May 22, 2024
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Coincheck, Thunder Bridge Progress Toward Nasdaq Listing

Key Step: Filing with SEC

Coincheck and Thunder Bridge Capital are forging ahead in their journey towards merging and securing a Nasdaq listing. In a press release on May 7, it was revealed that both companies have filed their registration statements on Form F-4 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This filing signifies a crucial advancement in their pursuit of a planned public offering, marking a significant milestone in their two-year effort.

De-SPAC Transaction and Market Dynamics

The proposed merger, first unveiled in March 2022, aims to bring Coincheck into the public domain through a De-SPAC transaction with Thunder Bridge. Valued at $1.25 billion, this merger involves a private entity combining forces with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), specifically designed for acquiring private businesses. Such transactions are preferred for their faster path to public markets compared to traditional initial public offerings (IPOs), a strategic advantage companies often exploit.

Completion Timeline and Industry Challenges

Initially targeted for completion in the second quarter of 2022, the merger encountered delays due to a challenging market environment and regulatory uncertainties post the FTX collapse in November of the same year. Current projections estimate finalization in the second or third quarter of 2024, contingent upon shareholder approval and SEC regulatory clearance.

Forward Perspective: Coincheck Group, N.V.

Upon successful completion, the newly formed holding entity will operate under the banner of Coincheck Group, N.V., trading under the ticker symbol CNCK on the Nasdaq. Coincheck, a prominent player in Japan’s crypto exchange landscape, holds significant sway within the industry. Its parent company, Monex Group, reported robust profits exceeding 2 billion yen (~$14 million) from crypto trading in Q1 2024. Monex’s acquisition of Coincheck in 2018, post a notable hacking incident involving approximately $534 million in NEM tokens, underscores the exchange’s resilience and subsequent growth trajectory under new management.

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