Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp. II

Underwriter: Goldman Sachs
Media, Entertainment, Sports, Gaming, Marketing, Healthcare, Wellness, Technology
External link: SEC Filings



Alan G. Mnuchin founded and has been the chief executive officer of Ariliam Group, a principal investment and strategic consulting firm, since 2019. He has been the chief executive officer and chairman of Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: FCAC) since June 2020. Mr. Mnuchin has invested in various media and technology companies prior to and since founding Ariliam Group. Mr. Mnuchin served as a member of the board of directors of Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp. from May 2020 until the consummation of its business combination with Skillz Inc. in December 2020. Mr. Mnuchin served as a member of the board of directors of Target Hospitality Corp. (Nasdaq: TH) from January 2019 to March 2019. In 2003, Mr. Mnuchin formed the boutique investment bank AGM Partners LLC, through which he has acted as a strategic M&A advisor to leading corporate, entrepreneurial and private equity clients on transactions totalling over $80 billion. Prior to founding AGM Partners, Mr. Mnuchin was the global head of the media group of Lehman Brothers from 2000 to 2003. Previously, Mr. Mnuchin was head of the media and entertainment group at Bear Stearns from 1996 to 2000. Prior to joining Bear Stearns, Mr. Mnuchin was a senior member of the communications, media and entertainment group at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), where he started his career in 1984, with primary responsibility for the group’s media industry efforts. Mr. Mnuchin earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Mnuchin is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive knowledge of the media and entertainment fields and considerable experience in merger and acquisition transactions.

Saif Rahman has been the managing director and chief operating officer of Ariliam Group since 2019. In this role, Mr. Rahman sources, evaluates and manages Ariliam Group’s investments in media and technology companies. He has been the chief financial officer of Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: FCAC) since June 2020. Prior to Ariliam Group, Mr. Rahman was a senior member of AGM Partners LLC, where he joined in late 2003, with a focus on the company’s entrepreneurial and private equity client advisory practice. In 2016, Mr. Rahman independently pursued an event-driven public investment strategy focused on the media and technology sectors through Five Square Capital Management. Prior to AGM Partners LLC, Mr. Rahman was vice president of Hudson Apparel Group, a textile & apparel design and manufacturing firm focused on womenswear, where he led the firm’s strategic shift from an importer of specialty textiles to a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of women’s apparel. Mr. Rahman began his career as an analyst in Salomon Smith Barney’s mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Rahman earned a B.S. from Cornell University in 2000.

Karen Finerman, our Director , co-founded New York-based hedge fund Metropolitan Capital Advisors in 1992 and currently serves as its chief executive officer. Ms. Finerman has been a director of Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: FCAC) since September 2020, where she serves on the audit committee and compensation committee. Ms. Finerman is expected to join the board of directors of Disruptive Acquisition Corporation I following its initial public offering. She has been a panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money since its debut in 2007, and is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Finerman’s Rules: Secrets I’d Only Tell My Daughters About Business and Life.

Ms. Finerman served as a member of the board of directors at GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE: EAF) from 2014 until its acquisition in 2015. Ms. Finerman is a board member of the Overseers Board at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, her alma mater. In addition, Ms. Finerman is a board member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and she sat for 15 years on the board of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. We believe Ms. Finerman is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her extensive experience analyzing market reactions to public offerings and particular expertise in corporate governance and effective communication with investors.

Michael Ronen, our Director , is co-founder and president of Branded E-Commerce Group, a global platform company that partners with and invests in leading consumer products and marketplace brands online. He is also a managing partner of Oud Capital Management LLC, which he formed to pursue investments in growth equity opportunities in the technology space. Mr. Ronen has been a director of Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: FCAC) since September 2020, where he serves on the audit committee. From 2017 to 2020, Mr. Ronen was managing partner of SoftBank Investment Advisers (commonly referred to as the Softbank Vision Fund), a technology-focused private investment fund affiliated with SoftBank Group Corp, where he held four board seats and two board observer positions. From 1998 to 2017, Mr. Ronen held various positions at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) most recently as a partner, managing director and co-chief operating officer of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group, as well as a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. Mr. Ronen earned an LLB from Tel-Aviv University in 1994 and an MBA, with distinction, from the Stern School of Business at NYU in 1998. We believe Mr. Ronen is qualified to be on our board of directors due to his extensive advisory, investment and venture capital experiences, as well as his experience of serving on the boards of technology-focused companies.

Anwar Zakkour, our Director , is a private investor with a 30 year track record both on Wall Street and as a senior corporate executive. Most recently, from 2019 to 2020, Mr. Zakkour worked as chief investment officer and was a member of the Executive Committee at Majid Al-Futtaim, the largest blue-chip private company in the United Arab Emirates, with major operations across retail, hospitality, and leisure & entertainment. From 1990 until 2018, Mr. Zakkour held various senior and leadership positions at top-tier investment banks, including most recently as Global Head of TMT Investment Banking at Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), and as Global Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at JP Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and he was a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committees at both firms. Mr. Zakkour also previously worked at Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) (including its predecessors, Salomon Smith Barney and Salomon Brothers). During his investment banking career, Mr. Zakkour worked on a number of large and high profile transactions, mostly within the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. From 1999 to 2000 for a period of 18 months, Mr. Zakkour was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, and Executive Vice President, Internet Group, at Cendant Corporation. After completing a 3-year program at Copenhagen University of Medicine, Mr. Zakkour attended Copenhagen Business School and received a Masters Degree from ESCP Europe (previously, EAP – European School of Management). He has extensive multi-cultural/multi-geographic experience having lived and worked in the US, Europe and Middle East, and is fluent in English, French, Danish and Arabic. We believe Mr. Zakkour is qualified to be on our board of directors due to his extensive and diverse investment experience.

Douglas J. Band, our Director , is a co-founder and the former President of Teneo, a global advisory firm working exclusively with the CEOs and leaders of the world’s largest and most complex multi-national Fortune 500 companies, philanthropies and investment firms. Mr. Band began working in the White House in 1995, serving in the White House Counsel’s office for four years and later in the Oval Office as the President’s Aide. In 1999, he was appointed as a Special Assistant to the President before he was made one of the youngest Deputy Assistants ever to serve a President. Mr. Band served as President Clinton’s chief advisor from 2002 until 2011, advising him as the Counselor to the President. Mr. Band has advised several heads of state, governors and mayors in their transition out of public office into private life. Mr. Band served on the Georgetown University Board of Regents, as an adjunct professor at NYU, and on the boards of NYCFC, the University of Florida Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club. He also served on the International Board of Coca-Cola for 8 years, the United States bid committee for the World Cup and the organizing committee for the America’s Cup. Mr. Band graduated from the University of Florida and has a masters and a law degree from Georgetown University. We believe Mr. Band is qualified to be on our board of directors due to his extensive advisory experience and global network of senior executive and investor relationships.

Jeremy Zimmer, our Director , co-founded United Talent Agency in 1991 and was named chief executive officer in 2012. Mr. Zimmer is one of the industry’s leading agents, and has been instrumental in establishing United Talent Agency as one of the world’s pre-eminent talent agencies with a reputation for its artist-first focus and oversees more than 1,000 agents, executives and employees globally. Since becoming chief executive officer, Mr. Zimmer has led the company’s evolution into one of the world’s leading talent and entertainment companies through a series of acquisitions and expansions across news, speakers, content creation, music, esports, digital talent and sports spaces. Prior to forming United Talent Agency, Mr. Zimmer was a partner at Bauer/Benedek Agency from 1989 to 1991. Prior to Bauer/Benedek Agency, Mr. Zimmer was a talent agent at ICM Partners from 1984 to 1989. We believe Mr. Zimmer is qualified to be on our board of directors due to his extensive experience in the media and entertainment sectors.