Washington, D.C. 20549








Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 25, 2020


Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-38625   82-3100340
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)       Identification No.)


9 West 57th Street, 43rd Floor

New York, NY

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


(212) 258-0947
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Units, each consisting of one share of Class A common stock and one-third of one warrant   SPAQ.U   The New York Stock Exchange
Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share   SPAQ   The New York Stock Exchange
Warrants, each whole warrant exercisable for one share of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share   SPAQ WS   The New York Stock Exchange


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On June 25, 2020, Gregory Beard resigned from the board of directors (the “Board”) of Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”). Mr. Beard’s resignation was not a result of any disagreement with the Company.


On June 25, 2020, John J. MacWilliams was appointed as a member of the Board to fill the vacancy occurring in the Board as a result of Mr. Beard’s resignation. John J. MacWilliams previously served as a Board member from July 30, 2019 to April 7, 2020.


John J. MacWilliams, age 64, is an Operating Partner at Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO), having joined the Firm in February 2020. Mr. MacWilliams served as the Associate Deputy Secretary and Chief Risk Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy (the “DOE”) from August 2015 until January 2017 and as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the DOE from June 2013 until August 2015. Prior to his appointment to the DOE, Mr. MacWilliams was Managing Partner at Tremont Energy Partners, LLC, a private investment and advisory firm specializing in the global energy industry. Mr. MacWilliams co-founded Tremont Energy in 2004 after serving as Vice Chairman, Investment Bank, at JP Morgan Chase and Partner at JP Morgan Partners from 2000 until 2003. Previously, Mr. MacWilliams was a founding partner in 1993 of The Beacon Group, LLC. Mr. MacWilliams’s prior positions include Executive Director of Goldman Sachs & Co.’s International Banking Division, Vice President for Goldman Sach & Co.’s Private Finance Group, and attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mr. MacWilliams has served on Boards of Directors for Alliance Resource Partners, LP, Compagnie Generale de Geophysique, Longhorn Partners Pipeline, LP, SmartSync, Inc, Soft Switching Technologies, Inc., and Titan Methanol Company. Since 2017, Mr. MacWilliams has served as a Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Mr. MacWilliams holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. MacWilliams is well-qualified to serve as director due to his extensive experience in the global energy industry, including his substantial energy-related experience in both the private and public sectors.


In connection with his prior appointment to the Board, Mr. MacWilliams previously joined the Letter Agreement, dated August 9, 2018, among the Company, its officers and directors and its sponsor by entering into an Insider Letter Acknowledgment and Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1. Please see the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 for information regarding the Letter Agreement. The Company also previously entered into an Indemnification Agreement with Mr. MacWilliams, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.2, which requires the Company to indemnify him to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law and to advance expenses incurred as a result of any proceeding against him as to which he could be indemnified.


In connection with his prior appointment to the Board, Mr. MacWilliams received a one-time cash retainer of $75,000. In addition, Mr. MacWilliams will be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with activities on the Company’s behalf such as identifying potential target businesses and performing due diligence on suitable business combinations.


On July 30, 2019, the Company’s sponsor transferred 75,000 shares of the Company’s Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, to Mr. MacWilliams at their original purchase price.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No.   Description
10.1   Insider Letter Acknowledgment and Agreement, dated July 30, 2019, between the Company and John J. MacWilliams (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-38625) filed with the SEC on July 31, 2019)
10.2   Indemnification Agreement, dated July 30, 2019, between the Company and John J. MacWilliams (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-38625) filed with the SEC on July 31, 2019)







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


  Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp.
Date: June 26, 2020 By: /s/ Geoffrey Strong
  Name: Geoffrey Strong
  Title: Chief Executive Officer