Grab closing in on $35B SPAC deal, largest-ever

Southeast Asia ride-hailing company Grab will go public through a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in a $35 billion deal that will list the Singapore-based company on the NASDAQ.

The Financial Times reported on Wednesday that the deal with one of Altimeter Growth’s SPACs is expected to be finalized this week. News of the possible deal was covered by Modern Shipper in early March and first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The latest report said Grab will secure $2.5 billion through what is called a private investment in public equity (PIPE) stock sale in which shares are sold in a separate arrangement to investors. Altimeter will provide $1.2 billion of that total, the Financial Times said.