Demonstrates Union Square Advisors’ expertise in providing comprehensive advisory and strategic capital markets advice to disruptive, high-growth ESG and financial technology companies
On December 16, 2021, Union Square Advisors announced it served as the exclusive financial advisor to Aspiration (“Aspiration” or the “Company”), a global leader in Sustainability as a Service solutions for consumers and companies, and InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc. (NYSE: IPVF) (“InterPrivate III”), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, in its $315 million of incremental equity financings from funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”), a leading global alternative investment management firm, and investment affiliates of businessman and investor Steve Ballmer (“Ballmer”).
“Raising significant equity now at a premium to the initial deSPAC valuation, coupled with non-dilutive long-term preferred financing, demonstrates a recognition of Aspiration’s accelerated growth this year,” said Aspiration CEO Andrei Cherny. “The switch to sustainability will likely be the largest, fastest shift in behavior in human history and we are proud to welcome the support of such respected investors as we move toward a historic listing to bring sustainability services and ESG-driven financial solutions to the public market.”
Ahmed Fattouh, Chairman and CEO of InterPrivate III, added, “The Oaktree and Ballmer financings, secured on attractive terms, confirm our thesis and significantly increase the minimum proceeds available for Aspiration to fully execute against all of its growth initiatives. Our confidence has only grown as Aspiration has generated impressive operating results, forged promising new strategic partnerships, and added world-class investors.”
This additional capital broadens and deepens the roster of blue-chip institutions and leading investors supporting the closing of Aspiration’s business combination, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022, subject to approval by InterPrivate III’s shareholders and the satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions identified in the business combination agreement entered into by Aspiration and InterPrivate III. Aspiration now expects cumulative net proceeds exceeding $700 million inclusive of these financings, together with the original $200 million common stock PIPE entered into in August of 2021 and assuming no redemptions from InterPrivate’s approximately $260 million trust account.
“Union Square Advisors was incredibly pleased to once again partner with Andrei, Joe Sanberg and the Aspiration team, as well as Ahmed and the folks at IPV, in this next phase of the Aspiration journey,” said Mike Meyer, Partner and Head of Capital Markets at Union Square Advisors. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Aspiration, as they scale and expand the impact of their ESG-driven ambitions.
Added Carter McClelland, Union Square Advisors Chairman, “Importantly, our participation in this transaction further reflects our firm’s commitment to working with leading companies in the sustainability ecosystem.”
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About Aspiration Partners, Inc
Aspiration is a leading platform to help people and businesses put automated sustainable impact into their hands and integrate it into their daily lives. Aspiration has earned the trust of its more than 5 million members by helping them spend, save, shop, and invest to both “Do Well” and “Do Good.” Aspiration Partners, Inc. is a certified B Corp. For more information, visit Aspiration.com or Aspiration.com/business. Still and video media assets can be found at https://tinyurl.com/56u3yu3z.
About InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc
InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc., led by Chairman & CEO Ahmed Fattouh, President Nicholaos Krenteras, and Vice Chairman Sunil Kappagoda, is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a business combination with one or more businesses in the financial services or fintech sectors. InterPrivate III’s Board of Directors includes globally recognized financial services leaders including: former BankOneChairman, John McCoy; former Lucent and Verifone Chairman, Rich McGinn; Pine Brook founder and former Warburg Pincus Vice Chairman, Howard Newman; and fintech investor Gordy Holterman.
About Union Square Advisors
Union Square Advisors is a leading technology-focused investment bank that offers strategic mergers & acquisitions advice and execution, agented private capital financing, and debt capital markets advisory services. Founded in 2007, with offices in San Francisco and New York, Union Square Advisors works with leading public and private technology companies, private equity, venture capital, and family offices. Our expertise spans many aspects of the technology landscape, including Enterprise Software and Infrastructure, FinTech, Healthcare IT, Internet+Digital Media, eCommerce, Consumer Software, AIoT & Industrial Technology and other key segments. Since inception, Union Square Advisors has advised on more than 150 strategic transactions, valued in excess of $115B. For more information, please visit http://www.usadvisors.com.