The Texas-based company is eschewing the traditional IPO route to a public launch, and instead pursuing the listing via a merger with Northern Star Investment Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The deal values Apex at $4.7 billion.
Apex is the sixth fintech to use a SPAC to go public in the past few months, joining SoFi, BankMobile, Payoneer, MoneyLion, and OppFi.
“We are in the first inning of the digital revolution in financial services, and our merger with Northern Star will provide Apex with the resources and flexibility to accelerate our growth, scale our platform, and expand our offerings and market share alongside our clients,” said Apex Clearing CEO William Capuzzi.
Capuzzi, along with Apex President Tricia Rothschild, will continue to serve the company in their current roles. Northern Star Chairwoman and CEO Joanna Coles will join the combined company’s Board of Directors.
Apex was founded in 2012 and helps online brokerages, traditional wealth managers, wealthtechs, professional traders, and consumer brands with account opening and funding, execution of trades, digital asset movements, trade settlement, and the safekeeping of customer assets.
Apex has provided custody for $14 billion in new assets year-to-date and currently serves 200+ clients representing more than 13 million customer accounts. The company has already recorded impressive growth so far this year, seeing 3.2 million customer accounts and more than one million new crypto accounts opened in the past two months.