Kirkland & Ellis advised World Quantum Growth Acquisition Corp. on the deal, while Cravath represented the underwriter.
World Quantum Growth Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in connection with its $200 million IPO. The SPAC was sponsored by World Quantum Growth Acquisition LLC, a Cayman Islands limited liability company controlled by a group of high-calibre executives led by Xavier Rolet KBE, former CEO of The London Stock Exchange Group, and including Serge Harry, Antoine Shagoury and Michel Brogard.
Although the Company will not be limited to a particular industry or geographic region in its identification and acquisition of a target company, the Company believes the financial services and the financial technology sectors in the U.S. and EMEA as well as relevant technology firms supporting these sectors present particularly attractive investment opportunities. The SPAC’s units began trading on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “WQGA.U” on 11 August, 2021. The offering closed on August 13, 2021.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC acted as sole book-running manager for the offering.
The Kirkland team was led by capital markets partner Cedric Van den Borren (Picture), investments funds partners Richard Watkins and Alex Brodkin and tax partner Ian Ferreira. The team also included capital markets associates Serguei Chevtchenko and Elio Gaarthuis, investment funds associate Alexander Clarke and tax partners Meredith Levy and Nadine Gelli.
The Cravath team included partners Craig F. Arcella, Nicholas A. Dorsey and Matthew G. Jones and associates Emily C. Weiss-Cook and Christopher E. Weil on capital markets matters, and partner Kara L. Mungovan and associates Rebecca L. Fine and Joana W. Li on tax matters.
Involved fees earner: Craig Arcella – Cravath Swaine & Moore; Nicholas Dorsey – Cravath Swaine & Moore; Rebecca Fine – Cravath Swaine & Moore; Matthew Jones – Cravath Swaine & Moore; Joana Li – Cravath Swaine & Moore; Kara Mungovan – Cravath Swaine & Moore; Emily Weiss – Cravath Swaine & Moore; Alex Brodkin – Kirkland & Ellis; Serguei Chevtchenko – Kirkland & Ellis; Alexander Clarke – Kirkland & Ellis; Ian Ferreira – Kirkland & Ellis; Elio Gaarthuis – Kirkland & Ellis; Nadine Gelli – Kirkland & Ellis; Meredith Levy – Kirkland & Ellis; Cédric Van den Borren – Kirkland & Ellis; Richard Watkins – Kirkland & Ellis;