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Italian Luxury Brand Ermenegildo Zegna Goes Public on NYSE in $2.5 Billion SPAC Merger

22nd July 2021 | Hong Kong

Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna is going public on NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) in a $2.5 billion SPAC merger with Investindustrial Acquisition Corp in Q4 2021 (18/7/21).  The Zegna family will raise $880 million and retain control with 62% shareholding in the merged entity, with an anticipated enterprise value of $3.2 billion and expected market capitalization of $2.5 billion.  

“ Italian Luxury Brand Ermenegildo Zegna Goes Public on NYSE in $2.5 Billion SPAC Merger “

SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) is also popularly referred to as a blank cheque company, that allows the listed company without any existing businesses to raise capital through an IPO (initial public offering), and thereafter use the capital to invest into companies.


 

Ermenegildo Zegna, SPAC Merger Q4 2021

Zegna Store In Paris
Ermenegildo Zegna opens a new Flagship Store in Paris

Ermenegildo Zegna is founded in 1910, and evolved from producer of textiles and menswear into a leading global luxury group.  In 2018, Zegna acquired majority stake in American luxury fashion brand Thom Browne.  In 2020, Zegna Goup has a presence in 80 countries through 296 directly operated stores.

The $2.5 billion SPAC merger is expected to close in Q4 2021, with UBS Investment Bank as the exclusive financial advisor to Zegna and Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, UBS SE – Succursale Italiana, JP Morgan and Mediobanca are advisors to Investindustrial Acquisition Corp.  Investindustrial Acquisition Corp is a newly incorporated blank check company and is listed on New York Stock Exchange and Investindustrial is a leading European group with $12.95 billion raised fund.

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Zegna Group CEO Ermenegildo “Gildo” Zegna:

“Over 111 years ago, my grandfather and namesake founded Zegna with the belief that caring for both the natural environment and for people was the bedrock for creating the finest textiles and a successful brand. Since then, we have proudly followed in his footsteps to become one of Italy’s true luxury houses. Today’s announcement underscores the success of our strategy of continuously focusing on the Group’s brand equity while also continuing to build upon our heritage, our ethos of sustainability, and the unique craftsmanship that has made our name synonymous with quality and luxury around the world. The Zegna family will remain at the Company’s helm following the transaction’s completion, and we will continue to invest in creativity, innovation, talent, and technology in order to sustain Zegna’s leadership position in the global luxury market.”

 

Andrea C. Bonomi, Founder of Investindustrial and Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board:

“For over thirty years, Investindustrial has invested in and supported both growing and leading Italian brands. We believe in the strength of Made in Italy, which has always been recognized worldwide for quality, craftsmanship, and innovation. With Zegna we identified a group that also includes both a strong family heritage and a leading position in sustainability – one of the pillars in Investindustrial’s investment strategy. We are supporting the Zegna Group with a long-term commitment and a significant investment to back the Company’s ongoing expansion and growth, with the goal of spreading Zegna’s unparalleled heritage and luxury craftmanship more broadly to customers around the world.”

 

Sergio Ermotti, Chairman of Investindustrial Acquisition Corp:

“Our special purpose acquisition corporation was created for transactions like this one: taking public a well managed company with strong fundamentals and growth potential like Zegna. Our goal now is to support Zegna in this important new chapter of its history while opening the opportunity to the public to invest in one of the last great iconic independent luxury brands.”

 

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About Investindustrial Acquisition Corp.

IIAC is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses. The Company is sponsored by Investindustrial Acquisition Corp. L.P. (the “Sponsor”), a limited partnership whose majority investor is an independently managed investment subsidiary of Investindustrial VII L.P..About Investindustrial Acquisition Corp. IIAC is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses. The Company is sponsored by Investindustrial Acquisition Corp. L.P. (the “Sponsor”), a limited partnership whose majority investor is an independently managed investment subsidiary of Investindustrial VII L.P.

About Investindustrial

Investindustrial is a leading European group of independently managed investment, holding and advisory companies with €11 billion of raised fund capital. With ESG principles deeply embedded into the Firm’s core approach, Investindustrial has a 30-year history of providing mid-market companies capital, industrial expertise, operational focus, and global platforms to accelerate sustainable value creation and international expansion. Additional information is available at www.investindustrial.com.



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