D.E. Shaw, Saba Among Firms Winning Big on Trump SPAC Plan

D.E. Shaw, Saba Among Firms Winning Big on Trump SPAC Plan

D.E. Shaw, Saba Among Firms Winning Big on Trump SPAC Plan

(Bloomberg) — Hedge funds including D.E. Shaw and Saba Capital Management own stakes in a special purpose acquisition company that surged Thursday after former President Donald Trump announced plans to create his own publicly traded media firm through a reverse merger.

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Highbridge Capital Management and Palm Beach, Florida-based Lighthouse Investment Partners also hold shares of the blank-check company, Digital World Acquisition Corp., according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Digital World skyrocketed 190% to $28.92 at 12:40 p.m. in New York as retail investors piled into the stock, which was the top purchase on Fidelity’s platform.

D.E. Shaw declined to comment, while Lighthouse, Saba and Highbridge didn’t immediately reply to messages.

On Wednesday, Trump said the deal will allow him to build a new social media presence after Twitter and Facebook banished him from their platforms. The new company will be called Truth Media, according to a statement from Trump Media & Technology Group, which said it plans for the new business to be operating by the first quarter, ahead of the 2022 mid-term elections.

Read more: Trump Plans to Regain Social Media Presence With New Company

Hedge funds invest in SPACs because the ability to redeem shares for cash at the time of a merger makes such trades low-risk. Warrants given to investors in the initial public offering, coupled with the possibility that the shares will trade above the redemption price, provide upside on the trade. The funds often have little involvement in the management of a SPAC or its choice of a target.

Digital World, led by Chief Executive Officer Patrick Orlando and based in Miami, held its IPO at $10 a share on Sept. 2. EF Hutton, an investment bank rebranded in June from Kingswood Capital Markets, managed the offering.

(Updates share price, retail investors in second paragraph.)

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