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FiscalNote Announces Agreement to Acquire South Korea-Based Alternative Data Solutions and Software Leader Aicel Technologies

Aicel Strengthens FiscalNote’s Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) Offerings, Deepening Expertise in Data Ingestion, Management, and API Development for the Fintech Industry on a Global Scale

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 29, 2021 - FiscalNote, a leading AI-driven enterprise SaaS company that delivers legal and regulatory data and insights, announces it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aicel Technologies (“Aicel”), a rapidly-expanding, Seoul, Korea-based alternative data company that provides unique alpha-capturing dataset solutions and extracts value and actionable insights to drive business solutions for emerging fintech markets around the world. 

With this latest acquisition, FiscalNote achieves its FY2021 M&A target goal and remains on track for run-rate revenues in-line with its publicly provided guidance. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022, pending regulatory review and customary closing conditions.

Founded in 2016 and led by CEO Min Kim, Aicel processes both proprietary and licensed data, such as trade and export information, patent filings, aggregated consumer and retail transactions, food delivery and home-sharing data, e-Commerce sales information, and ESG metrics on a subscription basis for customers - such as asset management companies, multinational corporations, hedge funds, investment firms, and corporations, amongst others. Aicel leverages advanced technology to collect, refine, process, and deliver tailored data to customers, while powering a data exchange marketplace through its Data-as-a-Service model to enable third-party data providers and vendors to rapidly partner with Aicel to market new datasets quickly and efficiently. 

“We’re excited about bringing Aicel into FiscalNote because, much like us, technology has always been core to Aicel’s DNA,” said FiscalNote co-founder and CEO, Tim Hwang. “We look forward to collaborating with Aicel’s team to further penetrate the alternative data and fintech industries, while continuing to develop capabilities to serve the regulated sectors of the future, such as ride sharing, the gig economy, e-Commerce, food delivery, and more.”

Alternative data for financial institutions continues to be an attractive and fast-growing international market. By acquiring Aicel, FiscalNote will gain access to a deeper customer base in an expanding and increasingly regulated marketplace. Doubling its revenue this past year, Aicel is uniquely positioned to continue expanding its customer base and revenues through a strong network of established partners, as well as sales and marketing relationships with leading firms. Aicel’s Kim will continue to lead the division upon closing.

Once completed, the acquisition of Aicel strengthens FiscalNote’s existing business in alternative data sources across the emerging fintech, capital markets, and financial services industries, deepening its expertise in sophisticated data management, data ingestion, and API development for its worldwide customers, while driving new revenue growth in Korea, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and the U.S. In addition to FiscalNote’s Forge.AI and Predata offerings, Aicel will give FiscalNote considerable global coverage for organizations interested in extracting deep insights attainable only by leveraging advanced data technologies.  

“We’re incredibly proud to join the FiscalNote team and the pioneering technology it’s developing and deploying,” noted Kim. “We look forward to leveraging the FiscalNote team’s expertise and global scale to support Aicel’s continued growth as we enter this exciting new stage.”

On November 8, 2021, FiscalNote and Duddell Street Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: DSAC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, announced they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement that, upon closing (which is subject to regulatory review and customary closing conditions), will result in FiscalNote becoming a publicly listed company with a pro forma market capitalization of approximately $1.3 billion. Upon closing, the combined company will operate under the FiscalNote name and publicly trade under the ticker symbol “NOTE”.

About FiscalNote

FiscalNote is a leading global technology provider of legal and policy data and insights. By combining AI capabilities, expert analysis, and legislative, regulatory, and geopolitical data, FiscalNote is reinventing the way that organizations minimize risk and capitalize on opportunity. Home to CQ, Roll Call, Oxford Analytica, and VoterVoice, FiscalNote empowers clients worldwide to monitor, manage, and act on the issues that matter most to them. To learn more about FiscalNote and its family of brands, visit FiscalNote.com and follow @FiscalNote.

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Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with its proposed business combination with FiscalNote Holdings, Inc. (FiscalNote), Duddell Street Acquisition Corp. (“Duddell Street”) has filed relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including a registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a proxy statement/prospectus of Duddell Street, and will file other documents regarding the proposed business combination with the SEC. Duddell Street’s shareholders and other interested persons are advised to read the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and the amendments thereto and, when available, the definitive proxy statement and documents incorporated by reference therein filed in connection with the proposed business combination, as these materials will contain important information about FiscalNote, Duddell Street and the proposed business combination. Promptly after the Form S-4 is declared effective by the SEC, Duddell Street will mail the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and a proxy card to each shareholder entitled to vote at the meeting relating to the approval of the business combination and other proposals set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and shareholders of Duddell Street are urged to carefully read the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus, when they become available, and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to these documents, because they will contain important information about the proposed business combination. The documents filed by Duddell Street with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website www.sec.gov.

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Participants in the Solicitation

Duddell Street and its directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from its shareholders with respect to the business combination. A list of the names of those directors and executive officers and a description of their interests in Duddell Street is included in the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed business combination, which is available at www.sec.gov. and can be obtained free of charge from the source indicated above.

FiscalNote and its directors and executive officers may also be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Duddell Street in connection with the proposed business combination. A list of the names of such directors and executive officers and information regarding their interests in the proposed business combination is included in the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed business combination.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements  

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