Global Emerging Markets Group’s $200 Million Capital Commitment to Surf Air


Willkie Farr & Gallagher represented Global Emerging Markets Group in the transaction.

Global Emerging Markets Group (“GEM”), a European alternative investment sponsor, completed its $200 million share subscription facility with Surf Global Air Ltd. (“Surf Air”), a California-based private aviation business.

Under the facility, GEM has agreed to purchase common stock from Surf Air for an aggregate value of $200 million upon Surf Air’s public listing on a national securities exchange, a portion of which will become immediately available upon Surf Air becoming a publicly traded company and the balance of which may be drawn in subsequent installments at Surf Air’s option over a three-year period.

As partial consideration for GEM’s commitment, GEM will acquire .75% of the total number of shares of common stock outstanding as of Surf Air’s public listing date at a per share price of $0.01 per share.

Surf Air will use proceeds from the investment to develop and acquire leading technology in the zero emission aviation space.

The Willkie deal team advising GEM was led by partners Robert Rizzo (Picture) and Jeffrey Hochman and included associates Tej Prakash and Katherine Dorris.

Involved fees earner: Katherine Dorris – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Jeffrey Hochman – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Tej Prakash – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Robert Rizzo – Willkie Farr & Gallagher;

Law Firms: Willkie Farr & Gallagher;

Clients: Global Emerging Markets;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti