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BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin’s early-stage venture fund founders are taking steps by launching a blank check acquisition company in Frankfurt that will seek to raise more money than they currently have under management.
However, the trio behind 468 Capital said they had the insight and connections to complete the second launch of a German-listed shell company that will seek to buy up to 4 billion euros ($ 4.8 billion) worth of tech firms.
“There are four more than 10 billion public companies in our zip code,” 468 Capital co-founder Ludwig Ensthaler told Reuters in an interview. We know all of them.
Ensthaler refers to Delivery Hero, now part of the German blue-chip stock index, fashion e-tailer Zalando, food box delivery company Hellofresh and used car platform AUTO1 – all listed in Frankfurt.
Germany’s leading listed tech company has common roots in the Berlin ecosystem that grew around the startup incubator Rocket Internet – that’s where two of Capital’s 468 founding partners came from.
Ensthaler previously worked at Global Founders Capital, a fund supported by Delivery Hero CEO Niklas Oestberg and Hellofresh’s Dominik Richter, while his partner Alexander Kudlich served on Rocket Internet’s board.
Together with Florian Leibert, who is based in the US and has a track record as a software entrepreneur, the partners launched 468 Capital in 2020. The fund manages $ 200 million and has made 27 early-stage investments, according to Pitchbook.
The special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, they sponsor – 468 SPAC 1 SE – announced its intention to float on Tuesday night and seeks to raise 300 million euros.
Such a shell company has two years after floating to reach a target and, Kudlich said, the 468 SPAC would probably aim to raise the same amount of money through private placements before finalizing the deal.
With up to 600 million euros to work on, an acquisition worth between 1 billion and 4 billion euros would be in a “sweet spot” that would ensure sufficient free buoys for the combined company of at least 10%, added Kudlich.
468 SPAC is second only to Lakestar SPAC I SE, which raised 275 million euros when it floated in Frankfurt in February with support from German venture capitalist Klaus Hommels.
Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co KG acted as the sole global coordinator for the transaction.
Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Madeline Chambers, Larry King