SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): August 23, 2022
Perella Weinberg Partners
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
( State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
|Commission File Number:
|(IRS Employer Identification No.)
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
|(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 287-3200
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class
|Name of each exchange on which registered
|Class A Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share
|Nasdaq Global Select Market
|Warrants, each whole warrant exercisable for one share of Class A common stock
|Nasdaq Global Select Market
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On August 23, 2022, Perella Weinberg Partners (the “Company”) and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (the “Warrant Agent”), entered into Amendment No. 2 (the “Warrant Amendment”) to the Warrant Agreement, dated as of September 24, 2020 (the “Warrant Agreement”), by and between the Company (f/k/a FinTech Acquisition Corp. IV) and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to Warrant Agreement, dated as of November 10, 2021, by and among the Company, Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company and the Warrant Agent.
The Warrant Amendment amends the Warrant Agreement to provide the Company with the right to mandatorily exchange the Company’s remaining outstanding Warrants (as defined below) (including the remaining outstanding Private Placement Warrants (as defined below)) for shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“Class A Common Stock”), at an exchange ratio of 0.18 shares of Class A Common Stock for each Warrant. The Company has the right to require the exchange of not less than all of the Warrants at any time while such Warrants are exercisable and prior to their expiration, at the office of the Warrant Agent, upon notice to the registered holders of the outstanding Warrants at least fifteen days prior to the date of exchange fixed by the Company.
The Company will exercise its right to exchange all remaining outstanding Warrants (including all remaining outstanding Private Placement Warrants) for shares of Class A Common Stock in accordance with the terms of the Warrant Amendment, and has fixed September 7, 2022 as the exchange date.
The foregoing description of the Warrant Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Warrant Amendment, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.
Item 3.03. Material Modifications to Rights of Security Holders.
To the extent required by Item 3.03 of Form 8-K, the disclosure set forth in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference in this Item 3.03.
Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
As previously disclosed, including in the final Prospectus/Offer to Exchange filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on August 15, 2022, in connection with the Company’s offer to each holder of the Company’s outstanding Warrants, consisting of (i) the Warrants sold as part of the units in FinTech Acquisition Corp. IV’s (“FTIV”) initial public offering of FTIV’s securities on September 29, 2020 (“IPO”) (whether they were purchased in the IPO or thereafter in the open market) (the “Public Warrants”) and (ii) the Warrants sold as part of the units in a private placement that occurred simultaneously with the IPO (the “Private Placement Warrants” and, together with the Public Warrants, the “Warrants”), to receive 0.20 shares of Class A Common Stock in exchange for each outstanding Warrant tendered by the holder and exchanged pursuant to the offer (the “Offer”), the Company solicited consents (the “Consent Solicitation”) from holders of its outstanding Public Warrants to approve the Warrant Amendment.
The Offer and Consent Solicitation expired one minute after 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on August 18, 2022. A total of 7,388,071 Public Warrants, or approximately 96.37% of the 7,666,642 outstanding Public Warrants, were properly tendered and not withdrawn in the Offer, and therefore consented to the Warrant Amendment. Because consents were received from holders of more than 65% of the Company’s outstanding Public Warrants, the Warrant Amendment was approved.
Item 8.01. Other Events.
On August 23, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing the closing of Offer and Consent Solicitation and the entry into the Warrant Amendment. At closing, the Company issued 1,493,688 shares of Class A Common Stock in exchange for the Warrants tendered in the Offer.
A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
The following exhibits are being filed herewith:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|PERELLA WEINBERG PARTNERS
Date: August 23, 2022
|/s/ Gary Barancik
|Chief Financial Officer
AMENDMENT NO. 2 TO WARRANT AGREEMENT
This Amendment (this “Amendment”) is made as of August 23, 2022 by and between Perella Weinberg Partners, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) (f/k/a FinTech Acquisition Corp. IV (“FTIV”)), and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, as warrant agent (the “Warrant Agent”), and constitutes an amendment to that certain Warrant Agreement, dated as of September 24, 2020, by and between the Company and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to Warrant Agreement, dated as of November 10, 2021, by and among the Company, Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company and the Warrant Agent (the “Existing Warrant Agreement”). Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this Amendment shall have the meanings given to such terms in the Existing Warrant Agreement.
WHEREAS, on June 24, 2021, the Company consummated the business combination pursuant to that certain Business Combination Agreement, dated as of December 29, 2020, by and among FTIV, FinTech Investor Holdings IV, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, FinTech Masala Advisors, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, PWP Holdings LP, a Delaware limited partnership, PWP GP LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and the general partner of PWP OpCo, PWP Professional Partners LP, a Delaware limited partnership and a limited partner of PWP OpCo, and Perella Weinberg Partners LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and the general partner of Professional Partners (the “Business Combination”), and in connection therewith the Company was renamed “Perella Weinberg Partners”;
WHEREAS, in accordance with Section 4.4 of the Existing Warrant Agreement, upon effectiveness of the Business Combination, the holders of the Warrants thereafter had the right to purchase and receive, upon the basis and upon the terms and conditions specified in the Warrants and in lieu of the shares of the Class A common stock of FTIV immediately theretofore purchasable and receivable upon the exercise of the rights represented thereby, an Alternative Issuance in shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001, per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”);
WHEREAS, Section 9.8 of the Existing Warrant Agreement provides that the Company and the Warrant Agent may amend, subject to certain conditions provided therein, the Existing Warrant Agreement with the vote or written consent of the Registered Holders of 65% of the then outstanding Public Warrants;
WHEREAS, the Company desires to amend the Existing Warrant Agreement to provide the Company with the right to require the holders of the Warrants to exchange all of the outstanding Warrants for shares of Common Stock, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein; and
WHEREAS, in the exchange offer and consent solicitation undertaken by the Company pursuant to the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Registered Holders of more than 65% of the then outstanding Public Warrants consented to and approved this Amendment.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual agreements contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties hereto agree to amend the Existing Warrant Agreement as set forth herein.
1. Amendment of Existing Warrant Agreement. The Existing Warrant Agreement is hereby amended by adding:
(a) the new Section 6A thereto:
“6A Mandatory Exchange.
6A.1 Company Election to Exchange. Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement to the contrary, all (and not less than all) of the outstanding Warrants (including outstanding Placement Warrants) may be exchanged, at the option of the Company, at any time while they are exercisable and prior to their expiration, at the office of the Warrant Agent, upon notice to the Registered Holders of the then outstanding Warrants, as described in Section
6A.2 below, for Common Stock (or any Alternative Issuance pursuant to Section 4.4), at the exchange rate of 0.18 shares of Common Stock (or any Alternative Issuance pursuant to Section 4.4) for each Warrant held by the holder thereof (the “Consideration”) (subject to equitable adjustment by the Company in the event of any stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations or similar transaction with respect to the Common Stock). In lieu of issuing fractional shares, any holder of Warrants who would otherwise have been entitled to receive fractional shares as Consideration will, after aggregating all such fractional shares of such holder, be paid in cash (without interest) in an amount equal to such fractional part of a share multiplied by $7.85.
6A.2 Date Fixed for, and Notice of, Exchange. In the event that the Company elects to exchange all of the Warrants, the Company shall fix a date for the exchange (the “Exchange Date”). Notice of exchange shall be mailed by first class mail, postage prepaid, by the Company not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the Exchange Date to the Registered Holders at their last addresses as they shall appear on the registration books. Any notice mailed in the manner herein provided shall be conclusively presumed to have been duly given whether or not the registered holder received such notice. The Company will make a public announcement of its election following the mailing of such notice.
6A.3 Exercise After Notice of Exchange. The Warrants may be exercised, for cash (or on a “cashless basis” in accordance with subsection 3.3.1(b) of this Agreement, with an adjustment to the definition of “Fair Market Value” to substitute the date on which the notice of exchange is sent for the date on which the nature of redemption is sent) at any time after notice of exchange shall have been given by the Company pursuant to Section 6A.2 hereof and prior to the Exchange Date. On and after the Exchange Date, the Registered Holder of the Warrants shall have no further rights except to receive, upon surrender of the Warrants, the Consideration.
2. Miscellaneous Provisions.
2.1 Severability. This Amendment shall be deemed severable, and the invalidity or unenforceability of any term or provision hereof shall not affect the validity or enforceability of this Amendment or of any other term or provision hereof. Furthermore, in lieu of any such invalid or unenforceable term or provision, the parties hereto intend that there shall be added as a part of this Amendment a provision as similar in terms to such invalid or unenforceable provision as may be possible and be valid and enforceable.
2.2 Applicable Law. The validity, interpretation, and performance of this Amendment and of the Warrants shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to conflicts of law principles that would result in the application of the substantive laws of another jurisdiction. Each of the parties hereto hereby agrees that any action, proceeding or claim against it arising out of or relating in any way to this Amendment shall be brought and enforced in the courts of the State of New York or the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and irrevocably submits to such jurisdiction, which jurisdiction shall be exclusive. Each of the parties hereto hereby waives any objection to such exclusive jurisdiction and that such courts represent an inconvenient forum.
2.3 Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in any number of counterparts (which may include counterparts delivered by any standard form of telecommunication) and each of such counterparts shall for all purposes be deemed to be an original, and all such counterparts shall together constitute but one and the same instrument. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in this Amendment or in any other certificate, agreement or document related to this Amendment, if any, shall include images of manually executed signatures transmitted by facsimile or other electronic format (including, without limitation, “pdf,” “tif” or “jpg”) and other electronic signatures (including, without limitation, DocuSign and AdobeSign). The use of electronic signatures and electronic records (including, without limitation, any contract or other record created, generated, sent, communicated, received, or stored by electronic means) shall be of the same legal effect, validity and enforceability as a manually executed signature or use of a paper-based record-keeping system to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act and any other applicable law, including, without limitation, any state law based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act or the Uniform Commercial Code.
2.4 Effect of Headings. The section headings herein are for convenience only and are not part of this Amendment and shall not affect the interpretation thereof.
2.5 Entire Agreement. The Existing Warrant Agreement, as modified by this Amendment, constitutes the entire understanding of the parties and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, arrangements, promises and commitments, whether written or oral, express or implied, relating to the subject matter hereof, and all such prior agreements, understandings, arrangements, promises and commitments are hereby canceled and terminated.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the parties has caused this Amendment to be duly executed as of the date first above written.
PERELLA WEINBERG PARTNERS
| /s/ Gary Barancik
|Name: Gary Barancik
|Title: Chief Financial Officer
AMERICAN STOCK TRANSFER & TRUST COMPANY, LLC, as Warrant Agent
|/s/ Michael Legregin
|Name: Michael Legregin
|Title: Senior Vice President, Corporate Actions Relationship Management & Operations
Perella Weinberg Partners Announces Completion of Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation and Notice to Exercise Right to Exchange Remaining Outstanding Warrants
New York, NY, August 23, 2022 - Perella Weinberg Partners (the “Company” or “PWP”) (NASDAQ: PWP), a leading global independent advisory firm, today announced the completion of its previously announced exchange offer (the “Offer”) and consent solicitation (the “Consent Solicitation”) relating to its outstanding warrants, consisting of (i) the warrants sold as part of the units in FinTech Acquisition Corp. IV’s (“FTIV”) initial public offering of FTIV’s securities on September 29, 2020 (“IPO”) (whether they were purchased in the IPO or thereafter in the open market) (the “Public Warrants”) and (ii) the warrants sold as part of the units in a private placement that occurred simultaneously with the IPO (the “Private Placement Warrants” and, together with the Public Warrants, the “Warrants”), each whole Warrant exercisable for one share of Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value per share (“Class A Common Stock”), of the Company, at an exercise price of $11.50 per share. Holders of the Warrants that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn prior to the expiration of the Offer and Consent Solicitation received 0.20 shares of Class A Common Stock in exchange for each Warrant tendered by the holder and exchanged pursuant to the Offer. The Company issued 1,493,688 shares of Class A Common Stock in exchange for the Warrants tendered in the Offer. The Company also entered into the related amendment to the warrant agreement governing the Warrants (the “Warrant Amendment”).
The Company also announced that it will exercise its right, in accordance with the terms of the Warrant Amendment, to exchange all remaining untendered Warrants (including Private Placement Warrants) at an exchange ratio of 0.18 shares of Class A Common Stock for each Warrant. The Company has fixed the date for such exchange as September 7, 2022. Following such exchange, no Public Warrants or Private Placement Warrants will remain outstanding.
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. was the Dealer Manager for the Offer and Consent Solicitation. D.F. King & Co., Inc. served as the Information Agent for the Offer and Consent Solicitation, and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC served as the Exchange Agent.
Perella Weinberg Partners is a leading global independent advisory firm, providing strategic and financial advice to a broad client base, including corporations, institutions, governments, sovereign wealth funds, and the financial sponsor community. The firm offers a wide range of advisory services to clients in the most active industry sectors and global markets. With approximately 600 employees, PWP currently maintains offices in New York, Houston, London, Calgary, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, and San Francisco.
No Offer or Solicitation
This press release shall not constitute an offer to exchange or the solicitation of an offer to exchange or the solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities, nor shall there be any exchange or sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. A registration statement on Form S-4 relating to the securities to be issued in the Offer was filed with the SEC and was declared effective on August 15, 2022. The Offer and Consent Solicitation were made only pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Prospectus/Offer to Exchange and related letter of transmittal and consent.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which reflect the Company’s current views with respect to, among other things, statements about the exercise of the Company’s right to exchange the remaining untendered Warrants. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the
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