Global SPAC Partners Co,
- Registration2020-10-13 Filed S1
- IPO2021-04-10 IPO, search begins
- Definitive Agreement2021-12-22 Agreement for merger
- Completed2022-07-13 Merger Completed
- SPAC Ticker
- Gorilla Technology
- Merged Ticker
- Infrastructure, Utilities
Abu Bakar S.A. Chowdhury will serve as our Chairman commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since 2013, Mr. Chowdhury has been a Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer at ASMA Capital Partners B.S.C. (c), manager of the $750 million IDB Infrastructure Fund II. He is a member of the Management Committee and is responsible for finance and investment at ASMA Capital. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Chowdhury was a Managing Partner at EMP Bahrain and was responsible for managing the $730 million IDB Infrastructure Fund I. While with EMP Bahrain, he was instrumental in several investments including several now publicly listed companies such as: TAV Airports Holding, Turkey (IST: TAVHL) a subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris Group (EPA: ADP); Air Asia, Malaysia (KLSE: AIRASIA); Sahara International Petrochemical Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) (Tadawul: 2310); Turk Telekom, Turkey (IST: TTKOM); AES Oasis, UAE (a subsidiary of AES Corporation (NYSE: AES)); Advanced Petrochemical Company, KSA (Tadawul: 2330); The Resource Group, Pakistan (PSX: TRG); SDE Berhad (Malaysia), and Globeleq Ltd. (Asia and Africa). Previously, Mr. Chowdhury was with Westpac Banking Corporation, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse Group. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of several companies such as Brooge Energy Limited, UAE (Nasdaq: BROG); Andalusia Arabia for Medical Services Company CJSC (KSA and Egypt), and United Water L.L.C, UAE. Mr. Chowdhury is a graduate and member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds post graduate degrees in Finance and Economics (M.Sc.). We believe that Mr. Chowdhury is well-qualified to serve as a Chairman of the company given his in-depth knowledge and experience in emerging markets, and successful track record in private equity and infrastructure investment management.
Bryant B. Edwards has been our Chief Executive Officer and Director since August 2020. From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Edwards was the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Twelve Seas (Nasdaq: BROG), a blank check company with $207 million held in trust that consummated its initial business combination with Brooge Energy Limited, a petroleum and gas company located in the UAE, in December, 2019. Mr. Edwards retired from Latham & Watkins, a global law firm, in 2016, after a 35-year legal career. From 1981 to 2016, Mr. Edwards served as both a practicing corporate and securities attorney, as well as in various management roles building the Latham & Watkins’ practices in Europe (from 2000 to 2008), the Middle East (from 2008 to 2012) and then East Asia (from 2012 to 2016). From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Edwards served as Chair of the European High Yield Association (EHYA) and helped establish the Gulf Bond & Sukuk Association, the trade association representing the Arabian Gulf fixed income market (GBSA) and, from 2008 to 2012, served on its Steering Committee and as Chair of its Regulatory Committee. Additionally, from 2012 to 2016, Mr. Edwards served as Vice-Chair of the Credit Markets Committee of the Asia Securities & Financial Markets Committee (ASIFMA). Mr. Edwards graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. We believe that Mr. Edwards is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his in-depth knowledge of corporate, securities and regulatory law.
Stephen N. Cannon has been our Chief Operating Officer and President since August 2020. Since 2014, Mr. Cannon has been President of Everest Partners Limited, a privately-owned investment firm focused on Asian private investments. From 2017 until 2019, Mr. Cannon was the Chief Financial Officer of Twelve Seas. From 2017 until 2019, Mr. Cannon was the President, Chief Financial Officer and a director of CM Seven Star, a Nasdaq-listed SPAC, sponsored by a leading Chinese private investment firm, which consummated its business combination with Kaixin Auto Holdings in April 2019. From 2014 until 2016, Mr. Cannon was Chief Executive Officer and a director of DT Asia Acquisition Corp, a Nasdaq-listed SPAC, which consummated its business combination with China Direct Lending Corp. in July 2016. From 2010 until 2014, Mr. Cannon was a Partner and Head of China for RedBridge Group Ltd., a boutique merchant banking firm focused on Chinese and Arabian Gulf cross-border investments. From 2009 until 2014, Mr. Cannon was a registered representative of, and senior advisor to, Ackrell Capital. From 2007 until 2010, Mr. Cannon served in various capacities with Hambrecht Asia Acquisition Corp., a Nasdaq-listed SPAC, as a co-founder, initial Chief Financial Officer and a director, and then Vice President of Acquisitions. Hambrecht Asia Acquisition Corp. merged with SGOCO Ltd, a Chinese company, in April 2010. From 2005 until 2008, Mr. Cannon served as a Managing Director of Asian investment banking for WR Hambrecht+Co. Prior to WR Hambrecht + Co., Mr. Cannon worked at ABN AMRO, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Smith Barney Shearson and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Cannon currently serves on the board of the Cambodian Hotel Association. Mr. Cannon graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Long Long has been our Chief Financial Officer since August 2020. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Long was Vice President of Twelve Seas sponsors I LLC, sponsor of Twelve Seas (Nasdaq: BROG). From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Long worked for IBM in a variety of Corporate Finance, Audit, and Managerial roles, both within the US and internationally. From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Long served as Finance Controller for IBM China’s Consulting Business Unit and Sales Channels. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Long served as the Strategy and Planning Manager for IBM China and, from January 2012 to December 2012, as a Senior Finance Analyst for IBM China. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Long served as Internal Auditor for IBM’s Asia Pacific region and, from 2006 to 2009, as a financial analyst for IBM’s worldwide operations. Mr. Long graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree, majoring in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Electrical Engineering.
Marwan Abedin will serve as a director commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since 2017, Mr. Abedin has served as the founder & CEO of Flatrace Investments, a Dubai, UAE based international boutique consulting firm focused on the Gulf region. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Abedin has served as CEO of an Investment Fund (Investment Company for CP of Dubai) within the Government of Dubai. From April 2016 to March 2017, Mr. Abedin served as a member of the Board of Directors of Noor Bank. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Abedin served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Healthcare Authority. From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Abedin served as a member of the Board of Directors for Emaar Properties PJSC as well as Chairman of its Investment Committee. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Abedin was the Director of Debt Management at the Government of Dubai Department of Finance where he was responsible for the treasury and debt issues related to the public sector entities. Mr. Abedin has executed over $40 billion of transactions in his career representing both the Government of Dubai, UAE as well as the private sector and other government entities. Mr. Abedin graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Economics and Political Science. We believe that Mr. Abedin is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his extensive finance experience in emerging markets.
Ameer Shehab Qureshi will serve as a director commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since 2014, Mr. Qureshi has been the Founder and Executive of Q Development, an investment holding company involved in Detroit real estate and US and emerging markets special situations. From 1996 to 2014, Mr. Qureshi was a Partner at EMP Global, an emerging markets private equity firm which acted as principal advisor or manager for over $5 billion of committed capital. While at EMP Global, Mr. Qureshi was responsible for overseeing the $730 million IDB Infrastructure Fund, which was the predecessor of IDB Infrastructure Fund II. In 1995, Mr. Qureshi was a Director at AIG Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Qureshi was the Vice President of Fixed Income Emerging Markets at Salomon Brothers. Prior to 1986, Mr Qureshi worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. Mr. Qureshi is a Director of TRG Pakistan Limited, a publicly listed company in Pakistan with subsidiaries operating in outsourced business services, and of Senai-Desaru Expressway Berhad, a toll road company in Malaysia. Mr. Qureshi graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that Mr. Qureshi is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his extensive investment and investment banking experience in emerging markets.
Arunava Sen will serve as a director commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since 2007, Mr. Sen has been with Coromandel Advisors, currently serving as CEO, which is a Singapore-based company focused on assisting clients with business strategies, fund raising, deal origination, transaction execution, and asset management. From 2017 to 2020, Mr. Sen was the Chief Operating Officer of Summit Power International, a Singapore-based holding company with operations in energy infrastructure. Summit Power was one of the largest investments of IDB Infrastructure Fund II. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Sen was the Chief Executive Officer of Lanco Power International, a Singapore-based power development company. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Sen was the Chief Executive Officer of Asia Cleantech Capital, a Singapore-based clean technology and clear energy PE fund. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Sen held executive positions at Globaleq Ltd, a Houston-based power sector investor and developer. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Sen was the Chief Operating Officer at Hart Energy International, a Houston-based project developer focused on America. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Sen was the Vice President of Coastal Power Company, a subsidiary of The Coastal Corporation, a Houston-based Fortune 500 energy company that was acquired by El Paso Corporation in 2001. Mr. Sen is a board member of Kenon Holdings Ltd, listed on the NYSE and TASE, a holding company with interests in power, shipping, automotive and energy industries. He is also a member of the investment committee of SUSI Partners, a PE fund focused on sustainable energy. Mr. Sen graduated from St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta, India with a Bachelor of Commerce and received his Master of Finance from the American University in Washington DC. Mr. Sen is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. We believe that Mr. Sen is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his experience on numerous prior boards of directors, including publicly listed companies, and his extensive experience with infrastructure businesses in emerging markets.