German investor Angermayer to launch biotech SPAC in the US.
Published: Feb 18, 2021 06:23 PM

A staff member of Sinovac Biotech, a Chinese biopharmaceutical company, works in the quality inspection lab of COVID-19 inactivated vaccines in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 23, 2020. China's National Medical Products Administration on Friday granted conditional market approval to CoronaVac, an inactivated COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech, the company said on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

German investor Christian Angermayer is planning to list a blank-cheque company in New York, embracing a trend that has seen a swathe of entrepreneurs tapping into investor interest in new offerings, two people close to the matter said.

His Frontier Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), is planning to sell shares worth $200 million and will have a biotech focus, the sources said, adding that an official filing could take place in the coming days with a listing as early as March.

The SPAC is being sponsored by Angermayer's family fund Apeiron Investment Group as well as by venture capital firm Falcon Edge, known for investments in companies like Uber, Delivery Hero, Alibaba and Swipe, they added.

Angermayer's Apeiron declined to comment while Falcon Edge was not immediately available for comment.

SPACs, so-called blank cheque companies, raise funds in an initial public offering with the aim of buying a private firm. The United States has seen a boom in SPAC listings, while there have been relatively few in Europe.

German venture capitalist Klaus Hommels launched a blank cheque company in Frankfurt on Wednesday through his firm Lakestar, while former UniCredit boss Jean-Pierre Mustier earlier this week teamed up with French tycoon Bernard Arnault to launch a SPAC in Amsterdam.

Like Angermayer, other entrepreneurs have chosen to seek a US listing, including the SPAC of former Credit Suisse CEO Tidjane Thiam and Egyptian billionaire Nassef Onsi Sawiris.

Oliver Samwer, the founder of German tech investment company Rocket Internet, and meal kit delivery company Hellofresh founder and Chief Executive Dominik Richter are also planning to list SPACs in New York.

Angermayer is a serial entrepreneur, backing about 30 biotech companies including Atai Life Sciences, which is developing anti-depression drugs from so-called magic mushrooms.

Angermayer was also an investor in immunotherapies firm Sensei Biotherapeutics, mental health care company Compass Pathways and artificial intelligence-powered drug discovery platform Abcellera, all of which listed in the United States in recent months.

Frontier Acquisition Corp., which will focus on the intersection of data and life sciences, is planning to sell 20 million shares at $10 each, with an over-allotment option of 3 million additional shares, the sources said.

Credit Suisse is organising the IPO, the sources said, adding that David Sinclair and Peter Attia, founders in the biotech and tech space will serve as co-chairmen, while Angermayer will serve as CEO and Falcon Edge founder Ryan Khoury as President. Credit Suisse declined to comment.