DEF 14A 1 pearlholdings_def14a.htm DEF 14A

 

 

 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp
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PEARL HOLDINGS ACQUISITION CORP
767 Third Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10017

 

PROXY STATEMENT FOR EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
OF
PEARL HOLDINGS ACQUISITION CORP

 

Dear Shareholders of Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp:

 

You are cordially invited to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting of Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp, a Cayman Islands exempted company (the “Company,” “Pearl,” “we,” “us” or “our”), to be held on December 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, or at such other time and on such other date to which the meeting may be adjourned or postponed (the “Extraordinary General Meeting”). The Extraordinary General Meeting will be held at the offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, located at 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 6800 Houston, TX 77002 and via the Internet. You will be able to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting online, vote, view the list of shareholders entitled to vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting and submit your questions during the Extraordinary General Meeting by visiting https://www.cstproxy.com/pearlhac/ext2023. To enter the Extraordinary General Meeting, you will need the 12-digit control number that is printed on your proxy card. We recommend logging in at least fifteen minutes before the meeting to ensure that you are logged in when the meeting starts. Online check-in will start shortly before the meeting on December 8, 2023. The accompanying proxy statement is dated November 20, 2023, and is first being mailed to shareholders of the Company on or about November 24, 2023.

 

Please promptly submit your proxy vote by completing, dating, signing and returning the enclosed proxy, so that your shares will be represented at the Extraordinary General Meeting. It is strongly recommended that you complete and return your proxy card before the Extraordinary General Meeting date to ensure that your shares will be represented at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Instructions on how to vote your shares are on the proxy materials you received for the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

The Extraordinary General Meeting is being held to consider and vote upon the following proposals:

 

(a) Proposal No. 1 — The Extension Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association (the “Charter”) as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to extend the date by which the Company must either (i) consummate a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganisation or similar business combination, as further described in the Charter (an initial “Business Combination”), or (ii) cease its operations except for the purpose of winding up if it fails to complete such Business Combination and (iii) redeem all of the Class A Shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (“Pearl Class A Shares”), included as part of the units sold in the Company’s initial public offering that was consummated on December 17, 2021 (the “IPO”), from December 17, 2023 (such date, giving effect to any exercise of any Extension Option (as defined in the Charter), the “Original Expiration Date”) to December 17, 2024 (the “Extension,” such period, the “Extension Period” and such end date, the “Extended Date”);

 

(b) Proposal No. 2 — The Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to eliminate from the Charter the limitation that the Company shall not redeem public shares to the extent that such redemption would cause the Company’s net tangible assets to be less than US$5,000,001 following such redemptions (the “Redemption Limitation”) in order to allow the Company to redeem public shares irrespective of whether such redemptions would breach the Redemption Limitation (the “Redemption Limitation Amendment” and such proposal, the “Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal”);

 

(c) Proposal No. 3 — The Liquidation Amendment Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to permit the Board, in its sole discretion, to elect to cease all operations on an earlier date (the “Liquidation Amendment” and such proposal, the “Liquidation Amendment Proposal” and, collectively with the Extension Proposal and the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal, the “Charter Amendment Proposals”);

 

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(d) Proposal No. 4 — The Trust Amendment Proposal — a proposal to amend the Company’s investment management trust agreement, dated as of December 14, 2021, by and between Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company (“Continental”) and the Company (the “Trust Agreement”) pursuant to an amendment to the Trust Agreement in the form set forth in Annex B of the accompanying proxy statement to extend the date by which the Company would be required to consummate our initial Business Combination from the Original Expiration Date, to the Extended Date, or such earlier date as determined by the Board in its sole discretion (the “Trust Amendment” and such proposal, the “Trust Amendment Proposal”); and

 

(e) Proposal No. 5 — The Adjournment Proposal — as an ordinary resolution, to approve the adjournment of the Extraordinary General Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or convenient, either (i) to permit further solicitation and vote of proxies in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or the Trust Amendment Proposal, which will only be presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting if, based on the tabulated votes, there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Extraordinary General Meeting to approve any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or the Trust Amendment Proposal or (ii) if the Board determines before the Extraordinary General Meeting that it is not necessary or no longer desirable to proceed with the other proposals (the “Adjournment Proposal”).

 

Each of the proposals is more fully described in the accompanying proxy statement, which you are encouraged to read carefully.

 

The purpose of the Extension Proposal is to allow the Company more time to complete an initial Business Combination. The Charter provides that the Company has until the Original Expiration Date to complete an initial Business Combination. While the Company is currently evaluating initial Business Combination opportunities, the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) has determined that there may not be sufficient time before the Original Expiration Date to consummate an initial Business Combination. Therefore, the Board has determined that it is in the best interests of our shareholders to extend the date by which the Company must complete an initial Business Combination to the Extended Date.

 

The purpose of the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is to eliminate from the Charter the Redemption Limitation in order to allow the Company to redeem public shares, irrespective of whether such redemption would breach the Redemption Limitation. The Board believes it is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders for the Company to be allowed to effect redemptions irrespective of the Redemption Limitation.

 

The purpose of the Liquidation Amendment Proposal is to amend the Charter to enable the Board, in its sole discretion, to liquidate the Trust Account and to redeem all of the Pearl Class A Shares included as part of the units sold in the IPO prior to the scheduled end of the Extension Period (including a date prior to the current termination date), after taking into account various factors, including, but not limited to, the prospect of identifying a target and negotiating and consummating a business combination prior to the end of the Extension Period.

 

The purpose of the Trust Amendment Proposal is to allow the Company to extend the date by which the Company would be required to consummate a business combination from the Original Expiration Date, to the Extended Date, or such earlier date as determined by the Board in its sole discretion. The Trust Amendment parallels the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

In connection with the Charter Amendment Proposals, public shareholders may elect to redeem their shares for a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account established in connection with the IPO (the “Trust Account”), including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay its taxes, divided by the number of then-issued and outstanding Pearl Class A Shares, regardless of how such public shareholders vote on the Charter Amendment Proposals or if they vote at all. If any of the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved by the requisite vote of shareholders, the remaining public shareholders will retain their right to redeem their Pearl Class A Shares upon consummation of our initial Business Combination if and when it is submitted to a vote of our shareholders, subject to any limitations set forth in the Charter, as amended. Such limitations include that a public shareholder, together with any affiliate of such public shareholder or any other person with whom such public shareholder is acting in concert or as a group for purposes of acquiring, holding or disposing of Pearl Shares will be restricted from redeeming its Pearl Class A Shares with respect to more than 15% of the Pearl Class A Shares sold in the IPO. Accordingly, if a public shareholder, alone or acting in concert or as a group, seeks to redeem more than 15% of the Pearl Class Shares sold in the IPO, then any such shares in excess of that 15% limit would not be redeemed for cash, without our prior consent. In connection with the Extraordinary General Meeting, the Company, in its sole discretion, may enter into non-redemption agreements with certain of its shareholders.

 

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In addition, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the remaining public shareholders will be entitled to have their shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed an initial Business Combination by the Extended Date, subject to any limitations set forth in the Charter, as amended.

 

You will not receive a fee for the Extension in this proxy statement. No fee under the Charter is being paid in connection with the proposals in this proxy statement. The Company is requesting the Extension in this proxy statement via a shareholder vote, which is separate and different than an extension request via a fee under the Charter.

 

Based upon the amount held in the Trust Account as of September 30, 2023, which was $214,292,392, the Company estimates that the per-share price at which public shares may be redeemed from cash held in the Trust Account will be approximately $10.71 at the time of the Extraordinary General Meeting. The closing price of a Pearl Class A Share was $10.79 on November 16, 2023. The Company cannot assure shareholders that they will be able to sell their Pearl Class A Shares in the open market, even if the market price per share is higher than the redemption price stated above, as there may not be sufficient liquidity in its securities when such shareholders wish to sell their shares.

 

Pursuant to the Charter, a public shareholder may request that the Company redeem all or a portion of such public shareholder’s public shares for cash if any amendment is made to the Charter pursuant to any of the Charter Amendment Proposals. You will be entitled to receive cash for any public shares to be redeemed only if you:

 

(a) (i) hold public shares or (ii) hold public shares as part of units and elect to separate such units into the underlying public shares and public warrants prior to exercising your redemption rights with respect to the public shares and (iii) such redemption would not result in the Company having net tangible assets of less than $5,000,001 (unless the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is approved); and

 

(b) prior to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on December 6, 2023 (two (2) business days prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting), (i) submit a written request to Continental, the Company’s transfer agent, that the Company redeem your public shares for cash and (ii) tender or deliver your shares (and share certificates (if any) and other redemption forms) to the transfer agent, physically or electronically through The Depository Trust Company.

 

Any demand for redemption, once submitted to the Company, may not be withdrawn unless the directors of the Company determine (in their sole discretion) to permit the withdrawal of such redemption request (which they may do in whole or in part). If you tendered or delivered your shares for redemption to Continental and decide within the required timeframe not to exercise your redemption rights, you may request that our transfer agent return the shares (physically or electronically). You may make such request by contacting our transfer agent at the phone number or address listed under the question “Who can help answer my questions?” below.

 

Additionally, we will not redeem shares if (i) none of the Charter Amendment Proposals is approved, or (ii) the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and redemptions would cause the Redemption Limitation to be breached. In any of these scenarios, you will not receive cash for public shares. In the event that the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and we receive notice of redemptions of public shares approaching or breaching the Redemption Limitation, we and/or the Company’s sponsor, Pearl Holdings Sponsor LLC, a Cayman limited liability company (the “Sponsor”) may take action to increase our net tangible assets to avoid the Redemption Limitation, which may include, at our and the Sponsor’s option and in our and its sole discretion, any, several or all of the following actions: (a) attempting to secure waivers of certain of our significant liabilities, including the deferred underwriting fees and (b) entering into non-redemption agreements with certain of our shareholders. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and the Redemption Limitation is breached, either because we do not take action to increase our net tangible assets or because our attempt to do so is not successful, then we will not proceed with the amendments set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement and we will not redeem any public shares. In such case, public shares which a public shareholder elects to redeem but which are not redeemed shall be returned to such public shareholder or such public shareholder’s account and such public shareholder will retain the right to have their public shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date.

 

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Holders of units of the Company must elect to separate the underlying public shares and public warrants prior to exercising redemption rights with respect to the public shares. If holders hold their units in an account at a brokerage firm or bank, holders must notify their broker or bank, as applicable, that they elect to separate the units into the underlying public shares and public warrants, or if a holder holds units registered in its, their own name, the holder must contact Continental directly and instruct it to do so. Your broker, bank or other nominee may have an earlier deadline by which you must provide instructions to separate the units into the underlying public shares and public warrants in order to exercise redemption rights with respect to the public shares, so you should contact your broker, bank or other nominee or intermediary. Public shareholders may elect to redeem all or a portion of their public shares even if they vote for the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

If the Extension Proposal is not approved or not implemented and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (a) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

Approval of the Extension Proposal requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Class A Shares and Class B ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (the “Pearl Class B Shares” and together with the Pearl Class A Shares, the “Pearl Shares”) issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal also requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Liquidation Amendment Proposal also requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Trust Amendment Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the holders of 65% of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, voting together as a single class, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Adjournment Proposal requires an ordinary resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of a simple majority of the holders of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

If the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved, the Company will file an amendment to the Charter with the Cayman Islands Registrar of Companies (the “Cayman Registrar”) in the form of Annex A hereto to (i) extend the time it has to complete an initial Business Combination until the Extended Date, (ii) remove the Redemption Limitation and (iii) permit the Board to elect to wind up its operations on an earlier date. The Company will then continue to work to consummate an initial Business Combination by the Extended Date.

 

If the only Extension Proposal is approved, the Company will file an amendment to the Charter with the Cayman Registrar to extend the time it has to complete an initial Business Combination until the Extended Date. Only the Extension Proposal needs to be approved in order to extend the time the Company has to complete an initial Business Combination. Even if just the Extension Proposal is approved, the Company will continue to work to consummate an initial Business Combination by the Extended Date.

 

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If the Extension Proposal is approved, then in accordance with the Company’s Trust Agreement, the Trust Account will not be liquidated (other than to effectuate the redemptions described above) until the earlier of (a) receipt by the trustee of a termination letter (in accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement) or (b) the expiration of the Extension Period.

 

THE COMPANY’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE EXTENSION PROPOSAL, THE REDEMPTION LIMITATION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL, THE LIQUIDATION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL, THE TRUST AMENDMENT PROPOSAL AND, IF PRESENTED, THE ADJOURNMENT PROPOSAL.

 

The Board has fixed the close of business on November 20, 2023, as the record date for the Extraordinary General Meeting (the “Record Date”). Only shareholders of record on the Record Date are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting or any postponement or adjournment thereof. Further information regarding voting rights and the matters to be voted upon is presented in the accompanying proxy statement.

 

The Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to indefinitely postpone the Extraordinary General Meeting and not have a shareholder vote for any of the proposals for any reason, including, but not limited to, if we elect to terminate and wind up. In addition, the Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to supplement this proxy statement.

 

You are not being asked to vote on an initial Business Combination at this time. If any of the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved and you do not elect to redeem your public shares in connection with the Charter Amendment Proposals, you will retain the right to vote on an initial Business Combination if and when such transaction is submitted to shareholders and the right to redeem your public shares for cash from the Trust Account in the event a proposed initial Business Combination is approved and completed or the Company has not consummated an initial Business Combination by the Extended Date. If an initial Business Combination is not consummated by the Extended Date, assuming the Extension is approved, the Company will redeem its public shares.

 

All of our shareholders are cordially invited to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting via the Internet at https://www.cstproxy.com/pearlhac/ext2023. To ensure your representation at the Extraordinary General Meeting, you are urged to complete, sign, date and return your proxy card as soon as possible. If your shares are held in an account at a brokerage firm or bank, you must instruct your broker or bank on how to vote your shares. You may revoke your proxy card at any time prior to the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

A shareholder’s failure to vote in person or by proxy will not be counted towards the number of Pearl Shares required to validly establish a quorum. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals. We believe that each of the proposals is a “non-discretionary” matter, and therefore, there will not be any broker non-votes at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. Please sign, date and return your proxy card as soon as possible. You are requested to carefully read the proxy statement and accompanying Notice of the Extraordinary General for a more complete statement of matters to be considered at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

If you have any questions or need assistance voting your ordinary shares, please contact Morrow Sodali LLC (“Morrow”), our proxy solicitor, by calling (800) 662-5200, or banks and brokers can call collect at (203) 658-9400.

 

On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank you for your support of Pearl Acquisition Corp.

 

November 20, 2023

 

By Order of the Board,  
   
/s/ Craig E. Barnett  
Craig E. Barnett  
Director, Chief Executive Officer and Charmain of the Board of Directors  

 

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If you return your proxy card signed and without an indication of how you wish to vote, your shares will be voted “FOR” each of the proposals.

 

TO EXERCISE YOUR REDEMPTION RIGHTS, YOU MUST (I) IF YOU HOLD PEARL CLASS A SHARES, ELECT TO SEPARATE YOUR UNITS INTO THE UNDERLYING PUBLIC SHARES AND PUBLIC WARRANTS PRIOR TO EXERCISING YOUR REDEMPTION RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO THE PUBLIC SHARES, (II) SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE TRANSFER AGENT AT LEAST TWO BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE VOTE AT THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING OR ANY ADJOURNMENT THEREOF THAT YOUR PUBLIC SHARES BE REDEEMED FOR CASH AND (III) TENDER OR DELIVER YOUR SHARES OF PEARL CLASS A SHARES (AND SHARE CERTIFICATES (IF ANY) AND OTHER REDEMPTION FORMS) TO THE TRANSFER AGENT, PHYSICALLY OR ELECTRONICALLY USING DTC’S DWAC (DEPOSIT WITHDRAWAL AT CUSTODIAN) SYSTEM, IN EACH CASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROCEDURES AND DEADLINES DESCRIBED IN THE ACCOMPANYING PROXY STATEMENT. IF YOU HOLD THE SHARES IN STREET NAME, YOU WILL NEED TO INSTRUCT THE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE AT YOUR BANK OR BROKER TO WITHDRAW THE SHARES FROM YOUR ACCOUNT IN ORDER TO EXERCISE YOUR REDEMPTION RIGHTS. IN THE EVENT THE REDEMPTION LIMITATION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL IS NOT APPROVED OR NOT IMPLEMENTED AND WE RECEIVE NOTICE OF REDEMPTIONS OF PUBLIC SHARES APPROACHING OR BREACHING THE REDEMPTION LIMITATION, WE AND/OR THE SPONSOR MAY TAKE ACTION TO INCREASE OUR NET TANGIBLE ASSETS TO AVOID THE REDEMPTION LIMITATION, WHICH MAY INCLUDE, AT OUR AND THE SPONSOR’S OPTION AND IN OUR AND ITS SOLE DISCRETION, ANY, SEVERAL OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS: (A) ATTEMPTING TO SECURE WAIVERS OF CERTAIN OF OUR SIGNIFICANT LIABILITIES, INCLUDING THE DEFERRED UNDERWRITING FEES AND (B) ENTERING INTO NON-REDEMPTION AGREEMENTS WITH CERTAIN OF OUR SHAREHOLDERS. IF THE REDEMPTION LIMITATION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL IS NOT APPROVED OR NOT IMPLEMENTED AND THE REDEMPTION LIMITATION IS EXCEEDED, EITHER BECAUSE WE DO NOT TAKE ACTION TO INCREASE OUR NET TANGIBLE ASSETS OR BECAUSE OUR ATTEMPT TO DO SO IS NOT SUCCESSFUL, THEN WE WILL NOT PROCEED WITH THE AMENDMENTS AND WE WILL NOT REDEEM ANY PUBLIC SHARES IN THE OPTIONAL REDEMPTION. IN SUCH CASE, PUBLIC SHARES WHICH A PUBLIC SHAREHOLDER ELECTS TO REDEEM BUT WHICH ARE NOT REDEEMED SHALL BE RETURNED TO SUCH PUBLIC SHAREHOLDER OR SUCH PUBLIC SHAREHOLDER’S ACCOUNT AND SUCH PUBLIC SHAREHOLDER WILL RETAIN THE RIGHT TO HAVE THEIR PUBLIC SHARES REDEEMED FOR CASH IF THE COMPANY HAS NOT COMPLETED AN INITIAL BUSINESS COMBINATION BY THE ORIGINAL EXPIRATION DATE.

 

This proxy statement is dated November 20, 2023
and is first being mailed to our shareholders with the form of proxy on or about November 24, 2023.

 

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IMPORTANT

 

Whether or not you expect to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting, you are respectfully requested by the Board of Directors to sign, date and return the enclosed proxy promptly, or follow the instructions contained in the proxy card or voting instructions provided by your broker. If you grant a proxy, you may revoke it at any time prior to the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp
767 Third Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10017

 

NOTICE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 8, 2023

 

Dear Shareholders of Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp:

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Extraordinary General Meeting of Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp, a Cayman Islands exempted company (the “Company,” “Pearl,” “we,” “us” or “our”), to be held on December 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, or at such other time and on such other date to which the meeting may be adjourned or postponed (the “Extraordinary General Meeting”). The Extraordinary General Meeting will be held at the offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, located at 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 6800 Houston, TX 77002 and via the Internet. You will be able to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting online, vote, view the list of shareholders entitled to vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting and submit your questions during the Extraordinary General Meeting by visiting https://www.cstproxy.com/pearlhac/ext2023. To enter the Extraordinary General Meeting, you will need the 12-digit control number that is printed on your proxy card. We recommend logging in at least fifteen minutes before the meeting to ensure that you are logged in when the meeting starts. Online check-in will start shortly before the meeting on December 8, 2023. The accompanying proxy statement is dated November 20, 2023, and is first being mailed to shareholders of the Company on or about November 24, 2023. The Extraordinary General Meeting will be held to consider and vote on the following proposals:

 

(a) Proposal No. 1 — The Extension Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association (the “Charter”) as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to extend the date by which the Company must either (i) consummate a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganisation or similar business combination, as further described in the Charter (an initial “Business Combination”), or (ii) cease its operations except for the purpose of winding up if it fails to complete such Business Combination and (iii) redeem all of the Class A Shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (“Pearl Class A Shares”), included as part of the units sold in the Company’s initial public offering that was consummated on December 17, 2021 (the “IPO”), from December 17, 2023 (such date, giving effect to any exercise of any Extension Option (as defined in the Charter), the “Original Expiration Date”) to December 17, 2024 (the “Extension,” such period, the “Extension Period” and such end date, the “Extended Date”);

 

(b) Proposal No. 2 — The Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to eliminate from the Charter the limitation that the Company shall not redeem public shares to the extent that such redemption would cause the Company’s net tangible assets to be less than US$5,000,001 following such redemptions (the “Redemption Limitation”) in order to allow the Company to redeem public shares irrespective of whether such redemptions would breach the Redemption Limitation (the “Redemption Limitation Amendment” and such proposal, the “Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal”);

 

(c) Proposal No. 3 — The Liquidation Amendment Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to permit the Board, in its sole discretion, to elect to cease all operations on an earlier date (the “Liquidation Amendment” and such proposal, the “Liquidation Amendment Proposal” and, collectively with the Extension Proposal and the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal, the “Charter Amendment Proposals”);

 

(d) Proposal No. 4 — The Trust Amendment Proposal — a proposal to amend the Company’s investment management trust agreement, dated as of December 14, 2021, by and between Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company (“Continental”) and the Company (the “Trust Agreement”) pursuant to an amendment to the Trust Agreement in the form set forth in Annex B of the accompanying proxy statement to extend the date by which the Company would be required to consummate our initial Business Combination from the Original Expiration Date, to the Extended Date, or such earlier date as determined by the Board in its sole discretion (the “Trust Amendment” and such proposal, the “Trust Amendment Proposal”); and

 

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(e) Proposal No. 5 — The Adjournment Proposal — as an ordinary resolution, to approve the adjournment of the Extraordinary General Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or convenient, either (i) to permit further solicitation and vote of proxies in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or the Trust Amendment Proposal, which will only be presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting if, based on the tabulated votes, there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Extraordinary General Meeting to approve any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or the Trust Amendment Proposal or (ii) if the Board determines before the Extraordinary General Meeting that it is not necessary or no longer desirable to proceed with the other proposals (the “Adjournment Proposal”).

 

The above matters are more fully described in the accompanying proxy statement. We urge you to read carefully the accompanying proxy statement in its entirety.

 

Approval of the Extension Proposal requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Liquidation Amendment Proposal also requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Trust Amendment Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the holders of 65% of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, voting together as a single class, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Adjournment Proposal requires an ordinary resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of a simple majority of the holders of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

You will not receive a fee for the Extension in this proxy statement. No fee under the Charter is being paid in connection with the proposals in this proxy statement. The Company is requesting the Extension in this proxy statement via a shareholder vote, which is separate and different than an extension request via a fee under the Charter.

 

In connection with the Charter Amendment Proposals, public shareholders may elect to redeem their shares for a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the trust account established in connection with the IPO (the “Trust Account”), including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay its taxes, divided by the number of then issued and outstanding Pearl Class A Shares, regardless of how such public shareholders vote on the Charter Amendment Proposals, the Trust Amendment Proposal or if they vote at all. If any of the Charter Amendment Proposals and/or the Trust Amendment Proposal are approved by the requisite vote of shareholders, the remaining public shareholders will retain their right to redeem their Pearl Class A Shares upon consummation of our initial Business Combination if and when it is submitted to a vote of our shareholders, subject to any limitations set forth in the Charter, as amended. Such limitations include that a public shareholder, together with any affiliate of such public shareholder or any other person with whom such public shareholder is acting in concert or as a group for purposes of acquiring, holding or disposing of Pearl Shares will be restricted from redeeming its Pearl Class A Shares with respect to more than 15% of the Pearl Class A Shares sold in the IPO. Accordingly, if a public shareholder, alone or acting in concert or as a group, seeks to redeem more than 15% of the Pearl Class Shares sold in the IPO, then any such shares in excess of that 15% limit would not be redeemed for cash, without our prior consent. In connection with the Extraordinary General Meeting, the Company, in its sole discretion, may enter into non-redemption agreements with certain of its shareholders.

 

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In addition, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the remaining public shareholders will be entitled to have their shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed an initial Business Combination by the Extended Date, subject to any limitations set forth in the Charter, as Amended.

 

Pursuant to the Charter, a public shareholder may request that the Company redeem all or a portion of such public shareholder’s public shares for cash if any of the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved by the requisite vote of shareholders. You will be entitled to receive cash for any public shares to be redeemed only if you:

 

(a) (i) hold public shares or (ii) hold public shares as part of units and elect to separate such units into the underlying public shares and public warrants prior to exercising your redemption rights with respect to the public shares and (iii) such redemption would not result in the Company having net tangible assets of less than $5,000,001 (unless the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is approved); and

 

(b) prior to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on December 6, 2023 (two (2) business days prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting), (i) submit a written request to Continental, the Company’s transfer agent, that the Company redeem your public shares for cash and (ii) tender or deliver your shares (and share certificates (if any) and other redemption forms) to the transfer agent, physically or electronically through The Depository Trust Company.

 

Any demand for redemption, once submitted to the Company, may not be withdrawn unless the directors of the Company determine (in their sole discretion) to permit the withdrawal of such redemption request (which they may do in whole or in part). If you tendered or delivered your shares for redemption to Continental and decide within the required timeframe not to exercise your redemption rights, you may request that our transfer agent return the shares (physically or electronically). You may make such request by contacting our transfer agent at the phone number or address listed under the question “Who can help answer my questions?” below.

 

Additionally, we will not redeem shares if (i) none of the Charter Amendment Proposals is approved, or (ii) the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved or not implemented and redemptions would cause the Redemption Limitation to be exceeded. In any of these scenarios, you will not receive cash for public shares. In the event that the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and we receive notice of redemptions of public shares approaching or breaching the Redemption Limitation, we and/or the Sponsor, may take action to increase our net tangible assets to avoid breaching the Redemption Limitation, which may include, at our and the Sponsor’s option and in our and its sole discretion, any, several or all of the following actions: (a) attempting to secure waivers of certain of our significant liabilities, including the deferred underwriting fees and (b) entering into non-redemption agreements with certain of our shareholders. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved or not implemented and the Redemption Limitation is breached, either because we do not take action to increase our net tangible assets or because our attempt to do so is not successful, then we will not proceed with the amendments set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement and we will not redeem any public shares. In such case, public shares which a public shareholder elects to redeem but which are not redeemed shall be returned to such public shareholder or such public shareholder’s account and such public shareholder will retain the right to have their public shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date.

 

Holders of units of the Company must elect to separate the underlying public shares and public warrants prior to exercising redemption rights with respect to the public shares. If holders hold their units in an account at a brokerage firm or bank, holders must notify their broker or bank, as applicable, that they elect to separate the units into the underlying public shares and public warrants, or if a holder holds units registered in its, their own name, the holder must contact Continental directly and instruct it to do so. Your broker, bank or other nominee may have an earlier deadline by which you must provide instructions to separate the units into the underlying public shares and public warrants in order to exercise redemption rights with respect to the public shares, so you should contact your broker, bank or other nominee or intermediary. Public shareholders may elect to redeem all or a portion of their public shares even if they vote for the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

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If the Extension Proposal is not approved or not implemented and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (a) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

The Sponsor and the Company’s directors and officers have agreed to waive their respective rights to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account in respect of any Pearl Class B Shares held by it or them, as applicable, if the Company fails to complete an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, although they will be entitled to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to any Pearl Class A Shares they hold if the Company fails to complete its initial Business Combination by such date. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

The Sponsor has agreed that it will be liable to Company if, and to the extent, any claims by a third party (other than Pearl’s independent registered public accounting firm) for services rendered or products sold to the Company, or a prospective target business with which the Company has discussed entering into a transaction agreement, reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account to below (a) $10.00 per public share or (b) such lesser amount per public share held in the Trust Account as of the date of the liquidation of the Trust Account, due to reductions in value of the assets in the Trust Account, in each case net of the amount of interest which may be withdrawn to pay taxes, except as to any claims by a third party who executed a waiver of any and all rights to seek access to the Trust Account and except as to any claims under the Company’s indemnity of the underwriters for the IPO against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In the event that an executed waiver is deemed to be unenforceable against a third party, then the Sponsor will not be responsible to the extent of any liability for such third-party claims. The Company has not independently verified whether the Sponsor has sufficient funds to satisfy its indemnity obligations and believes that the Sponsor’s only assets are securities of the Company and, therefore, the Sponsor may not be able to satisfy those obligations. None of the Company’s officers or directors will indemnify the Company for claims by third parties, including, without limitation, claims by vendors and prospective target businesses.

 

Based upon the amount held in the Trust Account as of September 30, 2023, which was $214,292,392, the Company estimates that the per-share price at which public shares may be redeemed from cash held in the Trust Account will be approximately $10.71 at the time of the Extraordinary General Meeting. The closing price of a Pearl Class A Share was $10.79 on November 16, 2023. The Company cannot assure shareholders that they will be able to sell their Pearl Class A Shares in the open market, even if the market price per share is higher than the redemption price stated above, as there may not be sufficient liquidity in its securities when such shareholders wish to sell their shares.

 

If any of the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved, such approval will constitute consent for the Company to (i) remove from the Trust Account an amount (the “Withdrawal Amount”) equal to the number of public shares properly redeemed multiplied by the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay its taxes, divided by the number of then issued and outstanding public shares and (ii) deliver to the holders of such redeemed public shares their portion of the Withdrawal Amount. The funds remaining in the Trust Account after the removal of such Withdrawal Amount shall be available for use by the Company to complete an initial Business Combination on or before the Extended Date. Holders of public shares who do not redeem their public shares now will retain their redemption rights and their ability to vote on an initial Business Combination through the Extended Date if the Extension Proposal is approved. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved or not implemented and there are significant requests for redemption such that the Company’s net tangible assets would be less than $5,000,001 upon the consummation of an initial Business Combination, the Charter would prevent the Company from being able to redeem its public shares.

 

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The withdrawal of the Withdrawal Amount will reduce the amount held in the Trust Account, and the amount remaining in the Trust Account may be significantly less than the approximately $214,292,392 that was in the Trust Account as of September 30, 2023. In such event, the Company may need to obtain additional funds to complete its initial Business Combination, and there can be no assurance that such funds will be available on terms acceptable to the parties or at all.

 

Only shareholders of record of the Company as of the close of business on November 20, 2023 (the “Record Date”) are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Extraordinary General Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. Each of the Pearl Shares entitles the holder thereof to one (1) vote. On the Record Date, there were 25,000,000 Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, including (a) 20,000,000 Pearl Class A Shares and (b) 5,000,000 Pearl Class B Shares. The Company’s warrants do not have voting rights in connection with the proposals.

 

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. Proxy voting permits shareholders unable to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting in person to vote their shares through a proxy. By appointing a proxy, your shares will be represented and voted in accordance with your instructions. You can vote your shares by completing and returning your proxy card or by completing the voting instruction form provided to you by your broker. Proxy cards that are signed and returned, but do not include voting instructions, will be voted by the proxy as recommended by the Board. You can change your voting instructions or revoke your proxy at any time prior to the Extraordinary General Meeting by following the instructions included in this proxy statement and on the proxy card.

 

It is strongly recommended that you complete and return your proxy card before the Extraordinary General Meeting date to ensure that your shares will be represented at the Extraordinary General Meeting. You are urged to review carefully the information contained in the enclosed proxy statement prior to deciding how to vote your shares. If you have any questions or need assistance voting your Pearl Shares, please contact Morrow, our proxy solicitor, by calling (800) 662-5200, or banks and brokers can call collect at (203) 658-9400.

 

November 20, 2023

 

By Order of the Board,  
   
/s/ Craig E. Barnett  
Craig E. Barnett  
Director, Chief Executive Officer and Charmain of the Board of Directors  

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 8, 2023

 

This Notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting and Proxy Statement are available at https://www.cstproxy.com/pearlhac/ext2023.

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS   2
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING   4
RISK FACTOR   17
THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING   18
PROPOSAL NO. 1 — THE EXTENSION PROPOSAL   23
PROPOSAL NO. 2 — THE Redemption limitation amendment PROPOSAL   35
PROPOSAL NO. 3 — THE LIQUIDATION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL   39
PROPOSAL NO. 4 — THE TRUST AMENDMENT PROPOSAL   41
PROPOSAL NO. 5 — THE ADJOURNMENT PROPOSAL   43
BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES   44
OTHER MATTERS   46
DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS TO SHAREHOLDERS   47
WHERE YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION   48

 

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PEARL HOLDINGS ACQUISITION CORP

 

PROXY STATEMENT
FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
To Be Held at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on December 8, 2023

 

This proxy statement and the enclosed form of proxy are furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board for use at the Extraordinary General Meeting of Pearl, and any postponements or adjournments thereof. The Extraordinary General Meeting will be held on December 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, or at such other time and on such other date to which the meeting may be adjourned or postponed. The Extraordinary General Meeting will be held will be held at the offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, located at 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 6800 Houston, TX 77002 and via the Internet. You will be able to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting online, vote, view the list of shareholders entitled to vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting and submit your questions during the Extraordinary General Meeting by visiting https://www.cstproxy.com/pearlhac/ext2023. To enter the Extraordinary General Meeting, you will need the 12-digit control number that is printed on your proxy card. We recommend logging in at least fifteen minutes before the meeting to ensure that you are logged in when the meeting starts. Online check-in will start shortly before the meeting on December 8, 2023. Each capitalized term used but not defined in this proxy statement has the meaning given to it in the accompanying Notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

Some statements contained in this proxy statement are forward-looking in nature. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and assumptions about us that could cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

 

The forward-looking statements contained in this proxy statement are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on us. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other assumptions include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

our being a company with no operating history and no operating revenues;

 

our ability to select an appropriate target business or businesses;

 

our ability to complete our initial Business Combination;

 

our expectations around the performance of a prospective target business or businesses;

 

our expectations around the performance of a prospective target business or businesses;

 

our expectations around the performance or projections of markets or industries;

 

our success in retaining or recruiting, or changes required in, our officers, key employees or directors following our initial Business Combination;

 

our directors and officers allocating their time to other businesses and potentially having conflicts of interest with or otherwise conflicting contractual obligations in connection with our business or in approving our initial Business Combination;

 

our potential ability to obtain additional financing to complete our initial Business Combination;

 

our pool of prospective target businesses and industries;

 

our ability to consummate an initial Business Combination due to the uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and other events (such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, global hostilities, or a significant outbreak of other infectious diseases);

 

the ability of our directors and officers to generate potential initial Business Combination opportunities;

 

our public securities’ potential liquidity and trading;

 

the use of proceeds not held in the Trust Account (as defined above) or available to us from interest income on the Trust Account balance;

 

the Trust Account not being subject to claims of third parties;

 

our financial performance;

 

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our lack of market for our securities;

 

approval of the Charter Amendment Proposals;

 

the inability to extend date of which the SPAC needs to complete its Business Combination by; and

 

the amount of redemptions by our public shareholders.

 

Additional information on these and other factors that may cause actual results and the Company’s performance to differ materially is included in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the SEC, including, but not limited to, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, including those factors described under the heading Item 1.A. “Risk Factors” therein, and the Company’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, including those factors described under the heading Item 1.A. “Risk Factors” therein. Copies of the Company’s filings with the SEC are available publicly on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or may be obtained by contacting the Company.

 

Should one (1) or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligations to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

 

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

 

These Questions and Answers are only summaries of the matters they discuss. They do not contain all of the information that may be important to you. You should read carefully the entire document, including any annexes to this proxy statement.

 

Why am I receiving this proxy statement?

 

This proxy statement and the enclosed proxy card are being sent to you in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board for use at the Extraordinary General Meeting to be held virtually and in person or by proxy on December 8, 2023, or at any adjournments or postponements thereof. This proxy statement summarizes the information that you need to make an informed decision on the proposals to be considered at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Pearl is a blank check company incorporated on March 23, 2021, as a Cayman Islands exempted company and incorporated for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganisation or similar business combination with one or more businesses. On December 17, 2021, Pearl consummated its IPO of its units, with each unit consisting of one (1) Pearl Class A Share and one-half of one redeemable warrant to purchase one (1) Pearl Class A Share. In addition, the Company completed the private sale of 10,000,000 private placement warrants at a purchase price of $1.00 per private placement warrant to the Sponsor, generating gross proceeds to us of $10,000,000. In the IPO, a total of $204,000,000 ($10.20 per unit) of the net proceeds from the IPO and the sale of private placement warrants was placed in the Trust Account, with Continental acting as trustee. The Charter provides for the return of the IPO proceeds held in the Trust Account to the holders of public shares if we do not complete an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date.

 

The purpose of the Extension Proposal is to allow the Company more time to complete an initial Business Combination. The Charter provides that the Company has until the Original Expiration Date to complete an initial Business Combination. Therefore, the Board has determined that it is in the best interests of our shareholders to extend the date by which the Company must complete an initial Business Combination to the Extended Date.

 

The purpose of the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is to eliminate from the Charter the limitation that the Company may not redeem public shares to the extent that such redemption would result in the Company having net tangible assets of less than $5,000,001 in order to allow the Company to redeem any public shares redeemed, irrespective of whether such redemption would breach the Redemption Limitation.

 

The purpose of the Liquidation Amendment Proposal is to amend the Charter to enable the Board, in its sole discretion, to liquidate the Trust Account and to redeem all of the Pearl Class A Shares included as part of the units sold in the IPO prior to the current termination date, after taking into account various factors, including, but not limited to, the prospect of identifying a target and negotiating and consummating a business combination prior to the end of the Extension Period.

 

The purpose of the Trust Amendment Proposal is to allow the Company to extend the date by which the Company would be required to consummate a business combination from the Original Expiration Date to the Extended Date, or such earlier date as determined by the Board in its sole discretion. The Trust Amendment parallels the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

What is being voted on?

 

You are being asked to vote on the following proposals:

 

(a) Proposal No. 1 — The Extension Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to extend the date by which the Company must either (i) consummate an initial Business Combination, or (ii) cease its operations except for the purpose of winding up if it fails to complete such Business Combination and (iii) redeem all of the Pearl Class A Shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company, from the Original Expiration Date, to the Extended Date;

 

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(b) Proposal No. 2 — The Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as form set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to eliminate from the Charter the limitation that the Company shall not redeem public shares to the extent that such redemption would cause the Company’s net tangible assets to be than US$5,000,001, following such redemptions, in order to allow the Company to redeem public shares irrespective of whether such redemptions would breach the Redemption Limitation;

 

(c) Proposal No. 3 — The Liquidation Amendment Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to permit the Board, in its sole discretion, to elect to cease all operations on an earlier date;

 

(d) Proposal No. 4 — The Trust Amendment Proposal — a proposal to amend the Trust Agreement, pursuant to an amendment to the Trust Agreement in the form set forth in Annex B of the accompanying proxy statement to extend the date by which the Company would be required to consummate our initial Business Combination from the Original Expiration Date, to the Extended Date, or such earlier date as determined by the Board in its sole discretion; and

 

(e) Proposal No. 5 — The Adjournment Proposal — as an ordinary resolution, to approve the adjournment of the Extraordinary General Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or convenient, either (i) to permit further solicitation and vote of proxies in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or the Trust Amendment Proposal, which will only be presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting if, based on the tabulated votes, there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Extraordinary General Meeting to approve any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or the Trust Amendment Proposal or (ii) if the Board determines before the Extraordinary General Meeting that it is not necessary or no longer desirable to proceed with the other proposals.

 

If the Extension Proposal is approved, we would to hold another extraordinary general meeting prior to the Extended Date in order to seek shareholder approval of any initial Business Combination and related proposals.

 

The Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel the Extraordinary General Meeting and not have a shareholder vote for any of the proposals for any reason, including, but not limited to, if we elect to terminate and wind up. In addition, the Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to supplement this proxy statement.

 

You are not being asked to vote on an initial Business Combination at this time. If any of the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved and you do not elect to redeem your public shares in connection with the Charter Amendment Proposals, you would retain the right to vote on an initial Business Combination if and when such transaction is submitted to shareholders and the right to redeem your public shares for cash from the Trust Account in the event a proposed initial Business Combination is approved and completed or the Company has not consummated an initial Business Combination by the Extended Date. If an initial Business Combination is not consummated by the Extended Date, assuming the Extension is approved, the Company would redeem 100% of its public shares.

 

Can I attend the Extraordinary General Meeting?

 

The Extraordinary General Meeting will be held on December 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, or at such other time and on such other date to which the meeting may be adjourned or postponed. The Extraordinary General Meeting will be held at the offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, located at 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 6800 Houston, TX 77002 and via the Internet. You will be able to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting online, vote, view the list of shareholders entitled to vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting and submit your questions during the Extraordinary General Meeting by visiting https://www.cstproxy.com/pearlhac/ext2023. To enter the Extraordinary General Meeting, you will need the 12-digit control number that is printed on your proxy card. We recommend logging in at least fifteen minutes before the meeting to ensure that you are logged in when the meeting starts. Online check-in will start shortly before the meeting on December 8, 2023. The accompanying proxy statement is dated November 20, 2023, and is first being mailed to shareholders of the Company on or about November 24, 2023.

 

You may submit your proxy by completing, signing, dating and returning the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying pre-addressed postage-paid envelope. If you hold your shares in “street name,” which means your shares are held of record by a broker, bank or other nominee, you should contact your broker, bank or other nominee to ensure that votes related to the shares you beneficially own are properly counted. In this regard, you must provide the broker, bank or other nominee with instructions on how to vote your shares.

 

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Why should I vote to approve the Extension?

 

The Board believes shareholders will benefit from the Company consummating an initial Business Combination and is proposing the Extension to extend the date by which the Company has to complete an initial Business Combination until the Extended Date. The Extension is expected to give the Company the opportunity to complete its initial Business Combination.

 

If the Extension Proposal is not approved or not implemented and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (a) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

We believe that the provisions of the Charter described in the preceding paragraph were included to protect the Company’s shareholders from having to sustain their investments for an unreasonably long period if the Company failed to find a suitable initial Business Combination in the timeframe contemplated by the Charter. We also believe, however, that given the Company’s expenditure of time, effort and money on pursuing an initial Business Combination and our belief that the Business Combination is in the best interest of Pearl and our shareholders, the Extension is warranted.

 

The sole purpose of the Extension proposal is to provide the Company with sufficient time to complete an initial Business Combination, which the Board believes is in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders. A copy of the proposed amendment to the Charter is attached to this proxy statement as Annex A.

 

The Board recommends that you vote in favor of the Extension Proposal, but expresses no opinion as to whether you should redeem your public shares.

 

Will I receive a fee with the Extension?

 

You will not receive a fee for the Extension in this proxy statement. No fee under the Charter is being paid in connection with the proposals in this proxy statement. The Company is requesting the Extension in this proxy statement via a shareholder vote, which is separate and different than an extension request via a fee under the Charter.

 

Why should I vote to approve the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal?

 

The purpose of the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is to eliminate from the Charter the Redemption Limitation in order to allow the Company to redeem any public shares redeemed, irrespective of whether such redemption would breach the Redemption Limitation.

 

Shareholders are entitled to exercise redemption rights in connection with the proposals to be voted on at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Under the Company’s Charter, it cannot consummate an initial Business Combination unless it has net tangible assets of at least $5,000,001 upon consummation of an initial Business Combination. In addition, if holders of enough of the public shares were to seek redemption rights in connection with the consideration of these proposals, even if the amendments were approved by the requisite vote of shareholders, the Company would not be able to implement the amendments or provide redemption rights as its Charter requires that it must have at least $5,000,001 in net tangible assets to do so.

 

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The Company believes that these limitations which may prevent it from completing an initial Business Combination are not needed. The purpose of such limitation was initially to ensure that the public shares not deemed to be a “penny stock” pursuant to Rule 3a51-1 under the Exchange Act in the event that such public shares failed to be listed on an approved national securities exchange. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved or not implemented and there are significant requests for redemption such that the Company’s net tangible assets would be less than $5,000,001 upon the consummation of an initial Business Combination, the Charter would prevent the Company from being able to consummate an initial Business Combination even if all other conditions to closing are met.

 

We believe that the provisions of the Charter described in the preceding paragraph were included to protect the Company’s shareholders from having to sustain their investments for an unreasonably long period if the Company failed to find a suitable initial Business Combination in the timeframe contemplated by the Charter. We also believe, however, that given the Company’s expenditure of time, effort and money on pursuing an initial Business Combination, and our belief that an initial Business Combination is in the best interest of the Company and our shareholders, the Extension is warranted.

 

In connection with the Charter Amendment Proposals, public shareholders may elect to redeem their Pearl Class A Shares for a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount as of two business days prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay its taxes, divided by the number of then-issued and outstanding shares of Pearl Class A Shares, regardless of how such public shareholders vote on the Charter Amendment Proposals, or if they vote at all. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved or not implemented, we will not proceed with the Extension if redemptions of public shares cause us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets following approval of the Extension Proposal, as provided in the Charter.

 

Liquidation of the Trust Account is a fundamental obligation of the Company to the public shareholders and the Company is not proposing, and will not propose, to change that obligation to the public shareholders. If holders of public shares do not elect to redeem their public shares, such holders shall retain redemption rights in connection with an initial Business Combination. Assuming the Extension is approved, the Company will have until the Extended Date to complete its initial Business Combination.

 

The Board recommends that you vote in favor of the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal, but expresses no opinion as to whether you should redeem your public shares.

 

Why should I vote to approve the Liquidation Amendment Proposal?

 

The purpose of the Liquidation Amendment Proposal is to amend the Charter to enable the Board, in its sole discretion, to liquidate the Trust Account and to redeem all of the Pearl Class A Shares included as part of the units sold in the IPO prior to the scheduled end of the Extension Period (including a date prior to the current termination date), after taking into account various factors, including, but not limited to, the prospect of identifying a target and negotiating and consummating a business combination prior to the end of the Extension Period. Accordingly, the Board believes that it is in the best interests of our shareholders to provide additional flexibility to wind up our operations, in which case we will liquidate the Trust Account and dissolve in accordance with law and to redeem all public shares. If a suitable business combination is timely identified, the Company intends to hold another shareholders’ meeting prior to the expiration of the Extension Period in order to seek shareholder approval of a potential business combination.

 

The Board believes that shareholders will benefit from enabling the Board to liquidate the Trust Account and dissolve in accordance with law and to redeem all public shares on a specified date following the effectiveness of the amended charter and prior to the scheduled end of the Extension Period (including a date prior to the current termination date), after taking into account various factors, including, but not limited to, the prospect of identifying a target and negotiating and consummating a business combination prior to the end of the Extension Period.

 

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Why should I vote to approve the Trust Amendment Proposal?

 

The Company’s current Trust Agreement provides that the Company has until 18 months (or up to 24 months if the Sponsor exercises its Extension Options) from the closing of the IPO, and such later day as may be approved by the Company’s shareholders in accordance with the Charter to terminate the Trust Agreement and liquidate the Trust Account.

 

The purpose of the Trust Amendment is to allow the Company to extend the date by which the Company would be required to consummate a business combination from the Original Expiration Date to the Extended Date, or such earlier date as determined by the Board in its sole discretion. The Trust Amendment parallels the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

When would the Board abandon the Extension Proposal?

 

The Board will abandon the Extension if our shareholders do not approve the Extension Proposal. Additionally, if the Extension is approved but the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved, we are not permitted to redeem Pearl Class A Shares in an amount that would cause our net tangible assets to be less than $5,000,001, and we will not proceed with the Extension if redemptions of our shares of Pearl Class A Shares in connection with the Extension would cause us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets following approval of the Extension Proposal.

 

When would the Board abandon the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal?

 

The Board will abandon the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal if our shareholders do not approve the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal or if our shareholders approve the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal but do not approve the Extension Proposal.

 

When would the Board abandon the Liquidation Amendment Proposal?

 

The Board will abandon the Liquidation Amendment Proposal if our shareholders do not approve the Liquidation Amendment Proposal or if our shareholders approve the Liquidation Amendment Proposal but do not approve the Extension Proposal.

 

When would the Board abandon the Trust Amendment Proposal?

 

The Board will abandon the Trust Amendment Proposal if our shareholders do not approve the Trust Amendment Proposal or if our shareholders approve the Trust Amendment Proposal but do not approve the Extension Proposal.

 

How do the Company insiders intend to vote their shares?

 

The Sponsor, the Company’s directors, officers and initial shareholders and their permitted transferees (collectively, the “Initial Shareholders”) collectively have the right to vote approximately 20% of the Company’s issued and outstanding Pearl Shares, and are expected to vote all of their shares in favor of each proposal to be voted upon by our shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

The Sponsor and the Company’s directors, officers and advisors, or any of their respective affiliates, may purchase public shares in privately negotiated transactions or in the open market prior to the Extraordinary General Meeting, although they are under no obligation to do so. Any such purchases that are completed after the Record Date may include an agreement with a selling shareholder that such shareholder, for so long as it remains the record holder of the Pearl Shares in question, will vote in favor of the proposals and/or will not exercise its redemption rights with respect to the Pearl Shares so purchased. The purpose of such share purchases and other transactions would be to increase the likelihood that the proposals to be voted upon at the Extraordinary General Meeting are approved by the requisite number of votes. In the event that such purchases do occur, the purchasers may seek to purchase shares from shareholders who would otherwise have voted against the proposals and elected to redeem their shares for a portion of the Trust Account. Any such privately negotiated purchases may be effected at purchase prices that are below or in excess of the per-share pro rata portion of the Trust Account. Any public shares held by or subsequently purchased by our affiliates may be voted in favor of the proposals. None of the Sponsor or the Company’s directors, officers or advisors or any of their respective affiliates may make any such purchases when they are in possession of any material nonpublic information not disclosed to the seller or during a restricted period under Regulation M under the Exchange Act.

 

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Who is the Sponsor?

 

The Company’s sponsor is Pearl Holdings Sponsor LLC, a Cayman Islands limited liability company. The Sponsor currently owns 5,000,000 Pearl Class B Shares and is controlled by its managing member, Craig E. Barnett. Mr. Barnett is a U.S. person. Mr. Barnett may be deemed to beneficially own shares held by the Sponsor by virtue of his control over the Sponsor.

 

Subject to the other parties involved in our initial Business Combination, the Company does not believe that any of the above facts or relationships regarding the Sponsor would, by themselves, subject our initial Business Combination to regulatory review, including review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), nor does the Company believe that if such a review were conceivable that, based solely on such facts or relationships, such Business Combination ultimately would be prohibited.

 

However, if our initial Business Combination were to become subject to regulatory review and approval requirements, including pursuant to foreign investment regulations and review by governmental entities such as CFIUS, such Business Combination may be delayed or ultimately prohibited. For more information, see the section entitled “Risk Factor — Our initial Business Combination may be delayed or ultimately prohibited if such initial Business Combination is subject to regulatory review and approval requirements, including pursuant to foreign investment regulations and review by governmental entities such as CFIUS.”

 

What vote is required to approve the Extension Proposal?

 

Approval of the Extension Proposal requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

What vote is required to approve the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal?

 

Approval of the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

What vote is required to approve the Liquidation Amendment Proposal?

 

Approval of the Liquidation Amendment Proposal also requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

What vote is required to approve the Trust Amendment Proposal?

 

Approval of the Trust Amendment Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the holders of 65% of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, voting together as a single class, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

What vote is required to approve the Adjournment Proposal?

 

Approval of the Adjournment Proposal requires an ordinary resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of a simple majority of the holders of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

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What if I want to vote against or don’t want to vote for any of the proposals?

 

If you do not want any of the proposals to be approved, you should vote against such proposals. A shareholder’s failure to vote by proxy or to vote in person at the Extraordinary General Meeting will not be counted towards the number of shares required to validly establish a quorum, and if a valid quorum is otherwise established, such failure to vote will have no effect on such proposals. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals. We believe that each of the proposals is a “non-discretionary” matter, and therefore, there will not be any broker non-votes at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Will you seek any further extensions to liquidate the Trust Account?

 

Other than the Extension until the Extended Date, as described in this proxy statement, we do not anticipate seeking any further extension to consummate an initial Business Combination.

 

How are the funds in the Trust Account currently being held?

 

With respect to the regulation of special purpose acquisition companies like the Company (“SPACs”), on March 30, 2022, the SEC issued proposed rules (the “SPAC Rule Proposals”) relating to, among other items, disclosures in business combination transactions involving SPACs and private operating companies; the condensed financial statement requirements applicable to transactions involving shell companies; the use of projections by SPACs in SEC filings in connection with proposed business combination transactions; the potential liability of certain participants in proposed business combination transactions; and the extent to which SPACs could become subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, including a proposed rule that would provide SPACs a safe harbor from treatment as an investment company if they satisfy certain conditions that limit a SPAC’s duration, asset composition, business purpose and activities.

 

With regard to the SEC’s investment company proposals included in the SPAC Rule Proposals, while the funds in the Trust Account have, since the Company’s initial public offering, been held only in U.S. government treasury bills with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds investing solely in U.S. Treasuries, to mitigate the risk of being viewed as operating an unregistered investment company (including pursuant to the subjective test of Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended), the Company may, at any time, instruct Continental to hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash until the earlier of the consummation of the Business Combination, the Company’s initial business combination and liquidation of the Company.

 

What happens if the Extension Proposal is not approved?

 

If the Extension Proposal is not approved and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (a) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

The Sponsor and the Company’s directors and officers have agreed to waive their respective rights to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account in respect of any Pearl Class B Shares held by it or them, as applicable, if the Company fails to complete an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, although they will be entitled to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to any Pearl Class A Shares they hold if the Company fails to complete its initial Business Combination by such date. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date. The Company will pay the costs of liquidation from its remaining assets outside of the Trust Account.

 

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What happens if the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved?

 

If the Extension Proposal is approved but the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved, we will not redeem public shares to the extent that, if the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved, accepting all properly submitted redemption requests would cause us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets. In the event that the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and we receive notice of redemptions of public shares approaching or breaching the Redemption Limitation, we and/or the Sponsor may take action to increase our net tangible assets to avoid the Redemption Limitation, which may include, at our and the Sponsor’s option and in our and its sole discretion, any, several or all of the following actions: (a) attempting to secure waivers of certain of our significant liabilities, including the deferred underwriting fees and (b) entering into non-redemption agreements with certain of our shareholders. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved or not implemented and the Redemption Limitation is exceeded, either because we do not take action to increase our net tangible assets or because our attempt to do so is not successful, then we will not proceed with the amendments set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement and we will not redeem any public shares. In such case, public shares which a public shareholder elects to redeem but which are not redeemed shall be returned to such public shareholder or such public shareholder’s account and such public shareholder will retain the right to have their public shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date.

 

If the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved, what happens next?

 

The Company is continuing its efforts to complete an initial Business Combination. The Company is seeking approval of the Extension because the Company may not be able to complete an initial Business Combination prior to the Original Expiration Date. If the Extension Proposal is approved, the Company expects to continue evaluating initial Business Combination opportunities in pursuit of entering into an initial Business Combination agreement and seeking shareholder approval of an initial Business Combination. If shareholders approve such Business Combination, the Company expects to consummate an initial business combination as soon as possible following shareholder approval and satisfaction of the other conditions to the consummation of such Business Combination.

 

Upon approval of the Charter Amendment Proposals by the required number of votes, or approval of the Extension Proposal by the required number of votes in the event the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and as a result of the redemptions, the Redemption Limitation is not reached, the Company plans to file an amendment to the Charter with the Cayman Registrar in the form attached as Annex A hereto. The Company will remain a reporting company under the Exchange Act, and its units, Pearl Class A Shares and public warrants will remain publicly traded. Assuming the Extension Proposal is approved, if the Redemption Limitation Amendment is not approved, public shareholders will not have their public shares redeemed if the Redemption Limitation is breached. If none of the Charter Amendment Proposals is approved, public shareholders will not be entitled to exercise redemption rights.

 

If any of the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved, any removal of any Withdrawal Amount from the Trust Account will reduce the amount remaining in the Trust Account and increase the percentage interest of shares of public held by the Sponsor through the shares of Pearl Class B Shares. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is approved, the Company will redeem public shares irrespective of the prior Redemption Limitation. Only if the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved, we will not proceed with the Extension if redemptions of public shares cause us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets following approval of the Extension Proposal, as provided in the Charter.

 

If the Extension is approved, the Sponsor will continue to receive payments from the Company of $15,000 per month for office space, utilities and secretarial and administrative services pursuant to the Support Services Agreement, dated as of February 11, 2021, by and between the Company and the Sponsor (the “Support Services Agreement”).

 

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If (i) the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved and we amend the Charter, or (ii) the Redemption Limitation is exceeded, will our securities remain listed on Nasdaq Capital Market following shareholder redemptions?

 

Our public shares, units and warrants are listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market. We are subject to compliance with Nasdaq’s continued listing requirements in order to maintain the listing of our securities on Nasdaq. Such continued listing requirements for our public shares include, among other things, the requirement to maintain at least 300 public holders, at least 500,000 publicly held shares and the Market Value of Listed Securities (as defined in Nasdaq Rule 5005) of at least $35 million. Pursuant to the terms of the Charter, in connection with the Charter Amendment Proposals, public shareholders may elect to redeem their public shares and, as a result, we may not be in compliance with Nasdaq’s continued listing requirements.

 

If our securities do not meet Nasdaq’s continued listing requirements, Nasdaq may delist our securities from trading on its exchange. If Nasdaq delists any of our securities from trading on its exchange and we are not able to list such securities on another approved national securities exchange, we expect that such securities could be quoted on an over-the-counter market. If this were to occur, we could face significant material adverse consequences, including: (i) a limited availability of market quotations for our securities, (ii) reduced liquidity for our securities, (iii) a determination that our public shares are “penny stocks” which will require brokers trading in our public shares to adhere to more stringent rules, including being subject to the depository requirements of Rule 419 of the Securities Act, and possibly result in a reduced level of trading activity in the secondary trading market for our securities, (iv) a decreased ability to issue additional securities or obtain additional financing in the future, and (v) a less attractive acquisition vehicle to a target business in connection with an initial Business Combination.

 

The National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996, which is a federal statute, prevents or preempts the states from regulating the sale of certain securities, which are referred to as “covered securities.” Our public shares, units and warrants qualify as covered securities under such statute. If we were no longer listed on Nasdaq, our securities would not qualify as covered securities under such statute and we would be subject to regulation in each state in which we offer our securities.

 

Where will I be able to find the voting results of the Extraordinary General Meeting?

 

We will announce preliminary voting results at the Extraordinary General Meeting. We will also disclose voting results on a Current Report on Form 8-K that we will file with the SEC within four (4) business days after the Extraordinary General Meeting. If final voting results are not available to us in time to file a Current Report on Form 8-K within four (4) business days after the Extraordinary General Meeting, we will file a Current Report on Form 8-K to publish preliminary results and will provide the final results in an amendment to such Current Report on Form 8-K as soon as they become available.

 

Would I still be able to exercise my redemption rights in connection with a vote to approve a proposed initial Business Combination?

 

Yes. Assuming you are a shareholder as of the record date for voting on a proposed initial Business Combination, you will be able to vote on a proposed initial Business Combination. If you disagree with an initial Business Combination, you will retain your right to redeem your Pearl Class A Shares upon consummation of such initial Business Combination, subject to any limitations set forth in the Charter, as amended. Such limitations include that a public shareholder, together with any affiliate of such public shareholder or any other person with whom such public shareholder is acting in concert or as a group for purposes of acquiring, holding or disposing of Pearl Shares will be restricted from redeeming its Pearl Class A Shares with respect to more than 15% of the Pearl Class A Shares sold in the IPO. Accordingly, if a public shareholder, alone or acting in concert or as a group, seeks to redeem more than 15% of the Pearl Class Shares sold in the IPO, then any such shares in excess of that 15% limit would not be redeemed for cash, without our prior consent.

 

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How do I change my vote?

 

If you have submitted a proxy to vote your shares and wish to change your vote, you may send a later-dated, signed proxy card to the Company’s Secretary at 767 Third Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10017, so that it is received by the Company’s Secretary prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting (which is scheduled to take place on December 8, 2023). Shareholders also may revoke their proxy by sending a notice of revocation to the Company’s Secretary, which must be received by the Company’s Secretary prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting, or by attending the Extraordinary General Meeting, revoking their proxy and voting in person (including by virtual means). Attendance at the Extraordinary General Meeting alone will not change your vote. However, if your shares are held in “street name” by your broker, bank or another nominee, you must contact your broker, bank or other nominee to change your vote.

 

How are votes counted?

 

Votes will be counted by the inspector of election appointed for the meeting, who will separately count “FOR” and “AGAINST” votes, abstentions and broker non-votes for each of the proposals. A shareholder’s failure to vote by proxy or to vote in person or virtually at the Extraordinary General Meeting will not be counted towards the number of shares required to validly establish a quorum, and if a valid quorum is otherwise established, will have no effect on the proposals. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals. We believe that each of the proposals is a “non-discretionary” matter, and therefore, there will not be any broker non-votes at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

If my shares are held in “street name,” will my broker automatically vote them for me?

 

If you do not give instructions to your broker, your broker can vote your shares with respect to “discretionary” items, but not with respect to “non-discretionary” items. We believe that each of the proposals are “non-discretionary” items.

 

Your broker can vote your shares with respect to “non-discretionary” items only if you provide instructions on how to vote. You should instruct your broker to vote your shares. Your broker can tell you how to provide these instructions. If you do not give your broker instructions, your shares will be treated as broker non-votes with respect to all proposals. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals.

 

What is a quorum?

 

A quorum is the minimum number of shares required to be present at the Extraordinary General Meeting for the Extraordinary General Meeting to be properly held under the Charter and Cayman Islands law. The holders of one-third of the Pearl Shares being individuals present in person or by proxy or if a corporation or other non-natural person by its duly authorized representative or proxy shall be a quorum. Proxies that are marked “abstain” and proxies relating to “street name” shares that are returned to us but marked by brokers as “not voted” (so-called “broker non-votes”) will be treated as shares present for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum on all matters. If a shareholder does not give the broker voting instructions, under applicable self-regulatory organization rules, its broker may not vote its shares on “non-discretionary” matters. We believe that each of the proposals is a “non-discretionary” matter.

 

Who can vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting?

 

Holders of Pearl Shares as of the close of business on the Record Date are entitled to vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting. On the Record Date, there were 25,000,000 Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, including (a) 20,000,000 Pearl Class A Shares and (b) 5,000,000 Pearl Class B Shares. The Company’s warrants do not have voting rights in connection with the proposals.

 

In deciding all matters at the Extraordinary General Meeting, each shareholder will be entitled to one (1) vote for each share held by them on the Record Date. Holders of Pearl Class A Shares and holders of Pearl Class B Shares will vote together as a single class on all matters submitted to a vote of our shareholders except as required by law. The Initial Shareholders collectively own all of our issued and outstanding Pearl Class B Shares, constituting approximately 20% of our issued and outstanding Pearl Shares.

 

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Registered Shareholders. If our shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Continental, you are considered the shareholder of record with respect to those shares. As the shareholder of record, you have the right to grant your voting proxy directly to the individuals listed on the proxy card or to vote in person at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Street NameShareholders. If our shares are held on your behalf in a brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, you are considered the beneficial owner of those shares held in “street name,” and your broker or nominee is considered the shareholder of record with respect to those shares. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker or nominee as to how to vote your shares. However, since a beneficial owner is not the shareholder of record, you may not vote your Pearl Shares at the Extraordinary General Meeting unless you follow your broker’s procedures for obtaining a legal proxy. Throughout this proxy statement, we refer to shareholders who hold their shares through a broker, bank or other nominee as “street name shareholders.”

 

Does the Board recommend voting for the approval of the proposals?

 

Yes. After careful consideration of the terms and conditions of these proposals, the Board has determined that each of the proposals are in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. The Board recommends that the Company’s shareholders vote “FOR” each of the proposals.

 

What interests do the Company’s directors and officers have in the approval of the proposals?

 

The Company’s directors and officers have interests in the proposals that may be different from, or in addition to, your interests as a shareholder. These interests include ownership of shares of Pearl Class B Shares, private placement warrants that may become exercisable in the future, any loans by them to the Company that will not be repaid in the event of our winding up and the possibility of future compensatory arrangements. See the section entitled “Proposal No. 1 — The Extension Proposal — Interests of the Sponsor and the Company’s Directors and Officers” for more information.

 

Are there any appraisal, dissenters or similar rights for dissenting shareholders?

 

Neither Cayman Islands law nor the Charter provides for dissenters’ rights for dissenting shareholders in connection with any of the proposals to be voted upon at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Warrant holders do not have appraisal rights in connection with any of the proposals to be voted upon at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

What happens to the Company’s warrants if the Extension Proposal is not approved or not implemented?

 

If the Extension Proposal is not approved or not implemented and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (a) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date.

 

What happens to the Company’s warrants if the Extension Proposal is approved?

 

If the Extension is approved, the Company will continue to attempt to consummate an initial Business Combination until the Extended Date, and will retain the blank check company restrictions previously applicable to it. The warrants will remain outstanding in accordance with their terms.

 

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How do I vote?

 

If you are a holder of record of Pearl Shares as of the close of business on the Record Date, you may vote in person or by attendance at the Extraordinary General Meeting or by submitting a proxy for the Extraordinary General Meeting. You may submit your proxy by completing, signing, dating and returning the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying pre-addressed postage-paid envelope. If you hold your shares in “street name,” which means your shares are held of record by a broker, bank or other nominee, you should contact your broker, bank or other nominee to ensure that votes related to the shares you beneficially own are properly counted. In this regard, you must provide the broker, bank or other nominee with instructions on how to vote your shares or, if you wish to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting and vote in person, obtain a valid proxy from your broker, bank or other nominee. If you hold your shares in “street name” and wish to vote online by virtually attending the Extraordinary General Meeting, you must email a copy (a legible photograph is sufficient) of your legal proxy to Continental at proxy@continentalstock.com. If you email a valid legal proxy, you will be issued a 12-digit meeting control number that will allow you to register to attend and participate in the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

How do I redeem my Pearl Shares?

 

Pursuant to the Charter, a public shareholder may request that the Company redeem all or a portion of such public shareholder’s public shares for cash if any of the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved by the requisite vote of shareholders. You will be entitled to receive cash for any public shares to be redeemed only if you:

 

(a) (i) hold public shares or (ii) hold public shares as part of units and elect to separate such units into the underlying public shares and public warrants prior to exercising your redemption rights with respect to the public shares and (iii) such redemption would not result in the Company having net tangible assets of less than $5,000,001 (unless the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is approved); and

 

(b) prior to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on December 6, 2023 (two (2) business days prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting), (i) submit a written request to Continental, the Company’s transfer agent, that the Company redeem your public shares for cash and (ii) tender or deliver your shares (and share certificates (if any) and other redemption forms) to the transfer agent, physically or electronically through The Depository Trust Company.

 

Any demand for redemption, once submitted to the Company, may not be withdrawn unless the directors of the Company determine (in their sole discretion) to permit the withdrawal of such redemption request (which they may do in whole or in part). If you tendered or delivered your shares for redemption to Continental and decide within the required timeframe not to exercise your redemption rights, you may request that our transfer agent return the shares (physically or electronically). You may make such request by contacting our transfer agent at the phone number or address listed under the question “Who can help answer my questions?” below.

 

Additionally, we will not redeem shares if (i) none of the Charter Amendment Proposals is approved, or (ii) the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and redemptions would cause the Redemption Limitation to be breached. In any of these scenarios, you will not receive cash for public shares. In the event that the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and we receive notice of redemptions of public shares approaching or breaching the Redemption Limitation, we and/or the Sponsor may take action to increase our net tangible assets to avoid the Redemption Limitation, which may include, at our and the Sponsor’s option and in our and its sole discretion, any, several or all of the following actions: (a) attempting to secure waivers of certain of our significant liabilities, including the deferred underwriting fees and (b) entering into non-redemption agreements with certain of our shareholders. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and the Redemption Limitation is breached, either because we do not take action to increase our net tangible assets or because our attempt to do so is not successful, then we will not proceed with the amendments set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement and we will not redeem any public shares. In such case, public shares which a public shareholder elects to redeem but which are not redeemed shall be returned to such public shareholder or such public shareholder’s account and such public shareholder will retain the right to have their public shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date.

 

Holders of units of the Company must elect to separate the underlying public shares and public warrants prior to exercising redemption rights with respect to the public shares. If holders hold their units in an account at a brokerage firm or bank, holders must notify their broker or bank, as applicable, that they elect to separate the units into the underlying public shares and public warrants, or if a holder holds units registered in its, their own name, the holder must contact Continental directly and instruct it to do so. Your broker, bank or other nominee may have an earlier deadline by which you must provide instructions to separate the units into the underlying public shares and public warrants in order to exercise redemption rights with respect to the public shares, so you should contact your broker, bank or other nominee or intermediary. Public shareholders may elect to redeem all or a portion of their public shares even if they vote for the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

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What should I do if I receive more than one (1) set of voting materials?

 

You may receive more than one (1) set of voting materials, including multiple copies of this proxy statement and multiple proxy cards or voting instruction cards, if your shares are registered in more than one (1) name or are registered in different accounts. For example, if you hold your shares in more than one (1) brokerage account, you will receive a separate voting instruction card for each brokerage account in which you hold shares. Please complete, sign, date and return each proxy card and voting instruction card that you receive in order to cast a vote with respect to all of your shares.

 

Who is paying for this proxy solicitation?

 

The Board is soliciting proxies for use at the Extraordinary General Meeting. All costs associated with this solicitation will be borne directly by the Company. We have engaged Morrow to assist in the solicitation of proxies for the Extraordinary General Meeting. We have agreed to pay Morrow a fee of $27,500, plus disbursements, and indemnify Morrow and its affiliates against certain claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses for their services as the Company’s proxy solicitor. We will also reimburse banks, brokers and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries representing beneficial owners of Pearl Class A Shares for their expenses in forwarding soliciting materials to beneficial owners of Pearl Class A Shares and in obtaining voting instructions from those owners. Our directors and officers may also solicit proxies by telephone, by facsimile, by mail, on the Internet or in person. They will not be paid any additional amounts for soliciting proxies.

 

Who can help answer my questions?

 

If you have questions about the Extraordinary General Meeting or the proposals to be presented thereat, if you need additional copies of the proxy statement or the enclosed proxy card, or if you would like copies of any of the Company’s filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, and our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, you should contact:

 

Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp
767 Third Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 457-1540

 

You may obtain additional information about the Company from documents filed with the SEC by following the instructions in the section entitled “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

You may also contact the Company’s proxy solicitor at:

 

Morrow Sodali LLC
333 Ludlow Street
5th Floor, South Tower
Stamford, CT 06902
Individuals (toll-free): (800) 662-5200
Banks and brokerage firms, please call collect: (203) 658-9400
Email: PRLH.info@investor.morrowsodali.com

 

If you are a holder of public shares and you intend to seek redemption of your shares, you will need to tender or deliver your shares (and share certificates (if any) and other redemption forms) (either physically or electronically) to the transfer agent at the address below prior to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on December 6, 2023 (two (2) business days prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting). If you have questions regarding the certification of your position or delivery of your shares, please contact:

 

Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company
1 State Street, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Attention: SPAC Redemption Team
Email: spacredemptions@continentalstock.com

 

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RISK FACTOR

 

Our initial Business Combination may be delayed or ultimately prohibited if such initial Business Combination is subject to regulatory review and approval requirements, including pursuant to foreign investment regulations and review by governmental entities such as CFIUS.

 

Our initial Business Combination may be subject to regulatory review and approval requirements by governmental entities, which may cause such Business Combination to be delayed or ultimately prohibited. For example, CFIUS has authority to review direct or indirect foreign investments in U.S. companies. Among other things, CFIUS is empowered to require certain foreign investors to make mandatory filings, to charge filing fees related to such filings, and to self-initiate national security reviews of foreign direct and indirect investments in U.S. companies if the parties to that investment choose not to file voluntarily. If CFIUS determines that an investment threatens national security, CFIUS has the power to impose restrictions on the investment or recommend that the President prohibit and/or unwind it. Whether CFIUS has jurisdiction to review an acquisition or investment transaction depends on, among other factors, the nature and structure of the transaction, the nationality of the parties, the level of beneficial ownership interest and the nature of any information or governance rights involved.

 

In connection with our initial Business Combination, we may determine that we will submit to CFIUS review on a voluntary basis, or to proceed with the transaction without submitting to CFIUS and risk CFIUS intervention, before or after closing the transaction. CFIUS may decide to block or delay such Business Combination, or impose conditions with respect to such Business Combination, which may delay or prevent us from consummating such Business Combination. As a result of potential CFIUS or other regulatory review or intervention, the pool of potential targets with which the Company can complete an initial Business Combination may be limited.

 

The process of government review, whether by CFIUS or otherwise, could be lengthy. Because we have only a limited time to complete our initial Business Combination, our failure to obtain any required approvals within the requisite time period may require us to liquidate. If we are unable to consummate our initial Business Combination within the applicable time period required, including as a result of extended regulatory review, we will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

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THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

 

Date, Time, Place and Purpose of the Extraordinary General Meeting

 

The Extraordinary General Meeting will be held on December 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, or at such other time and on such other date to which the meeting may be adjourned or postponed. The Extraordinary General Meeting will be held via the Internet and will be a completely virtual meeting of shareholders. You will be able to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting online, vote, view the list of shareholders entitled to vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting and submit your questions during the Extraordinary General Meeting by visiting https://www.cstproxy.com/pearlhac/ext2023. To enter the Extraordinary General Meeting, you will need the 12-digit control number that is printed on your proxy card. We recommend logging in at least fifteen minutes before the meeting to ensure that you are logged in when the meeting starts. Online check-in will start shortly before the meeting on December 8, 2023.

 

At the Extraordinary General Meeting, you will be asked to consider and vote on proposals to:

 

(a) Proposal No. 1 — The Extension Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to extend the date by which the Company must either (i) consummate an initial Business Combination, or (ii) cease its operations except for the purpose of winding up if it fails to complete such Business Combination and (iii) redeem all of the Pearl Class A Shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company, from the Original Expiration Date, to the Extended Date;

 

(b) Proposal No. 2 — The Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as form set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to eliminate from the Charter the limitation that the Company shall not redeem public shares to the extent that such redemption would cause the Company’s net tangible assets to be than US$5,000,001, following such redemptions, in order to allow the Company to redeem public shares irrespective of whether such redemptions would breach the Redemption Limitation;

 

(c) Proposal No. 3 — The Liquidation Amendment Proposal — as a special resolution, to amend the Company’s Charter as set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement to permit the Board, in its sole discretion, to elect to cease all operations on an earlier date;

 

(d) Proposal No. 4 — The Trust Amendment Proposal — a proposal to amend the Trust Agreement, pursuant to an amendment to the Trust Agreement in the form set forth in Annex B of the accompanying proxy statement to extend the date by which the Company would be required to consummate our initial Business Combination from the Original Expiration Date, to the Extended Date, or such earlier date as determined by the Board in its sole discretion; and

 

(e) Proposal No. 5 — The Adjournment Proposal — as an ordinary resolution, to approve the adjournment of the Extraordinary General Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary or convenient, either (i) to permit further solicitation and vote of proxies in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or the Trust Amendment Proposals, which will only be presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting if, based on the tabulated votes, there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Extraordinary General Meeting to approve any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or the Trust Amendment Proposals or (ii) if the Board determines before the Extraordinary General Meeting that it is not necessary or no longer desirable to proceed with the other proposals.

 

Voting Power; Record Date

 

Only shareholders of record of the Company as of the close of business on the Record Date are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Extraordinary General Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. Each of the Pearl Shares entitles the holder thereof to one (1) vote. On the Record Date, there were 25,000,000 Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, including (a) 20,000,000 Pearl Class A Shares and (b) 5,000,000 Pearl Class B Shares. The Company’s warrants do not have voting rights in connection with the proposals.

 

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Quorum and Vote of Shareholders

 

A quorum is the minimum number of shares required to be present at the Extraordinary General Meeting for the Extraordinary General Meeting to be properly held under the Charter and Cayman Islands law. The holders of one-third of the Pearl Shares being individuals present in person or by proxy or if a corporation or other non-natural person by its duly authorized representative or proxy shall be a quorum. Proxies that are marked “abstain” and proxies relating to “street name” shares that are returned to us but marked by brokers as “not voted” (so-called “broker non-votes”) will be treated as shares present for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum on all matters. If a shareholder does not give the broker voting instructions, under applicable self-regulatory organization rules, its broker may not vote its shares on “non-discretionary” matters. We believe that each of the proposals is a “non-discretionary” matter.

 

Votes Required

 

Approval of the Extension Proposal requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals.

 

Approval of the Redemption Limitation Amendment requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals.

 

Approval of the Liquidation Amendment Proposal also requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Trust Amendment Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the holders of 65% of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, voting together as a single class, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Approval of the Adjournment Proposal requires an ordinary resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals.

 

If you do not want any of the proposals to be approved, you must vote against such proposal. A shareholder’s failure to vote by proxy or to vote in person at the Extraordinary General Meeting will not be counted towards the number of Pearl Shares required to validly establish a quorum. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals. We believe that each of the proposals is a “non-discretionary” matter, and therefore, there will not be any broker non-votes at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Voting

 

You can vote your shares at the Extraordinary General Meeting in person, by proxy or online by virtually attending the Extraordinary General Meeting. If your shares are owned directly in your name with our transfer agent, Continental, you are considered, with respect to those shares, the “shareholder of record.” If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee or intermediary, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in “street name” and are considered a “non-record (beneficial) shareholder.”

 

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Shareholders of Record

 

You can vote by proxy by having one (1) or more individuals who will be at the Extraordinary General Meeting vote your shares for you. These individuals are called “proxies” and using them to cast your ballot at the Extraordinary General Meeting is called voting “by proxy.” If you wish to vote by proxy, you must (a) complete the enclosed form, called a “proxy card,” and mail it in the envelope provided or (b) submit your proxy over the Internet in accordance with the instructions on the enclosed proxy card. If you complete the proxy card and mail it in the envelope provided or submit your proxy over the Internet as described above, you will designate each of Craig Barnett and Martin Lewis to act as your proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting. One (1) of the aforementioned individuals will then vote your shares at the Extraordinary General Meeting in accordance with the instructions you have given them in the proxy card with respect to the proposals presented in this proxy statement. Proxies will extend to, and be voted at, any adjournments or postponements of the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Alternatively, you can vote your shares online by virtually attending the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Beneficial Owners

 

If your shares are held in an account through a broker, bank or other nominee or intermediary, you must instruct the broker, bank or other nominee how to vote your shares by following the instructions that the broker, bank or other nominee provides you along with this proxy statement. Your broker, bank or other nominee may have an earlier deadline by which you must provide instructions to it as to how to vote your shares, so you should read carefully the materials provided to you by your broker, bank or other nominee or intermediary.

 

If you wish to attend and vote your shares at the Extraordinary General Meeting, you must first obtain a legal proxy from your broker, bank or other nominee that holds your shares and email a copy (a legible photograph is sufficient) of your legal proxy to Continental at proxy@continentalstock.com. Beneficial owners who email a valid legal proxy will be issued a 12-digit meeting control number that will allow them to register to attend and participate in the Extraordinary General Meeting. Beneficial owners who wish to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting virtually must obtain a legal proxy from the shareholder of record and email a copy of their legal proxy to proxy@continentalstock.com.

 

If you do not provide voting instructions to your bank, broker or other nominee or intermediary and you do not vote your shares at the Extraordinary General Meeting, your shares will not be voted on any proposal on which your bank, broker or other nominee does not have discretionary authority to vote. In these cases, the bank, broker or other nominee or intermediary will not be able to vote your shares on those matters for which specific authorization is required. We believe each of the proposals constitutes a “non-discretionary” matter.

 

Proxies

 

The Board is asking for your proxy. Giving the Board your proxy means you authorize it to vote your shares at the Extraordinary General Meeting in the manner you direct. You may vote for or withhold your vote for each proposal or you may abstain from voting. All valid proxies received prior to the Extraordinary General Meeting will be voted. All shares represented by a proxy will be voted, and where a shareholder specifies by means of the proxy a choice with respect to any matter to be acted upon, the shares will be voted in accordance with the specification so made. If no choice is indicated on the proxy, the shares will be voted “FOR” each of the proposals and as the proxy holders may determine in their discretion with respect to any other matters that may properly come before the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Proxies that are marked “abstain” and proxies relating to “street name” shares that are returned to us but marked by brokers as “not voted” (so-called “broker non-votes”) will be treated as shares present for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum on all matters. If a shareholder does not give the broker voting instructions, under applicable self-regulatory organization rules, its broker may not vote its shares on “non-discretionary” matters. We believe each of the proposals constitutes a “non-discretionary” matter.

 

Shareholders who have questions or need assistance in completing or submitting their proxy cards should contact our proxy solicitor, Morrow, at (800) 662-5200 or by sending a letter to 333 Ludlow Street, 5th Floor, South Tower, Stamford, CT 06902, or by emailing PRLH.info@investor.morrowsodali.com.

 

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Revocability of Proxies

 

Shareholders may send a later-dated, signed proxy card to the Company’s Secretary at 767 Third Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10017, so that it is received by the Company’s Secretary prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting (which is scheduled to take place on December8, 2023). Shareholders also may revoke their proxy by sending a notice of revocation to the Company’s Secretary, which must be received by the Company’s Secretary prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting, or by attending the Extraordinary General Meeting, revoking their proxy and voting in person (including by virtual means). Attendance at the Extraordinary General Meeting alone will not change your vote. However, if your shares are held in “street name” by your broker, bank or another nominee, you must contact your broker, bank or other nominee to change your vote.

 

Attendance at the Extraordinary General Meeting

 

Only shareholders, their proxy holders and guests we may invite may attend the Extraordinary General Meeting. If you wish to virtually attend the Extraordinary General Meeting but you hold your shares through a broker, bank or other agent, you must follow the instructions detailed above on how to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Solicitation of Proxies

 

The Board is soliciting proxies for use at the Extraordinary General Meeting. All costs associated with this solicitation will be borne directly by the Company. We have engaged Morrow to assist in the solicitation of proxies for the Extraordinary General Meeting. We have agreed to pay Morrow a fee of $27,500, plus disbursements, and indemnify Morrow and its affiliates against certain claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses for their services as the Company’s proxy solicitor. We will also reimburse banks, brokers and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries representing beneficial owners of Pearl Class A Shares for their expenses in forwarding soliciting materials to beneficial owners of Pearl Class A Shares and in obtaining voting instructions from those owners. Our directors and officers may also solicit proxies by telephone, by facsimile, by mail, on the Internet or in person. They will not be paid any additional amounts for soliciting proxies.

 

You may contact Morrow at:

 

Morrow Sodali LLC
333 Ludlow Street
5th Floor, South Tower
Stamford, CT 06902
Individuals (toll-free): (800) 662-5200
Banks and brokerage firms, please call collect: (203) 658-9400
Email: PRLH.info@investor.morrowsodali.com

 

If any additional solicitation of the holders of our outstanding Pearl Shares is deemed necessary, we (through our directors and officers) anticipate making such solicitation directly.

 

Dissenters’ Rights and Appraisal Rights

 

Neither Cayman Islands law nor the Charter provides for dissenters’ rights for dissenting shareholders in connection with any of the proposals to be voted upon at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Warrant holders do not have appraisal rights in connection with any of the proposals to be voted upon at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

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Other Business

 

The Board does not know of any other matters to be presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting. The form of proxy accompanying this proxy statement confers discretionary authority upon the named proxy holders with respect to amendments or variations to the matters identified in the accompanying Notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting and with respect to any other matters that may properly come before the Extraordinary General Meeting. If any additional matters are properly presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting, or at any adjournments or postponements of the Extraordinary General Meeting, the persons named in the enclosed proxy card will have discretion to vote the shares they represent in accordance with their own judgment on such matters. We expect that the Pearl Class A Shares represented by properly submitted proxies will be voted by the proxy holders in accordance with the recommendations of the Board with respect to any such matters.

 

Principal Executive Offices

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 767 Third Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10017. Our telephone number is (212) 457-1540. Our corporate website address is www.pearlhac.com. Our website and the information contained on, or that can be accessed through, the website is not deemed to be incorporated by reference in, and is not considered part of, this proxy statement.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 1 — THE EXTENSION PROPOSAL

 

Background

 

We are a blank check company, incorporated on March 23, 2021, as a Cayman Islands exempted company and incorporated for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganisation or similar business combination with one or more businesses.

 

On December 17, 2021, Pearl consummated its IPO of its units, with each unit consisting of one (1) Pearl Class A Share and one-half of one redeemable warrant to purchase one (1) Pearl Class A Share, which included the partial exercise by the underwriters of their over-allotment option in the amount of 2,500,000 units. Simultaneously with the closing of the IPO, Pearl completed the private sale of 9,000,000 private placement warrants at a purchase price of $1.00 per private placement warrant to the Sponsor, generating gross proceeds to us of $9,000,000. Simultaneously with the closing of the over-allotment, the Sponsor purchased an additional 1,000,000 Private Placement Warrants, generating gross proceeds to us of $1,000,000. Following the closing of the IPO and over-allotment, a total of $204,000,000 ($10.20 per unit) of the net proceeds from the IPO and the sale of the private placement warrants was placed in the Trust Account, with Continental acting as trustee.

 

Reasons for the Extension Proposal

 

The Charter provides that we have until the Original Expiration Date, to complete an initial Business Combination. The Board has determined that there may not be sufficient time before the Original Expiration Date, to hold an extraordinary general meeting to obtain shareholder approval of and consummate an initial Business Combination. Accordingly, the Board believes that in order to be able to successfully complete an initial Business Combination, it is appropriate to continue the Company’s existence until the Extended Date. The Board believes that an initial Business Combination is in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders. Therefore, the Board has determined that it is in the best interests of our shareholders to extend the date by which the Company must complete an initial Business Combination to the Extended Date.

 

If the Extension Proposal is not approved or not implemented and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (a) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

We believe that the provisions of the Charter described in the preceding paragraph were included to protect the Company’s shareholders from having to sustain their investments for an unreasonably long period if the Company failed to find a suitable initial Business Combination in the timeframe contemplated by the Charter. We also believe, however, that given the Company’s expenditure of time, effort and money on pursuing an initial Business Combination and our belief that the Business Combination is in the best interest of Pearl and our shareholders, the Extension is warranted.

 

The sole purpose of the Extension Proposal is to provide the company with sufficient time to complete an initial Business Combination, which the Board believes is in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders. A copy of the proposed amendment to the Charter is attached to this proxy statement as Annex A.

 

The Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel the Extraordinary General Meeting and not have a shareholder vote for any of the proposals for any reason, including, but not limited to, if we elect to terminate and wind up. In addition, the Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to supplement this proxy statement.

 

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You are not being asked to vote on an initial Business Combination at this time. If any of the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved and you do not elect to redeem your public shares in connection with the Charter Amendment Proposals, you will retain the right to vote on an initial Business Combination if and when such transaction is submitted to shareholders and the right to redeem your public shares for cash from the Trust Account in the event a proposed initial Business Combination is approved and completed or the Company has not consummated an initial Business Combination by the Extended Date. If an initial Business Combination is not consummated by the Extended Date, assuming the Extension is approved, the Company will redeem its public shares.

 

If the Extension Proposal is Not Approved

 

If the Extension Proposal is not approved and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (a) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

The Sponsor and the Company’s directors and officers have agreed to waive their respective rights to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account in respect of any Pearl Class B Shares held by it or them, as applicable, if the Company fails to complete an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, although they will be entitled to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to any Pearl Class A Shares they hold if the Company fails to complete its initial Business Combination by such date. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date. The Company will pay the costs of liquidation from its remaining assets outside of the Trust Account.

 

If the Extension Proposal Is Approved

 

If the Extension Proposal is approved, the time the Company has to complete an initial Business Combination will be extended until the Extended Date and the Company will file an amendment to the Charter with the Cayman Registrar in the form of Annex A hereto. The Company will remain a reporting company under the Exchange Act, and its units, Pearl Class A Shares and public warrants will remain publicly traded. The Company will then continue to work to consummate its initial Business Combination by the Extended Date.

 

If the Extension Proposal is approved, the amount held in the Trust Account will be reduced by withdrawals in connection with any shareholder redemptions. The Company cannot predict the amount that will remain in the Trust Account if the Extension is approved, and the amount remaining in the Trust Account may be significantly less than the approximately $214,292,392 that was in the Trust Account as of September 30, 2023. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved, we will not proceed with the Extension if the number of redemptions of our public shares cause us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets following approval of the Extension Proposal, as provided in the Charter.

 

If the Extension is approved, the Sponsor will continue to receive payments from the Company of $15,000 per month for office space, utilities and secretarial and administrative services pursuant to the Support Services Agreement.

 

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Redemption Rights

 

If the Extension Proposal is approved, each public shareholder may seek to redeem his, her or its public shares. Holders of public shares who do not elect to redeem their public shares in connection with the Extension will retain the right to redeem their public shares in connection with any shareholder vote to approve a proposed initial Business Combination, or if the Company has not consummated an initial Business Combination by the Extended Date.

 

TO DEMAND REDEMPTION, YOU MUST ENSURE YOUR BANK OR BROKER COMPLIES WITH THE REQUIREMENTS IDENTIFIED HEREIN, INCLUDING SUBMITTING A WRITTEN REQUEST THAT YOUR SHARES BE REDEEMED FOR CASH TO THE TRANSFER AGENT AND TENDERING AND DELIVERING YOUR SHARES (AND SHARE CERTIFICATES (IF ANY) AND OTHER REDEMPTION FORMS) TO THE TRANSFER AGENT PRIOR TO 5:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON DECEMBER 6, 2023. You will only be entitled to receive cash in connection with a redemption of these shares if you continue to hold them until the effective date of the Extension and redemptions.

 

Pursuant to the Charter, a public shareholder may request that the Company redeem all or a portion of such public shareholder’s public shares for cash if the Extension Proposal is approved. You will be entitled to receive cash for any public shares to be redeemed only if you:

 

(a) (i) hold public shares or (ii) hold public shares as part of units and elect to separate such units into the underlying public shares and public warrants prior to exercising your redemption rights with respect to the public shares and (iii) such redemption would not result in the Company having net tangible assets of less than $5,000,001 (unless the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is approved); and

 

(b) prior to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on December 6, 2023 (two (2) business days prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting), (i) submit a written request to Continental, the Company’s transfer agent, that the Company redeem your public shares for cash and (ii) tender or deliver your shares (and share certificates (if any) and other redemption forms) to the transfer agent, physically or electronically through The Depository Trust Company.

 

Holders of units must elect to separate the underlying public shares and public warrants prior to exercising redemption rights with respect to the public shares. If holders hold their units in an account at a brokerage firm or bank, holders must notify their broker or bank that they elect to separate the units into the underlying public shares and public warrants, or if a holder holds units registered in its, their own name, the holder must contact the transfer agent directly and instruct it to do so. Public shareholders may elect to redeem all or a portion of their public shares even if they vote for the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

Additionally, we will not redeem shares if (i) none of the Charter Amendment Proposals is approved, or (ii) the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and redemptions would cause the Redemption Limitation to be breached. In any of these scenarios, you will not receive cash for public shares. In the event that the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and we receive notice of redemptions of public shares approaching or breaching the Redemption Limitation, we and/or the Sponsor may take action to increase our net tangible assets to avoid the Redemption Limitation, which may include, at our and the Sponsor’s option and in our and its sole discretion, any, several or all of the following actions: (a) attempting to secure waivers of certain of our significant liabilities, including the deferred underwriting fees and (b) entering into non-redemption agreements with certain of our shareholders. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and the Redemption Limitation is breached, either because we do not take action to increase our net tangible assets or because our attempt to do so is not successful, then we will not proceed with the amendments set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement and we will not redeem any public shares. In such case, public shares which a public shareholder elects to redeem but which are not redeemed shall be returned to such public shareholder or such public shareholder’s account and such public shareholder will retain the right to have their public shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date.

 

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Holders of units of the Company must elect to separate the underlying public shares and public warrants prior to exercising redemption rights with respect to the public shares. If holders hold their units in an account at a brokerage firm or bank, holders must notify their broker or bank, as applicable, that they elect to separate the units into the underlying public shares and public warrants, or if a holder holds units registered in its, their own name, the holder must contact Continental directly and instruct it to do so. Your broker, bank or other nominee may have an earlier deadline by which you must provide instructions to separate the units into the underlying public shares and public warrants in order to exercise redemption rights with respect to the public shares, so you should contact your broker, bank or other nominee or intermediary. Public shareholders may elect to redeem all or a portion of their public shares even if they vote for the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

Through the Deposit Withdrawal at Custodian (“DWAC”) system, this electronic delivery process can be accomplished by the shareholder, whether or not it is a record holder or its shares are held in “street name,” by contacting the transfer agent or its broker and requesting delivery of its shares through the DWAC system. Delivering shares physically may take significantly longer. In order to obtain a physical share certificate, a shareholder’s broker and/or clearing broker, The Depository Trust Company and the Company’s transfer agent will need to act together to facilitate this request. There is a nominal cost associated with the above-referenced tendering process and the act of certificating the shares or delivering them through the DWAC system. The transfer agent will typically charge a tendering broker fee and the broker would determine whether or not to pass this cost on to the redeeming holder. It is the Company’s understanding that shareholders should generally allot at least two (2) weeks to obtain physical certificates from the transfer agent. The Company does not have any control over this process or over the brokers or The Depository Trust Company, and it may take longer than two (2) weeks to obtain a physical share certificate. Such shareholders will have less time to make their investment decision than those shareholders that deliver their shares through the DWAC system. Shareholders who request physical share certificates and wish to redeem may be unable to meet the deadline for tendering their shares before exercising their redemption rights and thus may be unable to redeem their shares.

 

Certificates that have not been tendered in accordance with these procedures prior to the vote on the Extension Proposal will not be redeemed for cash held in the Trust Account. In the event that a public shareholder tenders its shares and decides prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting that it does not want to redeem its shares, the shareholder may withdraw the tender with the consent of the Board. If you tendered or delivered your shares for redemption to our transfer agent and decide prior to the vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting not to redeem your shares, you may request that our transfer agent return the shares (physically or electronically). You may make such request by contacting our transfer agent at the address listed above. In the event that a public shareholder tenders shares and the Extension is not approved, these shares will not be redeemed and the physical certificates representing these shares will be returned to the shareholder promptly following the determination that the Extension will not be approved. The transfer agent will hold the certificates of public shareholders that make the election until such shares are redeemed for cash or returned to such shareholders.

 

If properly demanded, the Company will redeem each public share for a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay its taxes, divided by the number of then-issued and outstanding Pearl Class A Shares. Based upon the amount held in the Trust Account as of September 30, 2023, which was $214,292,392, the Company estimates that the per-share price at which public shares may be redeemed from cash held in the Trust Account will be approximately $10.71 at the time of the Extraordinary General Meeting. The closing price of a Pearl Class A Share was $10.79 on November 16, 2023. The Company cannot assure shareholders that they will be able to sell their Pearl Class A Shares in the open market, even if the market price per share is higher than the redemption price stated above, as there may not be sufficient liquidity in its securities when such shareholders wish to sell their shares.

 

If you exercise your redemption rights, you will be exchanging your Pearl Class A Shares for cash and will no longer own such shares. You will be entitled to receive cash for these shares only if you properly demand redemption and tender your share certificate(s) to the Company’s transfer agent prior to the vote on the Charter Amendment Proposals. The Company anticipates that a public shareholder who tenders shares for redemption in connection with the vote to approve the Charter Amendment Proposals would receive payment of the redemption price for such shares soon after the completion of the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

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U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations for Shareholders Exercising Redemption Rights

 

The following is a discussion of U.S. federal income tax considerations generally applicable to U.S. Holders (as defined below) that elect to have their Pearl Class A Shares redeemed for cash if any of the Charter Amendment Proposals are approved. This discussion applies only to Pearl Class A Shares that are held as capital assets for U.S. federal income tax purposes (generally, property held for investment). This discussion does not describe all of the U.S. federal income tax consequences that may be relevant to holders in light of their particular circumstances or status, including:

 

the Sponsor or our directors and officers;

 

financial institutions or financial services entities;

 

broker-dealers;

 

taxpayers that are subject to the mark-to-market method of accounting;

 

tax-exempt entities;

 

governments or agencies or instrumentalities thereof;

 

insurance companies;

 

regulated investment companies or real estate investment trusts;

 

expatriates or former long-term residents of the United States;

 

persons that actually or constructively own five percent or more of our voting shares or five percent or more of the total value of all classes of our shares;

 

persons that acquired Pearl Class A Shares pursuant to an exercise of employee share options or upon payout of a restricted share unit, in connection with employee share incentive plans or otherwise as compensation or in connection with the performance of services;

 

persons that hold Pearl Class A Shares as part of a straddle, constructive sale, hedging, conversion or other integrated or similar transaction;

 

persons whose functional currency is not the U.S. dollar;

 

controlled foreign corporations; or

 

passive foreign investment companies.

 

This discussion is based on the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), proposed, temporary and final Treasury Regulations promulgated under the Code, and judicial and administrative interpretations thereof, all as of the date hereof. All of the foregoing is subject to change, which change could apply retroactively and could affect the tax considerations described herein. This discussion does not address U.S. federal taxes other than those pertaining to U.S. federal income taxation (such as estate or gift taxes, the alternative minimum tax or the Medicare tax on net investment income), nor does it address any aspects of U.S. state or local or non-U.S. taxation.

 

We have not and do not intend to seek any rulings from the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) regarding the exercise of redemption rights. There can be no assurance that the IRS will not take positions inconsistent with the considerations discussed below or that any such positions would not be sustained by a court.

 

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This discussion does not consider the tax treatment of partnerships or other pass-through entities or persons who hold our securities through such entities. If a partnership (or any entity or arrangement so characterized for U.S. federal income tax purposes) holds Pearl Class A Shares, the tax treatment of such partnership and a person treated as a partner of such partnership will generally depend on the status of the partner and the activities of the partnership. Partnerships holding any Pearl Class A Shares and persons that are treated as partners of such partnerships should consult their tax advisors as to the particular U.S. federal income tax consequences of an exercise of redemption rights to them.

 

EACH HOLDER SHOULD CONSULT ITS TAX ADVISOR WITH RESPECT TO THE PARTICULAR TAX CONSEQUENCES TO SUCH HOLDER OF AN EXERCISE OF REDEMPTION RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE EFFECTS OF U.S. FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AND NON-U.S. TAX LAWS.

 

As used herein, a “U.S. Holder” is a beneficial owner of Pearl Class A Shares who or that is, for U.S. federal income tax purposes:

 

a citizen or individual resident of the United States;

 

a corporation (or other entity that is treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes) that is created or organized (or treated as created or organized) in or under the laws of the United States or any state thereof or the District of Columbia;

 

an estate whose income is subject to U.S. federal income tax regardless of its source; or

 

a trust if (i) a U.S. court can exercise primary supervision over the administration of such trust and one or more U.S. persons have the authority to control all substantial decisions of the trust or (ii) it has a valid election in place to be treated as a U.S. person.

 

Redemption of Pearl Class A Shares

 

In addition to the PFIC considerations discussed below under “— PFIC Considerations,” the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the redemption of a U.S. Holder’s Pearl Class A Shares pursuant to an exercise of redemption rights will depend on whether the redemption qualifies as a sale of such shares redeemed under Section 302 of the Code or is treated as a distribution under Section 301 of the Code.

 

If the redemption qualifies as a sale of Pearl Class A Shares, a U.S. Holder will be treated as described below under the section entitled “— U.S. Holders — Gain or Loss on Sale, Taxable Exchange or Other Taxable Disposition of Pearl Class A Shares.” If the redemption does not qualify as a sale of Pearl Class A Shares, a U.S. Holder will be treated as receiving a distribution with the tax consequences described below under the section entitled “— U.S. Holders — Taxation of Distributions.”

 

The redemption of Pearl Class A Shares will generally qualify as a sale of the Pearl Class A Shares that are redeemed if such redemption (i) is “substantially disproportionate” with respect to the redeeming U.S. Holder, (ii) results in a “complete termination” of such U.S. Holder’s interest or (iii) is “not essentially equivalent to a dividend” with respect to such U.S. Holder. These tests are explained more fully below.

 

For purposes of such tests, a U.S. Holder takes into account not only ordinary shares actually owned by such U.S. Holder, but also ordinary shares that are constructively owned by such U.S. Holder. A redeeming U.S. Holder may constructively own, in addition to ordinary shares owned directly, ordinary shares owned by certain related individuals and entities in which such U.S. Holder has an interest or that have an interest in such U.S. Holder, as well as any ordinary shares such U.S. Holder has a right to acquire by exercise of an option, which would generally include shares which could be acquired pursuant to the exercise of the warrants.

 

The redemption of ordinary shares will generally be “substantially disproportionate” with respect to a redeeming U.S. Holder if the percentage of the respective entity’s outstanding voting shares that such U.S. Holder actually or constructively owns immediately after the redemption is less than 80% of the percentage of the respective entity’s outstanding voting shares that such U.S. Holder actually or constructively owned immediately before the redemption. Prior to an initial business combination, the Pearl Class A Shares may not be treated as voting shares for this purpose and, consequently, this substantially disproportionate test may not be applicable. There will be a complete termination of such U.S. Holder’s interest if either (i) all of the ordinary shares actually or constructively owned by such U.S. Holder are redeemed or

 

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(ii) all of the ordinary shares actually owned by such U.S. Holder are redeemed and such U.S. Holder is eligible to waive, and effectively waives in accordance with specific rules, the attribution of ordinary shares owned by certain family members and such U.S. Holder does not constructively own any other ordinary shares. The redemption of Pearl Class A Shares will not be essentially equivalent to a dividend if it results in a “meaningful reduction” of such U.S. Holder’s proportionate interest in the respective entity. Whether the redemption will result in a meaningful reduction in such U.S. Holder’s proportionate interest will depend on the particular facts and circumstances applicable to it. The IRS has indicated in a published ruling that even a small reduction in the proportionate interest of a small minority shareholder in a publicly held corporation who exercises no control over corporate affairs may constitute such a “meaningful reduction.”

 

If none of the foregoing tests is satisfied, then the redemption of Pearl Class A Shares will be treated as a distribution to the redeeming holder and the tax effects to such U.S. Holder will be as described below under the section entitled “— Taxation of Distributions.” After the application of those rules, any remaining tax basis of the U.S. Holder in the redeemed Pearl Class A Shares will be added to such holder’s adjusted tax basis in its remaining shares, or, if it has none, to such holder’s adjusted tax basis in its warrants or possibly in other shares constructively owned by it.

 

U.S. Holders should consult their tax advisors as to the tax consequences of a redemption, including any special reporting requirements.

 

Taxation of Distributions.

 

Subject to the PFIC rules discussed below under “— PFIC Considerations,” if the redemption of a U.S. Holder’s Pearl Class A Shares is treated as a distribution, as discussed above, such distribution will generally be treated as a dividend for U.S. federal income tax purposes to the extent paid from our current or accumulated earnings and profits, as determined under U.S. federal income tax principles. Such dividends will be taxable to a corporate U.S. Holder at regular rates and will not be eligible for the dividends-received deduction generally allowed to domestic corporations in respect of dividends received from other domestic corporations. With respect to non-corporate U.S. Holders, dividends will generally be taxed at preferential long-term capital gains rates only if (i) Pearl Class A Shares are readily tradable on an established securities market in the United States or (ii) Pearl Class A Shares are eligible for the benefits of an applicable income tax treaty, in each case provided that the Company is not treated as a PFIC in the taxable year in which the dividend was paid or in any previous year and certain holding period and other requirements are met. Because we believe it is likely that we were a PFIC for our prior taxable year ended December 31, 2022, it is likely that the lower applicable long-term capital gains rate would not apply to any redemption proceeds treated as a distribution. Moreover, it is unclear whether redemption rights with respect to the Pearl Class A Shares may prevent the holding period of such shares from commencing prior to the termination of such rights. U.S. Holders should consult their tax advisors regarding the availability of the lower rate for any redemption treated as a dividend with respect to Pearl Class A Shares.

 

Distributions in excess of our current and accumulated earnings and profits will generally constitute a return of capital that will be applied against and reduce (but not below zero) the U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in the Pearl Class A Shares. Any remaining excess will be treated as gain realized on the sale or other disposition of the Pearl Class A Shares and will be treated as described below under the section entitled “— Gain or Loss on Sale, Taxable Exchange or Other Taxable Disposition of Pearl Class A Shares.”

 

Gain or Loss on Sale, Taxable Exchange or Other Taxable Disposition of Pearl Class A Shares.

 

Subject to the PFIC rules discussed below under “— PFIC Considerations,” if the redemption of a U.S. Holder’s Pearl Class A Shares is treated as a sale or other taxable disposition, as discussed above, a U.S. Holder will generally recognize capital gain or loss in an amount equal to the difference between (i) the amount realized and (ii) the U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in the Pearl Class A Shares redeemed.

 

Under tax law currently in effect, long-term capital gains recognized by non-corporate U.S. Holders are generally subject to U.S. federal income tax at a reduced rate of tax. Capital gain or loss will constitute long-term capital gain or loss if the U.S. Holder’s holding period for the ordinary shares exceeds one year at the time of disposition. However, it is unclear whether the redemption rights with respect to the Pearl Class A Shares described in this proxy statement may prevent the holding period of the Pearl Class A Shares from commencing prior to the termination of such rights. The deductibility of capital losses is subject to various limitations. U.S. Holders who hold different blocks of Pearl Class A Shares (Pearl Class A Shares purchased or acquired on different dates or at different prices) should consult their tax advisors to determine how the above rules apply to them.

 

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PFIC Considerations

 

A foreign corporation will be a passive foreign investment company (“PFIC”) for U.S. federal income tax purposes if at least 75% of its gross income in a taxable year is passive income. Alternatively, a foreign corporation will be a PFIC if at least 50% of its assets in a taxable year of the foreign corporation, ordinarily determined based on fair market value and averaged quarterly over the year, are held for the production of, or produce, passive income. Passive income generally includes dividends, interest, rents and royalties (other than certain rents or royalties derived from the active conduct of a trade or business) and net gains from the disposition of passive assets.

 

We believe it is likely that we were a PFIC for our prior taxable year ended December 31, 2022. Our PFIC status for our current taxable year ending December 31, 2023, however, depends in part on whether we complete a business combination prior to the end of such year, as well as the timing and specifics of any such business combination. Because these and other facts on which any determination of PFIC status are based may not be known until the close of our current taxable year, there can be no assurances with respect to our PFIC status for such year. Even if we are not a PFIC for our current taxable year, a determination that we were a PFIC for any prior taxable year will continue to apply to any U.S. Holders who held Pearl Class A Shares during such prior taxable years, absent certain elections described below.

 

If we are determined to be a PFIC for any taxable year (or portion thereof) that is included in the holding period of a U.S. Holder and the U.S. Holder did not make a timely and effective “qualified election fund” election (a “QEF Election”) for each of our taxable years as a PFIC in which the U.S. Holder held Pearl Class A Shares, a QEF Election along with a purging election, or a “mark-to-market” election, then such holder will generally be subject to special rules (the “Default PFIC Regime”) with respect to:

 

any gain recognized by the U.S. Holder on the sale or other disposition of its Pearl Class A Shares; and

 

any “excess distribution” made to the U.S. Holder (generally, any distributions to such U.S. Holder during a taxable year of the U.S. Holder that are greater than 125% of the average annual distributions received by such U.S. Holder in respect of its ordinary shares during the three preceding taxable years of such U.S. Holder or, if shorter, such U.S. Holder’s holding period for such ordinary shares).

 

Under the Default PFIC Regime:

 

the U.S. Holder’s gain or excess distribution will be allocated ratably over the U.S. Holder’s holding period for its Pearl Class A Shares;

 

the amount of gain allocated to the U.S. Holder’s taxable year in which the U.S. Holder recognized the gain or received the excess distribution, or to the period in the U.S. Holder’s holding period before the first day of the first taxable year in which we are a PFIC, will be taxed as ordinary income;

 

the amount of gain allocated to other taxable years (or portions thereof) of the U.S. Holder and included in such U.S. Holder’s holding period will be taxed at the highest tax rate in effect for that year and applicable to the U.S. Holder; and

 

an additional tax equal to the interest charge generally applicable to underpayments of tax will be imposed on the U.S. Holder in respect of the tax attributable to each such other taxable year of such U.S. Holder.

 

THE PFIC RULES ARE VERY COMPLEX AND ARE IMPACTED BY VARIOUS FACTORS IN ADDITION TO THOSE DESCRIBED ABOVE. ALL U.S. HOLDERS ARE URGED TO CONSULT THEIR TAX ADVISORS REGARDING THE APPLICATION OF THE PFIC RULES TO THE REDEMPTION OF PEARL CLASS A SHARES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WHETHER A QEF ELECTION, A PURGING ELECTION, A MARK-TO-MARKET ELECTION, OR ANY OTHER ELECTION IS AVAILABLE AND THE CONSEQUENCES TO THEM OF MAKING OR HAVING MADE ANY SUCH ELECTION, AND THE IMPACT OF ANY PROPOSED OR FINAL PFIC TREASURY REGULATIONS.

 

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Vote Required for Approval

 

Approval of the Extension Proposal requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals. If the Extension Proposal is not approved or not implemented and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (a) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date.

 

Additionally, unless the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is approved, we will not proceed with the Extension if redemptions of our public shares would cause the Company to exceed the Redemption Limitation. However, in the event that the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and we receive notice of redemptions of public shares approaching or breaching the Redemption Limitation, we and/or the Sponsor may take action to increase our net tangible assets to avoid exceeding the Redemption Limitation.

 

The Sponsor and all of the Company’s directors and officers are expected to vote all Pearl Shares owned by them in favor of the Extension Proposal. On the Record Date, the Sponsor and all of the Company’s directors and officers beneficially owned and were entitled to vote an aggregate of 5,000,000 Pearl Class B Shares. See the section entitled “Beneficial Ownership of Securities” for additional information regarding the holders of Pearl Class B Shares and their respective ownership thereof.

 

In addition, subject to applicable securities laws (including with respect to material nonpublic information), the Sponsor, the Company’s directors, officers or advisors or any of their respective affiliates may (i) purchase public shares from institutional and other investors (including those who vote, or indicate an intention to vote, against any of the proposals presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting, or elect to redeem, or indicate an intention to redeem, public shares), (ii) enter into transactions with such investors and others to provide them with incentives to not redeem their public shares, or (iii) execute agreements to purchase such public shares from such investors or enter into non-redemption agreements in the future. In the event that the Sponsor, the Company’s directors, officers or advisors or any of their respective affiliates purchase public shares in situations in which the tender offer rules and restrictions on purchases would apply, they (a) would purchase the public shares at a price no higher than the price offered through the Company’s redemption process (i.e., approximately $10.71 per share, based on the amounts held in the Trust Account as of September 30, 2023); (b) would represent in writing that such public shares will not be voted in favor of approving the Extension Proposal; and (c) would waive in writing any redemption rights with respect to the public shares so purchased.

 

Subject to the immediately preceding paragraph, the Sponsor and the Company’s directors, officers or advisors, or any of their respective affiliates, may purchase public shares in privately negotiated transactions or in the open market prior to the Extraordinary General Meeting, although they are under no obligation to do so. Any such purchases that are completed after the Record Date may include an agreement with a selling shareholder that such shareholder, for so long as it remains the record holder of the Pearl Shares in question, will vote in favor of the proposals and/or will not exercise its redemption rights with respect to the Pearl Shares so purchased. The purpose of such share purchases and other transactions would be to increase the likelihood that the proposals to be voted upon at the Extraordinary General Meeting are approved by the requisite number of votes. In the event that such purchases do occur, the purchasers may seek to purchase shares from shareholders who would otherwise have voted against the proposals and elected to redeem their shares for a portion of the Trust Account. Any such privately negotiated purchases may be effected at purchase prices that are below or in excess of the per-share pro rata portion of the Trust Account. Any public shares held by or subsequently purchased by our affiliates may be voted in favor of the proposals. None of the Sponsor or the Company’s directors, officers or advisors or any of their respective affiliates may make any such purchases when they are in possession of any material nonpublic information not disclosed to the seller or during a restricted period under Regulation M under the Exchange Act.

 

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Interests of the Sponsor and the Company’s Directors and Officers

 

When you consider the recommendation of the Board, you should keep in mind that the Sponsor and the Company’s officers and directors have interests that may be different from, or in addition to, your interests as a shareholder. These interests include, among other things:

 

if the Extension Proposal is not approved and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, the 5,000,000 aggregate Pearl Class B Shares held by the Sponsor and certain of our directors will be worthless (as the Sponsor and such directors have waived liquidation rights with respect to such shares), as will the 10,000,000 private placement warrants held by the Sponsor;

 

in connection with the IPO, the Sponsor agreed that it will be liable under certain circumstances to ensure that the proceeds in the Trust Account are not reduced by the claims of any third party for services rendered or products sold to the Company or prospective target businesses with which the Company has entered into certain agreements;

 

all rights specified in the Charter relating to the right of officers and directors to be indemnified by the Company, and of the Company’s officers and directors to be exculpated from monetary liability with respect to prior acts or omissions, will continue after an initial Business Combination and, if the Extension Proposal is not approved and no initial Business Combination is completed by the Original Expiration Date, so that the Company liquidates, the Company will not be able to perform its obligations to its officers and directors under those provisions;

 

none of the Company’s officers or directors has received any cash compensation for services rendered to the Company, and all of the current officers and directors are expected to continue to serve in their roles at least through the date of the Extraordinary General Meeting and may continue to serve following any potential initial Business Combination and receive compensation thereafter; and

 

the Sponsor and the Company’s officers and directors and their respective affiliates are entitled to reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by them related to identifying, investigating, negotiating and completing an initial Business Combination and, if the Extension Proposal is not approved or not implemented and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, they will not have any claim against the Trust Account for reimbursement so that the Company will most likely be unable to reimburse such expenses.

 

The Sponsor

 

The Sponsor currently owns 5,000,000 Pearl Class B Shares and is controlled by its managing member, Craig E. Barnett. Mr. Barnett is a U.S. person. Mr. Barnett may be deemed to beneficially own shares held by the Sponsor by virtue of his control over the Sponsor.

 

Subject to the other parties involved in our initial Business Combination, the Company does not believe that any of the above facts or relationships regarding the Sponsor would, by themselves, subject our initial Business Combination to regulatory review, including review by CFIUS, nor does the Company believe that if such a review were conceivable that, based solely on such facts or relationships, such Business Combination ultimately would be prohibited.

 

However, if our initial Business Combination were to become subject to regulatory review and approval requirements, including pursuant to foreign investment regulations and review by governmental entities such as CFIUS, such Business Combination may be delayed or ultimately prohibited. For more information, see the section entitled “Risk Factor — Our initial Business Combination may be delayed or ultimately prohibited if such initial Business Combination is subject to regulatory review and approval requirements, including pursuant to foreign investment regulations and review by governmental entities such as CFIUS.”

 

Changes in laws or regulations or how such laws or regulations are interpreted or applied, or a failure to comply with any laws or regulations, may adversely affect our business, including our ability to negotiate and complete our initial Business Combination, and results of operations.

 

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We are and will be subject to laws and regulations enacted by national, regional and local governments and, potentially, foreign jurisdictions. In particular, we will be required to comply with certain SEC and other legal requirements, an initial Business Combination may be contingent on our ability to comply with certain laws and regulations and the post-closing combined may be subject to additional laws and regulations. Compliance with, and monitoring of, applicable laws and regulations may be difficult, time consuming and costly. Those laws and regulations and their interpretation and application may also change from time to time, including as a result of changes in economic, political, social and government policies, and those changes could have a material adverse effect on our business, including our ability to negotiate and complete our initial Business Combination, and results of operations. In addition, a failure to comply with applicable laws or regulations, as interpreted and applied, could have a material adverse effect on our business, including our ability to negotiate and complete our initial Business Combination, and results of operations.

 

On March 30, 2022, the SEC issued the SPAC Rule Proposals relating to, among other items, enhancing disclosures in business combination transactions involving SPACs and private operating companies; amending the financial statement requirements applicable to transactions involving shell companies; effectively limiting the use of projections in SEC filings in connection with proposed business combination transactions; increasing the potential liability of certain participants in proposed business combination transactions; and the extent to which SPACs could become subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act. These rules, if adopted, whether in the form proposed or in revised form, may materially adversely affect our ability to complete an initial Business Combination.

 

If we are deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act, we would be required to institute burdensome compliance requirements and our activities would be severely restricted. As a result, in such circumstances, we would expect to abandon our efforts to complete an initial Business Combination and liquidate the Trust Account.

 

If we are deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act, our activities would be severely restricted, including:

 

restrictions on the nature of our investments; and

 

restrictions on the issuance of securities.

 

In addition, we would be subject to burdensome compliance requirements, including:

 

registration as an investment company with the SEC;

 

adoption of a specific form of corporate structure; and

 

reporting, record keeping, voting, proxy and disclosure requirements and other rules and regulations that we are currently not subject to.

 

As a result, if we were deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act, we would expect to abandon our efforts to complete an initial Business Combination and liquidate the Trust Account.

 

In order not to be regulated as an investment company under the Investment Company Act, unless we can qualify for an exclusion, we must ensure that we are engaged primarily in a business other than investing, reinvesting or trading in securities and that our activities do not include investing, reinvesting, owning, holding or trading “investment securities” constituting more than 40% of our total assets (exclusive of U.S. government securities and cash items) on an unconsolidated basis. Our business will be to identify and complete an initial Business Combination and thereafter to operate the post-transaction business or assets for the long term. We do not plan to buy businesses or assets with a view to resale or profit from their resale. We do not plan to buy unrelated businesses or assets or to be a passive investor.

 

To that end, the proceeds held in the Trust Account may only be invested in United States “government securities” within the meaning of Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act having a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 promulgated under the Investment Company Act which invest only in direct U.S. government treasury obligations. Pursuant to our Investment Management Trust Agreement, the trustee is not permitted to invest in other securities or assets. By restricting the investment of the proceeds to these instruments, and by having a business plan targeted at acquiring and growing businesses for the long term, we intend to avoid being deemed an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act.

 

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The SPAC Rule Proposals (as defined above) under the Investment Company Act would provide a safe harbor for SPACs from the definition of “investment company” under Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act, provided that they satisfy certain conditions that limit a SPAC’s duration, asset composition, business purpose and activities. The duration component of the proposed safe harbor rule would require a SPAC to file a Current Report on Form 8-K with the SEC announcing that it has entered into an agreement with the target company (or companies) to engage in an initial Business Combination no later than 18 months after the effective date of the SPAC’s registration statement for its initial public offering. The SPAC would then be required to complete its initial Business Combination no later than 24 months after the effective date of its registration statement for its initial public offering. Although the SPAC Rule Proposals, including the proposed safe harbor rule, have not yet been adopted, and may be adopted in a revised form, the SEC has indicated that there are serious questions concerning the applicability of the Investment Company Act to a SPAC that does not complete its initial Business Combination within the proposed time frame set forth in the proposed safe harbor rule.

 

Notwithstanding whether or not the SPAC Rule Proposals are adopted by the SEC, we may be deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act. As a SPAC, we were formed for the sole purpose of completing an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date. The longer that the funds in the Trust Account are held in short-term U.S. government treasury obligations or in money market funds invested exclusively in such securities, the greater the risk that we may be considered an unregistered investment company. Accordingly, we may determine, in our discretion, to liquidate the securities held in the Trust Account at any time, and instead hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash, which would reduce or eliminate the accrual of interest in the Trust Account and thereby reduce what our public shareholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation. Further, if we do not invest the proceeds held in the Trust Account as discussed above, we may be deemed to be subject to the Investment Company Act, and the loss you may suffer as a result of being deemed subject to the Investment Company Act may be greater than if we liquidated the securities held in the Trust Account and instead held such funds in cash.

 

We do not believe that our principal activities will subject us to regulation under the Investment Company Act. However, if we were deemed to be subject to the Investment Company Act, compliance with these additional regulatory burdens would require additional expenses for which we have not allotted funds and may hinder our ability to complete an initial Business Combination. In such circumstances, we would expect to abandon our efforts to complete an initial Business Combination and liquidate the Trust Account. If we are unable to complete our initial Business Combination within the required time period and are required to liquidate the Trust Account, our public shareholders may receive only approximately $10.71 per share (based on the amount in the Trust Account as of September 30, 2023), or less in certain circumstances, on the liquidation of our Trust Account, and our warrants will expire worthless. If we are required to liquidate, you may lose all or part of your investment in the Company and you will not be able to realize any future appreciation in the value of your investment since an initial Business Combination would not have been consummated.

 

In order to mitigate the risk that we might be deemed to be an investment company for purposes of the Investment Company Act, we may, at any time, instruct the trustee to hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash until the earlier of the consummation of an initial Business Combination or our liquidation. Any decision to hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash would likely reduce the amount our public shareholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation.

 

While the funds in our Trust Account may only be invested in U.S. government treasury bills with a maturity of 185 days or less, or in money market funds investing solely in U.S. Treasuries and meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act, the Company may, at any time, instruct the trustee to hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash until the earlier of the consummation of an initial Business Combination or our liquidation in order to mitigate the risk that we might be deemed to be an investment company for purposes of the Investment Company Act. Any decision to hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash, combined with any permitted withdrawals of interest held in the Trust Account to pay our taxes, would likely reduce the effective yield on the amounts in the Trust Account and the amount our public shareholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation.

 

Recommendation

 

As discussed above, after careful consideration of all relevant factors, the Board has determined that the Extension Proposal is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. The Board has approved and declared advisable the adoption of the Extension Proposal.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” THE
EXTENSION PROPOSAL. THE BOARD EXPRESSES NO OPINION AS TO WHETHER
YOU SHOULD REDEEM YOUR PUBLIC SHARES.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 2 — THE Redemption limitation amendment PROPOSAL

 

Background

 

Section 49.2 of the Company’s Charter provides the following:

 

“Prior to the consummation of a Business Combination, the Company shall either:

 

(a) submit such Business Combination to its Members for approval; or

 

(b) provide Members with the opportunity to have their Shares repurchased by means of a tender offer for a per-Share repurchase price payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, calculated as of two business days prior to the consummation of such Business Combination, including interest earned on the Trust Account (net of taxes paid or payable, if any), divided by the number of then issued Public Shares, provided that the Company shall not repurchase Public Shares in an amount that would cause the Company’s net tangible assets to be less than US$5,000,001 following such repurchases. Such obligation to repurchase Shares is subject to the completion of the proposed Business Combination to which it relates.”

 

Section 49.4 of the Company’s Charter provides the following:

 

“At a general meeting called for the purposes of approving a Business Combination pursuant to this Article, in the event that such Business Combination is approved by Ordinary Resolution, the Company shall be authorised to consummate such Business Combination, provided that the Company shall not consummate such Business Combination unless the Company has net tangible assets of at least US$5,000,001 immediately prior to, or upon such consummation of, or any greater net tangible asset or cash requirement that may be contained in the agreement relating to, such Business Combination.”

 

Section 49.5 of the Company’s Charter provides the following:

 

“Any Member holding Public Shares who is not the Sponsor, an Officer or Director may, at least two business days’ prior to any vote on a Business Combination, elect to have their Public Shares redeemed for cash, in accordance with any applicable requirements provided for in the related proxy materials (the “IPO Redemption”), provided that no such Member acting together with any Affiliate of his or any other person with whom he is acting in concert or as a partnership, limited partnership, syndicate, or other group for the purposes of acquiring, holding, or disposing of Shares may exercise this redemption right with respect to more than 15 per cent of the Public Shares in the aggregate without the prior consent of the Company and provided further that any beneficial holder of Public Shares on whose behalf a redemption right is being exercised must identify itself to the Company in connection with any redemption election in order to validly redeem such Public Shares. If so demanded, the Company shall pay any such redeeming Member, regardless of whether he is voting for or against such proposed Business Combination, a per-Share redemption price payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account calculated as of two business days prior to the consummation of the Business Combination, including interest earned on the Trust Account (such interest shall be net of taxes payable) and not previously released to the Company to pay its taxes, divided by the number of then issued Public Shares (such redemption price being referred to herein as the “Redemption Price”), but only in the event that the applicable proposed Business Combination is approved and consummated. The Company shall not redeem Public Shares that would cause the Company’s net tangible assets to be less than US$5,000,001 following such redemptions (the “Redemption Limitation”).”

 

Section 49.8 of the Company’s Charter provides the following:

 

“In the event that any amendment is made to the Articles:

 

(a) to modify the substance or timing of the Company’s obligation to allow redemption in connection with a Business Combination or redeem 100 per cent of the Public Shares if the Company does not consummate a Business Combination within 18 months (or up to 24 months if the Sponsor exercises its Extension Options) from the consummation of the IPO, or such later time as the Members may approve in accordance with the Articles; or

 

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(b) with respect to any other provision relating to Members’ rights or pre-Business Combination activity,

 

each holder of Public Shares who is not the Sponsor, an Officer or Director shall be provided with the opportunity to redeem their Public Shares upon the approval or effectiveness of any such amendment at a per-Share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released to the Company to pay its taxes, divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares. The Company’s ability to provide such redemption in this Article is subject to the Redemption Limitation.”

 

The purpose of the Redemption Limitation requirements (set forth in the text above) was to ensure that the Company will not be subject to the “penny stock” rules of the SEC as long as it met the Redemption Limitation requirement, and therefore not be deemed a “blank check company” as defined under Rule 419 of the Securities Act because it complied with Rule 3a51-1(g)(1) (the “NTA Rule”). The Company is proposing to amend its Charter to remove the Redemption Limitation requirements underlined above. The NTA Rule is one of several exclusions from the “penny stock” rules of the SEC and the Company believes that it can rely on another exclusion, which relates to it being listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market (Rule 3a51-1(a)(2)) (the “Exchange Rule”). Therefore, the Company intends to rely on the exclusion from the penny stock rules set forth in Rule 3a51-1(a)(2) as a result of its securities being listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market.

 

Rule 419 “blank check companies” and “penny stock” Issuers

 

As disclosed in our IPO prospectus, because the net proceeds of the our IPO were being used to complete an initial Business Combination with a target business that had not been selected at the time of the IPO, the Company may be deemed a “blank check company”. Under Rule 419 of the Securities Act the term “blank check company” means a company that (i) is a development stage company that has no specific business plan or purpose or has indicated that its business plan is to engage in a merger or acquisition with an unidentified company or companies, or other entity or person; and (ii) is issuing “penny stock,” as defined in Rule 3a51-1 under the Exchange Act. Rule 3a51-1 sets forth that that term “penny stock” shall mean any equity security, unless it fits within certain enumerated exclusions including the NTA Rule and the Exchange Rule. Historically SPACs have relied upon the NTA Rule to avoid being deemed a penny stock issuer. The inclusion of the language in the sections of the Charter as reproduced above, was to ensure that through the consummation of an initial Business Combination, the Company would not be considered a penny stock issuer and therefore a blank check company if no other exemption from the rule was available.

 

Reliance on Rule 3a51-1(a)(2)

 

The Exchange Rule excludes from the definition of “penny stock” a security that is registered, or approved for registration upon notice of issuance, on a national securities exchange, or is listed, or approved for listing upon notice of issuance on, an automated quotation system sponsored by a registered national securities association, that has established initial listing standards that meet or exceed the criteria in the rule. The Company’s securities are listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market and have been since the consummation of its IPO. The Company believes that the Nasdaq Capital Market has initial listing standards that meet the criteria identified in the Exchange Rule and that it can therefore rely on this rule to avoid being treated as a penny stock. Therefore, the inclusion of the Redemption Limitation is unnecessary.

 

Reasons for the Redemption Limitation Amendment

 

Shareholders are being asked to adopt the proposed Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal to the Charter which, in the judgment of the Board, may facilitate the consummation of an initial Business Combination. The Charter limits the Company’s ability to consummate an initial Business Combination, or to redeem public shares in connection with an initial Business Combination, if it would cause the Company to have less than $5,000,001 in net tangible assets. The purpose of such limitation was initially to ensure that the public shares were not deemed to be “penny stocks” pursuant to Rule 3a51-1 under the Exchange Act in the event that such public shares failed to be listed on an approved national securities exchange. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved or not implemented and there are significant requests for redemption such that the Company’s net tangible assets would be less than $5,000,001 upon the consummation of an initial Business Combination, the Charter would prevent the Company from being able to consummate an initial Business Combination even if all other conditions to closing are met. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is approved, the Charter would be amended to delete the Redemption Limitation language from the Charter as set forth in Annex A to this proxy statement.

 

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The Charter also entitles shareholders of the Company to redemption rights if the Company seeks to amend the Charter to extend the period of time to complete an initial Business Combination or makes certain other changes to provisions governing pre-initial Business Combination activity. Redemption rights are limited, however, and any such amendment would be voided if the net tangible assets redemption limit cannot be satisfied. As discussed above, the Company believes that the net tangible assets limitation may be removed from the Charter. The proposed amendments in Annex A to this proxy statement would remove this limitation with respect to redemption rights in connection with Charter amendments as well.

 

The Redemption Limitation Amendment

 

We are proposing to amend the Charter pursuant to the second resolution in the form set forth in Annex A of this proxy statement to eliminate from the Charter the Redemption Limitation in order to allow the Company to redeem public shares irrespective of whether such redemption would breach the Redemption Limitation.

 

Reasons for the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal

 

The Board believes it is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders for the Company to be allowed to effect any redemptions in connection with the Extraordinary General Meeting irrespective of whether such redemptions would breach the Redemption Limitation.

 

If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal Is Approved

 

If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is approved (and the Extension Proposal is also approved), we plan to file the Redemption Limitation Amendment with the Cayman Registrar pursuant to second resolution as set forth in Annex A of this proxy statement and, assuming the Extension Proposal is approved, redeem public shares as necessary, irrespective of whether such redemptions exceed the Redemption Limitation.

 

If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal Is Not Approved

 

If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved, we will not redeem public shares to the extent that accepting all properly submitted redemption requests would exceed the Redemption Limitation. In the event that the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved or not implemented and we receive notice of redemptions of public shares approaching or breaching the Redemption Limitation, we and/or the Sponsor may take action to increase our net tangible assets to avoid the Redemption Limitation, which may include, at our and the Sponsor’s option and in our and its sole discretion, any, several or all of the following actions: (a) attempting to secure waivers of certain of our significant liabilities, including the deferred underwriting fees and (b) entering into non-redemption agreements with certain of our shareholders. If the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is not approved and the Redemption Limitation is exceeded, either because we do not take action to increase our net tangible assets or because our attempt to do so is not successful, then we will not proceed with the amendments set forth in Annex A of the accompanying proxy statement and we will not redeem any public shares. In such case, public shares which a public shareholder elects to redeem but which are not redeemed shall be returned to such public shareholder or such public shareholder’s account and such public shareholder will retain the right to have their public shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date.

 

Vote Required for Approval

 

Approval of the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals. We believe each of the Proposals constitutes a “non-discretionary” matter, and therefore, there will not be any broker non-votes at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

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Recommendation

 

As discussed above, after careful consideration of all relevant factors, the Board has determined that the Redemption Limitation Amendment Proposal is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. The Board has approved and declared advisable the Redemption Limitation Amendment.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” THE
REDEMPTION LIMITATION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL. THE BOARD EXPRESSES NO OPINION AS TO WHETHER
YOU SHOULD REDEEM YOUR PUBLIC SHARES.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 3 — THE LIQUIDATION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL

 

Overview

 

The proposed Liquidation Amendment would amend the Company’s Charter to permit the Board, in its sole discretion, to elect to wind up our operations on an earlier date than the Extension Date (including prior to the current termination date) as determined by the Board and included in a public announcement. The complete text of the proposed amendment is attached to this proxy statement as Annex A. All shareholders are encouraged to read the proposed amendment in its entirety for a more complete description of its terms.

 

Reasons for the Proposed Liquidation Amendment

 

The Company is proposing to amend its Charter to permit the Board to elect to wind up our operations on an earlier date and liquidate the Trust Account following effectiveness of the amended Charter and prior to the Extended Date (including a date prior to the Original Expiration Date) if it determines such action is in the best interests of shareholders. In electing to wind up at an earlier date, the Board may take into account various factors, including, but not limited to, the prospect of identifying a target and negotiating and consummating a business combination prior to the end of the Extension Period.

 

The purpose of the Liquidation Amendment Proposal is to amend the Charter to enable the Board, in its sole discretion, to liquidate the Trust Account and to redeem all of the Pearl Class A Shares included as part of the units sold in the IPO prior to the scheduled end of the Extension Period (including a date prior to the current termination date), after taking into account various factors, including, but not limited to, the prospect of identifying a target and negotiating and consummating a business combination prior to the end of the Extension Period. Accordingly, the Board believes that it is in the best interests of our shareholders to provide additional flexibility to wind up our operations, in which case we will liquidate the Trust Account and dissolve in accordance with law and to redeem all public shares. If a suitable business combination is timely identified, the Company intends to hold another shareholders’ meeting prior to the expiration of the Extension Period in order to seek shareholder approval of a potential business combination.

 

If the Liquidation Amendment Proposal Is Approved

 

If the Liquidation Amendment Proposal, as well as the Extension Amendment Proposal and the Trust Amendment Proposal, are approved, these Amendments in the form of Annex A hereto will be effective and the Trust Account will not be disbursed except in connection with our completion of the initial business combination or in connection with our liquidation if we do not complete the initial business combination by the applicable termination date. The Company will then continue to attempt to identify and consummate an initial business combination until the applicable Extension Period or until the Company’s Board determines, in its sole discretion, that it will not be able to consummate the initial business combination before the expiration of the Extension Period and does not wish to seek an additional extension.

 

If the Liquidation Amendment Proposal Is Not Approved

 

If the Liquidation Amendment Proposal, the Extension Amendment Proposal or the Trust Amendment Proposal are not approved and we have not consummated the initial business combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

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Vote Required for Approval

 

Approval of the Liquidation Amendment Proposal also requires a special resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of at least two-thirds of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Public shareholders may elect to redeem their public shares regardless of whether or how they vote on the Liquidation Amendment Proposal at the Meeting; however, redemption payments for redemptions in connection with this Meeting will only be made if the Charter Amendment Proposals and the Trust Amendment Proposal receive the requisite shareholder approvals and we determine to implement the Charter Amendments and Trust Amendment.

 

Recommendation

 

As discussed above, after careful consideration of all relevant factors, the Board has determined that the Liquidation Amendment Proposal is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. The Board has approved and declared advisable the Liquidation Amendment.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” THE
LIQUIDATION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL. THE BOARD EXPRESSES NO OPINION AS TO WHETHER
YOU SHOULD REDEEM YOUR PUBLIC SHARES.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 4 — THE TRUST AMENDMENT PROPOSAL

 

Overview

 

The proposed Trust Amendment would amend the Trust Agreement to allow the Company to extend the date by which the Company would be required to consummate a business combination from the Original Expiration Date to the Extended Date, or such earlier date as determined by the Board in its sole discretion. A copy of the proposed Trust Amendment is attached to this proxy statement as Annex B. All shareholders are encouraged to read the proposed amendment in its entirety for a more complete description of its terms.

 

Reasons for the Trust Amendment

 

The purpose of the Trust Amendment is to allow the Company to extend the date by which the Company would be required to consummate a business combination from the Original Expiration Date to the Extended Date, or such earlier date as determined by the Board in its sole discretion. The Trust Amendment parallels the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

The Company’s current Trust Agreement provides that the Company has until 24 months after the closing of the IPO, and such later day as may be approved by the Company’s shareholders in accordance with the Company’s Charter to terminate the Trust Agreement and liquidate the Trust Account.

 

If the Trust Amendment Is Approved

 

If both the Charter Amendment Proposals and the Trust Amendment Proposal are approved, the amendment to the Trust Agreement in the form of Annex B hereto will be executed and the Trust Account will not be disbursed except in connection with our completion of the initial business combination or in connection with our liquidation if we do not complete the initial business combination by the applicable termination date. The Company will then continue to attempt to identify and consummate an initial business combination until the applicable Extension Period or until the Company’s Board determines in its sole discretion that it will not be able to consummate the initial business combination by the applicable Extension Period and does not wish to continue operations until such expiration.

 

If the Trust Amendment Is Not Approved

 

If the Trust Amendment is not approved or not implemented and we do not consummate an initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, we will (a) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up; (b) as promptly as reasonably possible, but not more than ten (10) business days thereafter, redeem our public shares, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account and not previously released by the Company (less taxes payable and up to US$100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), divided by the number of then public shares in issue, which redemption will completely extinguish public shareholders’ rights as shareholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any); and (c) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining shareholders and the Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject, in each case, to Pearl’s obligations under Cayman Islands law to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to our warrants, which will expire worthless if we fail to complete our initial Business Combination by the Original Expiration Date, or, if the Extension Proposal is approved, the Extended Date.

 

Vote Required for Approval

 

Approval of the Trust Amendment Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the holders of 65% of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, voting together as a single class, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who do so in person or by proxy at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Pearl Shares

 

Public shareholders may elect to redeem their public shares regardless of whether or how they vote on the Trust Amendment Proposal at the Meeting; however, redemption payments for Elections in connection with this Meeting will only be made if the Charter Amendment Proposals and the Trust Amendment Proposal receive the requisite shareholder approvals and we determine to implement the Charter Amendments and Trust Amendment.

 

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Resolution to be Voted Upon

 

The full text of the resolution to be proposed is as follows:

 

RESOLVED, as an ordinary resolution, to approve the amendment of the Company’s investment management trust agreement, dated as of December 14, 2021, by and between Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company and the Company (the “Trust Agreement”) pursuant to an amendment to the Trust Agreement in the form set forth in Annex B of the accompanying proxy statement.”

 

Recommendation

 

As discussed above, after careful consideration of all relevant factors, the Board has determined that the Trust Amendment Proposal is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. The Board has approved and declared advisable the Trust Amendment.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” THE
TRUST AMENDMENT PROPOSAL. THE BOARD EXPRESSES NO OPINION AS TO WHETHER
YOU SHOULD REDEEM YOUR PUBLIC SHARES.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 5 — THE ADJOURNMENT PROPOSAL

 

Overview

 

The Adjournment Proposal, if adopted, will allow the Board to adjourn the Extraordinary General Meeting to a later date or dates to permit further solicitation and vote of proxies in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or if the Board determines before the Extraordinary General Meeting that it is not necessary or no longer desirable to proceed with the other proposals. The Adjournment Proposal will only be presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting if, based on the tabulated votes, there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Extraordinary General Meeting to approve any of the Charter Amendment Proposals or the Board otherwise determines that it is not necessary or desirable to proceed with the other proposals.

 

Consequences if the Adjournment Proposal is Not Approved

 

If the Adjournment Proposal is not approved by our shareholders, the Board may not be able to adjourn the Extraordinary General Meeting to a later date in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of any of the Charter Amendment Proposals.

 

Vote Required for Approval

 

The Adjournment Proposal requires an ordinary resolution under Cayman Islands law, being the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the Pearl Shares issued and outstanding, represented in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon and who vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on any of the proposals.

 

Resolution to be Voted Upon

 

The full text of the resolution to be proposed is as follows:

 

RESOLVED, as an ordinary resolution, that the adjournment of the Extraordinary General Meeting to a later date or dates to be determined by the chairman of the Extraordinary General Meeting, or indefinitely, if necessary or convenient, to permit further solicitation and vote of proxies or if the Board determines before the Extraordinary General Meeting that it is not necessary or no longer desirable to proceed with the other proposals be confirmed, ratified and approved in all respects.”

 

Recommendation of the Board

 

As discussed above, after careful consideration of all relevant factors, the Board has determined that the Adjournment Proposal is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. Therefore, if there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of any of the Charter Amendment Proposals, the Board will approve and declare advisable adoption of the Adjournment Proposal.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT, IF PRESENTED, YOU VOTE “FOR” THE
ADJOURNMENT PROPOSAL.

 

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BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

 

The following table sets forth information regarding the beneficial ownership of Pearl Shares as of November 20, 2023, based on information obtained from the persons named below, with respect to the beneficial ownership of Pearl Shares, by:

 

(a) each person known by Pearl to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent (5%) of its issued and outstanding Pearl Shares;

 

(b) each of Pearl’s executive officers and directors that beneficially owns Pearl Shares and

 

(c) all of Pearl’s executive officers and directors, as a group.

 

Beneficial ownership is determined according to the rules of the SEC, which generally provide that a person has beneficial ownership of a security if he, she or it possesses sole or shared voting or investment power over that security, including options and warrants that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within 60 days. Except as described in the footnotes below and subject to applicable community property laws and similar laws, we believe that each person listed below has sole voting and investment power with respect to such shares.

 

In the table below, percentage ownership is based on 25,000,000 Pearl Shares outstanding as of November 20, 2023, including (a) 20,000,000 Pearl Class A Shares and (b) 5,000,000 Pearl Class B Shares. Voting power represents the combined voting power of Pearl Shares owned beneficially by such person. On all matters to be voted upon, the holders of the Pearl Shares vote together as a single class. The table below does not include any Pearl Shares underlying our outstanding warrants because such securities are not exercisable within 60 days of November 20, 2023.

 

    Class A
Ordinary Shares
    Class B
Ordinary Shares
(1)
 
    Beneficially
Owned
    Approximate
Percentage
of Issued and
Outstanding
Pearl Shares
    Beneficially
Owned
    Approximate
Percentage of
Issued and
Outstanding
Pearl Shares
 
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner(2)                                
Pearl Holdings Sponsor LLC (The Sponsor)(3)      -       -       5,000,000       20.0 %
Craig E. Barnett(4)      -       -       5,000,000       20.0 %
Terry Duddy     -       -       -       -  
Martin F. Lewis     -       -       -       -  
Scott M. Napolitano     -       -       -       -  
James E. Lieber     -       -       -       -  
Mary C. Tanner     -       -       -       -  
Laura A. Weil     -       -       -       -  
All directors and officers as a group (7 individuals)     -       -       5,000,000       20.0 %
First Trust Capital Management L.P.(5)      2,134,336       10.67 %     -       -  
Millennium Management LLC(6)      1,260,702       6.3 %     -       -  
Adage Capital Partners, L.P.(7)      1,500,000       7.5 %     -       -  
Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund, a series of Calamos Investment Trust(8)      1,000,000       5.0 %     -       -  
Aristeia Capital, L.L.C.(9)      1,626,919       8.1 %     -       -  
Taconic Capital Advisors L.P.(10)      1,105,501       5.5 %     -       -  

 

 
(1) Class B ordinary shares will convert into Class A ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis, subject to adjustment, as described in the section entitled “Description of Securities” in our prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b)(4) (File No. 333-261319).

 

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(2) Unless otherwise noted, the business address of each of the following entities or individuals is c/o Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp, 767 Third Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10017.
(3) Interests shown consist solely of Founder Shares, classified as Class B ordinary shares. Such ordinary shares will convert into Class A ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis, subject to adjustment, as described in the section of our prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b)(4) (File No. 333-261319) entitled “Description of Securities.”
(4) Pearl Holdings Sponsor LLC, the Sponsor, is the record holder of the 5,000,000 Founder Shares reported herein. The manager of the Sponsor is Craig E. Barnett. By virtue of his control over the Sponsor, Craig E. Barnett may be deemed to beneficially own shares held by the Sponsor.
(5) According to a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on July 10, 2023, First Trust Capital Management L.P. (“FTCM”), First Trust Capital Solutions L.P. (“FTCS”), Sub GP LLC (“Sub GP”) and First Trust Merger Arbitrage Fund (“VARBX”) held 2,134,336 Class A ordinary shares. FTCS and Sub GP may be deemed to control FTCM and, therefore, may be deemed to beneficially own shares held by FTCM. The address of the principal business office of each of FTCM, FTCS and Sub GP is 225 W. Wacker Drive, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60606. The address of the principal business office of VARBX is 235 West Galena Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212.
(6) Shares beneficially owned are based on Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 13, 2023, by Millennium Management LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, with respect to the Class A ordinary shares directly owned by it. As of the date thereof, the Millennium Management LLC may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of the 1,260,702 Class A ordinary shares. The securities potentially beneficially owned by Millennium Management LLC are held by entities subject to voting control and investment discretion by Millennium Management LLC and/or other investment managers that may be controlled by Millennium Group Management LLC (the managing member of Millennium Management LLC) and Mr. Englander (the sole voting trustee of the managing member of Millennium Group Management LLC). The foregoing should not be construed in and of itself as an admission by Millennium Management LLC, Millennium Group Management LLC or Mr. Englander as to beneficial ownership of the securities held by such entities. The address of Millennium Management LLC, as reported in the Schedule 13G is 399 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022.
(7) Shares beneficially owned are based on Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on December 27, 2021, by Adage Capital Partners, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, with respect to the Class A ordinary shares directly and indirectly owned by it. Adage Capital Partners, L.P. is indirectly controlled by Robert Atchinson and Phillip Gross, each of whom may be deemed to beneficially own shares held by Adage Capital Partners, L.P. As of the date thereof, Adage Capital Partners, L.P. may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of the 1,500,000 Class A ordinary shares. The address of Adage Capital Partners, L.P., as reported in the Schedule 13G is 200 Clarendon Street, 52nd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02116.
(8) Shares beneficially owned are based on Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 3, 2022, by Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund, a series of Calamos Investment Trust (“Calamos”), with respect to the Class A ordinary shares directly owned by it. As of the date thereof, Calamos may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of the 1,000,000 Class A ordinary shares. The address of Calamos, as reported in the Schedule 13G is 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, IL 60563.
(9) Shares beneficially owned are based on Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 10, 2023, by Aristeia Capital, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company, with respect to the Class A ordinary shares directly and indirectly owned by it. Aristeia Capital, L.L.C. is the investment manager of, and has voting and investment control with respect to the Class A ordinary shares held by, one or more private investment funds. The address of Aristeia Capital, L.L.C., as reported in the Schedule 13G is 654 Madison Avenue, Suite 1009, New York, New York 10065.
(10) According to a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 10, 2023, Taconic Capital Advisors L.P. (“Taconic Advisors LP”), Taconic Capital Advisors UK LLP (“Taconic Advisors UK”), Taconic Associates LLC (“Taconic Associates”), Taconic Capital Partners LLC (“Taconic Capital”), Taconic Capital Performance Partners LLC (“Taconic Partners”) and Frank P. Brosens (“Mr. Brosens”) held 1,105,501 Class A ordinary shares. The address of the principal business office of each of Taconic Advisors LP, Taconic Associates, Taconic Partners, Taconic Capital and Mr. Brosens is c/o Taconic Capital Advisors L.P. 280 Park Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017. The address of the principal business office of Taconic Advisors UK is 55 Grosvenor Street, 4th Floor, London, W1K 3HY, UK.

 

Our initial shareholders beneficially own approximately 20.0% of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares and have the right to elect all of our directors prior to our initial Business Combination as a result of holding all of the Founder Shares. Holders of our Public Shares will not have the right to appoint any directors to the Board of directors prior to our initial Business Combination. In addition, because of their ownership block, our initial shareholders may be able to effectively influence the outcome of all other matters requiring approval by our shareholders, including amendments to our amended and restated memorandum and articles of association and approval of significant corporate transactions.

 

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OTHER MATTERS

 

Shareholder Proposals

 

No business may be transacted at an extraordinary general meeting other than business that is either (i) specified in the notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting (or any supplement thereto) given by or at the direction of the directors of the Company or (ii) otherwise properly brought before the Extraordinary General Meeting in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Charter.

 

Delinquent Section 16(a) Reports

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our officers, directors and persons who beneficially own more than ten percent of our public shares to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the SEC. These reporting persons are also required to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. Based solely upon a review of such forms furnished since the effective date of our IPO, we believe that there have been no delinquent filers other than as previously disclosed in the Company’s SEC filings.

 

Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report and SEC Filings

 

Our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2022, are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on March 31, 2023. This proxy statement and our Annual Report are available from the SEC at its website at www.sec.gov. You may also obtain a copy of our Annual Report without charge by sending a written request to Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp, 767 Third Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10017.

 

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DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS TO SHAREHOLDERS

 

For shareholders receiving printed proxy materials, unless we have received contrary instructions, we may send a single copy of this proxy statement to any household at which two (2) or more shareholders reside if we believe the shareholders are members of the same family. This process, known as “householding,” reduces the volume of duplicate information received at any one (1) household and helps to reduce our expenses. However, if shareholders prefer to receive multiple sets of our disclosure documents at the same address this year or in future years, the shareholders should follow the instructions described below. Similarly, if an address is shared with another shareholder and together both of the shareholders would like to receive only a single set of our disclosure documents, the shareholders should follow these instructions:

 

if the shares are registered in the name of the shareholder, the shareholder should contact us at our offices at 767 Third Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10017, or (212) 457-1540, to inform us of their request; or

 

if a bank, broker or other nominee holds the shares, the shareholder should contact the bank, broker or other nominee directly.

 

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

We file reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC as required by the Exchange Act. You can read the Company’s SEC filings, including this proxy statement, over the Internet at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Those filings are also available free of charge to the public on, or accessible through, the Company’s corporate website under the heading “Investor Relations” at www.pearlhac.com. The Company’s website and the information contained on, or that can be accessed through, the website is not deemed to be incorporated by reference in, and is not considered part of, this proxy statement.

 

If you would like additional copies of this proxy statement or if you have questions about the Business Combination or the proposals to be presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting, you should contact the Company at the following address and telephone number:

 

Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp
767 Third Avenue
11th Floor
New York, New York 10017
Phone: (212) 457-1540

 

You may also obtain these documents by requesting them in writing or by telephone from the Company’s proxy solicitation agent at the following address and telephone number:

 

Morrow Sodali LLC
333 Ludlow Street
5th Floor, South Tower
Stamford, CT 06902
Individuals (toll-free): (800) 662-5200
Banks and brokerage firms, please call collect: (203) 658-9400
Email: PRLH.info@investor.morrowsodali.com

 

If you are a shareholder of the Company and would like to request documents, please do so by December 1, 2023 (one (1) week prior to the Extraordinary General Meeting), in order to receive them before the Extraordinary General Meeting. If you request any documents from us, we will mail them to you by first class mail, or another equally prompt means.

 

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ANNEX A

 

FORM OF AMENDMENT TO THE
AMENDED AND RESTATED MEMORANDUM AND
ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
OF
PEARL HOLDINGS ACQUISITION CORP

 

RESOLUTIONS OF THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY

 

FIRST, RESOLVED, as a special resolution THAT, effective immediately, the Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company be amended by:

 

(a) amending Article 49.7 by deleting the following introduction of such sub-section:

 

“In the event that the Company does not consummate a Business Combination within 18 months (or up to 24 months if the Sponsor exercises its Extension Options) from the consummation of the IPO, or such later time as the Members may approve in accordance with the Articles, the Company shall”

 

and replacing it with the following:

 

“In the event that the Company does not consummate a Business Combination by December 17, 2024, or such later time as the Members may approve in accordance with the Articles, the Company shall:”; and

 

(b) amending Article 49.8 by deleting the words:

 

“within 18 months (or up to 24 months if the Sponsor exercises its Extension Options) from the consummation of the IPO, or such later time as the Members may approve in accordance with the Articles; or”

 

and replacing them with the words:

 

“by December 17, 2024, or such later time as the Members may approve in accordance with the Articles; or”

 

SECOND, RESOLVED, as a special resolution THAT, effective immediately, the Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company be amended by:

 

(a) amending Article 49.2 by deleting the words:

 

“provide Members with the opportunity to have their Shares repurchased by means of a tender offer for a per-Share repurchase price payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, calculated as of two business days prior to the consummation of such Business Combination, including interest earned on the Trust Account (net of taxes paid or payable, if any), divided by the number of then issued Public Shares, provided that the Company shall not repurchase Public Shares in an amount that would cause the Company’s net tangible assets to be less than US$5,000,001 following such repurchases. Such obligation to repurchase Shares is subject to the completion of the proposed Business Combination to which it relates.”

 

and replacing them with the words:

 

“provide Members with the opportunity to have their Shares repurchased by means of a tender offer for a per-Share repurchase price payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, calculated as of two business days prior to the consummation of such Business Combination, including interest earned on the Trust Account (net of taxes paid or payable, if any), divided by the number of then issued Public Shares. Such obligation to repurchase Shares is subject to the completion of the proposed Business Combination to which it relates”

 

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(b) amending Article 49.4 by deleting the words:

 

“At a general meeting called for the purposes of approving a Business Combination pursuant to this Article, in the event that such Business Combination is approved by Ordinary Resolution, the Company shall be authorised to consummate such Business Combination, provided that the Company shall not consummate such Business Combination unless the Company has net tangible assets of at least US$5,000,001 immediately prior to, or upon such consummation of, or any greater net tangible asset or cash requirement that may be contained in the agreement relating to, such Business Combination.”

 

and replacing them with the words:

 

“At a general meeting called for the purposes of approving a Business Combination pursuant to this Article, in the event that such Business Combination is approved by Ordinary Resolution, the Company shall be authorised to consummate such Business Combination.”

 

(c) amending Article 49.5 by deleting the words:

 

“The Company shall not redeem Public Shares that would cause the Company’s net tangible assets to be less than US$5,000,001 following such redemptions (the “Redemption Limitation”)”

 

(d) amending Article 49.8 by deleting the words:

 

“The Company’s ability to provide such redemption in this Article is subject to the Redemption Limitation”

 

THIRD, RESOLVED, as a special resolution THAT, effective immediately, the Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company be amended by:

 

(a) amending Article 49.7 by deleting the following introduction of such sub-section:

 

“or such later time as the Members may approve in accordance with the Articles, the Company shall:”

 

and replacing it with the following:

 

“or such later time as the Members may approve in accordance with the Articles, or such earlier date as determined by the Board, in its sole discretion, and included in a public announcement, the Company shall:”; and

 

(b) amending Article 49.8 by deleting the words:

 

“or such later time as the Members may approve in accordance with the Articles; or”

 

and replacing them with the words:

 

“or such later time as the Members may approve in accordance with the Articles, or such earlier date as determined by the Board, in its sole discretion, and included in a public announcement; or”

 

Annex A-2

 

 

ANNEX B

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT TRUST AGREEMENT

 

RESOLUTIONS OF THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY

 

THIS AMENDMENT TO INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT TRUST AGREEMENT (this “Amendment Agreement”), dated as of          , 2023, is made by and between Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp., a Cayman Islands exempted company (the “Company”), and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, a New York limited purpose trust company (the “Trustee”).

 

WHEREAS, the parties hereto are parties to that certain Investment Management Trust Agreement dated as of December 14, 2021 (the “Trust Agreement”);

 

WHEREAS, Section 1(i) of the Trust Agreement sets forth the terms that govern the liquidation of the Trust Account established for the benefit of the Company and the Public Shareholders under the circumstances described therein;

 

WHEREAS, Section 6(c) of the Trust Agreement provides that Section 1(i) of the Trust Agreement may only be changed, amended or modified with the affirmative vote of at least sixty five percent (65%) of the then outstanding Ordinary Shares and Class B ordinary shares, voting together as a single class;

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to a special meeting of the shareholders of the Company held on the date hereof, at least sixty five percent (65%) of the then Ordinary Shares and Class B ordinary shares, voting together as a single class, voted affirmatively to approve this Amendment Agreement and (ii) a corresponding amendment to the Company’s amended and restated memorandum of association (the “Charter Amendment”); and

 

WHEREAS, each of the Company and the Trustee desires to amend the Trust Agreement as provided herein concurrently with the effectiveness of the Charter Amendment.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual agreements contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1. Definitions. Capitalized terms contained in this Amendment Agreement, but not specifically defined herein, shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Trust Agreement.

 

2. Amendments to the Trust Agreement.

 

(a) Effective as of the execution hereof, Section 1(i) of the Trust Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety as follows:

 

“(i) Commence liquidation of the Trust Account only after and promptly after (x) receipt of, and only in accordance with, the terms of a letter from the Company (“Termination Letter”) in a form substantially similar to that attached hereto as either Exhibit A or Exhibit B signed on behalf of the Company by its Chief Executive Officer, Co-President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, Secretary or Chairman of the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) or other authorized officer of the Company, and complete the liquidation of the Trust Account and distribute the Property in the Trust Account, including interest (less up to $100,000 of interest that may be released to the Company to pay dissolution expenses and which interest shall be net of any taxes payable, it being understood that the Trustee has no obligation to monitor or question the Company’s position that an allocation has been made for taxes payable), only as directed in the Termination Letter and the other documents referred to therein, or (y) upon December 17, 2024 (or such earlier date as determined by the Board, in its sole discretion, and included in a public announcement) (the “Liquidation Date”), or such later date as may be approved by the Company’s shareholders in accordance with the Company’s amended and restated memorandum and articles of association, as it may be amended from time to time, if a Termination Letter has not been received by the Trustee prior to such date, in which case the Trust Account shall be liquidated in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Termination Letter attached as Exhibit B and the Property in the Trust Account, including interest (less up to $100,000 of interest that may be released to the Company to pay dissolution expenses and which interest shall be net of any taxes payable), shall be distributed to the Public Shareholders of record as of such date;”

 

Annex B-1

 

 

(b) Effective as of the execution hereof, Exhibit B of the Trust Agreement is hereby amended and restated, in the form attached hereto, to implement a corresponding change to the foregoing amendment to Section 1(i) of the Trust Agreement.

 

3. No Further Amendment. The parties hereto agree that except as provided in this Amendment Agreement, the Trust Agreement shall continue unmodified, in full force and effect and constitute legal and binding obligations of the parties thereto in accordance with its terms. This Amendment Agreement forms an integral and inseparable part of the Trust Agreement. This Amendment Agreement is intended to be in full compliance with the requirements for an amendment to the Trust Agreement as required by Section 6(c) and Section 6(d) of the Trust Agreement, and any defect in fulfilling such requirements for an effective amendment to the Trust Agreement is hereby ratified, intentionally waived and relinquished by all parties hereto.

 

4. References.

 

(a) All references to the “Trust Agreement” (including “hereof,” “herein,” “hereunder,” “hereby” and “this Agreement”) in the Trust Agreement shall refer to the Trust Agreement as amended by this Amendment Agreement; and

 

(b) All references to the “amended and restated memorandum of association” in the Trust Agreement shall mean the Company’s second amended and restated memorandum of association as amended by the Charter Amendment.

 

5. Governing Law. This Amendment Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to conflicts of law principles that would result in the application of the substantive laws of another jurisdiction.

 

6. Counterparts. This Amendment Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all such counterparts shall together constitute one and the same instrument. Delivery of a signed counterpart of this Amendment Agreement by electronic transmission shall constitute valid and sufficient delivery thereof.

 

[Signature Page Follows]

 

Annex B-2

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have duly executed this Amendment Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company  
     
By:    
  Name:    
  Title:    
       
Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp  
     
By:    
  Name:    
  Title:    

 

Annex B-3

 

 

EXHIBIT B

 

[Letterhead of Company]

 

[Insert date]

 

Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company
One State Street, 30th Floor
New York, New York 10004
Attn: Francis Wolf & Celeste Gonzalez

 

Re: Trust Account No. — Termination Letter

 

Dear Mr. Wolf and Ms. Gonzalez:

 

Pursuant to Section 1(i) of the Investment Management Trust Agreement between Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp (the “Company”) and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company (the “Trustee”), dated as of December 14, 2021 (as amended, the “Trust Agreement”), this is to advise you that the Company did not effect a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with a target business (the “Business Combination”) within the time frame specified in the Company’s amended and restated memorandum and articles of association, as described in the Company’s Prospectus relating to the Offering. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Trust Agreement.

 

In accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement, we hereby authorize you to liquidate all of the assets in the Trust Account and to transfer the total proceeds into the Trust Account at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. to await distribution to the Public Shareholders. The Company has selected [insert date] as the effective date for the purpose of determining when the Public Shareholders will be entitled to receive their share of the liquidation proceeds. You agree to be the Paying Agent of record and, in your separate capacity as Paying Agent, agree to distribute said funds directly to the Company’s Public Shareholders in accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement and the amended and restated memorandum and articles of association of the Company. Upon the distribution of all the funds, your obligations under the Trust Agreement shall be terminated, except to the extent otherwise provided in Section 1(j) of the Trust Agreement.

 

Very truly yours  
     
Pearl Holdings Acquisition Corp  
     
By:    
  Name:    
  Title:    

 

cc: Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

 

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