directors since August 2020. Mr. Kirsch is a Managing Director and Senior Analyst at Mudrick Capital, where he is responsible for analyzing distressed credit and equity opportunities across a diverse range of industries. Prior to joining Mudrick Capital, from 2008 to 2010 Mr. Kirsch was a Senior Analyst and Managing Director at Miura Global Management, a large global long-short equity hedge fund, where he was responsible for coverage of the financial and consumer industries across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Mr. Kirsch gained extensive restructuring experience as a Director at Alvarez & Marsal from 2003 – 2008. At Alvarez & Marsal, he held primary or lead management roles on an interim basis for distressed companies and advised creditors on balance sheet solutions to maximize the value of their investments. Mr. Kirsch began his Wall Street career as an Analyst in the Healthcare Industry Group in the Investment Banking Division of Banc of America Securities. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of NJOY Holdings, Proenza Schouler and Targus Holdings and previously served on the Board of Directors of NYDJ. Mr. Kirsch currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation and Nelson Education. Mr. Kirsch was also Vice President and director of Hycroft Mining Holding Corp. (fka Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation). Mr. Kirsch received his B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kirsch’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his extensive leadership and board experience, his track record as Managing Director and Senior Analyst of Mudrick Capital, his current board experience, and his network of contacts in the distressed investing field.
Glenn Springer has been our Chief Financial Officer since August 2020. Mr. Springer is the Chief Financial Officer of Mudrick Capital, where he oversees the finance, accounting and operations functions. Prior to joining Mudrick Capital, Mr. Springer was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Turtle Creek Investment Advisors, LLC from 2007 to 2008 where he developed from inception, its operational and financial infrastructure. Prior to joining Turtle Creek, Mr. Springer served as Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer of SBZ Select Investments, LLC from 2005 to 2007 where he was responsible for the finance, accounting and compliance functions, including the registration of two investment advisors with the SEC. Previously, Mr. Springer served as Controller (A.A.I.UK), Director of Fund Accounting and a Risk Management Affiliated Fund Analyst at Asset Alliance Corporation from 2000 to 2004. Prior to Asset Alliance, Mr. Springer was a Senior Accountant in PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP’s Financial Services and Business Advisory Services Group from 1998 to 2000 where his focus was on audits of a variety of investment companies including hedge funds and private equity funds. Mr. Springer began his career at Richard A. Eisner & Co. LLP from 1996 to 1998 where he was a Senior Accountant in the Audit Department. Mr. Springer was also Chief Financial Officer of Hycroft Mining Holding Corp. (fka Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation). Mr. Springer received a B.A. from the State University of Albany and an M.B.A. from Baruch College, CUNY. Mr. Springer is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
Dennis Stogsdill will be one of our directors on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Stogsdill has in excess of 25 years of experience in management consulting, advising troubled companies, lenders and equity sponsors in distressed and non-distressed situations. Mr. Stogsdill began his career in 1994 working as a management consultant at GB Consulting and later in 1996 joined the global restructuring group of Arthur Andersen. In 2001 he helped form the restructuring group of the investment bank Berenson Minella. In 2002, he joined Alvarez & Marsal LLC, a global consulting firm specializing in corporate turnarounds and financial restructurings. Mr. Stogsdill is currently Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal LLC and has been involved in all aspects of the reorganization process, including acting in executive-level roles such as Chief Restructuring Officer. Mr. Stogsdill periodically served as the interim Chief Executive Officer or Chief Restructuring Officer (or in an analogous position) of companies which elected to utilize bankruptcy proceedings as a part of their financial restructuring process and, as such, he served as an executive officer of various companies which filed bankruptcy petitions under federal law, including, without limitation, Fairway Group Holdings in 2015, Revel Casino in 2013, Fresh & Easy Markets in 2013 and M&G Chemicals SA in 2017. Mr. Stogsdill has a B.S. from Rutgers University. Mr. Stogsdill is well-qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his experience in finance, business, operations and in restructuring and turnaround situations.
Scott Kasen will be one of our directors on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Kasen has been a private investor since 2010. Mr. Kasen is currently a Member of SK Restaurant Holdings LLC and from February 2016 to November 2018. From August 2016 through August 2020 Mr Kasen served as a director of Thryv Holdings, Inc. and from February 2016 to November 2018 was a member of the board of directors for Targus Cayman Holdco Limited. Previously, Mr. Kasen has held several senior leadership positions within Contrarian Capital Management, LLC, including co-portfolio manager of European Fund, LP and Contrarian Capital Senior Secured, LP. Mr. Kasen has previously held leadership roles as Vice President with The Trump Organization and has served as a partner with A.B. Edelman Management Company and Velocity Crossover Investors. Mr. Kasen also previously served on the board of directors for Special Metals, Inc. and Cascade Timberlands, LLC. Mr. Kasen received his Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and his Master of Business Administration degree from The Columbia Business School. In light of Mr. Kasen’s business experience, we believe it is appropriate for Mr. Kasen to serve as a director.
Dr. Brian Kushner will be one of our directors on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Dr. Kushner has, since 2009, served as a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN), a global business advisory firm, where he serves as the leader of the Private Capital Advisory Services practice and as the co-leader of the Technology practice, the Aerospace, Defense and Government Contracting practice and the Activism and M&A Solutions practice. Prior to joining FTI, Dr. Kushner was the co-founder of CXO, L.L.C., a boutique interim and turnaround management consulting firm that was acquired by FTI at the end of 2008. Over the past two decades, he has served as Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Restructuring Officer or a Director of more than two dozen public and private technology, manufacturing, telecom and defense companies, and has led, or participated in the sale or acquisition of over 25 companies. Dr. Kushner periodically served as the interim CEO or Chief Restructuring Officer (or in an analogous position) of companies which elected to utilize bankruptcy proceedings as a part of their financial restructuring process and, as such, he served as an executive officer of various companies which filed bankruptcy petitions under federal law, including, without limitation, Relativity Media LLC in 2015. Dr. Kushner began his career in 1982 at BDM International, a defense firm, and remained with them following their acquisition by Ford Motor Company, and stayed on to become Chief Scientist and General Manager as part of the management team that completed a leveraged buyout of BDM in 1990 with the Carlyle Group. Dr. Kushner serves as an independent director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Cumulus Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMLS), a leader in the radio broadcasting industry, since 2018; an independent director and member of the Audit, the Finance, the Technology and the Strategy and Operations Committees of Resideo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:REZI), a leader in smart home products and systems, since 2019; and an independent director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Gibson Brands, Inc., a manufacturer of guitars and other musical instruments, since 2018. Dr. Kushner is also a member of the Advisory Council of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and is an Emeritus member of the Engineering College Council at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Previously, from 2016 – 2020, he served as an independent director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Thryv, Inc. (fka Dex Media Holdings Inc.), a digital and print marketing company; an independent director of DevelopOnBox Holding, LLC d/b/a Zodiac Systems, a video software engineering services firm, where he served on the Audit and Governance Committees, from 2016 – until the sale of the company to Orion Innovation in 2020; from 2016 - 2018, he served as a non-executive independent director, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of the Luxfer Group, PLC (NYSE: LXFR), a specialty materials manufacturing company; from 2015 to 2016 he served as an independent director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Everyware Global, Inc, the manufacturing company that is the parent of the Oneida and Anchor Hocking brands (since renamed the Oneida Group); from 2013 to 2015 the Lead Independent Director of Damovo, LLC, the ultrahigh reliability and data systems integration company; from 2010 to 2013 as Chair of Caribbean Asset Holdings, the voice, video and telephony company serving many Caribbean islands; from 2009 to 2013 as managing member and director of DLN Holdings, LLC, a mid-tier defense contractor; from 2007 to 2012 as director and acting Chair of Sage Telecom, Inc., a competitive local exchange carrier and a Silver Point Capital portfolio company; from 2006 to 2009 a director of Pacific Crossing Limited, a telecom carrier; and from 2003 to 2008 an independent director of Headway Resources, a staffing company. Dr. Kushner was also a director of Hycroft Mining Holding Corp. (fka Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation). Dr. Kushner has a Ph.D. in Applied and Engineering Physics with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, as well as an M.S. and B.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell. Dr. Kushner is well-qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his substantial executive-level operational experience in a broad spectrum of industries, his knowledge and expertise in M&A and in IT, his extensive experience over the last 20 years as an independent director, and his extensive network of contacts in both private equity, hedge funds and distressed investing.