In a freshly-submitted 13G filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s BlueMountain Capital Management disclosed owning 1.2 million shares of Global Partner Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:GPACU), which represent 7.7% of the newly-listed company’s outstanding common stock.
BlueMountain Capital is a New York-based activist hedge fund co-established by Stephen Siderow and Andrew Feldstein in 2003. The investment firm, with over $20 billion in assets under management, employs a wide range of investment strategies such as relative value credit, distressed and special situations, long/short equity, and asset-backed finance, to name just a few. Feldstein, the co-founder and current CEO of BlueMountain Capital, had served as a Managing Director and Head of several divisions at J.P. Morgan prior to co-founding his own shop in 2003. It’s worth noting that the hedge fund has registered only one down year since its launch in 2003. As stated by its most recent 13F filing with the SEC, BlueMountain Capital manages a public equity portfolio of $6.10 billion as of March 31, with the fund’s top ten holdings representing 32% of its entire portfolio.
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Global Partner Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:GPACU) operates as a special purpose acquisition company that is seeking to acquire businesses and assets via merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, and/or reorganization. On August 4, the company announced the closing of its initial public offering of 15.53 million shares, which include 2.03 million greenshoe options. The offering was priced at $10.00 per unit, generating gross proceeds of $155.25 million that will eventually be used for the aforementioned business combinations. The units of Global Partner Acquisition began trading on the NASDAQ on July 30, under the ticker symbol “GPACU”. It’s worth noting that each unit consists of one share of the company’s common stock and one warrant, which in turn enables its holders to purchase one-half of one share for $5.75. As soon as the securities comprising the units start trading separately, the common stock of the company and warrants will be listed under the ticker symbols “GPAC” and “GPACW”, correspondingly.