Bird Rides’ Merger with Switchback II Corporation

Vinson & Elkins LLP advised Switchback II Corporation on the deal, while Latham & Watkins LLP represented Bird Rides.

Switchback II Corporation, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company with a strategic focus on the energy transition sector, announced a definitive business combination agreement with Bird Rides, Inc. (“Bird”), a leader in shared short range environmentally friendly electric transportation, that would make Bird a public company.

The business combination values Bird at an enterprise value of $2.3 billion. Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird is an electric vehicle transportation company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally friendly transportation solutions to communities across the world. Switchback is sponsored by NGP Switchback II, LLC, which is owned by a private investment fund advised by NGP Energy Capital Management, L.L.C., and the management team of Switchback.

The V&E team consisted of Doug McWilliams (Picture), Ramey Layne, David Peck, Lina Dimachkieh, Sean Becker, Shane Tucker, Devika Kornbacher, Margaret Peloso, Hill Wellford, Matthew Stammel, Sarah Mitchell, Martin Luff, Mike Marek, Andrew Schulte, Brian Russell, Kristy Fields, Ben Cukerbaum, Ryan Will, Todd Hartis, Jordan Fossee and Elisie Lee.

Latham & Watkins LLP represented Bird Rides with a team led by New York partner Justin Hamill, Washington, D.C. partner Rachel Sheridan, and New York counsel Michael Anastasio, with associates Christopher Clark and Hayoon Kim, and with assistance from Los Angeles partner Christopher Shoff and Century City partner David Zaheer. Advice was also provided on debt finance matters by Los Angeles partner Mark Morris; on tax matters by Bay Area partner Katharine Moir, with associate Alan Kimball; and on benefits and compensation matters by Los Angeles partner Michelle Carpenter, with associate Jordan David.

Involved fees earner: Michael Anastasio – Latham & Watkins; Michelle Carpenter – Latham & Watkins; Christopher Clark – Latham & Watkins; Jordan David – Latham & Watkins; Justin Hamill – Latham & Watkins; Hayoon Kim – Latham & Watkins; Alan Kimball – Latham & Watkins; Katharine Moir – Latham & Watkins; Mark Morris – Latham & Watkins; Rachel Sheridan – Latham & Watkins; Christopher Shoff – Latham & Watkins; David Zaheer – Latham & Watkins; Sean Becker – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Benjamin Cukerbaum – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Lina Dimachkieh – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Kristy Fields – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Jordan Fossee – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Todd Hartis – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Devika Kornbacher – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Ramey Layne – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Elisie Lee – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Martin Luff – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Michael Marek – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Douglas McWilliams – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Sarah Mitchell – Vinson & Elkins LLP; David Peck – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Margaret Peloso – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Brian Russell – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Andrew Schulte – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Matthew Stammel – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Shane Tucker – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Hill Wellford – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Ryan Will – Vinson & Elkins LLP;

Law Firms: Latham & Watkins; Vinson & Elkins LLP;

Clients: Bird; Switchback II Corporation;

Author: Martina Bellini