Z Acquisition LLC to acquire Zais Group in take-private deal

Z Acquisition LLC, Christian Zugel‘s blank check company, has agreed to acquire Zais Group Holdings in a take-private deal for $4.10 per share. Upon closing of the deal, Zais will no longer trade on the NASDAQ. Based in Red Bank, New Jersey, Zais is an investment adviser and asset management firm focused on specialized credit strategies. PRESS RELEASE RED BANK, N.J., Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) (“ZAIS” or the “Company”) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement with Z Acquisition LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Z Acquisition”), and ZGH Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZAIS. Christian Zugel, the founder of ZAIS Group, LLC, the Company’s operating subsidiary, and the Company’s Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, is the sole managing member of Z Acquisition. Pursuant to the merger agreement, all of the outstanding
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Värde Partners-backed Dospuntos has acquired Vía Célere

Värde Partners-backed Dospuntos has acquired Vía Célere, a Spanish development and construction company. The price of the transaction was 90 million euros. IREA and Uría advised Vía Célere while Deloitte and Garrigues advised Dospuntos. PRESS RELEASE Madrid 27/02/2017 — Dospuntos and Vía Célere today announced an agreement for Dospuntos, the real estate development company, to acquire Vía Célere, a Spanish development and construction company for 90 million euro. The transaction unites two strong homebuilders in Spain and positions the resulting group on an accelerated growth path. The new company will focus on providing integrated services in this sector as well as strengthening its industrialization and energy efficiency processes — areas in which Vía Célere has an extensive track record as a pioneer. The combined company will operate under the trade name of Vía Célere and own a land portfolio of over 1,000,000 square meters. With a focus on
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A Size Cap for the Largest U.S. Banks

A Size Cap for the Largest U.S. Banks
By Simon Johnson1
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, April 4, 2016

    Proposal The size of the largest banks in the United States should be capped at 2 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Any bank with assets above that scale would face significantly higher capital requirements as an explicit incentive for boards of directors and management to reorganize – and break up – these firms. This size cap and associated additional capital requirements would be administered by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, using authority granted under existing legislation and consistent with all current international agreements.2 Explanation The measure of scale to be used is consolidated “total exposure” of bank holding companies, including on-balance sheet assets, derivatives, and off-balance sheet items for all subsidiaries, as reported to and published by the Federal Reserve System.
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Red Oak, Harbert and Tenth Street to invest in Clarke Group

Clarke Group has formed investment partnerships with Red Oak Growth Partners, Harbert Mezzanine Partners and Tenth Street Capital. No financial terms were disclosed. As a result of the transaction, Clarke Group’s John Duffin, Red Oak’s Richard Erickson and Conor Mullet, Tenth Street’s Bill Nutter and Andy Tatman and Harbert’s Robert Bourquin, will join Clarke Group’s board of directors. Indiana-based Clarke is a manufacturing and packaging services provider. PRESS RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Clarke Group (Clarke Engineering Services, LLC and Acquire Automation, LLC) announces a new investment partnership with Red Oak Growth Partners, Harbert Mezzanine Partners and Tenth Street Capital. Clarke Engineering supports customers within highly-regulated FDA industries, focusing on mission critical manufacturing and packaging solutions. The delivery model highlights turnkey solutions from initial design, project delivery and validation to ongoing operations and change management support. Acquire provides machine vision inspection and automation solutions to numerous vertical markets,
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FOIA request to the SEC about Pershing Square market manipulation and Herbalife

This is posted without comment. The original can be found here...

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Re: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552 

Request No. 15-06335-FOIA 

Dear Mr. Hempton: 

This letter responds to your request, dated and received in this office on September 8, 2015, for any documents responsive to the claims that the SEC has investigated market manipulation in Herbalife stock by or on behalf of Pershing Square – the hedge fund run by Bill Ackman. 

We are withholding records that may be responsive to your request under 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(7)(A), 17 CFR § 200.80(b)(7)(i). This exemption protects from disclosure records compiled for law enforcement purposes, the release of which could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement activities. Since Exemption 7(A) protects the records from disclosure, we have not determined if other exemptions apply. Therefore, we reserve the right to assert other
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