TACQ

Pre IPO

Tetragon Acquisition Corp I

Raised
$500M
CIK
1852038
Focus
Alternative Asset Management, Technology, Software
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Executive Officers

Our Chief Investment Officer, Reade Griffith , co-founded Tetragon in 2005 and co-founded Polygon in 2002. He is also the Chief Investment Officer of TFG Asset Management and is responsible for the investment management of TFG Asset Management’s private equity investments in asset management companies. Mr. Griffith was previously the founder and chief executive officer of the European office of Citadel Investment Group, a multi-strategy hedge fund that he joined in 1998. Mr. Griffith was a partner and senior managing director responsible for running the Global Event-Driven arbitrage team in Tokyo, London and Chicago for the firm. Prior to that, he was with Baker, Nye, where he was an analyst working on an arbitrage and special situations portfolio. Mr. Griffith holds an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. Griffith was previously a member of the Financial Sector Forum at the Bank of England and is currently a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School. Mr. Griffith also served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and left as a Captain following the 1991 Gulf War. We believe Mr. Griffith’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his years of investment and asset management experience, including as a co-founder of Tetragon, and his extensive relationship network for sourcing potential investments.

Our Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Prince , joined Tetragon in 2015 and is the Head of TFG Asset Management. Mr. Prince was previously the Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Chair of the Investment Committee of Silver Creek Capital Management, a $7 billion alternative investment firm. Prior to joining Silver Creek in 2007, Mr. Prince helped found, and was on the investment team of, two long/short equity hedge funds. Mr. Prince began his career at Tiger Management. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Prince currently serves as Chair of the Investment Committee of The Heinz Endowments. We believe Mr. Prince’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his prior leadership roles in the investment management industry, and his subsequent experience as the head of TFG Asset Management and its portfolio of asset management companies.

Our Chief Financial Officer, Paul Gannon , is the Chief Financial Officer at TFG Asset Management. Mr. Gannon joined the group in 2004. Prior to that he was an interest rate derivatives Analyst in the Capital Markets Division of J.P. Morgan in London. Before J.P. Morgan, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the Asset Management Division at PwC. Mr. Gannon has a M.A. degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Our General Counsel is Sean Côté , the General Counsel and Co-Head of Legal, Regulatory and Compliance at TFG Asset Management. Mr. Côté joined the group in 2004. Prior to that he was a Senior Corporate Associate in the New York office of Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm he joined in 1999, where he advised clients on a broad range of corporate matters. Mr. Côté started his legal career in 1995 with Hale and Dorr in Boston, where he focused on securities and M&A transactions. He has an A.B. degree from Harvard College, a M.A.L.D. degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. Côté is admitted to the New York, Massachusetts and Florida bars.

In addition to Reade Griffith and Stephen Prince, our board will include:

Our Executive Chairman, Paddy Dear , co-founded Tetragon in 2005 and Polygon in 2002. Mr. Dear was previously a Managing Director and the Global Head of Hedge Fund Coverage for UBS Warburg Equities. Prior to that, he was co-head of European sales trading, execution, arbitrage sales and flow derivatives. Mr. Dear had been with UBS since 1988, including six years in New York. Mr. Dear was in equity sales at Prudential Bache before joining UBS and started his career as a petroleum engineer with Marathon Oil Co. Mr. Dear holds a B.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College in London. We believe Mr. Dear’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his years of experience in the alternative asset management sector, and in particular the network of relationships and sourcing opportunities he has developed, working alongside Mr. Griffith as a co-founder of Tetragon.

Gideon Berger joined BAAM in 2002 and worked there until his departure in February 2021. Mr. Berger was co-Chief Investment Officer for the business, Chairman of BAAM’s Investment Committee and sat on BAAM’s Management Committee. During his tenure he oversaw the management of client asset growth to approximately $80 billion. Mr. Berger conceived and led several strategic initiatives that contributed to BAAM’s evolution from a traditional fund of funds to a hedge fund solutions provider with a variety of strategies for both institutional and individual investors and a combination of both direct and fund investments. Additional BAAM strategies included co-investing, special situations investing, hedge fund seeding and the purchase of general partner stakes across a variety of asset managers. Prior to joining BAAM, Mr. Berger co-founded Ez-Ways.com, a technology startup that was focused on logistics. Mr. Berger holds a B.A. degree in Mathematics and Physics from Vassar College, a M.S. degree in Applied Physics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Courant Institute at New York University. He is currently a Trustee at The Brearley School. We believe Mr. Berger’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience in investment and asset management at BAAM.

Mark Johnson is a Co-Founder, the Managing Partner, and serves on the Investment Committee, of Astra Capital Management, an investment management firm specializing in the communications and technology sectors. Mr. Johnson has 22 years of investment experience in communications and technology having invested on behalf of several leading firms. Having been a member of a number of large global private equity firms during his career, Mr. Johnson worked directly alongside successful investors in the industry in active deal situations. He was a member of the investment team in several of the industry’s successful buyout funds, including Carlyle Partners III, IV and V; Blackstone Capital Partners III and IV; and smaller vehicles such as Whitney Equity Partners. Through this experience, he gained training and built relationships across Wall Street. Mr. Johnson has been involved in the execution of privately-negotiated transactions, corporate carve-outs, follow-on acquisitions, initial public offerings and strategic sale exits for investments. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Johnson was a member of The Carlyle Group, ultimately serving as a Managing Director and Global Partner responsible for leading global efforts in the wireless and business services sectors. Before joining Carlyle, Mr. Johnson was at The Blackstone Group from 2001 to 2004 and J.H. Whitney from 1997 to 1999. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Johnson’s board experience includes Syniverse Technologies, Science Applications International Corporation and TRW Automotive. He received an A.B. degree in Economics from Princeton University and a M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, and he is an alumnus of both the SEO and Toigo career programs. Mr. Johnson served on the 2008 Obama-Biden Presidential Economic Transition Team, received the 2011 National Association of Insurance Commissioners Award of Excellence, and serves as a member of the Washington D.C. Federal City Council, the Board of Directors of the Princeton University Investment Company and the Governing Board and Investment Committee of St. Albans School. We believe Mr. Johnson’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his years of investment experience in communications and technology and his experience with private equity and buyout firms.

Abby Levy is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Primetime Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in, and builds from the ground up, companies that aim to transform the quality of living for older adults. Prior to Primetime Partners, Ms. Levy was an executive at SoulCycle from 2017 to 2019, where she oversaw business development and revenue growth outside the consumer studio business, with an emphasis on building new digital products as the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth. Prior to SoulCycle, Ms. Levy teamed with Arianna Huffington to launch Thrive Global in 2016, a behavior change technology company focused on employee productivity and wellness. Ms. Levy served as President of Thrive Global and remains on the Thrive Board. As President of the business, Ms. Levy worked with Ms. Huffington to develop the initial business, fundraising, hiring and sales and marketing plans for the company, and managed two rounds of funding. Prior to Thrive, Ms. Levy served as an advisor to many startups and established businesses, partnering with CEOs on topics of business development, marketing and growth. Ms. Levy began her career at McKinsey and then led product development at OXO International. She has a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School. We believe Ms. Levy’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include her considerable venture capital investment expertise, and also her entrepreneurial success.

Tom Purcell is the Co-Founder of Alua Capital Management, a global long/short fund formed in 2020. Prior to Alua, Mr. Purcell launched Lake Trail Capital, his family office, in 2015 to invest in public securities and private businesses. Prior to founding Lake Trail, Mr. Purcell worked for Viking Global Investors for over 14 years, where he served in various investment and management capacities. Having joined the firm in 1999 as an analyst covering financial services companies, Mr. Purcell assumed portfolio management responsibilities at Viking in 2003. As a Portfolio Manager, he was responsible for managing a team of analysts and a diversified portfolio with a primary focus in financial services as well as business services, energy and other industries. While at Viking, Mr. Purcell served as the firm’s Co-Chief Investment Officer from 2012 to 2014, as a member of the Management Committee from 2005 to 2015 and as a member of the Executive Committee from 2007 to 2015. Mr. Purcell also served as a director for Easterly Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, from 2015-2018. Mr. Purcell started his investment career in 1998 at Tiger Management. Mr. Purcell has a B.S. degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Georgetown University, the Georgetown University Endowment and the Tiger Foundation, and is on the Investment Committee of Cold Spring Harbor Lab Endowment. We believe Mr. Purcell’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his substantial investment background, with a focus on financial services as well as business services, energy and other industries.