We are a newly organized blank check company incorporated as a Delaware corporation and formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses, which we refer to throughout this prospectus as our initial business combination. We have not selected any specific business combination target and we have not, nor has anyone on our behalf, initiated any substantive discussions, directly or indirectly, with any business combination target. While we may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, we intend to focus our search on companies emerging from a reorganization or distressed situation.
Management Team and Affiliates
Our management team is comprised of industry experts, whom we believe are well-positioned to identify and evaluate distressed businesses that would benefit from their experience of leading investment firms. We believe our management team offers extensive experience in distressed and restructuring transactions.
Stephen C. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen C. Smith, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, founded Seaport Global Asset Management LLC (“SGAM”), an SEC registered investment advisor and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seaport Global Holdings LLC (“SGH”), in August 2017. Mr. Smith currently serves as SGAM’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of its Investment Committee and oversees all of SGAM’s investing and business activities. In April 2001, Mr. Smith co-founded The Seaport Group LLC (currently known as SGH), which is a full-service, mid-sized independent investment bank that offers capital markets advisory, sales, trading and research services. Prior to that, from December 1999 to March 2001, Mr. Smith was a managing director at Amroc Securities, LLC, a financial service firm, where he focused on distressed sales and trading. In June 1991, he co-founded a distressed debt broker-dealer, Libra Investments, Inc., which was acquired by U.S. Bancorp in January 1999. Mr. Smith began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1982 and from 1984 to 1988 he ran the taxable fixed income trading desk for its unit trust department. In addition, Mr. Smith worked as a salesperson at S.N. Phelps & Co., a financial management firm, from 1988 to 1989 and Jefferies & Company, a financial services company, from 1989 to 1991.
Michael Ring, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Ring, our Chief Financial Officer, has been serving as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at SGAM since February 2018 and Chief Financial Officer of Seaport Specialty Lending LLC, a specialty finance company, since August 2019. Prior to joining SGAM, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Alta Fundamental Advisers, LLC, an SEC registered investment adviser, from May 2013 to February 2018, where he was responsible for managing all finance, compliance, and operational functions, including financial reporting, treasury & cash management, corporate finance, regulatory compliance matters and investor relations. Prior to that, Mr. Ring worked as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Eastwind Global Partners, an asset manager company, from March 2012 to June 2013. From May 2004 to June 2012, he worked as controller, operations manager and Chief Compliance Officer at Restoration Capital Management LLC, an SEC registered investment adviser. Prior to Restoration Capital Management, Mr. Ring worked for State Street Bank and Sumitomo Trust and Banking in their securities lending departments, and at Scudder Kemper Investments as a fund accountant in 1999.
Jay Burnham, Director Nominee
Jay Burnham, our director nominee, is a member of SGAM’s Investment Committee and the Managing Member of Sunset Way LLC, an asset management company. Mr. Burnham previously served as a Portfolio Manager and Managing Member of Armory Advisors, LLC, a special situations and distressed debt asset management firm that is affiliated with SGAM. Prior to joining Armory Advisors, LLC, Mr. Burnham was a portfolio manager at Cypress Management, LLC, an investment management firm, from May 2003 to June 2004. From November 2001 to May 2003, Mr. Burnham was an Investment Manager at Rocker Management, LLC, an investment management company, where he was responsible for distressed debt and equity investments in companies in a variety of industries and participated as a major creditor in the restructuring of XM Satellite Radio. From April 1999 to November 2001, he was a founder and an investment manager at Reprise Capital Partners, LLC, a distressed debt investment firm. From March 1996 to March 1999, Mr. Burnham was an Investment Manager at DDJ Capital Management, LLC, an investment management company. From January 1995 to February 1996, he was an investment analyst at Libra Investments, Inc., a distressed debt broker-dealer founded by our Chairman. From June 1990 to November 1994, he was an investment manager at Paul D. Sonz Partners, an investment management company. Mr. Burnham has acted as a director of a number of public and private companies in turnaround situations, including acting as a director of Live Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVE), a film distribution company that was acquired by Bain Capital in 1997 and became Artisan Entertainment, Inc., Bally’s Grand, Inc. (Nasdaq: BGLV), a gaming and entertainment company that was acquired by Bally’s Entertainment Corp., and New Millennium Homes, LLC, a California based homebuilding company.
Shelley Greenhaus, Director Nominee
Shelley Greenhaus, our director nominee, is the founder and President of Whippoorwill Associates, Inc., which manages investments in corporate reorganizations, liquidations and other related activities and was founded in December 1990. Prior to that, from 1983 to 1990, he worked as a portfolio manager at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., a full-service brokerage firm and investment bank, with responsibility for distressed investments. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Greenhaus became a financial analyst and portfolio manager for the William Rosenwald Family, a family office, where he was primarily involved in analyzing and managing investments involving corporate reorganizations, liquidations and related special situations. He began his business career in 1978, working as a financial analyst at Loeb, Rhoades, Hornblower & Co., a brokerage company, where he was primarily involved in analyzing risk arbitrage opportunities and distressed securities. From January 1999 to October 2003, Mr. Greenhaus served on the board of directors of Barneys New York, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNNY), a fashion retailer; from October 1998 to December 2004, he served on the board of director of Marvel Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a content entertainment company; and from November 1996 to December 2004, he served on the board of directors of GWI Holding, Inc. (Garden Way), a privately held power equipment company. In October 2017, he joined the board of directors of Commercial Furniture Group, Inc., a commercial furnishings company.
Jeremy Hedberg, Director Nominee
Mr. Jeremy Hedberg, our director nominee, has worked as a Partner, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Co-Head of Corporate and Traded Credit at Värde Partners, Inc. (“Värde”), a global alternative investment advisor currently managing $14 billion that has invested over $70 billion since inception. He joined Värde in November 1997 and has managed Värde’s liquid investing activities globally and led Värde’s significant investments in the residential mortgage sector in the U.S. He has served on a number of boards of portfolio companies owned by the Värde funds. He has also served on many official creditors’ committees and a number of adhoc committees to restructure companies in bankruptcy, including, but not limited to, Capmark Financial Group, Inc. a commercial finance company, Chiquita Brands International, Inc., a global fruit and food company, and Flag Telecom Holdings Ltd, a provider of international wholesale network services. Prior to joining Värde, Jeremy worked for Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison, a private equity fund specializing in middle-market leveraged buyouts, from June 1996 to October 1997. He also previously worked for Wessels, Arnold & Henderson, a full-service investment bank specializing in high-growth companies, from May 1994 to June 1996.
Charles Yamarone, Director Nominee
Mr. Charles Yamarone, our director nominee, has served as the Chief Corporate Governance and Compliance Officer of Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE: HLI), a global investment bank (“Houlihan Lokey”), since January 2016, where he advises senior management on all aspects of Houlihan Lokey’s corporate governance, compliance and internal audit, including Houlihan Lokey’s initial public offering in August 2015. From January 2014 to May 2015, he was a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s capital markets group, where he had been a senior investment banker since November 2009. Between 1991 and 2009, Mr. Yamarone was a senior officer of Libra Securities, an institutional broker dealer, and he was involved in all areas of Libra Securities’ business, including capital markets, corporate finance, sales and trading, research, legal, compliance, and operations. From January 1996 to July 2020, Mr. Yamarone was a director of the El Paso Electric Company (NYSE: EE), where he served as chairman of the audit committee, compensation committee and a member of the energy and resource committee. He was the Chairman of the Board of El Paso Electric from February 2015 until July 2020. From October 2010 to June 2016, Mr. Yamarone served as a member of the board of directors, chair of the compensation committee, a member of the executive committee and audit committee of United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL). From February 1995 to October 2010, Mr. Yamarone served as a member of the board of directors of Continental Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: CAL), where he was chairman of the human resources committee and a member of the corporate governance committee. He previously served as a director of other companies, including Bally's Grand, Inc., (Nasdaq: BGLV), a gaming and entertainment company that was acquired by Bally’s Entertainment Corp., LIVE Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVE), a film distribution company that was acquired by Bain Capital in 1997 and became Artisan Entertainment, Inc., Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: MGRE), a national clothing retail chain, and Vagabond Inn Corporation, a hotel chain.
SGAM and SGH
We believe our affiliation with SGAM and SGH and the significant financial and operational restructuring expertise of our team provide us with important competitive advantages for sourcing, pursuing and evaluating an initial business combination within our target universe.
Stephen C. Smith, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, founded SGAM, an SEC registered investment advisor and an alternative investment management firm, in August 2017. SGAM focuses on distressed, special situation and event-driven securities. Its investment objective is to achieve exceptional risk-adjusted capital appreciation through investments in various securities of companies, which are in financial and/or legal distress or have recently emerged from financial reorganizations or lawsuits. At the core of SGAM’s strategy is deep-rooted, credit- and equity-based fundamental analysis, leveraging the team’s distressed, legal, bankruptcy and financial expertise. SGAM believes that distressed securities can often be purchased at discounts to intrinsic value given the complexities surrounding their restructuring. SGAM complements its liquid investment strategy with illiquid investments where it has taken an active approach to managing such investments often through participation on credit committees, liquidating trusts and board positions.
Stephen C. Smith, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, also founded SGH, the parent company of SGAM, in 2001. SGH is a global investment bank that has advised clients for nearly twenty years on multi-industry distressed asset investing and capital markets advisory, sales, trading and research services.