The story: Grab CEO Anthony Tan has said he is confident its merger with a US-based blank-cheque company will be completed by the end of the year, following a delay caused by a review of its financials, reports Bloomberg.

According to Tan, Grab wanted to be proactive and transparent in reporting the financials of special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Altimeter Growth, hence the delay.

It is considering a secondary listing in Singapore as one of its options, but it’s currently focusing on the Nasdaq listing.

Vistas Media Capital to expand footprint in MENA

The story: Homegrown media investment holding company Vistas Media Capital (VMC) will expand its footprint in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) across the media and entertainment sector.

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VMC founders have set up alternative investment fund management business, Vistas Media FZ-LLC, within the Abu Dhabi Media Free Zone’s “twofour54” for content creation and entertainment events production services in the region.

Under content production services, Vistas Media FZ-LLC will focus on creating original local content along with providing and facilitating pre-filming, production and post-production services for Arabic, Bollywood along with other Indian regional languages and Hollywood films in Abu Dhabi.

This announcement follows the announcement of special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger of Anghami with Vistas Media Acquisition Company on Nasdaq New York

About VMC: It is the parent of the sponsor for Vistas Media Acquisition Company, a SPAC that is taking Anghami, a music streaming platform in MENA, public on the Nasdaq exchange.

VMC also plans to set up a US$150+ million multi-strategy investment fund, leveraging its expertise across SPACs and content specialty financing within the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to invest across the:

1. The entire ecosystem of SPACs (from funding sponsor capital, investing in a portfolio of SPACs as an IPO investor and for PIPE financing) and pre-IPO financing for companies across key focus sectors in MENA and across the globe.

2. Structured finance in the content space across films, web series, music in India and the MENA region.

Malaysian state-owned accelerator opens applications for fourth cohort

The story: The Selangor Accelerator Programme (SAP) announced it has opened applications for the fourth edition of its startup incubator.

The accelerator is a three-month programme that aims to prepare 30 early-stage startups and help them become investment-ready businesses.

Focus sectors: Agritech, fintech, greentech, ecommerce, and smart-city solutions.

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About SAP: It is an initiative of Sidec (the Selangor Information Technology & Digital Economy Corporation), a company created by Malaysia’s Selangor state government.

German fintech Moonfare plans Singapore foray

About Moonfare: It runs an online platform for individual investors to bet their money on a curated portfolio of private funds.

Goals: The plan is to ramp up its Asia operations, says a DealStreetAsia report. Moonfare forayed into Hong Kong early this year. It is now looking to launch its second office in Asia with the establishment in the city-state as early as the end of the third quarter.

It is in the process of applying for Capital Market Services License from the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

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