ATWO

Pre IPO

Acies Acquisition Corp. II

Raised
$250M
CIK
1844940
Focus
Entertainment, Gaming, Hospitality, Sports
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

James Murren has served as Chairman of our board of directors since January 2021. Mr. Murren also serves as the Chairman of Acies I (NASDAQ: ACAC), a special purpose acquisition company targeting businesses in the live, location-based and mobile experiential entertainment industries, since August 2020. Mr. Murren is also the Chair of the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force since March 2020 and has served as the Co-Chairman of the board of Cirque du Soleil since November 2020. He was the chair of the Leadership Board of the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for Howard University since 2016. Mr. Murren first joined MGM Resorts International in February 1998 as the Chief Financial Officer and served as the Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International from December 2008 to February 2020. He also served as Chairman of the American Gaming Association from 2014 to 2017, was on the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution from 2011 to 2018, served on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council from December 2013 to September 2020, and served as a director of Delta Petroleum Corporation from February 2008 to November 2011. Mr. Murren co-founded the Nevada Cancer Institute, which was the official cancer institute for the state of Nevada until 2013, and served as a director from 2002 to 2012. Mr. Murren is also a founding contributor to Nevada’s first Fisher House, which provides housing for military and Veterans’ families, which was founded in February 2016. He also served as a member of the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of leading U.S. companies. Mr. Murren received his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College. We believe Mr. Murren’s significant leadership experience makes him well qualified to serve as Chairman of our board of directors.

Daniel Fetters has served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer since January 2021. Mr. Fetters also serves as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Acies I (NASDAQ: ACAC), a special purpose acquisition company targeting businesses in the live, location-based and mobile experiential entertainment industries, since August 2020. Previously, Mr. Fetters spent 20 years at Morgan Stanley from July 2000 to September 2020. Mr. Fetters served as a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisition Group and became the Head of Western Region M&A in 2017, a position he held until his retirement in September 2020. Prior to his move to Los Angeles in 2005, Mr. Fetters spent five years with Morgan Stanley in New York focused on the Media & Communications sectors in both a financing and M&A capacity. Mr. Fetters received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Edward King has served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer since January 2021. Mr. King also serves as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Acies I (NASDAQ: ACAC), a special purpose acquisition company targeting businesses in the live, location-based and mobile experiential entertainment industries, since August 2020. Previously, Mr. King spent 20 years at Morgan Stanley, from March 2000 to September 2020, where, since January 2010, he served as Managing Director and Global Head of Gaming Investment Banking. In this capacity, Mr. King provided strategic and financial advice to clients on M&A and helped clients raise debt and equity capital in the public and private markets. Between July 1996 and February 2000, Mr. King was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, working during this period in their London, Los Angeles and New York offices. Mr. King was a Board Member of the American Gaming Association from January 2014 to December 2015 and from January 2018 to December 2019. Mr. King has been a speaker at G2E, G2E Asia, International Association of Gaming Regulators, International Masters of Gaming Law, and International Association of Gaming Advisors conferences. Mr. King holds M.Phil, MA and BA degrees in economics from Cambridge University, England.

Chris Grove has served as our Executive Vice President of Acquisitions since January 2021. Mr. Grove also serves as the Executive Vice President of Acies I (NASDAQ: ACAC), a special purpose acquisition company targeting businesses in the live, location-based and mobile experiential entertainment industries, since August 2020. Mr. Grove has been a partner at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming since March 2017 and first joined them in December 2014, and is also on the board of FansUnite (FANS.CN). Mr. Grove also co-founded PlayUSA Media in January 2013, which was acquired by Catena Media in 2017. Following the acquisition, he also served as the Acting Director for Catena Media’s U.S. division through the completion of the transaction in October 2019. Mr. Grove received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Illinois State University.

Zach Leonsis will join our board upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Leonsis currently serves as a director of Acies I (NASDAQ: ACAC), a special purpose acquisition company targeting businesses in the live, location-based and mobile experiential entertainment industries, since October 2020. Mr. Leonsis has been the senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment since June 2017 and general manager of Monumental Sports Network since February 2016. Mr. Leonsis received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from Georgetown University. We believe Mr. Leonsis’ background makes him well qualified to serve as a director.

Brisa Trinchero will join our board upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Ms. Trinchero currently serves as a director of Acies I (NASDAQ: ACAC), a special purpose acquisition company targeting businesses in the live, location-based and mobile experiential entertainment industries, since October 2020. Ms. Trinchero is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Princess Grace Foundation-USA & Grace de Monaco LLC since April 2019 and also serves as a trustee of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts since July 2019 and as an advisor for the American Theater Wing since July 2020 and Selladoor Worldwide since July 2017. Previously, Ms. Trinchero served as the Director of Innovation at the John Gore Organization from September 2017 to March 2019 and as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ShooWin from September 2015 to December 2017. Ms. Trinchero received her Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University and her M.B.A. from the University of Portland. We believe Ms. Trinchero’s background makes her well qualified to serve as a director.

Sam Kennedy will join our board upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Kennedy currently serves as a director of Acies I (NASDAQ: ACAC), a special purpose acquisition company targeting businesses in the live, location-based and mobile experiential entertainment industries, since October 2020. Mr. Kennedy has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Red Sox since August 2015 and has been a member of the baseball club’s upper management hierarchy since March 2002. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Fenway Sports Management, a sports marketing and sales agency that is a sister company to the Boston Red Sox under the Fenway Sports Group family. Mr. Kennedy also serves on the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Trustee/Advisory Board since October 2016 and the Marketing Committee since September 2016, the Winsor School Board of Trustees since the 2018 academic year, the Dana-Farber’s Visiting Committee for Institute Initiatives since February 2016, the BASE’s Advisory Committee since October 2017, and the Camp Harbor View Board of Directors since July 2016. Mr. Kennedy received his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College. We believe Mr. Kennedy’s background makes him well qualified to serve as a director.

Andrew Zobler will join our board upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Zobler currently serves as a director of Acies I (NASDAQ: ACAC), a special purpose acquisition company targeting businesses in the live, location-based and mobile experiential entertainment industries, since October 2020. Mr. Zobler has been the Founder & CEO of the Sydell Group, a hospitality company, since October 2005. Prior to founding Sydell Group, Mr. Zobler served as Partner and Chief Investment Officer of André Balazs Properties from January 2003 to October 2005, and as a Principal in the Managing Member of the real estate fund Lazard Freres Real Estate Investors, LLC from May 2000 to January 2003. He joined Lazard from Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2000, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development from April 1998 to May 2000. Before joining Starwood, Mr. Zobler was a partner in the real estate group at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP in their New York office from January 1997 to April 1998 specializing in hotel transactions. Mr. Zobler received his Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Binghamton and his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School. We believe Mr. Zobler’s background makes him well qualified to serve as a director.

Advisors to the Board

Curtis Polk is the Managing Partner of Hornets Sports & Entertainment. In addition, he manages the financial and business affairs of Michael Jordan, his family office and his related companies. Mr. Polk, with Mr. Jordan, is in the ownership group of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and is an Alternate Governor on the NBA’s Board of Governors. Mr. Jordan and Mr. Polk are also part of the ownership group of the championship E-Sports team, Team Liquid, and the newly formed NASCAR Cup team 23XI Racing. Mr. Polk is an Executive Producer of the 2020 Emmy Award winning documentary The Last Dance, a 10 Episode Series that chronicles the Chicago Bulls and Jordan’s rise during the 1980s-90s. Mr. Polk helped advise Mr. Jordan during the launch of Nike’s Jordan Brand in 1997 and today is a member of the Jordan Brand Advisory Board. Mr. Polk has been named multiple times to the Sporting News’ “100 Most Powerful People in Sports” list. Prior to working exclusively for Mr. Jordan in 2001, he was an Executive Vice President of SFX Sports. He founded Falk Associates Management Enterprises (FAME) with David Falk in 1992. In May 1998, FAME merged with SFX Entertainment (currently Live Nation), the country’s leading producer, promoter and presenter of live entertainment events. A 1981 graduate of the University of Maryland, Mr. Polk earned his law degree at the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1988 and served on the Center’s Law Review.

Todd Dagres is a co-founder and General Partner of Spark Capital since 2005, and the co-founder and chairman of Liteboxer Technology, Inc., a private fitness company, since 2017. Mr. Dagres has led Spark Capital’s investments in 1stDibs, Freight Farms, Kateeva, SiFive and Menara. He also led Spark Capital’s previous investments in Menara (acquired by IPG Photonics), Covestor (acquired by Interactive Brokers) and Verivue (acquired by Akamai). Mr. Dagres was previously a General Partner at Battery Ventures from 1996 to 2004, where he led investments in Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), Arbor Networks (Donaher), Broadbus (Motorola), Redstone (Siemans), River Delta Networks (Motorola), Qtera (Nortel Networks) and XCOM (Level 3 Communications). Earlier in his career, Mr. Dagres was a senior technology analyst at Montgomery Securities (1992 to 1994), Smith Barney (1991 to 1992) and Yankee Group (1988 to 1991). Mr. Dagres was the co-founder and chairman of Power Launch from 2017 until it ceased operations in 2018, during which time it featured a venture philanthropy fund and innovative programs that aimed to help promising nonprofits scale and sustain their impact. Mr. Dagres taught as an adjunct professor at the MIT Sloan School of Business and has produced several feature films, including Pretty Persuasion, Transsiberian, Invisible Hands and Nothing Left to Fear. He is on the president’s advisory board at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a member of Boston Children’s Hospital Trust Board. Mr. Dagres holds a B.S. from Trinity College and an M.B.A. from Boston University.