Go Acq 1/3 W
Trust ----- $500,000,000, ------$10.00
24 months. Closed August 7, 2020
Credit Suisse - Citigroup - Morgan Stanley
We intend to focus our efforts on identifying a prospective target business with either all or a substantial portion of its activities in North America or Europe. We expect to focus on travel-related and travel-adjacent businesses that have attractive growth-oriented characteristics and strong underlying demand drivers which include business services and travel infrastructure platforms such as visa processing, settlement systems and payment platforms. We expect that these target investments will have characteristics appropriate for public companies and, accordingly, or due to other characteristics, will not be suitable for private equity-style investments. As we focus our efforts on identifying a prospective target company or business, we will seek to capitalize on the multiple decades of combined investment experience and vast relationship networks of our founders, Noam Gottesman and M. Gregory O’Hara. However, we do not intend to target investments that are competitive with Nomad Foods Limited (“Nomad Foods”), Digital Landscape Group Inc. (“Landscape”) or any portfolio companies, investments or investment mandates of Certares Management LLC and its affiliated funds (“Certares”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, our efforts on identifying a prospective target company or business will not be limited to a particular industry or geographic region.
It has been noted that total global travel spending has increased substantially, from $3.7 trillion in 2009 to $5.7 trillion in 2018, becoming one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world. In 2018, travel and tourism represented 10.4% of worldwide gross domestic product and was expected to continue growing. We believe that the COVID-19 pandemic has created temporary dislocation in the travel-related and travel-adjacent sectors and specifically has adversely affected the ability of companies and business divisions in these sectors to access public markets through traditional initial public offerings or spin-offs. We believe there are many potential targets within the space that are both attractive acquisition opportunities and positioned to deliver substantial value to stockholders in the public markets.
Mr. Gottesman has spent his career building, operating and investing in businesses both in the private and public markets. Mr. Gottesman’s varied experience includes co-founding GLG Partners Inc. and its predecessor entities (“GLG”), a leading multi-strategy asset management platform, and, in 2012, founding TOMS Capital LLC, a New York-based actively-managed single-family office with diverse investments across consumer, retail, hospitality, real estate, technology and financial services (“TOMS Capital”). Furthermore, Mr. Gottesman has co-founded two previous acquisition vehicles, Nomad Foods and Landscape.
Mr. O’Hara has deep experience investing institutional capital across a variety of asset classes. Mr. O’Hara is the founder and President of Clementine Investments LLC (“Clementine Investments”), the investment arm of Mr. O’Hara’s family office which has diverse investments in hotels, hospitality, restaurants, consumer goods, media and entertainment and real estate and is the founder and Senior Managing Director of Certares, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm specializing in direct private investment in the travel and hospitality sectors.