M3-Brigade Acquisition III Corp.
M3-Brigade Acquisition III Corp. (NYSE: MBSC, MBSCU, MBSCW) is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses.
On October 26, 2021, M3-Brigade Acquisition III Corp. raised over $300 million in net proceeds from its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange and a related private placement of equity securities.
While we may pursue an acquisition opportunity in any business industry or sector and in any geographic region, we expect to focus on businesses or companies which are based in North America and have been impacted positively or negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic or businesses in the renewable energy sector (or related products or services). We are focusing our efforts on seeking and consummating an initial business combination with a company that has an enterprise value of at least $1 billion.
We are led by key executives of M3 Partners, LP, a leading financial advisory services firm which specializes in assisting companies at inflection points in their growth cycle, and Brigade Capital Management, LP, a leading global investment advisor that was founded in 2006 to specialize in credit-focused investment strategies and has $30 billion in assets under management.
We believe that the experience, capabilities, relationships and track record of our leadership team will make us an attractive partner for potential target businesses, enhance our ability to complete a successful business combination and, thereafter, improve the performance of the business in order to create value for our investors.
Board of Directors
Mohsin Y. Meghji
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Chair, Compensation Committee
Mohsin Y. Meghji, our Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since April 2021, has also been the Managing Partner of M-III Partners, LP (or its predecessor, M-III Partners, LLC) since February 2014. Mr. Meghji also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of M3-Brigade Acquisition II Corp. from its inception in December 2020, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of M3-Brigade Acquisition IV Corp. from its inception in April 2021 and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of M III Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:MIII) from its inception in August 2015 through the consummation of its initial business combination in March 2018 to create Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. Mr. Meghji served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of that company (NASDAQ:IEA) from the consummation of such initial business combination through January 2020. His career of more than 30 years has focused primarily identifying the financial, operational and strategic changes needed to maximize value in companies at inflection points in their growth trajectories and working with the relevant constituencies to implement those changes. He has accomplished this through management and advisory roles in partnership with some of the world’s leading financial institutions, private equity funds and hedge funds. Mr. Meghji’s most recent corporate role was as Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy at Springleaf, as well as Chief Executive Officer of its captive insurance companies, from January 2012 to February 2014. Springleaf was listed on the NYSE in late 2013. Prior to Springleaf, Mr. Meghji served as a Senior Managing Director at C-III Capital Partners, LLC, a real-estate focused merchant banking firm, from October to December 2011. Mr. Meghji co-founded Loughlin Meghji + Company, a privately-held financial advisory firm which became one of the leading restructuring boutiques in the U.S. Mr. Meghji was a Principal and Managing Director of Loughlin Meghji + Company from February 2002 to October 2011. Earlier in his career, Mr. Meghji was with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1987 to 2002 in the firm’s London, Toronto and New York offices, including as a Partner in the Global Corporate Finance group from 2001 to 2002. In his capacity as a restructuring and financial advisory professional, Mr. Meghji has periodically served as Chief Restructuring Officer (or in an analogous position) of companies which elected to utilize bankruptcy proceedings as a part of their financial restructuring process and, as such, he served as an executive officer of various companies which filed bankruptcy petitions under federal law, including, without limitation, Pappas Telecasting in 2008, Capmark Finance, Inc. in 2009, Medical Staffing Network in 2010, Real Alloy Intermediate Holding, LLC in 2017, Sears Holdings Corporation in 2018, Barneys Inc. in 2019, Sanchez Energy Corporation in 2020, and Sable Permian Resources, LLC in 2020. In that same capacity, Mr. Meghji also has periodically served as an independent director of companies, some of which similarly elected to utilize bankruptcy proceedings, including Mariner Health Care Inc. from 2002 to 2004, Cascade Timberlands, LLC from 2004 to 2005, MS Resorts from January 2011 through February 2013, Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC from August 2017 through March 2018, Toys ’r Us from September 2017 through September 2018, Full Beauty Brands from August 2018 through February 2019, and Intelsat Envision Holdings from May 2020 through the present. He is a director of the Equity Group International Foundation, which provides funding for underprivileged high-potential students in Kenya. Previously, he served on the Board of HealthRight International from 2004 to 2012 and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan from 2013 to 2018. Mr. Meghji is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada and has taken executive courses at the INSEAD School of Business in France. He has previously qualified as a U.K. and Canadian Chartered Accountant as well as a U.S. Certified Turnaround Professional. Mr. Meghji is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive experience in turnaround situations, business, finance and operations.
Chair, Audit Committee
Member, Nominating Committee
Frederick Arnold is our Director nominee. Mr. Arnold has over 40 years of experience in investment banking, corporate management and board governance. Mr. Arnold has served as a member of the boards of directors of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. since 2012 (including serving as current Chairman of the Board from April 2014 – April 2015 and from January 2019 – present) and Navient Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVI) since August 2018. He also has served as a director of Valaris PLC (NYSE: VAL) from November 2019 – April 2021, The We Company (and as a member of the New Committee) from June 2020 – July 2020, Corporate Capital Trust II from 2015 – 2016, Corporate Capital Trust (NYSE: CCT) from 2011 – December 2018 (Chairman 2017-2018), various members of the family of funds advised by FS/KKR Advisor, LLC (including FS KKR Capital Corp. (NYSE: FSK), FS Investment Corp II, FS Investment Corp. III and FS Investment Corp. IV) from December 2018 – November 2019, Syncora Holdings Ltd. (OTC BB: SYCRF) from September 2016 – January 2020, and CIFC Corp. (NASDAQ: CIFC) from 2011 – 2014. From 2015 – 2017, Mr. Arnold served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Convergex Group, LLC. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Capmark Financial Group Inc. from 2009 – 2011 and as Executive Vice President, Finance, for Masonite International Inc. from 2006 – 2007. From 2000 – 2004, Mr. Arnold served in various executive capacities for Willis Group Holdings and its subsidiaries, including as EVP of Finance, Development and Administration of Willis NA, and Group Chief Administrative Officer and Group Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, for Willis Group Holdings. Mr. Arnold began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in 1980 and spent the following twenty years as an international investment banker, primarily at Lehman Brothers and at Smith Barney, where he served as Managing Director and Head of European Corporate Finance. Mr. Arnold earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in Economics from Amherst College, a MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Member, Audit Committee
Benjamin Fader-Rattner is our Director nominee and is the Managing Member of Space Summit Capital LLC, a hedge fund which he founded in January 2021. Mr. Fader-Rattner has been serving as President and a director of Osiris Acquisition Corp., a publicly listed special purpose acquisition company, since May 2021, and also has been employed by Fortinbras SPAC Holdings, as a sponsor of Osiris, since March 2021. Previously, Mr. Fader-Rattner was a Managing Director at Canyon Partners, where he led investments across the capital structure in several industries including retail and consumer, from 2008 to July 2020. At Canyon, Mr. Fader-Rattner served on various ad hoc creditor steering committees across multiple industries including in retail and consumer companies such as Guitar Center, Boardriders, JC Penney and Red Lobster. Prior to Canyon, Mr. Fader-Rattner was an analyst at Glenview Capital in 2007, where he invested primarily in debt opportunities. Prior to Glenview, Mr. Fader-Rattner was an associate at The Carlyle Group from 2005 to 2007, where he focused on leveraged buyout transactions, and an analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Fader-Rattner received a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Member, Audit Committee and Nominating Committee
Scott Malpass is our Director nominee. Mr. Malpass is the managing member of Grafton Street LLC, an advisor to family offices on investment strategy, asset allocation and manager selection criteria. Prior to founding Grafton Street in July 2020, Mr. Malpass served as the Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for the University of Notre Dame beginning in 1988, where he was responsible for management of the University’s endowment over a 32-year period and supported its growth to approximately $12 billion. He began his career as an Associate at Irving Trust Company from 1986 – 1988. In addition, Mr. Malpass currently serves as a Professor at University of Notre Dame, where he has been a professor of Applied Investment Management since 1994 and of Global Portfolio Management since 2009. Mr. Malpass has served on the Board of Directors of The Vanguard Group since 2013, as the founder and chair of Catholic Investment Services since 2012, on the Board of Superintendence of The Institute for the Works of the Religion (more commonly known as the Vatican Bank) since March 2017 and on the board of directors of Paxos Trust Company since April 2021. Mr. Malpass has received numerous awards for his service and expertise from the University of Notre Dame, including the James E. Armstrong Award in 2000, the Honorary Monogram Award in 2006, the Mendoza College of Business MBA Alumnus of the Year award in 2011, and the Spirit of Holy Cross Award (from the founding religious order of the University) in 2016. He also has been recognized as Large Endowment Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor Magazine in 2011 and has received the Rodney H. Adams Endowment Award from the Nasional Association of College and University Business Officers in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chief Investment Officer magazine in 2014. Mr. Malpass earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1986
Chair, Nominating Committee
Member, Compensation Committee
Steven Vincent is our Director nominee and is also a Director nominee of M3-Brigade Acquisition IV Corp. Mr. Vincent is currently a Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer of Brigade Capital Management, LP, an approximately $30 billion diversified global investment management firm specializing in investment credit strategies. Mr. Vincent has been at Brigade Capital since February 2008. Mr. Vincent also serves as a Director of M3-Brigade Acquisition II Corp. since March 2021. Prior to Brigade Capital, Mr. Vincent served as the Associate Director of Litigation and Regulatory Proceedings at Goldman Sachs from May 2002 to September 2008. Mr. Vincent also served as Senior Vice President and Senior Attorney at Lehman Brothers from October 1993 to April 2002. Mr. Vincent’s private practice experience includes having worked at Jones Day from September 1990 to September 1993; Anderson Kill P.C. from December 1984 to August 1990; and, Windels Marx from September 1983 to November 1984. Mr. Vincent has been a member of the Boston College Wall Street Executive Committee since 2009, is a former Trustee of the Gregorian University Foundation (2013 – 2020), is a former Trustee of Sacred Heart Academy (Hempstead, New York) (2011 – 2016) and is a former Trustee of Xavier High School from 1992 – 2001 (Chair 1998 – 2001). Mr. Vincent earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science from Boston College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.