Far Peak Acquisition Corp
- Registration2020-11-16 Filed S1
- IPO2020-12-04 IPO, search begins
- Definitive AgreementNo merger agreement yet
- FailedNot yet completed
- SPAC Ticker
- FinTech, Financial Services, Technology
Thomas W. Farley will serve as our Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman of the Board and a director . Mr. Farley is the current Chairman of the Board of Global Blue. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Far Point. Additionally, he served as President of the NYSE Group of ICE from May 2014 until May 2018. Mr. Farley’s responsibilities included leading all operations for the NYSE and managing a diverse range of equity and equity options exchanges, comprising the largest equities listing and securities trading venue in the world. Mr. Farley joined the NYSE in November 2013 when ICE acquired NYSE Euronext. Prior to becoming President of the NYSE in May 2014, he served as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the NYSE, Mr. Farley served as Senior Vice President of Financial Markets at ICE, where he oversaw the development of several businesses and initiatives across ICE’s markets. Mr. Farley joined ICE in 2007 as the President and Chief Operating Officer of ICE Futures U.S., formerly the New York Board of Trade. He also represented ICE on the Options Clearing Corporation Board of Directors. Prior to joining ICE, Mr. Farley was President of SunGard Kiodex, a risk management technology provider to the derivatives markets and prior thereto served as the business unit’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Farley has also held various positions in investment banking at Montgomery Securities and in private equity at Gryphon Investors. Mr. Farley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Georgetown University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. We believe that Mr. Farley’s extensive knowledge and experience in connection with our capital markets and with the financial services industry and participants in that industry will provide us a unique opportunity to explore and review potential business combination opportunities.
David W. Bonanno will serve as our Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and a director . Until recently (from 2018), Mr. Bonanno served as Chief Financial Officer and was a director of Far Point through its completion of its business combination with Global Blue in August 2020. From 2008 to 2020, Mr. Bonanno was a Managing Director at Third Point LLC, a New York based investment manager with $14.8 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2019, which co-sponsored Far Point Acquisition Corp. During his twelve-year tenure at Third Point, Mr. Bonanno was responsible for analyzing and executing public and private investment opportunities across a broad range of industries including Fintech, financial services, telecommunications, energy and real estate. Additionally, Mr. Bonanno was the primary investment professional responsible for the Third Point Hellenic Recovery Fund L.P., a $750 million long term investment vehicle exclusively dedicated to illiquid growth investments in Southern Europe. Mr. Bonanno previously served as a director of Social Finance, Inc. (SoFi), Energean PLC (LSE: ENOG), Far Point Acquisition Corp (NYSE: FPAC), Hellenic Bank PCL (CSE: HB), Neptune Financial, Inc. and Tollerton Investments Limited which held a 50.3% stake in Play Communications S.A. prior to its public listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in July 2017. Mr. Bonanno has served as a director or executive officer for companies which have collectively issued over $30 billion in debt, more than $4 billion in equity through the public and private capital markets, and completed three initial public offerings on major US and European exchanges. Mr. Bonanno has significant experience as a director and executive officer of regulated financial service companies including businesses supervised in the United States by the FDIC, SEC, FINRA and CFPB and in Europe by the ECB. Prior to joining Third Point, Mr. Bonanno was a Private Equity Associate at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. from 2006 to 2008 and an analyst in Restructuring and Reorganization Advisory Group at Rothschild Inc. from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Bonanno graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2004 with an A.B. in Psychology. Mr. Bonanno’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive investment experience at Third Point, his current and prior board experiences and his extensive network of contacts in the Fintech sector.
Stanley A. McChrystal will be appointed a director upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. From 2018, General McChrystal served as a director of Far Point through its completion of its business combination with Global Blue in August 2020. General McChrystal is a retired United States Army General. From June 2009 to June 2010, General McChrystal served as Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). From August 2008 to June 2009, General McChrystal served as Director, Joint Staff and from 2003 until 2008 as Commander of the Army’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). General McChrystal is the founder of the McChrystal Group LLC, a privately held global services and leadership development firm based in Alexandria, VA, and has served as its CEO since 2010. He also currently serves as a director of FiscalNote, a privately held legislative and regulatory analytics firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. He is currently an advisor to General Atomics. Within the last ten years, General McChrystal served on the boards of Knowledge International, Navistar International Corp. Siemens Government Technologies as well as JetBlue Airlines, and Deutsche Bank US Corporation, both headquartered in New York City. He served as chairperson of The Yellow Ribbon Fund, a non-profit organization committed to helping wounded veterans and their families. General McChrystal is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He is currently the chair of Service Year Alliance, a project of Be The Change and the Aspen Institute, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American. General McChrystal has been asked to join our board because of his significant leadership and management experience.
Nicole Seligman will be appointed a director upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. From 2018, Ms. Seligman served as a director of Far Point through its completion of its business combination with Global Blue in August 2020. Since August 2016, Ms. Seligman has been a member of the board of Viacom, Inc. and now Viacom CBS, where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee. Since January 2014, Ms. Seligman has been a member of the Board of WPP PLC, where she has served as Senior Independent Director since April 2016. Since 2019, Ms. Seligman has been a member of the board of MeiraGTx. Until March 2016, Ms. Seligman served as the President of Sony Entertainment, Inc. (beginning in 2014) and of Sony Corporation of America (beginning in 2012), and as Senior Legal Counsel of Sony Group (beginning in 2014). Ms. Seligman had previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sony Corporation from 2005 to 2014. She joined Sony in 2001 and served in a variety of other capacities during her tenure. Prior to joining Sony, Ms. Seligman was a partner in the litigation practice at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., where she worked on a broad range of complex civil and criminal matters and represented a wide range of clients, including President William Jefferson Clinton. Ms. Seligman joined Williams & Connolly in 1985. She served as law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1984 to 1985 and as law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1984. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was a winner of the Sears Prize. Ms. Seligman’s qualifications to serve on our board include her independence, her broad experience at a major global public company, her significant contributions to other corporate boards, and her exceptional achievements in the legal profession.
Charles Vice will be appointed a director upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Vice retired as Vice Chairman of ICE in 2020. Prior to that he served as ICE’s Chief Operating Officer since inception and as President since ICE’s 2005 initial public offering. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Vice worked with the executive management team in setting corporate objectives and strategies and had day-to-day responsibility for technology, operations, cyber security, and product development. For over 25 years, he has been a leader in the application of information technology in the energy and financial services industries. Prior to the founding of ICE in 2000, Mr. Vice was a Director at Continental Power Exchange (CPEX), an electronic marketplace for trading electric power. Mr. Vice earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He served on the Board of Visitors at the Owen School and the Leadership Board of the University of Alabama College of Engineering where he is a Distinguished Engineering Fellow. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of MUST Ministries and resides in Atlanta, Georgia. His independence, extensive experience as a director and experience working with successful companies across a range of industries will add a valuable perspective to our board.