Alpha Capital Anstalt has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most prolific and ruthless investors in cash-starved small-cap companies. Its stock-in-trade are bridge loans and private investments in public equity (PIPE) on terms that are highly unfavorable to desperate issuers. Its favorite instruments are convertible promissory notes, convertible preferred shares, and warrants with anti-dilution provisions and registration rights.
During the quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve of 2020, two little-known companies completed a reverse merger that attracted little attention. The acquirer, Ameri Holdings, Inc., was an obscure tech company in Alpharetta, Ga. The acquiree, Jay Pharma, Inc., was a privately held startup developing cannabis-based pharmaceuticals in Toronto.