Allego Holding B.V. ("Allego" or the "Company"), a leading pan-European electric vehicle ("EV”) charging network, which announced its proposed business combination with Spartan Acquisition Corp. III (NYSE: SPAQ), today announced it had hired Manish A. Somaiya as Group Head of Investor Relations and Capital Markets, effective January 10, 2022.
"I am pleased to welcome Manish to the Allego team," said Mathieu Bonnet, CEO of Allego. "He brings a significant amount of expertise and leadership given his excellent track record of building trusted relationships with investors, analysts, and the financial community throughout his career. We believe Manish will help us build world-class investor relations and capital markets function, as we capitalize on our strong leadership position as a leading EV charging network in Europe and execute on our go-to-market strategy to drive long-term shareholder value."
"I am excited to join Allego, with its technological edge as a leader in the European fast and ultra-fast EV charging market with an established operating history and significant industry tailwinds," said Somaiya. “I am looking forward to creating a top-tier platform for a transparent and proactive communications strategy with all stakeholders by partnering with relevant professionals across the organization.”
Ton Louwers, CFO of Allego, to whom Somaiya will report, stated, "I am thrilled to have Manish on board at a pivotal time for the company and look forward to working collaboratively to optimize growth opportunities with the combined finance and business development teams and maintain access to providers of capital.”
As a Managing Director at Citigroup Global Markets, Bank of America Securities, and a senior executive at J.P. Morgan Securities, Somaiya brings more than 20 years of experience in investment research and capital markets. At Citi, Somaiya was a senior liaison for institutional clients and led cross-asset research partnerships while maintaining award-winning sector coverage. He recently worked with growth companies on capital raising and corporate development.
Somaiya holds an MBA from TRIUM global executive program, an 18-month joint-degree with N.Y.U. Stern School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and H.E.C. Paris School of Management. He received his undergraduate degree in finance and international business from N.Y.U Stern School.
Allego delivers charging solutions for electric cars, motors, buses and trucks, for consumers, businesses and cities. Allego’s end-to-end charging solutions make it easier for businesses and cities to deliver the infrastructure drivers need, while the scalability of our solutions makes us the partner of the future. Founded in 2013, Allego is a leader in charging solutions, with an international charging network comprised of more than 26,000 charge points operational throughout Europe – and growing rapidly. Our charging solutions are connected to our proprietary platform, EV-Cloud, which gives us and our customers a full portfolio of features and services to meet and exceed market demands. We are committed to providing independent, reliable and safe charging solutions, agnostic of vehicle model or network affiliation. At Allego, we strive every day to make EV charging easier, more convenient and more enjoyable for all.
About Spartan Acquisition Corp. III
Spartan Acquisition Corp. III is a special purpose acquisition entity focused on the energy value-chain and was formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, amalgamation, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Spartan is sponsored by Spartan Acquisition Sponsor III LLC, which is owned by a private investment fund managed by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO). For more information, please visit www.spartanspaciii.com.
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These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially, and potentially adversely, from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Most of these factors are outside Spartan’s and Allego’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (i) the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Business Combination Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “BCA”); (ii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Athena Pubco B.V., a Dutch limited liability company (the “Athena Pubco”) and/or Allego following the announcement of the BCA and the transactions contemplated therein; (iii) the inability to complete the proposed business combination, including due to failure to obtain approval of the stockholders of Spartan, certain regulatory approvals, or the satisfaction of other conditions to closing in the BCA; (iv) the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the BCA or could otherwise cause the transaction to fail to close; (v) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Allego’s business and/or the ability of the parties to complete the proposed business combination; (vi) the inability to obtain or maintain the listing of Athena Pubco’s common shares on the New York Stock Exchange following the proposed business combination; (vii) the risk that the proposed business combination disrupts current plans and operations as a result of the announcement and consummation of the proposed business combination; (viii) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of Allego to grow and manage growth profitably, and to retain its key employees; (ix) costs related to the proposed business combination; (x) changes in applicable laws or regulations; and (xi) the possibility that Allego, Spartan or Athena Pubco may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. Additional information concerning certain of these and other risk factors is contained in Spartan’s most recent filings with the SEC and in the registration statement on Form F-4 (the “Form F-4”), including the proxy statement/prospectus forming a part thereof filed by Athena Pubco in connection with the proposed business combination on September 30, 2021 and the amendments filed in connection therewith. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning Spartan, Allego or Athena Pubco, the transactions described herein or other matters and attributable to Spartan, Allego, Athena Pubco or any person acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Each of Spartan, Allego and Athena Pubco expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in their expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any statement is based, except as required by law.