Stone Bridge acquisition Corp raises $200M, to invest in Asia Pacific companies with a focus on India

GSS Infotech's chief executive Bhargav Marepally in his personal capacity has assumed the role of CEO and Director of SBAC.

Jul 20, 2021 12:07 IST India Infoline News Service

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A special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Stonebridge Acquisition Corporation (SBAC) has raised about $200M or Rs1,400cr from global investors via initial public offering (IPO) to invest in Asia Pacific companies with a special focus on India. GSS Infotech's chief executive Bhargav Marepally in his personal capacity has assumed the role of CEO and Director of SBAC.

At around 11.57 am, GSS Infotech was trading at Rs76 per piece down by 4.6% on Sensex. The stock has touched an intraday high and low of Rs82.40 per piece and Rs74 per piece respectively.

The stock did reached near the 52-week high of Rs82.50 per piece, however, pulled back and was trading on a bearish stance as investors turn cautious.

In its regulatory filing on Monday, GSS Infotech said that "a general disclosure/ intimation from Bhargav Marepally, that he in his personal capacity has assumed the role of CEO and Director of Stone Bridge Acquisition Corporation, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) and that this SPAC has raised USD 200 Million to be further invested in Asia Pacific companies with a special focus in India in the areas of consumer technology, communications, software, SaaS, fintech, media sectors and renewables."

GSS Infotech further added, that the "SPAC is purely an individual effort of Bhargav Marepally and does not have any conflict of interest with GSS Infotech and its current business operation globally. GSS Infotech Limited or any of its subsidiary is not involved either directly or indirectly in the initiative or effort. This information will be covered in the Indian newspapers/media also."

SBAC is a newly ncorporated 'blank cheque company', that is promoted by Bhargav Marepally and Prabhu Antony, a co-founder of Hong Kong-based financial institution Sett and Lucas.

SBAC has been listed on Nasdaq. The company aims to complete its target acquisition within 12-16 months. 

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