UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 1, 2020

 

 

CIIG Merger Corp.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-39159   84-3142564
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 

(Commission

File Number)

  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

40 West 57th Street, 29th Floor

New York, NY

  10019
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 796-4796

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Units, each consisting of one share of Class A Common Stock and one-half of one Redeemable Warrant   CIICU   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Class A Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share   CIIC   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Warrants, each exercisable for one share Class A Common Stock for $11.50 per share   CIICW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  ☒

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

 

 

 


Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

As previously disclosed, on November 18, 2020, CIIG Merger Corp. (the “Registrant” or “CIIG”), Arrival S.à r.l., a limited liability company (société à responsabilité limitée) governed by the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (the “Company” or “Arrival”), Arrival Group, a newly-formed joint stock company (société anonyme) governed by the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (“Holdco” or “Arrival Group”) and ARSNL Merger Sub Inc., a newly-formed Delaware corporation (“Merger Sub”) entered into a Business Combination Agreement (the “Business Combination Agreement”), pursuant to which (i) the existing ordinary and preferred shareholders of the Company have each concurrently entered into separate exchange agreements to contribute their respective equity interests in the Company to Holdco in exchange for ordinary shares of Holdco (“Holdco Ordinary Shares”) (the “Share Exchanges”) and (ii) following the Share Exchanges, Registrant will merge with and into Merger Sub and all shares of CIIG common stock will be exchanged for Holdco Ordinary Shares (together with the Share Exchanges, the “Transactions”). Upon consummation of the Transactions contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement, the Company and the Registrant will become direct wholly-owned subsidiaries of Holdco.

On December 1, 2020, the Company distributed a newsletter to certain investors and potential investors who had previously signed up for newsletter distributions. The newsletter included a link to an interview between the Company’s President and Chief Strategy Officer, Avinash Rugoobur, and Bloomberg News. A copy of the transcript from this interview is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. Such exhibit and the information set forth therein shall not be deemed to be filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise be subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed to be incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or the Exchange Act.

Item 8.01 Other Events.

Item 7.01 is incorporated herein by reference.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the Transactions, Arrival Group is expected to file a registration statement on Form F-4 with the SEC that will include a proxy statement of CIIG that will also constitute a prospectus of Arrival Group. CIIG and Arrival Group urge investors, stockholders and other interested persons to read, when available, the Form F-4, including the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and documents incorporated by reference therein, as well as other documents filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction, as these materials will contain important information about Arrival Group, Arrival, CIIG and the proposed transaction. Such persons can also read CIIG’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, for a description of the security holdings of CIIG’s officers and directors and their respective interests as security holders in the consummation of the proposed transaction. When available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to CIIG’s and Arrival’s stockholders. Stockholders will also be able to obtain copies of such documents, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to: CIIG Merger Corp., 40 West 57th Street, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10019 or Arrival S.à r.l., 1, rue Peternelchen, L-2370 Howald, Luxembourg.

Participants in Solicitation

CIIG, Arrival Group and Arrival and their respective directors, executive officers and other members of their management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of CIIG’s stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of CIIG’s directors and executive officers in CIIG’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the SEC on March 27, 2020. Information regarding the persons who may, under SEC rules, be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies of CIIG’s stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed transaction when available. Information concerning the interests of CIIG’s participants in the solicitation, which may, in some cases, be different than those of CIIG’s equity holders generally, will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus relating to the proposed transaction when it becomes available.


Forward-Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements regarding the benefits of the proposed transaction, the anticipated timing of the proposed transaction, the products offered by Arrival and the markets in which it operates, and Arrival Group’s projected future results. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. Such statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are based on management’s belief or interpretation of information currently available. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this document, including, but not limited to: (i) the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect the price of CIIG’s securities, (ii) the risk that the transaction may not be completed by CIIG’s business combination deadline and the potential failure to obtain an extension of the business combination deadline if sought by CIIG, (iii) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the Transactions, including the adoption of the Business Combination Agreement by the stockholders of CIIG and Arrival, the satisfaction of the minimum trust account amount following redemptions by CIIG’s public stockholders and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals, (iv) the lack of a third party valuation in determining whether or not to pursue the proposed transaction, (v) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Business Combination Agreement, (vi) the impact of COVID-19 on Arrival’s business and/or the ability of the parties to complete the Transactions; (vii) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the Transactions on Arrival’s business relationships, performance, and business generally, (viii) risks that the Transactions disrupt current plans and operations of Arrival and potential difficulties in Arrival employee retention as a result of the Transactions, (ix) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Arrival Group, Arrival or CIIG related to the Business Combination Agreement or the Transactions, (x) the ability to maintain the listing of CIIG’s securities on the NASDAQ Stock Market, (xi) the price of CIIG’s and the post-combination company’s securities may be volatile due to a variety of factors, including changes in the competitive and highly regulated industries in which Arrival operates, variations in performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting Arrival business and changes in the combined capital structure, (xii) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations after the completion of the Transactions, and identify and realize additional opportunities, (xiii) the risk of downturns and the possibility of rapid change in the highly competitive industry in which Arrival operates, (xiv) the risk that Arrival and its current and future collaborators are unable to successfully develop and commercialize Arrival’s products or services, or experience significant delays in doing so, (xv) the risk that the post-combination company may never achieve or sustain profitability; (xvi) the risk that the post-combination company will need to raise additional capital to execute its business plan, which may not be available on acceptable terms or at all; (xvii) the risk that the post-combination company experiences difficulties in managing its growth and expanding operations, (xviii) the risk that third-parties suppliers and manufacturers are not able to fully and timely meet their obligations; (xix) the risk that the utilization of Microfactories will not provide the expected benefits due to, among other things, the inability to locate appropriate buildings to use as Microfactories, Microfactories needing a larger than anticipated factory footprint, and the inability of Arrival to deploy Microfactories in the anticipated time frame; (xx) the risk that the orders that have been placed for vehicles, including the order from UPS, are cancelled or modified; (xxi) the risk of product liability or regulatory lawsuits or proceedings relating to Arrival’s products and services; (xxii) the risk that Arrival is unable to secure or protect its intellectual property; and (xxiii) the risk that the post-combination company’s securities will not be approved for listing on the NASDAQ Stock Market or if approved, maintain the listing. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of CIIG’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, the registration statement on Form F-4 and proxy statement/prospectus discussed above and other documents filed by CIIG from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Arrival Group, Arrival and CIIG assume no obligation and do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Neither Arrival Group, Arrival nor CIIG gives any assurance that either Arrival Group, Arrival or CIIG will achieve its expectations.

No Offer or Solicitation

This Current Report on Form 8-K is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the Transactions and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of CIIG, Arrival or Arrival Group, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act, or exemptions therefrom.

PRIIPs / Prospectus Regulation /IMPORTANT – EEA AND UK RETAIL INVESTORS

The Holdco Ordinary Shares to be issued by Arrival Group in the Transactions are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the EEA or in the UK. For these purposes, a retail investor means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/97, where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 (this Regulation together with any implementing measures in any member state, the “Prospectus Regulation”). Consequently, no offer of securities to which this announcement relates, is made to any person in any Member State of the EEA which applies the Prospectus Regulation who are not qualified investors for the purposes of the Prospectus Regulation, is made in the EEA and no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No. 1286/2014 (as amended, the “PRIIPs Regulation”) for offering or selling the Holdco Ordinary Shares or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the EEA or in the UK will be prepared and therefore offering or selling the Holdco Ordinary Shares or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA or in the UK may be unlawful under the PRIIPs Regulation.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits.

The Exhibit Index is incorporated by reference herein.

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
No.
 

Description

99.1  

Transcript of interview with Bloomberg News

SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

    CIIG Merger Corp.
Dated: December 1, 2020    
    By:  

/s/ Gavin Cuneo

      Name: Gavin Cuneo
      Title: Chief Operating Officer
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