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CLEAN EARTH ACQUISITIONS CORP.
12600 Hill Country Blvd, Building R
Suite 275, Bee Cave, Texas
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 24, 2023
TO THE STOCKHOLDERS OF CLEAN EARTH ACQUISITIONS CORP.:
You are cordially invited to attend the special meeting, which we refer to as the “Special Meeting,” of stockholders of Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp., which we refer to as “we,” “us,” “our,” “Clean Earth” or the “Company,” to be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 24, 2023.
The Special Meeting will be a completely virtual meeting of stockholders, which will be conducted via live webcast. You will be able to attend the Special Meeting online, vote and submit your questions during the Special Meeting by visiting https://web.lumiagm.com/290463470 (passcode “cleanearth2023”). If you plan to attend the virtual online Special Meeting, you will need your 12-digit control number to vote electronically at the Special Meeting. We are pleased to utilize the virtual stockholder meeting technology to provide ready access and cost savings for our stockholders and the Company. The virtual meeting format allows attendance from any location in the world.
Even if you are planning to attend the Special Meeting online, please promptly submit your proxy vote online at www.voteproxy.com or by mail, by completing, dating, signing and returning the enclosed proxy, so your shares will be represented at the Special Meeting. Instructions on voting your shares are on the proxy materials you received for the Special Meeting.
The accompanying proxy statement, which we refer to as the “Proxy Statement,” is dated November 7, 2023, and is first being mailed to stockholders of the Company on or about November 8, 2023. The sole purpose of the Special Meeting is to consider and vote upon the following proposals:

The Extension Amendment Proposal — a proposal to amend the Company’s Existing Charter (as defined below) in the form set forth in Annex A to the accompanying Proxy Statement (the “Amended Charter”). We refer to this amendment throughout the Proxy Statement as the “Extension Amendment” and such proposal as the “Extension Amendment Proposal.” The Extension Amendment proposes to extend the date by which the Company must consummate a business combination (the “Business Combination”), from November 28, 2023 (the “Termination Date”) to May 28, 2024 (the “Extended Date” and such extension, the “Extension”).

The Adjournment Proposal — a proposal to approve the adjournment of the Special Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary, to permit further solicitation and vote of proxies in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal, which we refer to as the “Adjournment Proposal.” The Adjournment Proposal will only be presented at the Special Meeting if there are not sufficient votes to approve the Extension Amendment Proposal.
Each of the Extension Amendment Proposal and the Adjournment Proposal is more fully described in the accompanying Proxy Statement.
The purpose of the Extension Amendment Proposal and, if necessary, the Adjournment Proposal, is to allow us additional time to complete the Business Combination. Currently, upon the exercise of all extensions pursuant to the Company’s Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended by that certain Certificate of Amendment of the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, dated May 25, 2023 (as so amended, the “Existing Charter”), the Company has until November 28, 2023 to complete a Business Combination.
While we are using our best efforts to complete a Business Combination as soon as practicable, our board of directors (the “Board”) believes that there may be insufficient time before the Termination Date to consummate a Business Combination and hold a general meeting at which to conduct a vote for stockholder approval of the Business Combination. Accordingly, the Board believes that in order to be able to consummate a Business Combination, we will need to obtain the Extension. Without the Extension, the Board believes
 

 
that there is significant risk that we might not, despite our best efforts, be able to enter into and complete a Business Combination on or before the Termination Date. If that were to occur, we would be precluded from completing the Business Combination and would be forced to liquidate even if our stockholders are otherwise in favor of consummating the Business Combination.
The purpose of the Extension Amendment is to allow the Company more time to enter into and complete a Business Combination. In addition, we will not proceed with the Extension Amendment if the number of redemptions or repurchases of our shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, issued in the Company’s initial public offering (“IPO”), which shares we refer to as the “Public Shares” or “Class A Common Stock,” causes us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets following approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
If the Extension Amendment is approved and implemented, subject to satisfaction of the conditions to closing the Business Combination (including, without limitation, receipt of stockholder approval of the Business Combination), we intend to complete a Business Combination as soon as possible and in any event on or before the Extended Date, May 28, 2024.
In connection with the Extension Amendment Proposal, public stockholders may elect to redeem their Public Shares for a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock issued in our IPO, and which election we refer to as the “Election,” regardless of whether such public stockholders vote on the Extension Amendment Proposal.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved by the requisite vote of stockholders, the remaining holders of Public Shares will retain their right to redeem their Public Shares when the Business Combination is submitted to the stockholders, subject to any limitations set forth in our Amended Charter. In addition, public stockholders who do not make the Election would be entitled to have their Public Shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed a Business Combination by the Extended Date, May 28, 2024.
To exercise your redemption rights, you must demand that the Company redeem your Public Shares for a pro rata portion of the funds held in the Trust Account, and tender your shares to the Company’s transfer agent at least two business days prior to the Special Meeting (or November 21, 2023). You may tender your shares by either delivering your share certificate to the transfer agent or by delivering your shares electronically using the Depository Trust Company’s DWAC (Deposit/Withdrawal At Custodian) system. If you hold your shares in street name, you will need to instruct your bank, broker or other nominee to withdraw the shares from your account in order to exercise your redemption rights.
Based upon the current amount in the Trust Account, the Company anticipates that the per-share price at which Public Shares will be redeemed from cash held in the Trust Account will be approximately $10.63 at the time of the Special Meeting. The closing price of the Company’s Class A Common Stock on November 6, 2023, was $10.63. The Company cannot assure stockholders that they will be able to sell their shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock in the open market, even if the market price per share is higher than the redemption price stated above, as there may be insufficient liquidity in its securities when such stockholders wish to sell their shares.
On August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “IR Act”) was signed into federal law. The IR Act provides for, among other things, a new U.S. federal 1% excise tax (the “Excise Tax”) on certain repurchases of stock by publicly traded U.S. domestic corporations and certain U.S. domestic subsidiaries of publicly traded foreign corporations occurring on or after January 1, 2023. Any redemption of the Public Shares on or after January 1, 2023, such as the redemptions discussed in this Proxy Statement, may be subject to the Excise Tax. The Company confirms that any amounts placed in the Trust Account and the interest earned thereon shall not be used to pay for any Excise Tax due under the IR Act in connection with any redemptions of the Public Shares in connection with any redemption event (including the Extension). See “United States Federal Income Tax Considerations — Excise Tax Upon Redemption” for additional details.
The Adjournment Proposal, if adopted, will allow the Board to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date or dates to permit further solicitation of proxies. The Adjournment Proposal will only be presented to
 

 
our stockholders in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved and we do not consummate the Business Combination by the Termination Date, November 28, 2023 (the date that is 21 months after the closing of our IPO, which assumes the exercise of all six extensions pursuant to the Existing Charter), in accordance with our Existing Charter, we will cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the shares of Class A Common Stock in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest (net of taxes payable, less up to $100,000 of such net interest to pay dissolution expenses), by (B) the total number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of public stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under the Delaware General Corporation Law, which we refer to as the “DGCL,” to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no distribution from the Trust Account with respect to our warrants or rights, which will expire worthless in the event of our winding up.
We note that in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 28, 2022 announcing the consummation of our IPO, the version of our Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as then in force (the “Previous Charter”), attached thereto as Exhibit 3.1 (referenced by incorporation in other public filings thereafter) contained a typographical error, which misstated that the length of time to complete a business combination was 18 months. However, the correct language of our Previous Charter is as described in the prospectus filed in connection with our IPO on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on November 18, 2021, as amended, which stated that the Company previously had 15 months after the closing of our IPO, or May 28, 2023, to consummate a Business Combination, subject to an option to extend the period of time to consummate a Business Combination by an additional three months, to August 28, 2023.
On May 25, 2023, the Company held a special meeting of stockholders (the “May Special Meeting”) at which Clean Earth’s stockholders approved certain proposals giving the Company the right to extend the date by which it has to complete a Business Combination up to six times, from May 28, 2023 to November 28, 2023, composed of six one-month extensions, provided that the Sponsor (as defined below) (or its affiliates or designees) agrees to deposit into the Trust Account on the then-applicable extended date, for each such extension, the lesser of (i) $195,000 and (ii) $0.04 for each share of the Company’s Class A Common Stock not redeemed in connection with the May Special Meeting in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a Business Combination. In connection with the May Special Meeting, stockholders properly elected to redeem an aggregate of 14,852,437 shares of Class A Common Stock, and approximately $154,152,327 was withdrawn from the Trust Account to pay for such redemptions, leaving approximately $84,562,944 in the trust account following the May Special Meeting, exclusive of any extension payments. As of the date of the accompanying Proxy Statement, the Sponsor has deposited into the Trust Account $975,000 in connection with the Company’s exercise of extensions in exchange for non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory notes issued by the Company to the Sponsor, which provide that the Sponsor will not be repaid in the event that the Company is unable to close a Business Combination, unless there are funds available outside the Trust Account to do so.
Clean Earth Acquisitions Sponsor LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Sponsor”) owns 7,666,667 shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Founder Shares” or “Class B Common Stock”), that were issued to the Sponsor prior to our IPO. The Sponsor also owns 890,000 private units, each private unit consisting of one private share and one-half of one private warrant (the “Private Units”). In the event of a liquidation, our Sponsor, officers, and directors will not receive any monies held in the Trust Account as a result of their ownership of the Founder Shares or the Private Units.
Subject to the foregoing, the affirmative vote of at least 60% of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock, including the Class A Common Stock and the Founder Shares, voting together as a single class, will be required to approve the Extension Amendment Proposal.
 

 
Stockholder approval of the Extension Amendment is required for the implementation of our Board’s plan to extend the date by which we must consummate our Business Combination to no later than May 28, 2024. Notwithstanding stockholder approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal, our Board will retain the right to abandon and not implement the Extension Amendment at any time without any further action by our stockholders.
The approval of the Adjournment Proposal will require the affirmative vote of the majority of the votes cast by stockholders represented in person or by proxy at the Special Meeting.
Our Board has fixed the close of business on November 2, 2023 (the “Record Date”) as the date for determining the Company stockholders entitled to receive notice of and vote at the Special Meeting and any adjournment thereof. Only holders of record of the Company’s common stock as of the Record Date are entitled to have their votes counted at the Special Meeting or any adjournment thereof. A complete list of stockholders of record entitled to vote at the Special Meeting will be available for ten days before the Special Meeting at the Company’s principal executive offices for inspection by stockholders during ordinary business hours for any purpose germane to the Special Meeting.
We reserve the right at any time to cancel the Special Meeting and not to submit to our stockholders the Extension Amendment Proposal or implement the Extension Amendment. In the event the Special Meeting is cancelled and we do not complete the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will dissolve and liquidate in accordance with the Existing Charter.
You are not being asked to vote on the Business Combination at this time. If the Extension Amendment is implemented and you do not elect to redeem your Public Shares, provided that you are a stockholder on the record date for a meeting to consider the Business Combination, you will retain the right to vote on the Business Combination when it is submitted to stockholders and the right to redeem your Public Shares for cash in the event the Business Combination is approved and completed or we have not consummated a Business Combination by the Extended Date.
After careful consideration of all relevant factors, the Board has determined that the Extension Amendment Proposal and, if presented, the Adjournment Proposal are advisable and recommends that you vote or give instruction to vote “FOR” such proposals.
Under Delaware law and the Company’s bylaws, no other business may be transacted at the Special Meeting.
Enclosed is the Proxy Statement containing detailed information concerning the Extension Amendment Proposal and the Adjournment Proposal and the Special Meeting. Whether or not you plan to attend the Special Meeting, we urge you to read this material carefully and vote your shares.
November 7, 2023 By Order of the Board of Directors
/s/ Aaron T. Ratner
Aaron T. Ratner
Chief Executive Officer
Your vote is important. If you are a stockholder of record, please vote online at www.voteproxy.com or sign, date, and return your proxy card as soon as possible to make sure that your shares are represented at the Special Meeting. If you are a stockholder of record, you may also cast your vote online at the Special Meeting. If your shares are held in an account at a brokerage firm or bank, you must instruct your broker or bank how to vote your shares, or you may cast your vote online at the Special Meeting by obtaining a proxy from your brokerage firm or bank. Your failure to vote or instruct your broker or bank how to vote will have the same effect as voting “AGAINST” the Extension Amendment Proposal, and an abstention will have the same effect as voting “AGAINST” the Extension Amendment Proposal.
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Special Meeting of Stockholders to be held on November 24, 2023: This notice of meeting and the accompanying Proxy Statement are available at https://www.astproxyportal.com/ast/98333.
 

 
CLEAN EARTH ACQUISITIONS CORP.
12600 Hill Country Blvd, Building R
Suite 275, Bee Cave, Texas
SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 24, 2023
PROXY STATEMENT
The special meeting, which we refer to as the “Special Meeting,” of stockholders of Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp., which we refer to as “we,” “us,” “our,” “Clean Earth” or the “Company,” will be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 24, 2023 as a virtual meeting. You will be able to attend, vote your shares, and submit questions during the Special Meeting via a live webcast available at https:// web.lumiagm.com/290463470 (passcode “cleanearth2023”). If you plan to attend the virtual online Special Meeting, you will need your 12-digit control number to vote electronically at the Special Meeting.
This proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”) is dated November 7, 2023, and is first being mailed to stockholders of the Company on or about November 8, 2023. The Special Meeting will be held for the sole purpose of considering and voting upon the following proposals:

The Extension Amendment Proposal — a proposal to amend the Company’s Existing Charter (as defined below) in the form set forth in Annex A to the Proxy Statement (the “Amended Charter”). We refer to this amendment throughout the Proxy Statement as the “Extension Amendment” and such proposal as the “Extension Amendment Proposal.” The Extension Amendment proposes to extend the date by which the Company must consummate a business combination (the “Business Combination”), from November 28, 2023 (the “Termination Date”) to May 28, 2024 (the “Extended Date” and such extension, the “Extension”).

The Adjournment Proposal — a proposal to approve the adjournment of the Special Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary, to permit further solicitation and vote of proxies in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal, which we refer to as the “Adjournment Proposal.” The Adjournment Proposal will only be presented at the Special Meeting if there are not sufficient votes to approve the Extension Amendment Proposal.
The purpose of the Extension Amendment Proposal and, if necessary, the Adjournment Proposal, is to allow us additional time to complete the Business Combination. Upon the exercise of all extensions pursuant to the Company’s Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended by that certain Certificate of Amendment of the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, dated May 25, 2023 (as so amended, the “Existing Charter”), the Company has until November 28, 2023 to complete a Business Combination.
While we are using our best efforts to complete a Business Combination as soon as practicable, our board of directors (the “Board”) believes that there may be insufficient time before the Termination Date to consummate a Business Combination and hold a general meeting at which to conduct a vote for stockholder approval of the Business Combination. Accordingly, the Board believes that in order to be able to consummate a Business Combination, we will need to obtain the Extension. Without the Extension, the Board believes that there is significant risk that we might not, despite our best efforts, be able to enter into and complete a Business Combination on or before the Termination Date. If that were to occur, we would be precluded from completing the Business Combination and would be forced to liquidate even if our stockholders are otherwise in favor of consummating the Business Combination.
The purpose of the Extension Amendment is to allow the Company more time to enter into and complete a Business Combination. In addition, we will not proceed with the Extension Amendment if the number of redemptions or repurchases of our shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, issued in the Company’s initial public offering (the “IPO”), which shares we refer to as the “Public Shares” or “Class A Common Stock,” causes us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets following approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
 
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If the Extension Amendment is approved and implemented, subject to satisfaction of the conditions to closing in the Business Combination (including, without limitation, receipt of stockholder approval of the Business Combination), we intend to complete a Business Combination as soon as possible and in any event on or before the last Extended Date, May 28, 2024.
In connection with the Extension Amendment Proposal, public stockholders may elect to redeem their Public Shares for a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock issued in our IPO, and which election we refer to as the “Election,” regardless of whether such public stockholders vote on the Extension Amendment Proposal. We cannot predict the amount that will remain in the Trust Account if the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, and the remaining amount in the Trust Account may be only a small fraction of the approximately $86,616,393 that was in the Trust Account as of November 2, 2023, the Record Date.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved by the requisite vote of stockholders, the remaining holders of Public Shares will retain their right to redeem their Public Shares when the Business Combination is submitted to the stockholders, subject to any limitations set forth in our Amended Charter, as amended by the Extension Amendment. In addition, public stockholders who do not make the Election would be entitled to have their Public Shares redeemed for cash if the Company has not completed a Business Combination by the last Extended Date, May 28, 2024.
Clean Earth Acquisitions Sponsor LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Sponsor”) owns 7,666,667 shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Founder Shares” or “Class B Common Stock”), that were issued to the Sponsor prior to our IPO. The Sponsor also owns 890,000 private units, each private unit consisting of one private share and one-half of one private warrant (the “Private Units”). In the event of a liquidation, our Sponsor, officers, and directors will not receive any monies held in the Trust Account as a result of their ownership of the Founder Shares or the Private Units.
To exercise your redemption rights, you must demand that the Company redeem your Public Shares for a pro rata portion of the funds held in the Trust Account, and tender your shares to the Company’s transfer agent at least two business days prior to the Special Meeting (or November 21, 2023). You may tender your shares by either delivering your share certificate to the transfer agent or by delivering your shares electronically using the Depository Trust Company’s DWAC (Deposit/Withdrawal At Custodian) system. If you hold your shares in street name, you will need to instruct your bank, broker or other nominee to withdraw the shares from your account in order to exercise your redemption rights.
Based upon the current amount in the Trust Account, the Company anticipates that the per-share price at which Public Shares will be redeemed from cash held in the Trust Account will be approximately $10.63 at the time of the Special Meeting. The closing price of the Company’s Class A Common Stock on November 6, 2023, was $10.63. The Company cannot assure stockholders that they will be able to sell their shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock in the open market, even if the market price per share is higher than the redemption price stated above, as there may be insufficient liquidity in its securities when such stockholders wish to sell their shares.
On August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “IR Act”) was signed into federal law. The IR Act provides for, among other things, a new U.S. federal 1% excise tax (the “Excise Tax”) on certain repurchases of stock by publicly traded U.S. domestic corporations and certain U.S. domestic subsidiaries of publicly traded foreign corporations occurring on or after January 1, 2023. Any redemption of the Public Shares on or after January 1, 2023, such as the redemptions discussed in this Proxy Statement, may be subject to the Excise Tax. The Company confirms that any amounts placed in the Trust Account and the interest earned thereon shall not be used to pay for any Excise Tax due under the IR Act in connection with any redemptions of the Public Shares in connection with any redemption event (including the Extension). See “United States Federal Income Tax Considerations — Excise Tax Upon Redemption” for additional details.
Approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal is a condition to the implementation of the Extension . If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved and we do not consummate the Business Combination by the Termination Date, November 28, 2023 (the date that is 21 months after the closing of our IPO, which assumes the exercise of all six extensions pursuant to the Existing Charter), in accordance
 
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with our Existing Charter, we will cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the shares of Class A Common Stock in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (net of taxes payable, less up to $100,000 of such net interest to pay dissolution expenses), by (B) the total number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of public stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under the Delaware General Corporation Law, which we refer to as the “DGCL,” to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no distribution from the Trust Account with respect to our warrants or rights, which will expire worthless in the event of our winding up.
We note that in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 28, 2022 announcing the consummation of our IPO, the version of our Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as then in force (the “Previous Charter”), attached thereto as Exhibit 3.1 (referenced by incorporation in other public filings thereafter) contained a typographical error, which misstated that the length of time to complete a business combination was 18 months. However, the correct language of our Previous Charter is as described in the prospectus filed in connection with our IPO on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on November 18, 2021, as amended, which stated that the Company previously had 15 months after the closing of our IPO, or May 28, 2023, to consummate a Business Combination, subject to an option to extend the period of time to consummate a Business Combination by an additional three months, to August 28, 2023.
On May 25, 2023, the Company held a special meeting of stockholders (the “May Special Meeting”) at which Clean Earth’s stockholders approved certain proposals giving the Company the right to extend the date by which it has to complete a Business Combination up to six times, from May 28, 2023 to November 28, 2023, composed of six one-month extensions, provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) agrees to deposit into the Trust Account on the then-applicable extended date, for each such extension, the lesser of (i) $195,000 and (ii) $0.04 for each share of the Company’s Class A Common Stock not redeemed in connection with the May Special Meeting in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a Business Combination. In connection with the May Special Meeting, stockholders properly elected to redeem an aggregate of 14,852,437 shares of Class A Common Stock, and approximately $154,152,327 was withdrawn from the Trust Account to pay for such redemptions, leaving approximately $84,562,944 in the Trust Account following the May Special Meeting, exclusive of any extension payments. As of the date of this Proxy Statement, the Sponsor has deposited into the Trust Account $975,000 in connection with the Company’s exercise of extensions in exchange for non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory notes issued by the Company to the Sponsor, which provide that the Sponsor will not be repaid in the event that the Company is unable to close a Business Combination, unless there are funds available outside the Trust Account to do so.
There will be no distribution from the Trust Account with respect to the Company’s warrants or rights, which will expire worthless in the event of our winding up. In the event of a liquidation, our Sponsor will not receive any monies held in the Trust Account as a result of the Sponsor’s ownership of 7,666,667 Founder Shares that were issued to the Sponsor prior to our IPO and 890,000 Private Units that were purchased by the Sponsor in a private placement which occurred simultaneously with the completion of the IPO. As a consequence, a liquidating distribution will be made only with respect to the Public Shares. Certain of our executive officers have beneficial interests in the Sponsor.
We reserve the right at any time to cancel the Special Meeting and not to submit to our stockholders, the Extension Amendment Proposal or implement the Extension Amendment. In the event the Special Meeting is cancelled and we do not complete the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will dissolve and liquidate in accordance with the Existing Charter.
If the Company liquidates, the Sponsor has agreed to indemnify us to the extent any claims by a third party for services rendered or products sold to us, or any claims by a prospective target business with which
 
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we have discussed entering into an acquisition agreement, reduce the amount of funds in the Trust Account to below (i) $10.10 per public share and (ii) the actual amount per Public Share held in the Trust Account as of the date of the liquidation of the Trust Account, if less than $10.10 per Public Share due to reductions in the value of the trust assets, less taxes payable, provided that such liability will not apply to any claims by a third party or Target that executed a waiver of any and all rights to the monies held in the Trust Account (whether or not such waiver is enforceable) nor will it apply to any claims under the Company’s indemnity of the underwriter of the IPO against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Moreover, in the event that an executed waiver is deemed to be unenforceable against a third party, the Sponsor will not be responsible to the extent of any liability for such third-party claims. We cannot assure you, however, that the Sponsor would be able to satisfy those obligations. Based upon the current amount in the Trust Account, we anticipate that the per-share price at which Public Shares will be redeemed from cash held in the Trust Account will be approximately $10.63. Nevertheless, the Company cannot assure you that the per share distribution from the Trust Account, if the Company liquidates, will not be less than $10.10, plus interest, due to unforeseen claims of creditors.
Under the DGCL, stockholders may be held liable for claims by third parties against a corporation to the extent of distributions received by them in a dissolution. If the corporation complies with certain procedures set forth in Section 280 of the DGCL intended to ensure that it makes reasonable provision for all claims against it, including a 60-day notice period during which any third-party claims can be brought against the corporation, a 90-day period during which the corporation may reject any claims brought, and an additional 150-day waiting period before any liquidating distributions are made to stockholders, any liability of stockholders with respect to a liquidating distribution is limited to the lesser of such stockholder’s pro rata share of the claim or the amount distributed to the stockholder, and any liability of the stockholder would be barred after the third anniversary of the dissolution.
Because the Company will not be complying with Section 280 of the DGCL as described in our prospectus filed with the SEC on February 25, 2022, Section 281(b) of the DGCL requires us to adopt a plan, based on facts known to us at such time that will provide for our payment of all existing and pending claims or claims that may be potentially brought against us within the 10 years following our dissolution. However, because we are a blank check company, rather than an operating company, and our operations have been limited to searching for prospective target businesses to acquire, the only likely claims to arise would be from our vendors (such as lawyers or investment bankers) or prospective target businesses.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, the Company will (i) remove from the Trust Account an amount, which we refer to as the “Withdrawal Amount,” equal to the number of Public Shares properly redeemed multiplied by the per-share price, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares and (ii) deliver to the holders of such redeemed Public Shares their portion of the Withdrawal Amount. The remainder of such funds shall remain in the Trust Account and be available for use by the Company to complete a Business Combination on or before the last Extended Date, May 28, 2024. Holders of Public Shares who do not redeem their Public Shares now will retain their redemption rights and their ability to vote on a Business Combination through the last Extended Date, May 28, 2024, if the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved.
Our Board has fixed the close of business on November 2, 2023, as the date for determining the Company stockholders entitled to receive notice of and vote at the Special Meeting and any adjournment thereof (the “Record Date”). Only holders of record of the Company’s common stock on that date are entitled to have their votes counted at the Special Meeting or any adjournment thereof. A complete list of stockholders of record entitled to vote at the Special Meeting will be available for ten days before the Special Meeting at the Company’s principal executive offices for inspection by stockholders during ordinary business hours for any purpose germane to the Special Meeting. On the Record Date, there were 16,704,230 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote, of which 8,147,563 are Class A Common Stock, 890,000 shares of Class A Common Stock in permanent equity held by the Sponsor and 7,666,667 are Founder Shares held by the Sponsor. The Company’s warrants and rights do not have voting rights in connection with the Extension Amendment Proposal or the Adjournment Proposal.
 
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This Proxy Statement contains important information about the Special Meeting and the proposals. Please read it carefully and vote your shares.
We will pay for the entire cost of soliciting proxies from our working capital. We have engaged Morrow Sodali, LLC (the “Proxy Solicitor”) to assist in the solicitation of proxies for the Special Meeting. We have agreed to pay the Proxy Solicitor a fee of $17,500 (plus reimbursement of any disbursements). We will also reimburse the Proxy Solicitor for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses and will indemnify the Proxy Solicitor and its affiliates against certain claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses. In addition to these mailed proxy materials, our directors and officers may also solicit proxies in person, by telephone or by other means of communication. These parties will not be paid any additional compensation for soliciting proxies. We may also reimburse brokerage firms, banks and other agents for the cost of forwarding proxy materials to beneficial owners. While the payment of these expenses will reduce the cash available to us to consummate a Business Combination if the Extension Amendment is approved, we do not expect such payments to have a material effect on our ability to consummate a Business Combination.
This Proxy Statement is dated November 7, 2023 and is first being mailed to stockholders on or about November 8, 2023.
November 7, 2023 By Order of the Board of Directors
/s/ Aaron T. Ratner
Aaron T. Ratner
Chief Executive Officer
 
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETING
These Questions and Answers are only summaries of the matters they discuss. They do not contain all of the information that may be important to you. You should read carefully the entire document, including the annexes to this Proxy Statement.
Why am I receiving this Proxy Statement?
We are a blank check company formed in Delaware on May 14, 2021, for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. On February 28, 2022, we consummated our IPO from which we derived gross proceeds of $230,000,000 (inclusive of the full exercise of the underwriter’s over-allotment option), and incurred offering costs of approximately $1,292,649, exclusive of $4,600,000 of underwriting fee, $8,050,000 of deferred underwriting fee, and $4,736,326 excess fair value of founder shares as a result of the anchor investor transaction. Simultaneously with the closing of the initial public offering, we consummated the sale of 890,000 Private Units at a price of $10.00 per unit in a private placement to our sponsor, generating gross proceeds of $8,900,000.
In connection with our IPO, the underwriter fully exercised their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 3,000,000 Units, resulting in incremental gross proceeds of approximately $30 million.
On May 25, 2023, at the May Special Meeting, Clean Earth’s stockholders approved certain proposals giving the Company the right to extend the date by which it has to complete a Business Combination up to six times, from May 28, 2023 to November 28, 2023, composed of six one-month extensions, provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) agrees to deposit into the Trust Account on the then-applicable extended date, for each such extension, the lesser of (i) $195,000 and (ii) $0.04 for each share of the Company’s Class A Common Stock not redeemed in connection with the May Special Meeting in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a Business Combination. In connection with the May Special Meeting, stockholders properly elected to redeem an aggregate of 14,852,437 shares of Class A Common Stock, and approximately $154,152,327 was withdrawn from the Trust Account to pay for such redemptions, leaving approximately $84,562,944 in the Trust Account following the May Special Meeting, exclusive of any extension payments.
As of the date of this Proxy Statement, the Sponsor has deposited into the Trust Account $975,000 in connection with the Company’s exercise of such extensions in exchange for non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory notes issued by the Company to the Sponsor, which provide that the Sponsor will not be repaid in the event that the Company is unable to close a Business Combination, unless there are funds available outside the Trust Account to do so.
Like most blank check companies, our Existing Charter provides for the return of our IPO proceeds held in the Trust Account to the holders of shares of Class A Common Stock sold in our IPO if there is no qualifying business combination(s) consummated on or before a certain date, which, pursuant to our Existing Charter, is November 28, 2023 (subject to extension terms noted therein). Our Board believes that it is in the best interests of the stockholders to continue our existence until the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024, in order to allow us more time to complete the Business Combination. Accordingly, the purpose of the Extension Amendment Proposal and, if necessary, the Adjournment Proposal, is to allow us additional time to complete the Business Combination.
What is being voted on?
You are being asked to vote on:

Extension Amendment Proposal — a proposal to amend our Existing Charter to extend the date by which we have to consummate a Business Combination from November 28, 2023 to May 28, 2024.

Adjournment Proposal — a proposal to approve the adjournment of the Special Meeting to a later date or dates, if necessary, to permit further solicitation and vote of proxies in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
 
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The Extension Amendment Proposal is required for the implementation of our Board’s plan to (i) extend the date that we have to complete our Business Combination. The purpose of the Extension Amendment is to allow the Company more time to complete the Business Combination. Approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal is a condition to the implementation of the Extension. However, we will not proceed with the Extension Amendment and will nor implement the Extension if the number of redemptions of our shares of Class A Common Stock issued in our IPO, causes us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets following the approve of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, the Company will (i) remove from the Trust Account an amount, equal to the number of Public Shares properly redeemed multiplied by the per-share price, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares and (ii) deliver to the holders of such redeemed Public Shares their portion of the Withdrawal Amount. The remainder of such funds shall remain in the Trust Account and be available for use by the Company to complete a Business Combination on or before the Extended Date, which shall not be later than May 28, 2024. Holders of Public Shares who do not redeem their Public Shares now will retain their redemption rights and their ability to vote on Business Combination through the Extended Date if the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved.
We cannot predict the amount that will remain in the Trust Account if the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved and the amount remaining in the Trust Account may be only a small fraction of the approximately $86,616,393 that was in the Trust Account as of the Record Date. In such event, we may need to obtain additional funds to complete a Business Combination, and there can be no assurance that such funds will be available on terms acceptable to the parties or at all.
We reserve the right at any time to cancel the Special Meeting and not to submit to our stockholders the Extension Amendment Proposal or implement the Extension Amendment. In the event the Special Meeting is cancelled and we do not complete the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will dissolve and liquidate in accordance with the Existing Charter.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved and we have not consummated the Business Combination by November 28, 2023 (assuming the exercise of all six extensions pursuant to the Existing Charter), we will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the shares of Class A Common Stock in consideration of a per- share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (net of taxes payable, less up to $100,000 of such net interest to pay dissolution expenses), by (B) the total number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of public stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under the DGCL to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law.
There will be no distribution from the Trust Account with respect to our warrants or rights, which will expire worthless in the event of our winding up. In the event of a liquidation, our Sponsor, directors, and officers will not receive any monies held in the Trust Account as a result of their ownership of the Founder Shares and Private Units (as applicable).
Why is the Company proposing the Extension Amendment Proposal and the Adjournment Proposal?
Our Existing Charter provides that we have until November 28, 2023, to complete our Business Combination (subject to the extension terms noted therein). Our Board has determined that it is in the best interests of our stockholders to approve the Extension Amendment Proposal and, if necessary, the Adjournment Proposal, to allow for additional time to consummate the Business Combination. While we are using our best efforts to complete the Business Combination as soon as practicable, the Board believes that there may not be sufficient time before the Termination Date to complete the Business Combination. Accordingly, the Board believes that in order to be able to consummate the Business Combination, we will
 
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need to obtain the Extension. Without the Extension, the Board believes that there is significant risk that we might not, despite our best efforts, be able to complete the Business Combination on or before November 28, 2023. If that were to occur, we would be precluded from completing the Business Combination and would be forced to liquidate even if our stockholders are otherwise in favor of consummating the Business Combination.
If the Extension Amendment is approved and implemented, subject to satisfaction of the conditions to closing in the business combination agreement (including, without limitation, receipt of stockholder approval of the Business Combination), we intend to complete the Business Combination as soon as possible and in any event on or before the last Extended Date, May 28, 2024.
The Company believes that given its expenditure of time, effort and money on the Business Combination, circumstances warrant providing public stockholders an opportunity to consider the Business Combination. Accordingly, the Board is proposing the Extension Amendment Proposal to amend our Existing Charter, in the form set forth in Annex A hereto to extend the date by which we must (i) consummate a Business Combination, (ii) cease our operations if we fail to complete such Business Combination, and (iii) redeem or repurchase 100% of our Class A Common Stock included as part of the units sold in our IPO, from November 28, 2023 to May 28, 2024.
You are not being asked to vote on the Business Combination at this time. If the Extension Amendment is implemented and you do not elect to redeem your Public Shares, provided that you are a stockholder on the record date for a meeting to consider the Business Combination, you will retain the right to vote on the Business Combination when it is submitted to stockholders and the right to redeem your Public Shares for cash in the event the Business Combination is approved and completed or we have not consummated a Business Combination by the last Extended Date, May 28, 2024.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved, we may put the Adjournment Proposal to a vote in order to seek additional time to obtain sufficient votes in support of the Extension Amendment. If the Adjournment Proposal is not approved, the Board may not be able to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date or dates in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
We reserve the right at any time to cancel the Special Meeting and not to submit to our stockholders the Extension Amendment Proposal or implement the Extension Amendment. In the event the Special Meeting is cancelled and we do not complete the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will dissolve and liquidate in accordance with the Existing Charter.
Why should I vote “FOR” the Extension Amendment Proposal?
Our Board believes stockholders will benefit from the consummation of the Business Combination and is proposing the Extension Amendment Proposal to extend the date by which we have to complete a Business Combination until the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024. The Extension Amendment would give us additional time to complete the Business Combination.
The Board believes that it is in the best interests of our stockholders that the Extension be obtained to provide additional amount of time to consummate the Business Combination. Without the Extension, we believe that there is substantial risk that we might not, despite our best efforts, be able to complete the Business Combination on or before November 28, 2023. If that were to occur, we would be precluded from completing the Business Combination and would be forced to liquidate even if our stockholders are otherwise in favor of consummating the Business Combination.
We believe that given our expenditure of time, effort and money on the Business Combination, circumstances warrant providing public stockholders an opportunity to consider the Business Combination and that it is in the best interests of our stockholders that we obtain the Extension. Our Board believes the Business Combination will provide significant benefits to our stockholders.
Our Board recommends that you vote in favor of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
Why should I vote “FOR” the Adjournment Proposal?
If the Adjournment Proposal is not approved by our stockholders, our Board may not be able to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
 
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We reserve the right at any time to cancel the Special Meeting and not to submit to our stockholders the Extension Amendment Proposal or implement the Extension Amendment. In the event the Special Meeting is cancelled and we are unable to complete the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will dissolve and liquidate in accordance with the Existing Charter.
When would the Board abandon the Extension Amendment Proposal?
We intend to hold the Special Meeting to approve the Extension Amendment Proposal only if the Board has determined as of the time of the Special Meeting that we may not be able to complete the Business Combination on or before November 28, 2023. If we complete the Business Combination on or before November 28, 2023, we will not implement the Extension Amendment. Additionally, our Board will abandon the Extension Amendment if our stockholders do not approve the Extension Amendment Proposal. Notwithstanding stockholder approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal, our Board will retain the right to abandon and not implement the Extension Amendment at any time without any further action by our stockholders. In addition, we will not proceed with the Extension Amendment nor implement the Extension if the number of redemptions of Class A Common Stock issued in our IPO, causes us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets following approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
How do the Company insiders intend to vote their shares?
The Sponsor, all of our directors and officers are expected to vote any common stock over which they have voting control (including any Public Shares owned by them) in favor of the Extension Amendment Proposal. Currently, our Sponsor, our officers and directors own approximately 51% of our issued and outstanding shares of common stock, including 7,666,667 Founder Shares and 890,000 private shares underlying the Private Units. Our Sponsor, directors and officers do not intend to purchase shares of Class A Common Stock in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions in connection with the stockholder vote on the Extension Amendment Proposal.
What vote is required to adopt the proposals?
The approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal will require the affirmative vote of holders of at least 60% of our outstanding shares of common stock on the Record Date, including the Class A Common Stock and the Founder Shares, voting together as a single class.
The approval of the Adjournment Proposal will require the affirmative vote of the majority of the votes cast by stockholders represented in person or by proxy.
What if I don’t want to vote “FOR” the Extension Amendment Proposal?
If you do not want the Extension Amendment Proposal to be approved, you must abstain, not vote, or vote “AGAINST” such proposal. You will be entitled to redeem your Public Shares for cash in connection with this vote whether or not you vote on the Extension Amendment Proposal so long as you elect to redeem your Public Shares for a pro rata portion of the funds available in the Trust Account in connection with the Extension Amendment. If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, and the Extension is implemented, then the Withdrawal Amount will be withdrawn from the Trust Account and paid to the redeeming holders.
What happens if the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved?
Our Board will abandon the Extension Amendment if our stockholders do not approve the Extension Amendment Proposal.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved and we have not consummated the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the shares of Class A Common Stock in consideration of a per- share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest (net of taxes payable, less up to $100,000 of such net interest
 
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to pay dissolution expenses), by (B) the total number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of public stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under the DGCL to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law.
There will be no distribution from the Trust Account with respect to our warrants or rights which will expire worthless in the event we wind up. In the event of a liquidation, our Sponsor, directors, and officers will not receive any monies held in the Trust Account as a result of their ownership of the Founder Shares or Private Units (as applicable).
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, what happens next?
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, we will continue to attempt to consummate the Business Combination until the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024. We expect to seek stockholder approval of the Business Combination. If stockholders approve the Business Combination, we expect to consummate the Business Combination as soon as possible following such stockholder approval. Because we have only a limited time to complete our Business Combination, even if we are able to effect the Extension, our failure to complete the Business Combination within the requisite time period will require us to liquidate. If we liquidate, our public stockholders may only receive $10.10 per share, and our warrants and rights will expire worthless. This will also cause you to lose any potential investment opportunity in a target company and the chance of realizing future gains on your investment through any price appreciation in the combined company.
Upon approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal by holders of at least 60% of the common stock outstanding as of the Record Date, including the Class A Common Stock and the Founder Shares, voting together as a single class, we will file the Amended Charter with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware, in the form set forth in Annex A hereto. We will remain a reporting company under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) and our units, Class A Common Stock, public warrants, and public rights will remain publicly traded.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, the removal of the Withdrawal Amount from the Trust Account will reduce the amount remaining in the Trust Account and increase the percentage interest of our common stock held by our Sponsor, our directors and our officers as a result of their ownership of the Founder Shares and Private Units (as applicable).
Notwithstanding stockholder approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal, our Board will retain the right to abandon and not implement the Extension Amendment at any time without any further action by our stockholders, subject to the terms of the Business Combination Agreement.
We reserve the right at any time to cancel the Special Meeting and not to submit to our stockholders the Extension Amendment Proposal or implement the Extension Amendment. In the event the Special Meeting is cancelled and we do not complete the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will dissolve and liquidate in accordance with the Existing Charter.
What happens to the Company’s warrants or rights if the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved?
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved and we have not consummated the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the shares of Class A Common Stock in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (net of taxes payable, less up to $100,000 of such net interest to pay dissolution expenses), by (B) the total number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of public stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval
 
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of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under the DGCL to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. There will be no distribution from the Trust Account with respect to our warrants or rights, which will expire worthless in the event of our winding up.
What happens to the Company’s warrants or rights if the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved?
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, we will retain the blank check company restrictions previously applicable to us and continue to attempt to consummate a Business Combination until the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024. The public warrants will remain outstanding and only become exercisable until the later of 30 days after the completion of our Business Combination and 12 months from the closing of our IPO, provided we have an effective registration statement under the Securities Act covering the shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants and a current prospectus relating to them is available (or we permit holders to exercise warrants on a cashless basis). The public rights will also remain outstanding, and each holder of a public right will automatically receive one-tenth (1/10) of one Class A Common Stock upon consummation of the Business Combination.
Am I able to exercise my redemption rights in connection with the Business Combination?
If you are a holder of common stock as of the close of business on the record date for a meeting to seek stockholder approval of the Business Combination, you will be able to vote on the Business Combination. The Special Meeting relating to the Extension Amendment Proposal does not affect your right to elect to redeem your Public Shares in connection with the Business Combination, subject to any limitations set forth in our Existing Charter (including the requirement to submit any request for redemption in connection with the Business Combination on or before the date that is one business day before the Special Meeting of stockholders to vote on the Business Combination). If you disagree with the Business Combination, you will retain your right to redeem your Public Shares upon consummation of the Business Combination in connection with the stockholder vote to approve the Business Combination, subject to any limitations set forth in our Existing Charter.
How do I attend the meeting?
The Special Meeting will be a completely virtual meeting of stockholders, which will be conducted via live webcast. You will be able to attend the Special Meeting online, vote and submit your questions during the Special Meeting by visiting https://web.lumiagm.com/290463470 (passcode “cleanearth2023”). If you plan to attend the virtual online Special Meeting, you will need your 12-digit control number to vote electronically at the Special Meeting. We are pleased to utilize the virtual stockholder meeting technology to provide ready access and cost savings for our stockholders and the Company. The virtual meeting format allows attendance from any location in the world.
Even if you are planning to attend the Special Meeting online, please promptly submit your proxy vote online at www.voteproxy.com or by mail, by completing, dating, signing and returning the enclosed proxy, so your shares will be represented at the Special Meeting. Instructions on voting your shares are on the proxy materials you received for the Special Meeting.
You will need your control number for access. If you do not have your control number, contact American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (“AST”) at the email address below. Beneficial investors who hold shares through a bank, broker or other intermediary, will need to contact them and obtain a legal proxy. Once you have your legal proxy, contact AST to have a control number generated.
AST’s contact information is as follows:
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC
6201 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11219
Attn: Proxy Dept
Email: Proxy@astfinancial.com
You will not be able to vote or submit questions unless you register for and log in to the Special Meeting webcast as described herein.
 
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How do I change or revoke my vote?
You may change your vote by e-mailing a later-dated, signed proxy card to Proxy@astfinancial.com so that it is received by us prior to the Special Meeting or by attending the Special Meeting online and voting. You also may revoke your proxy by sending a notice of revocation to us, which must be received by us prior to the Special Meeting.
Please note, however, that if on the Record Date your shares were held, not in your name, but rather in an account at a brokerage firm, custodian bank, or other nominee, then you are the beneficial owner of shares held in “street name” and these proxy materials are being forwarded to you by that organization. If your shares are held in street name, and you wish to attend the Special Meeting and vote at the Special Meeting online, you must follow the instructions included with the enclosed proxy card.
How are votes counted?
Votes will be counted by the inspector of election appointed for the meeting, who will separately count “FOR” and “AGAINST” votes and abstentions. The Extension Amendment Proposal must be approved by the affirmative vote of at least 60% of the outstanding shares as of the Record Date of our common stock, including the Class A Common Stock and Founder Shares, voting together as a single class. Accordingly, a Company stockholder’s failure to vote by proxy or to vote online at the Special Meeting or an abstention with respect to the Extension Amendment Proposal will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” such proposal.
The approval of the Adjournment Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the majority of the votes cast by stockholders represented in person or by proxy. Accordingly, a Company stockholder’s failure to vote by proxy or to vote online at the Special Meeting will not be counted towards the number of shares of common stock required to validly establish a quorum, and if a valid quorum is otherwise established, it will have no effect on the outcome of any vote on the Adjournment Proposal.
Abstentions will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on the outcome of the Adjournment Proposal.
If my shares are held in “street name,” will my broker automatically vote them for me?
No. Under the rules of various national and regional securities exchanges, your broker, bank, or nominee cannot vote your shares with respect to non-discretionary matters unless you provide instructions on how to vote in accordance with the information and procedures provided to you by your broker, bank, or nominee. We believe all the proposals presented to the stockholders will be considered non-discretionary and therefore your broker, bank, or nominee cannot vote your shares without your instruction. Your bank, broker, or other nominee can vote your shares only if you provide instructions on how to vote. You should instruct your broker to vote your shares in accordance with directions you provide. If your shares are held by your broker as your nominee, which we refer to as being held in “street name,” you may need to obtain a proxy form from the institution that holds your shares and follow the instructions included on that form regarding how to instruct your broker to vote your shares.
What is a quorum requirement?
A quorum of stockholders is necessary to hold a valid meeting. Holders of a majority of the voting power of our common stock on the Record Date issued and outstanding and entitled to vote at the Special Meeting, present in person or represented by proxy, constitute a quorum.
Your shares will be counted towards the quorum only if you submit a valid proxy (or one is submitted on your behalf by your broker, bank or other nominee) or if you vote online at the Special Meeting. Abstentions will be counted towards the quorum requirement. In the absence of a quorum, the chairman of the meeting has power to adjourn the Special Meeting.
As of the Record Date for the Special Meeting, 8,352,115 shares of our common stock would be required to achieve a quorum.
 
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Who can vote at the Special Meeting?
Only holders of record of our common stock at the close of business on November 2, 2023, are entitled to have their vote counted at the Special Meeting and any adjournments or postponements thereof. A complete list of stockholders of record entitled to vote at the Special Meeting will be available for ten days before the Special Meeting at the Company’s principal executive offices for inspection by stockholders during ordinary business hours for any purpose germane to the Special Meeting. On the Record Date, there were 16,704,230 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote, of which 8,147,563 are Class A Common Stock, 890,000 shares of Class A Common Stock in permanent equity held by the Sponsor and 7,666,667 are Founder Shares held by the Sponsor.
Stockholder of Record:   Shares registered in your name. If on the Record Date your shares were registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, AST, then you are a stockholder of record. As a stockholder of record, you may vote online at the Special Meeting or vote by proxy. Whether or not you plan to attend the Special Meeting online, we urge you to vote online at www.voteproxy.com or fill out and return the enclosed proxy card to ensure your vote is counted.
Beneficial Owner:   Shares registered in the name of a broker or bank. If on the Record Date your shares were held, not in your name, but rather in an account at a brokerage firm, bank, dealer, or other similar organization, then you are the beneficial owner of shares held in “street name” and these proxy materials are being forwarded to you by that organization. As a beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker or other agent on how to vote the shares in your account. You are also invited to attend the Special Meeting. However, since you are not the stockholder of record, you may not vote your shares online at the Special Meeting unless you request and obtain a valid proxy from your broker or other agent.
Does the Board recommend voting for the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal and the Adjournment Proposal?
Yes. After careful consideration of the terms and conditions of these proposals, our Board has determined that the Extension Amendment Proposal and, if presented, the Adjournment Proposal are in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. The Board recommends that our stockholders vote “FOR” the Extension Amendment Proposal and the Adjournment Proposal.
What interests do the Company’s Sponsor, directors and officers have in the approval of the proposals?
Our Sponsor, directors and officers have interests in the proposals that may differ from, or in addition to, your interests as a stockholder. These interests include ownership of 7,666,667 Founder Shares (purchased for $25,000) and 890,000 Private Units (purchased for $8,900,000), which would expire worthless if a business combination is not consummated. See the section entitled “The Extension Amendment Proposal — Interests of our Sponsor, Directors and Officers.
Do I have appraisal rights if I object to the Extension Amendment Proposal?
Our stockholders do not have appraisal rights in connection with the Extension Amendment Proposal under the DGCL.
What do I need to do now?
We urge you to read carefully and consider the information contained in this Proxy Statement, including the annexes, and to consider how the proposals will affect you as our stockholder. You should then vote as soon as possible in accordance with the instructions provided in this Proxy Statement and on the enclosed proxy card.
How do I vote?
If you are a holder of record of our common stock on the Record Date, November 2, 2023, you may vote online at the Special Meeting or by submitting a proxy for the Special Meeting online or by mail. Whether or not you plan to attend the Special Meeting online, we urge you to vote by proxy to ensure your vote is counted.
 
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Voting by Mail.   By signing the proxy card and returning it in the enclosed prepaid and addressed envelope, you are authorizing the individual named on the proxy card to vote your shares at the Special Meeting in the manner you indicate. You are encouraged to sign and return the proxy card even if you plan to attend the Special Meeting so that your shares will be voted if you are unable to attend the Special Meeting. If you receive more than one proxy card, it is an indication that your shares may be held in multiple accounts. Please sign, date and return all proxy cards to ensure that all of your shares are voted. Votes submitted by mail must be received by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on November 22, 2023.
Voting Electronically.   You may vote online by visiting www.voteproxy.com and entering the control number found on your proxy card, voting instruction form or notice included in the proxy materials. Votes submitted electronically must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on November 23, 2023.
Voting at the Special Meeting.   You can participate in the Special Meeting, vote, and submit questions via live webcast by visiting https://web.lumiagm.com/290463470 (passcode “cleanearth2023”). Please see “How do I attend the meeting?” for more information.
If your shares of our common stock are held in “street name” by a broker or other agent, you have the right to direct your broker or other agent on how to vote the shares in your account. You are also invited to attend the Special Meeting. However, since you are not the stockholder of record, you may not vote your shares online at the Special Meeting unless you request and obtain a valid proxy from your broker or other agent.
How do I redeem my shares of Class A Common Stock?
If the Extension Amendment is implemented, each of our public stockholders may seek to redeem all or a portion of its Public Shares at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares. You will also be able to redeem your Public Shares in connection with any stockholder vote to approve a proposed Business Combination, or if we have not consummated a Business Combination by the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024.
In order to exercise your redemption rights, you must, prior to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 21, 2023 (two business days before the Special Meeting) tender your shares physically or electronically and submit a request in writing that we redeem your Public Shares for cash to AST, our transfer agent, at the following address:
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC
6201 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11219
Attn: SPACSUPPORT
Email: SPACSUPPORT@astfinancial.com
What should I do if I receive more than one set of voting materials?
You may receive more than one set of voting materials, including multiple copies of this Proxy Statement and multiple proxy cards or voting instruction cards, if your shares are registered in more than one name or are registered in different accounts. For example, if you hold your shares in more than one brokerage account, you will receive a separate voting instruction card for each brokerage account in which you hold shares. Please complete, sign, date and return each proxy card and voting instruction card that you receive in order to cast a vote with respect to all of your Company shares.
Who is paying for this proxy solicitation?
We will pay for the entire cost of soliciting proxies from our working capital. We have engaged Morrow Sodali, LLC to assist in the solicitation of proxies for the Special Meeting. We have agreed to pay the Proxy Solicitor a fee of $17,500 (plus reimbursement of any disbursements). We will also reimburse the Proxy Solicitor for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses and will indemnify the Proxy Solicitor and its affiliates against
 
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certain claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses. In addition to these mailed proxy materials, our directors and officers may also solicit proxies in person, by telephone or by other means of communication. These parties will not be paid any additional compensation for soliciting proxies. We may also reimburse brokerage firms, banks and other agents for the cost of forwarding proxy materials to beneficial owners. While the payment of these expenses will reduce the cash available to us to consummate a Business Combination if the Extension Amendment is approved, we do not expect such payments to have a material effect on our ability to consummate a Business Combination.
Who can help answer my questions?
If you have questions about the proposals or if you need additional copies of the Proxy Statement or the enclosed proxy card you should contact our proxy solicitor:
Morrow Sodali LLC
333 Ludlow Street, 5th Floor, South Tower
Stamford, CT 06902
Individuals call toll-free (800) 662-5200
Banks and brokers call (203) 658-9400
Email: CLIN.info@investor.morrowsodali.com
You may also contact us at:
Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp.
12600 Hill Country Blvd, Building R, Suite 275
Bee Cave, Texas
Attn: Aaron T. Ratner
Telephone No.: (800) 508-1531
You may also obtain additional information about the Company from documents filed with the SEC by following the instructions in the section entitled “Where You Can Find More Information.”
 
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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Some of the statements contained in this Proxy Statement constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, the pending Business Combination, our capital resources and results of operations. Likewise, our financial statements and all of our statements regarding market conditions and results of operations are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of terminology such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words or phrases.
The forward-looking statements contained in this Proxy Statement reflect our current views about future events and are subject to numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause its actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. We do not guarantee that the transactions and events described will happen as described (or that they will happen at all). The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those set forth or contemplated in the forward-looking statements:

our ability to complete the Business Combination;

the anticipated benefits of the Business Combination;

the volatility of the market price and liquidity of our securities;

the use of funds not held in the Trust Account; and

the competitive environment in which our successor will operate following the Business Combination.
While forward-looking statements reflect our good faith beliefs, they are not guarantees of future performance. We disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, data or methods, future events or other changes after the date of this Proxy Statement, except as required by applicable law. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could cause our future results, performance or transactions to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement, please see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our final prospectus for our IPO filed with the SEC on February 25, 2022, our Annual Report of Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 30, 2023 and in other reports we file with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on any forward- looking statements, which are based only on information currently available to us (or to third parties making the forward-looking statements).
 
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RISK FACTORS
You should consider carefully all of the risks described in our final prospectus for our IPO filed with the SEC on February 25, 2022, our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 30, 2023 and in the other reports we file with the SEC before making a decision to invest in our securities. Furthermore, if any of the following events occur, our business, financial condition and operating results may be materially adversely affected or we could face liquidation. In that event, the trading price of our securities could decline, and you could lose all or part of your investment. The risks and uncertainties described in the aforementioned filings and below are not the only ones we face.
Additional risks and uncertainties that we are unaware of, or that we currently believe are not material, may also become important factors that adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results or result in our liquidation.
There are no assurances that the Extension Amendment will enable us to complete a business combination.
Approving the Extension Amendment involves a number of risks. Even if the Extension Amendment is approved, the Company can provide no assurances that the Business Combination will be consummated prior to the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024. Our ability to consummate any Business Combination is dependent on a variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control. If the Extension Amendment is approved, the Company expects to seek stockholder approval of the Business Combination following the SEC notifying the Company that it has no further comments on the preliminary proxy statement for the Business Combination (the “Business Combination Proxy”), and permitting the Company to file a definitive proxy statement. The Business Combination Proxy has been filed with the SEC, but the SEC has not notified us that it has no further comments, or given permission to file a definitive proxy statement, and the Company cannot complete the Business Combination unless the Business Combination Proxy is filed as a definitive proxy statement. As of the date of this Proxy Statement, the Company cannot estimate when, or if, the SEC will permit the company to file the Business Combination Proxy as a definitive proxy.
We are required to offer stockholders the opportunity to redeem shares in connection with the Extension Amendment, and we will be required to offer stockholders redemption rights again in connection with any stockholder vote to approve the Business Combination. Even if the Extension Amendment or the Business Combination are approved by our stockholders, it is possible that redemptions will leave us with insufficient cash to consummate the Business Combination on commercially acceptable terms, or at all. The fact that we will have separate redemption periods in connection with the Extension and the Business Combination vote could exacerbate these risks. Other than in connection with a redemption offer or liquidation, our stockholders may be unable to recover their investment except through sales of our shares on the open market. The price of our shares may be volatile, and there can be no assurance that stockholders will be able to dispose of our shares at favorable prices, or at all.
The SEC issued proposed rules to regulate special purpose acquisition companies that, if adopted, may increase our costs and the time needed to complete our initial Business Combination.
With respect to the regulation of special purpose acquisition companies like the Company (“SPACs”), on March 30, 2022, the SEC issued proposed rules (the “SPAC Rule Proposals”) relating to, among other items, disclosures in business combination transactions involving SPACs and private operating companies; the condensed financial statement requirements applicable to transactions involving shell companies; the use of projections by SPACs in SEC filings in connection with proposed business combination transactions; the potential liability of certain participants in proposed business combination transactions; and to the extent to which SPACs could become subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”), including a proposed rule that would provide SPACs a safe harbor from treatment as an investment company if they satisfy certain conditions that limit a SPAC’s duration, asset composition, business purpose and activities. These rules, if adopted, whether in the form proposed or in a revised form, may increase the costs of and the time needed to negotiate and complete an initial business combination, and may constrain the circumstances under which we could complete an initial business combination.
 
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If we are deemed to be an investment company for purposes of the Investment Company Act, we would be required to institute burdensome compliance requirements and our activities would be severely restricted. As a result, in such circumstances, unless we are able to modify our activities so that we would not be deemed an investment company, we would expect to abandon our efforts to complete an initial business combination and instead to liquidate the Company.
As described further above, the SPAC Rule Proposals relate, among other matters, to the circumstances in which SPACs such as the Company could potentially be subject to the Investment Company Act and the regulations thereunder. The SPAC Rule Proposals would provide a safe harbor for such companies from the definition of “investment company” under Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act, provided that a SPAC satisfies certain criteria, including a limited time period to announce and complete a de-SPAC transaction. Specifically, to comply with the safe harbor, the SPAC Rule Proposals would require a company to file a report on Form 8-K announcing that it has entered into an agreement with a target company for a business combination no later than 18 months after the effective date of its registration statement for its initial public offering (the “IPO Registration Statement”). The company would then be required to complete its initial business combination no later than 24 months after the effective date of the IPO Registration Statement.
Because the SPAC Rule Proposals have not yet been adopted, there is currently uncertainty concerning the applicability of the Investment Company Act to a SPAC, including a company like ours, that may not complete its business combination within 24 months after the effective date of the IPO Registration Statement. As a result, it is possible that a claim could be made that we have been operating as an unregistered investment company.
If we are deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act, our activities would be severely restricted. In addition, we would be subject to burdensome compliance requirements. We do not believe that our principal activities will subject us to regulation as an investment company under the Investment Company Act. However, if we are deemed to be an investment company and subject to compliance with and regulation under the Investment Company Act, we would be subject to additional regulatory burdens and expenses for which we have not allotted funds. As a result, unless we are able to modify our activities so that we would not be deemed an investment company, we would expect to abandon our efforts to complete an initial business combination and instead to liquidate the Company.
To mitigate the risk that we might be deemed to be an investment company for purposes of the Investment Company Act, we may, at any time, instruct the trustee to liquidate the securities held in the Trust Account and instead to hold the funds in the Trust Account in cash until the earlier of the consummation of our initial business combination or our liquidation. As a result, following the liquidation of securities in the Trust Account, we would likely receive minimal interest, if any, on the funds held in the Trust Account, which would reduce the dollar amount our public stockholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation of the Company.
The funds in the Trust Account have, since our initial public offering, been held only in U.S. government treasury obligations with a maturity of 185 days or less or in money market funds investing solely in U.S. government treasury obligations and meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act. However, to mitigate the risk of us being deemed to be an unregistered investment company (including under the subjective test of Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act) and thus subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act, we may, at any time, and we expect that we will, on or prior to the 24-month anniversary of the effective date of the IPO Registration Statement, instruct AST, the trustee with respect to the Trust Account, to liquidate the U.S. government treasury obligations or money market funds held in the Trust Account and thereafter to hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash until the earlier of consummation of our Business Combination or liquidation of the Company. Following such liquidation, we would likely receive minimal interest, if any, on the funds held in the Trust Account. However, interest previously earned on the funds held in the Trust Account still may be released to us to pay our taxes, if any, and certain other expenses as permitted. As a result, any decision to liquidate the securities held in the Trust Account and thereafter to hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash would reduce the dollar amount our public stockholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation of the Company.
In addition, even prior to the 24-month anniversary of the effective date of the IPO Registration Statement, we may be deemed to be an investment company. The longer that the funds in the Trust Account
 
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are held in short-term U.S. government treasury obligations or in money market funds invested exclusively in such securities, even prior to the 24-month anniversary, the greater the risk that we may be considered an unregistered investment company, in which case we may be required to liquidate the Company. Accordingly, we may determine, in our discretion, to liquidate the securities held in the Trust Account at any time, even prior to the 24-month anniversary, and instead hold all funds in the Trust Account in cash, which would further reduce the dollar amount our public stockholders would receive upon any redemption or liquidation of the Company.
Since the Sponsor and our directors and officers will lose their entire investment in us if an initial business combination is not completed, they may have a conflict of interest in the approval of the proposals at the Special Meeting.
There will be no distribution from the Trust Account with respect to the Company’s warrants or rights, which will expire worthless in the event of our winding up. In the event of a liquidation, our Sponsor will not receive any monies held in the Trust Account as a result of its ownership of 7,666,667 Founder Shares that were issued to the Sponsor prior to our IPO and 890,000 Private Units that were purchased by the Sponsor in a private placement which occurred simultaneously with the completion of the IPO. As a consequence, a liquidating distribution will be made only with respect to the Public Shares. In addition, certain of executive officers have beneficial interests in the Sponsor. Such persons have waived their rights to liquidating distributions from the Trust Account with respect to these securities, and all of such investments would expire worthless if a Business Combination is not consummated. Additionally, such persons can earn a positive rate of return on their overall investment in the combined company after the Business Combination, even if other holders of our common stock experience a negative rate of return, due to having initially purchased the Founder Shares for an aggregate of $25,000. The personal and financial interests of our Sponsor, directors and officers may have influenced their motivation in identifying and selecting its target business combination and consummating the Business Combination in order to close the Business Combination and therefore may have interests different from, or in addition to, your interests as a stockholder in connection with the proposals at the Special Meeting.
We have incurred and expect to incur significant costs associated with the Business Combination. Whether or not the Business Combination is completed, the incurrence of these costs will reduce the amount of cash available to be used for other corporate purposes by us if the Business Combination is not completed.
We expect to incur significant transaction and transition costs associated with the Business Combination and operating as a public company following the closing of the Business Combination. We may also incur additional costs to retain key employees. Certain transaction expenses incurred in connection with the Business Combination, include all legal, accounting, consulting, investment banking and other fees, expenses and costs, and will be paid by the combined company following the closing of the Business Combination. Even if the Business Combination is not completed, we expect to incur transactions expenses. These expenses will reduce the amount of cash available to be used for other corporate purposes by us if the Business Combination is not completed.
We may not be able to complete an initial Business Combination if it becomes subject to review or approval by regulatory authorities pursuant to certain U.S. or foreign laws or regulations.
Certain acquisitions or business combinations may be subject to review or approval by regulatory authorities pursuant to certain U.S. or foreign laws or regulations. In the event that such regulatory approval or clearance is not obtained, or the review process is extended beyond the period of time that would permit an initial Business Combination to be consummated by us, we may not be able to consummate an initial Business Combination.
For example, among other things, the U.S. Federal Communications Act prohibits foreign individuals, governments, and corporations from owning more than a specified percentage of the capital stock of a broadcast, common carrier, or aeronautical radio station licensee. In addition, U.S. law currently restricts foreign ownership of U.S. airlines. In the United States, certain mergers that may affect competition may require certain filings and review by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, and investments or acquisitions that may affect national security are subject to review by the Committee on
 
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Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). CFIUS is an interagency committee authorized to review certain transactions involving foreign investment in the United States by foreign persons in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.
Outside the United States, laws or regulations may affect our ability to consummate a Business Combination. Transactions with potential target companies incorporated or having business operations in jurisdictions where national security considerations, involvement in regulated industries (including telecommunications), or in businesses relating to a country’s culture or heritage may be implicated.
U.S. and foreign regulators generally have the power to deny the ability of the parties to consummate a transaction or to condition approval of a transaction on specified terms and conditions, which may not be acceptable to us or a target. In such event, we may not be able to consummate a Business Combination.
As a result of these various restrictions, even though a Business Combination may be approved by the Board, a governmental or regulatory body may intervene and prevent the transaction from occurring. Moreover, the process of government review, could be lengthy. Because we have only a limited time to complete a Business Combination, our failure to obtain any required approvals within the requisite time period may require us to liquidate. If we liquidate, our public stockholders may only receive $10.10 per share, and our warrants will expire worthless. This will also cause you to lose any potential investment opportunity in a target company and the chance of realizing future gains on your investment through any price appreciation in the combined company.
We may be deemed a “foreign person” under the regulations relating to CFIUS, and our failure to obtain any required approvals within the requisite time period may require us to liquidate.
Our Sponsor, Clean Earth Sponsor Acquisitions LLC, may be deemed to be controlled by or have substantial ties with a non-U.S. person, given that David Saab, a managing member of the Sponsor, is a citizen of France. If CFIUS were to consider us to be a “foreign person” and believe that the business of an initial Business Combination target may affect national security, we could be subject to foreign ownership restrictions and/or CFIUS review. If a potential Business Combination falls within the scope of applicable foreign ownership restrictions, we may be unable to consummate an initial Business Combination. In addition, if a potential initial Business Combination falls within CFIUS’s jurisdiction, we may be required to make a mandatory filing or determine to submit a voluntary notice to CFIUS, or to proceed with an initial Business Combination without notifying CFIUS and risk CFIUS intervention, before or after closing the initial Business Combination.
If we are determined to be a “foreign person” and subject to CFIUS review, CFIUS may decide to block or delay a potential initial Business Combination, impose conditions to mitigate national security concerns with respect to a potential initial Business Combination, order us to divest all or a portion of a U.S. business of the potential combined company if we had proceeded without first obtaining CFIUS clearance, or impose penalties if CFIUS believes that the mandatory notification requirement applied. Additionally, the laws and regulations of other U.S. government entities may impose review or approval procedures on account of any potential foreign ownership by the Sponsor.
As a result, the pool of potential targets with which we could complete an initial Business Combination may be limited due to such regulatory restrictions. Moreover, the process of any government review, whether by CFIUS or otherwise, could be lengthy. Because we have only a limited time to complete an initial Business Combination, our failure to obtain any required approvals within the requisite time period may require us to liquidate. If we liquidate, our public stockholders may only receive $10.10 per share, and our warrants will expire worthless. This will also cause you to lose any potential investment opportunity in a potential initial Business Combination and the chance of realizing future gains on your investment through any price appreciation in the combined company.
 
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BACKGROUND
We are a blank check company formed in Delaware on May 14, 2021, for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses.
On the Record Date, there were 16,704,230 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote, of which 8,147,563 are Class A Common Stock, 890,000 shares of Class A Common Stock in permanent equity held by the Sponsor and 7,666,667 are Founder Shares held by the Sponsor. In addition, we issued (i) 11,500,000 warrants to purchase 11,500,000 shares of Class A Common Stock as part of our IPO, (ii) 23,000,000 rights to purchase 2,300,000 shares of Class A Common Stock as part of our IPO, and (iii) an aggregate of 890,000 Private Units issued to our Sponsor in a private placement simultaneously with the consummation of our IPO. As of November 2, 2023, there were 11,500,000 public warrants and 23,000,000 rights to purchase 2,300,000 shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding. As of November 2, 2023 there were 890,000 Private Units outstanding.
Each whole warrant entitles its holder to purchase one whole share of Class A Common Stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share. The warrants will become exercisable on the later of 30 days after the completion of our initial business combination and 12 months from the closing of our IPO and expire five years after the completion of our initial business combination or earlier upon redemption or liquidation. We have the ability to redeem outstanding warrants at any time after they become exercisable and prior to their expiration, at a price of $0.01 per warrant, provided that the reported last sale price of our Class A Common Stock equals or exceeds $18.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within a 30 trading-day period commencing once the warrants become exercisable and ending on the third trading day prior to the date on which we give proper notice of such redemption and provided certain other conditions are met.
Each holder of a right will automatically receive one-tenth (1/10) of one Class A Common Stock upon consummation of our Business Combination. If we are unable to complete Business Combination by the Extended Date, we liquidate the funds held in the Trust Account resulting in holders of rights not receiving any of such funds for their rights and the rights expiring worthless.
A total of approximately $232,300,000 million of the proceeds from our IPO and the simultaneous sale of the Private Units in a private placement transaction was placed in our Trust Account in the United States maintained by AST, acting as trustee, invested in U.S. “government securities,” within the meaning of Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act, with a maturity of 185 days or less or in any open ended investment company that holds itself out as a money market fund selected by us meeting the conditions of Rule 2a-7 of the Investment Company Act, until the earlier of: (i) the consummation of a business combination or (ii) the distribution of the proceeds in the Trust Account as described below.
On May 25, 2023, at the May Special Meeting, Clean Earth’s stockholders approved certain proposals giving the Company the right to extend the date by which it has to complete a Business Combination up to six times, from May 28, 2023 to November 28, 2023, composed of six one-month extensions, provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) agrees to deposit into the Trust Account on the then-applicable extended date, for each such extension, the lesser of (i) $195,000 and (ii) $0.04 for each share of the Company’s Class A Common Stock not redeemed in connection with the May Special Meeting in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a Business Combination. In connection with the May Special Meeting, stockholders properly elected to redeem an aggregate of 14,852,437 shares of Class A Common Stock, and approximately $154,152,327 was withdrawn from the Trust Account to pay for such redemptions, leaving approximately $84,562,944 in the Trust Account following the May Special Meeting, exclusive of any extension payments.
As of the date of this Proxy Statement, the Sponsor has deposited into the Trust Account $975,000 in connection with the Company’s exercise of such extensions in exchange for non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory notes issued by the Company to the Sponsor, which provide that the Sponsor will not be repaid in the event that the Company is unable to close a Business Combination, unless there are funds available outside the Trust Account to do so.
 
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Approximately $86,616,393 million was held in the Trust Account as of the Record Date. The mailing address of the Company’s principal executive office is 12600 Hill Country Blvd, Building R, Suite 275, Bee Cave, Texas.
Business Combination
The purpose of the Extension Amendment Proposal, and, if necessary, the Adjournment Proposal, is to allow us additional time to complete the Business Combination. The Company’s IPO prospectus and the Existing Charter provide that the Company has until the Termination Date to complete a Business Combination.
While we are using our best efforts to enter into and complete a new Business Combination as soon as practicable, our Board believes that there may not be sufficient time before the Termination Date to enter into a business combination agreement and hold a general meeting at which to conduct a vote for stockholder approval of the Business Combination. Accordingly, the Board believes that in order to be able to consummate the Business Combination, we will need to obtain the Extension. Without the Extension, the Board believes that there is significant risk that we might not, despite our best efforts, be able to enter into and complete the Business Combination on or before the Termination Date. If that were to occur, we would be precluded from completing the Business Combination and would be forced to liquidate even if our stockholders are otherwise in favor of consummating the Business Combination.
We are not aware of any material regulatory approvals or actions that are required for completion of the Business Combination. It is presently contemplated that if any such additional regulatory approvals or actions are required, those approvals or actions will be sought. There can be no assurance, however, that any additional approvals or actions will be obtained. This includes any potential review by a U.S. government entity, such as CFIUS, on account of certain foreign ownership restrictions on U.S. businesses.
While we are using our best efforts to complete the Business Combination as soon as practicable, the Board believes that there may be insufficient time before the Termination Date to complete the Business Combination. Accordingly, the Board believes that in order to be able to consummate the Business Combination, we will need to obtain the Extension. Without the Extension, the Board believes that there is significant risk that we might not, despite our best efforts, be able to complete the Business Combination on or before November 28, 2023. If that were to occur, we would be precluded from completing the Business Combination and would be forced to liquidate even if our stockholders are otherwise in favor of consummating the Business Combination.
Because we have only a limited time to complete our Business Combination, even if we are able to effect the Extension, our failure to complete the Business Combination within the requisite time period may require us to liquidate. If we liquidate, our public stockholders may only receive $10.10 per share, and our warrants and rights will expire worthless. This will also cause you to lose any potential investment opportunity in a target company and the chance of realizing future gains on your investment through any price appreciation in the combined company.
You are not being asked to vote on the Business Combination at this time. If the Extension Amendment is implemented and you do not elect to redeem your Public Shares, provided that you are a stockholder on the record date for a meeting to consider the Business Combination, you will retain the right to vote on the Business Combination when it is submitted to stockholders and the right to redeem your Public Shares for cash in the event the Business Combination is approved and completed or we have not consummated a Business Combination by the Extended Date.
 
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THE SPECIAL MEETING
Overview
Date, Time and Place.   The Special Meeting of the Company’s stockholders will be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 24, 2023 as a virtual meeting. You will be able to attend, vote your shares and submit questions during the Special Meeting via a live webcast available at https://lumiagm.com/290463470 (passcode “cleanearth2023”). If you plan to attend the virtual online Special Meeting, you will need your 12-digit control number to vote electronically at the Special Meeting. The meeting will be held virtually over the internet by means of a live audio webcast. Only stockholders who own shares of our common stock as of the close of business on the Record Date will be entitled to attend the virtual meeting.
To register for the virtual meeting, please follow these instructions as applicable to the nature of your ownership of our common stock.
If your shares are registered in your name with our transfer agent and you wish to attend the online- only virtual meeting, go to https://lumiagm.com/290463470 and enter the control number you received on your proxy card.
Beneficial stockholders who wish to attend the online-only virtual meeting must obtain a legal proxy by contacting their account representative at the bank, broker, or other nominee that holds their shares and email a copy (a legible photograph is sufficient) of their legal proxy to Proxy@astfinancial.com. Beneficial stockholders who email a valid legal proxy will be issued a meeting control number that will allow them to register to attend and participate in the online-only meeting. After contacting our transfer agent a beneficial holder will receive an email prior to the meeting with a link and instructions for entering the virtual meeting. Beneficial stockholders should contact our transfer agent no later than 72 hours prior to the meeting date.
You will not be able to vote or submit questions unless you register for and log in to the Special Meeting webcast as described herein.
Voting Power; Record Date; Stockholder List.   You will be entitled to vote or direct votes to be cast at the Special Meeting, if you owned the Company’s Class A Common Stock at the close of business on November 2, 2023, the Record Date for the Special Meeting. You will have one vote per proposal for each share of the Company’s common stock you owned at that time. The Company’s warrants and rights do not carry voting rights. A complete list of stockholders of record entitled to vote at the Special Meeting will be available for ten days before the Special Meeting at the Company’s principal executive offices for inspection by stockholders during ordinary business hours for any purpose germane to the Special Meeting.
Votes Required.   Approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal will require the affirmative vote of holders of at least 60% of the Company’s common stock outstanding on the Record Date, including Class A Common Stock and the Founder Shares, voting together as a single class. If you do not vote or if you abstain from voting on a proposal, your action will have the same effect as an “AGAINST” vote. Broker non-votes will have the same effect as “AGAINST” votes.
On the Record Date, there were 16,704,230 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote, of which 8,147,563 are Class A Common Stock, 890,000 shares of Class A Common Stock in permanent equity held by the Sponsor and 7,666,667 are Founder Shares held by the Sponsor, each of which entitles its holder to cast one vote per proposal.
If you do not want the Extension Amendment Proposal approved, you must abstain, not vote, or vote “AGAINST” such proposal. You will be entitled to redeem your Public Shares for cash in connection with this vote whether or not you vote on the Extension Amendment Proposal so long as you elect to redeem your Public Shares for a pro rata portion of the funds available in the Trust Account in connection with the Extension Amendment Proposal. The Company anticipates that a public stockholder who tenders shares for redemption in connection with the vote to approve the Extension Amendment Proposal would receive payment of the redemption price for such shares soon after the completion of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
 
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Proxies; Board Solicitation; Proxy Solicitor.   Your proxy is being solicited by the Board on the proposals being presented to stockholders at the Special Meeting. The Company has engaged Morrow Sodali, LLC to assist in the solicitation of proxies for the Special Meeting. No recommendation is being made as to whether you should elect to redeem your Public Shares. Proxies may be solicited in person or by telephone. If you grant a proxy, you may still revoke your proxy and vote your shares online at the Special Meeting if you are a holder of record of the Company’s common stock.
You may contact the Proxy Solicitor at:
Morrow Sodali LLC
333 Ludlow Street, 5th Floor, South Tower
Stamford, CT 06902
Individuals call toll-free (800) 662-5200
Banks and brokers call (203) 658-9400
Email: CLIN.info@investor.morrowsodali.com
 
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THE EXTENSION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
The Company is proposing to amend its Existing Charter to extend the date by which the Company has to consummate a Business Combination to the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024.
The Extension Amendment Proposal is required for the implementation of the Board’s plan to allow the Company more time to complete the Business Combination.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved and we have not consummated the Business Combination by November 28, 2023 (subject to the extension terms therein), we will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the shares of Class A Common Stock in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (net of taxes payable, less up to $100,000 of such net interest to pay dissolution expenses), by (B) the total number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of public stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under the DGCL to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law.
We reserve the right at any time to cancel the Special Meeting and not to submit to our stockholders the Extension Amendment Proposal or implement the Extension Amendment. In the event the Special Meeting is cancelled and we do not complete the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will dissolve and liquidate in accordance with the Existing Charter.
The Board believes that given our expenditure of time, effort and money on the Business Combination, circumstances warrant providing public stockholders an opportunity to consider the Business Combination and that it is in the best interests of our stockholders that we obtain the Extension. The Board believes that the Business Combination will provide significant benefits to our stockholders.
A copy of the proposed amendment to the charter of the Company is attached to this Proxy Statement in Annex A.
Reasons for the Extension Amendment Proposal
The Company’s Existing Charter provides that the Company has until November 28, 2023 (subject to the extension terms therein) to complete the purposes of the Company including, but not limited to, effecting a business combination under its terms. The purpose of the Extension Amendment is to allow the Company more time to complete its Business Combination.
The purpose of the Extension Amendment Proposal, and, if necessary, the Adjournment Proposal, is to allow us additional time to complete the Business Combination. The Company’s IPO prospectus and the Existing Charter provide that the Company has until the Termination Date to complete a Business Combination. While we are using our best efforts to enter into and complete a Business Combination as soon as practicable, our Board believes that there may be insufficient time before the Termination Date to enter into a business combination agreement and hold a general meeting at which to conduct a vote for stockholder approval of the Business Combination. Accordingly, the Board believes that in order to be able to consummate the Business Combination, we will need to obtain the Extension. Without the Extension, the Board believes that there is significant risk that we might not, despite our best efforts, be able to enter into and complete the Business Combination on or before the Termination Date. If that were to occur, we would be precluded from completing the Business Combination and would be forced to liquidate even if our stockholders are otherwise in favor of consummating the Business Combination.
If the Extension Amendment is approved and implemented, subject to satisfaction of the conditions to closing in the Business Combination (including, without limitation, receipt of stockholder approval of the
 
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Business Combination), we intend to complete the Business Combination as soon as possible and in any event on or before the Extended Date, which shall occur no later than May 28, 2024.
The Company’s IPO prospectus and Existing Charter provide that the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 60% of all outstanding shares of common stock, including the Class A Common Stock and the Founder Shares, voting together as a single class, is required to extend our corporate existence, except in connection with, and effective upon, consummation of a business combination. Additionally, our IPO prospectus and Existing Charter provide for all public stockholders to have an opportunity to redeem their Public Shares in the case our corporate existence is extended as described above. Because we continue to believe that a Business Combination would be in the best interests of our stockholders, and because we will not be able to conclude a Business Combination within the permitted time period, the Board has determined to seek stockholder approval to extend the date by which we have to complete a business combination beyond November 28, 2023 to the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024. We intend to hold another stockholder meeting prior to the Extended Date in order to seek stockholder approval of the Business Combination.
We believe that the foregoing charter provision was included to protect Company stockholders from having to sustain their investments for an unreasonably long period if the Company failed to find a suitable Business Combination in the timeframe contemplated by the Existing Charter. We also believe that, given the Company’s expenditure of time, effort and money on finding a Business Combination and our entry into a business combination agreement with respect to the Business Combination, circumstances warrant providing public stockholders an opportunity to consider the Business Combination.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is Not Approved
Stockholder approval of the Extension Amendment is required for the implementation of our Board’s plan to extend the date by which we must consummate our Business Combination. Therefore, our Board will abandon and not implement the Extension Amendment unless our stockholders approve the Extension Amendment Proposal.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved and we have not consummated the Business Combination by November 28, 2023, we will (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the shares of Class A Common Stock in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (net of taxes payable, less up to $100,000 of such net interest to pay dissolution expenses), by (B) the total number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of public stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under the DGCL to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law.
We note that in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February 28, 2022 announcing the consummation of our IPO, the version of our Previous Charter, attached thereto as Exhibit 3.1 (referenced by incorporation in other public filings thereafter) contained a typographical error, which misstated that the length of time to complete a business combination was 18 months. However, the correct language of our Previous Charter is as described in the prospectus filed in connection with our IPO on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on November 18, 2021, as amended, which stated that the Company previously had 15 months after the closing of our IPO, or May 28, 2023, to consummate a Business Combination, subject to an option to extend the period of time to consummate a Business Combination by an additional three months, to August 28, 2023.
On May 25, 2023, at the May Special Meeting, Clean Earth’s stockholders approved certain proposals giving the Company the right to extend the date by which it has to complete a Business Combination up to six times, from May 28, 2023 to November 28, 2023, composed of six one-month extensions, provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) agrees to deposit into the Trust Account on the then-applicable
 
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extended date, for each such extension, the lesser of (i) $195,000 and (ii) $0.04 for each share of the Company’s Class A Common Stock not redeemed in connection with the May Special Meeting in exchange for a non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory note payable upon consummation of a Business Combination. In connection with the May Special Meeting, stockholders properly elected to redeem an aggregate of 14,852,437 shares of Class A Common Stock, and approximately $154,152,327 was withdrawn from the Trust Account to pay for such redemptions, leaving approximately $84,563,944 in the Trust Account following the May Special Meeting, exclusive of any extension payments. As of the date of this Proxy Statement, the Sponsor has deposited into the Trust Account $975,000 in connection with the Company’s exercise of extensions in exchange for non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory notes issued by the Company to the Sponsor, which provide that the Sponsor will not be repaid in the event that the Company is unable to close a Business Combination, unless there are funds available outside the trust account to do so.
There will be no distribution from the Trust Account with respect to the Company’s warrants and rights, which will expire worthless in the event we wind up. In the event of a liquidation, our Sponsor, directors, and officers will not receive any monies held in the Trust Account as a result of their ownership of the Founder Shares or the Private Units.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal Is Approved
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, the Company will file the Amended Charter with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware, in the form set forth in Annex A hereto, to extend the time it has to complete the Business Combination until the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024. The Company will remain a reporting company under the Exchange Act and its units, Class A Common Stock, public warrants, and public rights will remain publicly traded. The Company will then continue to work to consummate the Business Combination by the Extended Date, which shall be no later than May 28, 2024.
Notwithstanding stockholder approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal, our Board will retain the right to abandon and not implement the Extension Amendment at any time without any further action by our stockholders. We reserve the right at any time to cancel the Special Meeting and not to submit to our stockholders the Extension Amendment Proposal or implement the Extension Amendment. In the event the Special Meeting is cancelled and we do not complete the Business Combination by the Termination Date, we will dissolve and liquidate in accordance with the Existing Charter.
You are not being asked to vote on the Business Combination at this time. If the Extension Amendment is implemented and you do not elect to redeem your Public Shares, provided that you are a stockholder on the record date for a meeting to consider the Business Combination, you will retain the right to vote on the Business Combination when it is submitted to stockholders and the right to redeem your Public Shares for cash in the event the Business Combination is approved and completed or we have not consummated a business combination by the Extended Date.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, and the Extension is implemented, the removal of the Withdrawal Amount from the Trust Account in connection with the Election will reduce the amount held in the Trust Account and increase the percentage interest of our common stock held by our Sponsor, our directors and our officers as a result of their ownership of the Founder Shares and Private Units (as applicable). The Company cannot predict the amount that will remain in the Trust Account if the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, and the amount remaining in the Trust Account may be only a small fraction of the approximately $86,616,393 held in the Trust Account as of the Record Date. We will not proceed with the Extension Amendment if redemptions or repurchases of our Public Shares cause us to have less than $5,000,001 of net tangible assets following approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
Redemption Rights
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, and the Extension is implemented, each public stockholder may seek to redeem its Public Shares at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding Public
 
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Shares. Holders of Public Shares who do not elect to redeem their Public Shares in connection with the Extension will retain the right to redeem their Public Shares in connection with any stockholder vote to approve a proposed business combination, or if the Company has not consummated a business combination by the Extended Date.
TO EXERCISE YOUR REDEMPTION RIGHTS, YOU MUST SUBMIT A REQUEST IN WRITING THAT WE REDEEM YOUR PUBLIC SHARES FOR CASH TO AMERICAN STOCK TRANSFER & TRUST COMPANY AT THE ADDRESS BELOW, AND, AT THE SAME TIME, ENSURE YOUR BANK OR BROKER COMPLIES WITH THE REQUIREMENTS IDENTIFIED ELSEWHERE HEREIN, INCLUDING DELIVERING YOUR SHARES TO THE TRANSFER AGENT PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE EXTENSION AMENDMENT PROPOSAL PRIOR TO 5:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON NOVEMBER 21, 2023.
In connection with tendering your shares for redemption, prior to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 21, 2023 (two business days before the Special Meeting), you must elect either to physically tender your stock certificates to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, 6201 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11219, Attn: SPAC SUPPORT, email: SPACSUPPORT@astfinancial.com, or to deliver your shares to the transfer agent electronically using DTC’s DWAC system, which election would likely be determined based on the manner in which you hold your shares. The requirement for physical or electronic delivery prior to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 21, 2023 (two business days before the Special Meeting) ensures that a redeeming holder’s election is irrevocable once the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved. In furtherance of such irrevocable election, stockholders making the election will not be able to tender their shares after the vote at the Special Meeting.
Through the DWAC system, this electronic delivery process can be accomplished by the stockholder, whether or not it is a record holder or its shares are held in “street name,” by contacting the transfer agent or its broker and requesting delivery of its shares through the DWAC system. Delivering shares physically may take significantly longer. In order to obtain a physical stock certificate, a stockholder’s broker and/or clearing broker, DTC, and the Company’s transfer agent will need to act together to facilitate this request. There is a nominal cost associated with the above-referenced tendering process and the act of certificating the shares or delivering them through the DWAC system. The transfer agent will typically charge the tendering broker $100 and the broker would determine whether or not to pass this cost on to the redeeming holder. It is the Company’s understanding that stockholders should generally allot at least two weeks to obtain physical certificates from the transfer agent. The Company does not have any control over this process or over the brokers or DTC, and it may take longer than two weeks to obtain a physical stock certificate. Such stockholders will have less time to make their investment decision than those stockholders that deliver their shares through the DWAC system. Stockholders who request physical stock certificates and wish to redeem may be unable to meet the deadline for tendering their shares before exercising their redemption rights and thus will be unable to redeem their shares.
Certificates that have not been tendered in accordance with these procedures prior to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 21, 2023 (two business days before the Special Meeting) will not be redeemed for cash held in the Trust Account on the redemption date. In the event that a public stockholder tenders its shares and decides prior to the vote at the Special Meeting that it does not want to redeem its shares, the stockholder may withdraw the tender. If you delivered your shares for redemption to our transfer agent and decide prior to the vote at the Special Meeting not to redeem your Public Shares, you may request that our transfer agent return the shares (physically or electronically). You may make such request by contacting our transfer agent at the address listed above. In the event that a public stockholder tenders shares and the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved, these shares will not be redeemed and the physical certificates representing these shares will be returned to the stockholder promptly following the determination that the Extension Amendment Proposal will not be approved. The Company anticipates that a public stockholder who tenders shares for redemption in connection with the vote to approve the Extension Amendment Proposal would receive payment of the redemption price for such shares soon after the completion of the Extension Amendment. The transfer agent will hold the certificates of public stockholders that make the election until such shares are redeemed for cash or returned to such stockholders.
If properly demanded, the Company will redeem each public share for a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the
 
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funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares. Based upon the current amount in the Trust Account, the Company anticipates that the per-share price at which Public Shares will be redeemed from cash held in the Trust Account will be approximately $10.63 at the time of the Special Meeting. The closing price of the Company’s Class A Common Stock on the Record Date was $10.60.
If you exercise your redemption rights, you will be exchanging your shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock for cash and will no longer own the shares. You will be entitled to receive cash for these shares only if you properly demand redemption and tender your stock certificate(s) to the Company’s transfer agent prior to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 21, 2023 (two business days before the Special Meeting). The Company anticipates that a public stockholder who tenders shares for redemption in connection with the vote to approve the Extension Amendment Proposal would receive payment of the redemption price for such shares soon after the completion of the Extension.
Vote Required for Approval
The approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal requires the affirmative vote by holders of 60% of the Company’s outstanding Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, voting together as a single class. If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved, the Extension Amendment will not be implemented and, if the Business Combination has not been consummated by November 28, 2023 (subject to the extension terms therein), the Company will be required by its charter to (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the shares of Class A Common Stock in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (net of taxes payable, less up to $100,000 of such net interest to pay dissolution expenses), by (B) the total number of then outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of public stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Company’s obligations under the DGCL to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law. Stockholder approval of the Extension Amendment is required for the implementation of our Board’s plan to extend the date by which we must consummate our initial business combination. Therefore, our Board will abandon and not implement such amendment unless our stockholders approve the Extension Amendment Proposal.
Our Board will abandon and not implement the Extension Amendment Proposal unless our stockholders approve the Extension Amendment Proposal. Notwithstanding stockholder approval of the Extension Amendment, our Board will retain the right to abandon and not implement the Extension Amendment at any time without any further action by our stockholders.
Our Sponsor, all of our directors and officers are expected to vote any common stock owned by them in favor of the Extension Amendment Proposal. On the Record Date, our Sponsor, directors and officers beneficially owned and were entitled to vote an aggregate of 7,666,667 Founder Shares and 890,000 private shares underlying the Private Units, representing approximately 51% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares of common stock. Our Sponsor, directors, and officers do not intend to purchase shares of Class A Common Stock in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions in connection with the stockholder vote on the Extension Amendment.
Interests of our Sponsor, Directors and Officers
When you consider the recommendation of our Board, you should keep in mind that our Sponsor, executive officers, and members of our Board and special advisors have interests that may be different from, or in addition to, your interests as a stockholder. These interests include, among other things:

the fact that our Sponsor holds 7,666,667 Founder Shares and 890,000 Private Units, all such securities. In addition, certain of our executive officers have beneficial interests in the Sponsor. All of such investments would expire worthless if a business combination is not consummated; on the
 
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other hand, if a business combination is consummated, such investments could earn a positive rate of return on their overall investment in the combined company, even if other holders of our common stock experience a negative rate of return, due to having initially purchased the Founder Shares for $25,000;

the fact that, if the Trust Account is liquidated, including in the event we are unable to complete an initial business combination within the required time period, the Sponsor has agreed to indemnify us to ensure that the proceeds in the Trust Account are not reduced below $10.10 per public share, or such lesser per public share amount as is in the Trust Account on the liquidation date, by the claims of prospective target businesses with which we have entered into an acquisition agreement or claims of any third party for services rendered or products sold to us, but only if such a third party or target business has not executed a waiver of any and all rights to seek access to the Trust Account;

the fact that none of our officers or directors has received any cash compensation for services rendered to the Company, and all of the current members of our Board are expected to continue to serve as directors at least through the date of the Special Meeting to vote on a proposed business combination and may even continue to serve following any potential business combination and receive compensation thereafter; and

the fact that, as of the date of this Proxy Statement, the Sponsor has deposited into the Trust Account $975,000 in connection with the Company’s exercise of extensions under the Existing Charter in exchange for non-interest bearing, unsecured promissory notes issued by the Company to the Sponsor, which provide that the Sponsor will not be repaid in the event that the Company is unable to close a business combination, unless there are funds available outside the trust account to do so.
The Board’s Reasons for the Extension Amendment Proposal and Its Recommendation
As discussed below, after careful consideration of all relevant factors, our Board has determined that the Extension Amendment is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. Our Board has approved and declared advisable adoption of the Extension Amendment Proposal and recommends that you vote “FOR” such proposal. Our Existing Charter provides that the Company has until November 28, 2023 (subject to the extension terms therein) to complete the purposes of the Company including, but not limited to, effecting a Business Combination under its terms.
The purpose of the Extension Amendment Proposal, and, if necessary, the Adjournment Proposal, is to allow us additional time to complete the Business Combination. The Company’s IPO prospectus and the Existing Charter provide that the Company has until the Termination Date to complete a Business Combination. While we are using our best efforts to enter into and complete a new Business Combination as soon as practicable, our Board believes that there may be insufficient time before the Termination Date to enter into a business combination agreement and hold a general meeting at which to conduct a vote for stockholder approval of the Business Combination. Accordingly, the Board believes that in order to be able to consummate the Business Combination, we will need to obtain the Extension. Without the Extension, the Board believes that there is significant risk that we might not, despite our best efforts, be able to enter into and complete the Business Combination on or before the Termination Date. If that were to occur, we would be precluded from completing the Business Combination and would be forced to liquidate even if our stockholders are otherwise in favor of consummating the Business Combination.
Our Existing Charter states that if the Company’s stockholders approve an amendment to the Company’s charter that would affect the substance or timing of the Company’s obligation to redeem 100% of the Company’s Public Shares if it does not complete a business combination before November 28, 2023, the Company will provide its public stockholders with the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of their Public Shares upon such approval at a per share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares. We believe that this charter provision was included to protect the Company stockholders from having to sustain their investments for an unreasonably long period if the Company failed to find a suitable business combination in the timeframe contemplated by the charter.
 
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In addition, the Company’s IPO prospectus and Existing Charter provide that the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 60% of all outstanding shares of common stock, including the Class A Common Stock and Founder Shares, voting together as a single class, is required to extend our corporate existence, except in connection with, and effective upon the consummation of, a business combination. We believe that, given the Company’s expenditure of time, effort and money on finding a business combination and our entry into the business combination agreement with respect to the Business Combination, circumstances warrant providing public stockholders an opportunity to consider the Business Combination. Because we continue to believe that a Business Combination would be in the best interests of our stockholders, the Board has determined to seek stockholder approval to extend the date by which we have to complete a business combination beyond November 28, 2023 to the Extended Date, in the event we cannot consummate the Business Combination by November 28, 2023.
The Company is not asking you to vote on the Business Combination at this time. If the Extension Amendment is implemented and you do not elect to redeem your Public Shares, you will retain the right to vote on the Business Combination in the future and the right to redeem your Public Shares at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding Public Shares, in the event the Business Combination is approved and completed or the Company has not consummated another business combination by the Extended Date.
After careful consideration of all relevant factors, the Board determined that the Extension Amendment is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.
Recommendation of the Board
Our Board unanimously recommends that our stockholders vote “FOR” the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
 
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THE ADJOURNMENT PROPOSAL
Overview
The Adjournment Proposal, if adopted, will allow our Board to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date or dates to permit further solicitation of proxies. The Adjournment Proposal will only be presented to our stockholders in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal. In no event will our Board adjourn the Special Meeting beyond November 28, 2023.
Consequences if the Adjournment Proposal is Not Approved
If the Adjournment Proposal is not approved by our stockholders, our Board may not be able to adjourn the Special Meeting to a later date in the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal.
Vote Required for Approval
The approval of the Adjournment Proposal requires the affirmative vote of the majority of the votes cast by stockholders represented in person or by proxy at the Special Meeting. Accordingly, if a valid quorum is otherwise established, a stockholder’s failure to vote by proxy or online at the Special Meeting will have no effect on the outcome of any vote on the Adjournment Proposal. Abstentions will be counted in connection with the determination of whether a valid quorum is established but will have no effect on the outcome of the Adjournment Proposal.
Recommendation of the Board
Our Board unanimously recommends that our stockholders vote “FOR” the approval of the Adjournment Proposal.
 
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BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
The following table sets forth information regarding the beneficial ownership of the Company’s common stock as of the Record Date based on information obtained from the persons named below, with respect to the beneficial ownership of shares of the Company’s common stock, by:

each person known by us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our outstanding shares of common stock;

each of our executive officers and directors that beneficially owns shares of common stock; and

all our officers and directors as a group.
On the Record Date, there were 16,704,230 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote, of which 8,147,563 are Class A Common Stock, 890,000 shares of Class A Common Stock in permanent equity held by the Sponsor and 7,666,667 are Founder Shares held by the Sponsor. Unless otherwise indicated, all persons named in the table have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of common stock beneficially owned by them.
Class A Common Stock
Class B Common Stock
Combined Voting
Power(2)
Name and Address of Beneficial Owners(1)
Number
%
of class
Number
%
of class
Number
%
of class
Directors and Executive Officers:(1)
Aaron T. Ratner(3)
Martha Ross(3)
Nicholas Parker(3)
Candice Beaumont(3)
Bradford Allen(3)
Michael R. Vahrenkamp(3)
All directors and executive officers as a group (six individuals)
5% or Greater Beneficial Owners:
Clean Earth Acquisitions Sponsor, LLC (4)
890,000 9.8% 7,666,667 100.0% 8,556,667 51.2%
Linden Advisors LP(5)
1,598,000 17.7% 1,598,000 9.6%
Saba Capital Management, L.P.(6)
1,398,000 15.5% 1,398,000 8.4%
*
Less than 1 percent.
(1)
Unless otherwise noted, the business address of each of the following individuals is c/o Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp., 12600 Hill Country Blvd, Building R, Suite 275, Bee Cave, Texas 78738.
(2)
Represents the percentage of voting power of our Class A common stock and Class B common stock voting together as a single class. Shares of Class B common stock will automatically convert into shares of Class A common stock at the time of our initial Business Combination on a one-for-one basis, subject to certain adjustments described in our charter documents.
(3)
Does not include any securities held by Clean Earth Acquisitions Sponsor, LLC, of which each person is a member. Each such person disclaims beneficial ownership of the reported shares other than to the extent of his or her ultimate pecuniary interest therein.
(4)
Any action by our sponsor with respect to our company or our common stock, including voting and dispositive decisions, requires a majority vote of the managers of the Board of Managers. Under the so-called “rule of three,” because voting and dispositive decisions are made by a majority of our sponsor’s managers, none of the managers of our sponsor is deemed to be a beneficial owner of our sponsor’s securities, even those in which such manager holds a pecuniary interest. Accordingly, none of our directors or officers is deemed to have or share beneficial ownership of the common stock held by our sponsor.
 
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(5)
Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on March 7, 2022 by Linden Capital L.P. The business address of Linden Capital L.P. is Victoria Place, 31 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM10, Bermuda.
(6)
Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 14, 2023 by Saba Capital Management, L.P. The business address of Saba Capital Management, L.P. is 405 Lexington Avenue, 58th Floor, New York, New York 10174.
The table above does not include the shares of common stock underlying the public warrants, or public rights because these securities are not exercisable within 60 days of the Record Date for the Special Meeting.
 
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STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is approved, we anticipate that the 2023 annual meeting of stockholders will be held no later than December 31, 2023.
Our bylaws provide notice procedures for stockholders to nominate a person as a director and to propose business to be considered by stockholders at a meeting. Notice of a nomination or proposal must be delivered to us not later than the close of business on the 90th day nor earlier than the opening of business on the 120th day before the anniversary date of the immediately preceding annual meeting of stockholders; provided, however, that in the event that the annual meeting is more than 30 days before or more than 60 days after such anniversary date, notice by the stockholder to be timely must be so delivered not earlier than the close of business on the 120th day before the meeting and not later than the later of (x) the close of business on the 90th day before the meeting or (y) the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which public announcement of the date of the annual meeting is first made by us. Accordingly, for our 2023 Annual Meeting, assuming the meeting is held on or about December 31, 2023, notice of a nomination or proposal must be delivered to us no later than the close of business on the 10th day following the date on which we first publicly announce the date of the annual meeting. Nominations and proposals also must satisfy other requirements set forth in the bylaws. The Chairman of the Board may refuse to acknowledge the introduction of any stockholder proposal not made in compliance with the foregoing procedures.
If the Extension Amendment Proposal is not approved and the Company fails to complete a qualifying Business Combination on or before November 28, 2023, there will be no annual meeting in 2023.
 
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UNITED STATES FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSIDERATIONS
The following discussion is a summary of certain United States federal income tax considerations for holders of our Class A Common Stock with respect to the exercise of redemption rights in connection with the approval of the Extension Amendment Proposal. This summary is based upon the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, which we refer to as the “Code,” the regulations promulgated by the U.S. Treasury Department, current administrative interpretations and practices of the Internal Revenue Service, which we refer to as the “IRS,” and judicial decisions, all as currently in effect and all of which are subject to differing interpretations or to change, possibly with retroactive effect. No assurance can be given that the IRS would not assert, or that a court would not sustain a position contrary to any of the tax considerations described below. This summary does not discuss all aspects of United States federal income taxation that may be important to particular investors in light of their individual circumstances, such as investors subject to special tax rules (e.g., financial institutions, insurance companies, mutual funds, pension plans, S corporations, broker-dealers, traders in securities that elect mark-to-market treatment, regulated investment companies, real estate investment trusts, trusts and estates, partnerships and their partners, and tax-exempt organizations (including private foundations)) and investors that will hold Class A Common Stock as part of a “straddle,” “hedge,” “conversion,” “synthetic security,” “constructive ownership transaction,” “constructive sale,” or other integrated transaction for United States federal income tax purposes, investors subject to the alternative minimum tax provisions of the Code, U.S. Holders (as defined below) that have a functional currency other than the United States dollar, U.S. expatriates, investors that actually or constructively own 5 percent or more of the Class A Common Stock of the Company, and Non-U.S. Holders (as defined below, and except as otherwise discussed below), all of whom may be subject to tax rules that differ materially from those summarized below. In addition, this summary does not discuss any state, local, or non-United States tax considerations, any non-income tax (such as gift or estate tax) considerations, alternative minimum tax or the Medicare tax. In addition, this summary is limited to investors that hold our Class A Common Stock as “capital assets” ​(generally, property held for investment) under the Code.
If a partnership (including an entity or arrangement treated as a partnership for United States federal income tax purposes) holds our Class A Common Stock, the tax treatment of a partner in such partnership will generally depend upon the status of the partner, the activities of the partnership and certain determinations made at the partner level. If you are a partner of a partnership holding our Class A Common Stock, you are urged to consult your tax advisor regarding the tax consequences of a redemption.
WE URGE HOLDERS OF OUR CLASS A COMMON STOCK CONTEMPLATING EXERCISE OF THEIR REDEMPTION RIGHTS TO CONSULT THEIR OWN TAX ADVISORS CONCERNING THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND FOREIGN INCOME AND OTHER TAX CONSEQUENCES THEREOF.
U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations to U.S. Holders
This section is addressed to U.S. Holders of our Class A Common Stock that elect to have their Class A Common Stock of the Company redeemed for cash. For purposes of this discussion, a “U.S. Holder” is a beneficial owner that so redeems its Class A Common Stock of the Company and is:

an individual who is a United States citizen or resident of the United States;

a corporation (including an entity treated as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes) created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia;

an estate the income of which is includible in gross income for United States federal income tax purposes regardless of its source; or

a trust (A) the administration of which is subject to the primary supervision of a United States court and which has one or more United States persons (within the meaning of the Code) who have the authority to control all substantial decisions of the trust or (B) that has in effect a valid election under applicable Treasury regulations to be treated as a United States person.
 
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Redemption of Class A Common Stock
In the event that a U.S. Holder’s Class A Common Stock of the Company is redeemed, the treatment of the transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes will depend on whether the redemption qualifies as a sale of the Class A Common Stock under Section 302 of the Code. Whether the redemption qualifies for sale treatment will depend largely on the total number of shares of our stock treated as held by the U.S. Holder (including any stock constructively owned by the U.S. Holder as a result of owning warrants or rights) relative to all of our shares both before and after the redemption. The redemption of Class A Common Stock generally will be treated as a sale of the Class A Common Stock (rather than as a distribution) if the redemption (i) is “substantially disproportionate” with respect to the U.S. Holder, (ii) results in a “complete termination” of the U.S. Holder’s interest in us or (iii) is “not essentially equivalent to a dividend” with respect to the U.S. Holder. These tests are explained more fully below.
In determining whether any of the foregoing tests are satisfied, a U.S. Holder takes into account not only stock actually owned by the U.S. Holder, but also shares of our stock that are constructively owned by it. A U.S. Holder may constructively own, in addition to stock owned directly, stock owned by certain related individuals and entities in which the U.S. Holder has an interest or that have an interest in such U.S. Holder, as well as any stock the U.S. Holder has a right to acquire by exercise of an option, which would generally include Class A Common Stock which could be acquired pursuant to the exercise of the warrants or rights. In order to meet the substantially disproportionate test, the percentage of our outstanding voting stock actually and constructively owned by the U.S. Holder immediately following the redemption of Class A Common Stock must, among other requirements, be less than 80% of our outstanding voting stock actually and constructively owned by the U.S. Holder immediately before the redemption. There will be a complete termination of a U.S. Holder’s interest if either (i) all of the shares of our stock actually and constructively owned by the U.S. Holder are redeemed or (ii) all of the shares of our stock actually owned by the U.S. Holder are redeemed and the U.S. Holder is eligible to waive, and effectively waives in accordance with specific rules, the attribution of stock owned by certain family members and the U.S. Holder does not constructively own any other stock. The redemption of the Class A Common Stock will not be essentially equivalent to a dividend if a U.S. Holder’s conversion results in a “meaningful reduction” of the U.S. Holder’s proportionate interest in us. Whether the redemption will result in a meaningful reduction in a U.S. Holder’s proportionate interest in us will depend on the particular facts and circumstances. However, the IRS has indicated in a published ruling that even a small reduction in the proportionate interest of a small minority stockholder in a publicly held corporation who exercises no control over corporate affairs may constitute such a “meaningful reduction.”
If none of the foregoing tests are satisfied, then the redemption will be treated as a distribution and the tax effects will be as described below under “U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations to U.S. Holders — Taxation of Distributions.”
U.S. Holders of our Class A Common Stock considering exercising their redemption rights should consult their own tax advisors as to whether the redemption of their Class A Common Stock of the Company will be treated as a sale or as a distribution under the Code.
Gain or Loss on a Redemption of Class A Common Stock Treated as a Sale
If the redemption qualifies as a sale of Class A Common Stock, a U.S. Holder must treat any gain or loss recognized as capital gain or loss. Any such capital gain or loss will be long-term capital gain or loss if the U.S. Holder’s holding period for the Class A Common Stock so disposed of exceeds one year. Generally, a U.S. Holder will recognize gain or loss in an amount equal to the difference between (i) the amount of cash received in such redemption (or, if the Class A Common Stock is held as part of a unit at the time of the disposition, the portion of the amount realized on such disposition that is allocated to the Class A Common Stock based upon the then fair market values of the Class A Common Stock, the one redeemable warrant, or one right included in the unit) and (ii) the U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in its Class A Common Stock so redeemed. A U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in its Class A Common Stock generally will equal the U.S. Holder’s acquisition cost (that is, the portion of the purchase price of a unit allocated to a share of Class A Common Stock or the U.S. Holder’s initial basis for Class A Common Stock upon exercise of a whole warrant or right) less any prior distributions treated as a return of capital. Long-term capital
 
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gain realized by a non-corporate U.S. Holder generally will be taxable at a reduced rate. The deduction of capital losses is subject to limitations.
Taxation of Distributions
If the redemption does not qualify as a sale of Class A Common Stock, the U.S. Holder will be treated as receiving a distribution. In general, any distributions to U.S. Holders generally will constitute dividends for United States federal income tax purposes to the extent paid from our current or accumulated earnings and profits, as determined under United States federal income tax principles. Distributions in excess of current and accumulated earnings and profits will constitute a return of capital that will be applied against and reduce (but not below zero) the U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in our Class A Common Stock. Any remaining excess will be treated as gain realized on the sale or other disposition of the Class A Common Stock and will be treated as described under “U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations to U.S. Holders — Gain or Loss on a Redemption of Class A Common Stock Treated as a Sale.” Dividends we pay to a U.S. Holder that is a taxable corporation generally will qualify for the dividends received deduction if the requisite holding period is satisfied. With certain exceptions, and provided certain holding period requirements are met, dividends we pay to a non-corporate U.S. Holder generally will constitute “qualified dividends” that will be taxable at a reduced rate.
U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations to Non-U.S. Holders
This section is addressed to Non-U.S. Holders of our Class A Common Stock that elect to have their Class A Common Stock of the Company redeemed for cash. For purposes of this discussion, a “Non-U.S. Holder” is a beneficial owner (other than a partnership) that so redeems its Class A Common Stock of the Company and is not a U.S. Holder.
Redemption of Class A Common Stock
The characterization for United States federal income tax purposes of the redemption of a Non-U.S. Holder’s Class A Common Stock generally will correspond to the United States federal income tax characterization of such a redemption of a U.S. Holder’s Class A Common Stock, as described under “U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations to U.S. Holders.”
Non-U.S. Holders of our Class A Common Stock considering exercising their redemption rights should consult their own tax advisors as to whether the redemption of their Class A Common Stock of the Company will be treated as a sale or as a distribution under the Code.
Gain or Loss on a Redemption of Class A Common Stock Treated as a Sale
If the redemption qualifies as a sale of Class A Common Stock, a Non-U.S. Holder generally will not be subject to United States federal income or withholding tax in respect of gain recognized on a sale of its Class A Common Stock of the Company, unless:

the gain is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business by the Non-U.S. Holder within the United States (and, under certain income tax treaties, is attributable to a United States permanent establishment or fixed base maintained by the Non-U.S. Holder), in which case the Non-U.S. Holder will generally be subject to the same treatment as a U.S. Holder with respect to the redemption, and a corporate Non-U.S. Holder may be subject to the branch profits tax at a 30% rate (or lower rate as may be specified by an applicable income tax treaty);

the Non-U.S. Holder is an individual who is present in the United States for 183 days or more in the taxable year in which the redemption takes place and certain other conditions are met, in which case the Non-U.S. Holder will be subject to a 30% tax on the individual’s net capital gain for the year; or

we are or have been a “U.S. real property holding corporation” for United States federal income tax purposes at any time during the shorter of the five-year period ending on the date of disposition or the period that the Non-U.S. Holder held our Class A Common Stock, and, in the case where shares of our Class A Common Stock are regularly traded on an established securities market, the Non-U.S.
 
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Holder has owned, directly or constructively, more than 5% of our Class A Common Stock at any time within the shorter of the five-year period preceding the disposition or such Non-U.S. Holder’s holding period for the shares of our Class A Common Stock. We do not believe we are or have been a U.S. real property holding corporation.
Taxation of Distributions
If the redemption does not qualify as a sale of Class A Common Stock, the Non-U.S. Holder will be treated as receiving a distribution. In general, any distributions we make to a Non-U.S. Holder of shares of our Class A Common Stock, to the extent paid out of our current or accumulated earnings and profits (as determined under United States federal income tax principles), will constitute dividends for U.S. federal income tax purposes and, provided such dividends are not effectively connected with the Non-U.S. Holder’s conduct of a trade or business within the United States, we will be required to withhold tax from the gross amount of the dividend at a rate of 30%, unless such Non-U.S. Holder is eligible for a reduced rate of withholding tax under an applicable income tax treaty and provides proper certification of its eligibility for such reduced rate. Any distribution not constituting a dividend will be treated first as reducing (but not below zero) the Non-U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis in its shares of our Class A Common Stock and, to the extent such distribution exceeds the Non-U.S. Holder’s adjusted tax basis, as gain realized from the sale or other disposition of the Class A Common Stock, which will be treated as described under “U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations to Non-U.S. Holders — Gain on Sale, Taxable Exchange or Other Taxable Disposition of Class A Common Stock.” Dividends we pay to a Non-U.S. Holder that are effectively connected with such Non-U.S. Holder’s conduct of a trade or business within the United States generally will not be subject to United States withholding tax, provided such Non-U.S. Holder complies with certain certification and disclosure requirements. Instead, such dividends generally will be subject to United States federal income tax, net of certain deductions, at the same graduated individual or corporate rates applicable to U.S. Holders (subject to an exemption or reduction in such tax as may be provided by an applicable income tax treaty). If the Non-U.S. Holder is a corporation, dividends that are effectively connected income may also be subject to a “branch profits tax” at a rate of 30% (or such lower rate as may be specified by an applicable income tax treaty).
Excise Tax Upon Redemption
On August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “IR Act”) was signed into federal law. The IR Act provides for, among other things, a new U.S. federal 1% excise tax (the “Excise Tax”) on certain repurchases of stock by publicly traded U.S. domestic corporations and certain U.S. domestic subsidiaries of publicly traded foreign corporations occurring on or after January 1, 2023. The Excise Tax is imposed on the repurchasing corporation itself, not its stockholders from which shares are repurchased. The amount of the Excise Tax is generally 1% of the fair market value of the shares repurchased at the time of the repurchase. However, for purposes of calculating the Excise Tax, repurchasing corporations are permitted to net the fair market value of certain new stock issuances against the fair market value of stock repurchases during the same taxable year. In addition, certain exceptions apply to the Excise Tax. The U.S. Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) has been given authority to provide regulations and other guidance to carry out and prevent the abuse or avoidance of the Excise Tax. On December 27, 2022, the Treasury and the IRS issued a notice (the “Notice”) announcing their intent to issue proposed regulations addressing the application of the Excise Tax and describing certain rules on which taxpayers may rely prior to the issuance of such proposed regulations.
Any redemption or other repurchase that occurs on or after January 1, 2023, in connection with a Business Combination, extension vote or otherwise, may be subject to the Excise Tax. Pursuant to the rules set forth in the Notice, however, redemptions in connection with a liquidation of the Company are generally not subject to the excise tax. Whether and to what extent the Company would be subject to the Excise Tax in connection with a Business Combination, extension vote or otherwise would depend on a number of factors, including (i) the fair market value of the redemptions and repurchases in connection with the Business Combination, extension or otherwise, (ii) the structure of a Business Combination, (iii) the nature and amount of any private investment in public equity or “PIPE,” or other equity issuances in connection with a Business Combination (or otherwise issued not in connection with a Business Combination but issued within the same taxable year of a Business Combination) and (iv) the content of regulations and other
 
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guidance from the Treasury. In addition, because the Excise Tax would be payable by the Company and not by the redeeming holder, the mechanics of any required payment of the Excise Tax have not been determined.
As previously noted above, the foregoing discussion of certain material U.S. federal income tax consequences is included for general information purposes only and is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal or tax advice to any stockholder. We once again urge you to consult with your own tax adviser to determine the particular tax consequences to you (including the application and effect of any U.S. federal, state, local or foreign income or other tax laws) of the receipt of cash in exchange for shares in connection with the Extension Amendment Proposal.
 
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HOUSEHOLDING INFORMATION
Unless we have received contrary instructions, we may send a single copy of this Proxy Statement to any household at which two or more stockholders reside if we believe the stockholders are members of the same family. This process, known as “householding,” reduces the volume of duplicate information received at any one household and helps to reduce our expenses. However, if stockholders prefer to receive multiple sets of our disclosure documents at the same address this year or in future years, the stockholders should follow the instructions described below. Similarly, if an address is shared with another stockholder and together both of the stockholders would like to receive only a single set of our disclosure documents, the stockholders should follow these instructions:

If the shares are registered in the name of the stockholder, the stockholder should contact us at Proxy@astfinancial.com to inform us of his or her request; or

If a bank, broker or other nominee holds the shares, the stockholder should contact the bank, broker or other nominee directly.
 
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WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION
We file reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC as required by the Exchange Act. You can read the Company’s SEC filings, including this Proxy Statement, over the Internet at the SEC’s website at https://www.sec.gov.
If you would like additional copies of this Proxy Statement or if you have questions about the proposals to be presented at the Special Meeting, you should contact the Company’s proxy solicitation agent at the following address, telephone number and email:
Morrow Sodali LLC
333 Ludlow Street, 5th Floor, South
Tower Stamford, CT 06902
Individuals call toll-free (800) 662-5200
Banks and brokers call (203) 658-9400
Email: CLIN.info@investor.morrowsodali.com
You may also obtain these documents by requesting them from the Company at:
Clean Earth
Acquisitions Corp.
12600 Hill Country
Blvd, Building R
Suite 275,Bee Cave, Texas
Telephone No.: (800) 508-1531
If you are a stockholder of the Company and would like to request documents, please do so by November 17, 2023, in order to receive them before the Special Meeting. If you request any documents from us, we will mail them to you by first class mail, or another equally prompt means.
 
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ANNEX A
CERTIFICATE OF AMENDMENT
OF THE
SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED
CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
OF
CLEAN EARTH ACQUISITIONS CORP.
Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp., a corporation organized and existing under and by virtue of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “Corporation”), does hereby certify as follows:
1.
The Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation, as amended by that certain Certificate of Amendment of the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation, dated May 25, 2023 and filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on May 26, 2023 (as so amended, the “Charter”) is hereby amended by deleting Section 9.1(b) thereof in its entirety and inserting the following in lieu thereof:
“(b) Immediately after the Offering, a certain amount of the net offering proceeds received by the Corporation in the Offering (including the proceeds of any exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option) and certain other amounts specified in the Corporation’s registration statement on Form S-1, initially filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on November 18, 2021, as amended (the “Registration Statement”), shall be deposited in a trust account (the “Trust Account”), established for the benefit of the Public Stockholders (as defined below) pursuant to a trust agreement described in the Registration Statement. Except for the withdrawal of interest to pay taxes, none of the funds held in the Trust Account (including the interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account) will be released from the Trust Account until the earliest to occur of (i) the completion of the initial Business Combination, (ii) the redemption of 100% of the Offering Shares (as defined below) if the Corporation is unable to complete its initial Business Combination within 21 months (or up to 27 months if the Company extends the period of time to consummate an initial Business Combination) from the closing of the Offering and (iii) the redemption of shares in connection with a vote seeking to amend such provisions of this Amended and Restated Certificate as described in Section 9.7. Holders of shares of Common Stock included as part of the units sold in the Offering (the “Offering Shares”) (whether such Offering Shares were purchased in the Offering or in the secondary market following the Offering and whether or not such holders are the Sponsor or officers or directors of the Corporation, or affiliates of any of the foregoing) are referred to herein as “Public Stockholders.
2.
The Charter is hereby further amended by deleting Section 9.2(d) thereof in its entirety and inserting the following in lieu thereof:
“(d) In the event that the Corporation has not consummated an initial Business Combination within 21 months from the closing of the Offering, the Board may extend the period of time to consummate an initial Business Combination by an additional six months (the “Extension”), for a total of up to 27 months from the closing of the Offering or May 28, 2024 ( the “Extended Date”); provided that the Sponsor (or its affiliates or designees) has provided to the Corporation a notice of such Extension no later than two business days prior to November 28, 2023. In the event that the Corporation does not consummate a Business Combination by the later of (A) November 28, 2023 or (B) if the Extension is exercised, the Extended Date, the Corporation shall (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than ten business days thereafter subject to lawfully available funds therefor, redeem 100% of the Offering Shares in consideration of a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable and up to $100,000 of interest to pay dissolution expenses), by (B) the total number of then outstanding Offering Shares, which redemption will completely extinguish rights of the Public Stockholders (including the right to receive further liquidating distributions, if any), subject to applicable law, and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of the remaining stockholders
 
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and the Board in accordance with applicable law, dissolve and liquidate, subject in each case to the Corporation’s obligations under the DGCL to provide for claims of creditors and other requirements of applicable law.
3.
The Charter is hereby further amended by deleting Section 9.7 thereof in its entirety and inserting the following in lieu thereof:
Additional Redemption Rights. If, in accordance with Section 9.1(a), any amendment is made to this Amended and Restated Certificate (a) to modify the substance or timing of the Corporation’s obligation to redeem 100% of the Offering Shares if the Corporation has not consummated an initial Business Combination within 21 months (or up to 27 months if the Company extends the period of time to consummate an initial Business Combination) from the date of the closing of the Offering or (b) with respect to any other material provisions of this Amended and Restated Certificate relating to stockholders’ rights or pre-initial Business Combination activity, the Public Stockholders shall be provided with the opportunity to redeem their Offering Shares upon the approval of any such amendment, at a per-share price, payable in cash, equal to the aggregate amount then on deposit in the Trust Account, including interest earned on the funds held in the Trust Account earned on the funds held in the Trust Account (which interest shall be net of taxes payable), divided by the number of then outstanding Offering Shares; provided, however, that any such amendment will be voided, and this Article IX will remain unchanged, if any stockholders who wish to redeem are unable to redeem due to the Redemption Limitation.
4.
The foregoing amendment was duly adopted in accordance with the provisions of Section 242 of the DGCL.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this Certificate of Amendment to be executed and acknowledged this             day of November, 2023.
Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp.
By:
Name:
Aaron T. Ratner
Title:
Chief Executive Officer
 
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Signature of Stockholder Date: Signature of Stockholder Date:Note: Please sign exactly as your name or names appear on this proxy. When Shares are held jointly, each holder should sign. When signing as executor, administrator, attorney, trustee or guardian, please give fulltitle as such. If the signer is a corporation, please sign full corporate name by duly authorized officer, giving full title as such. If signer is a partnership, please sign in partnership name by authorized person.To change the address on your account, please check the box at right andindicate your new address in the address space above. Please note thatchanges to the registered name(s) on the account may not be submitted viathis method.JOHN SMITH1234 MAIN STREETAPT. 203NEW YORK, NY 10038PROXY VOTING INSTRUCTIONSPlease detach along perforated line and mail in the envelope provided IF you are not voting via the Internet.THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” PROPOSALS 1 AND 2.PLEASE SIGN, DATE AND RETURN PROMPTLY IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE. PLEASE MARK YOUR VOTE IN BLUE OR BLACK INK AS SHOWN HERE x112423COMPANY NUMBERACCOUNT NUMBERSPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS OFCLEAN EARTH ACQUISITIONS CORP.November 24, 2023NOTICE OF INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS:The Notice of Meeting, proxy statement and proxy cardare available at https://www.astproxyportal.com/ast/98333INTERNET - Access “www.voteproxy.com” and follow the on-screeninstructions or scan the QR code with your smartphone. Have your proxycard available when you access the web page.Vote online until 11:59 PM EDT the day before the meeting.MAIL - Sign, date and mail your proxy card in the envelope provided assoon as possible.VIRTUALLY AT THE MEETING - The company will be hosting the meetinglive via the Internet. To attend the meeting via the Internet, please visithttps://web.lumiagm.com/290463470 (password: cleanearth2023) andbe sure to have your control number available.GO GREEN - e-Consent makes it easy to go paperless. Withe-Consent, you can quickly access your proxy materials,statements and other eligible documents online, while reducing costs,clutter and paper waste. Enroll today via www.astfinancial.com to enjoyonline access.1. The Extension Amendment Proposal — a proposal to amend the Existing Charter in theform set forth in Annex A to the Proxy Statement. The Extension Amendment proposes toextend the date by which the Company must consummate a Business Combination, fromNovember 28, 2023 to May 28, 2024.2. The Adjournment Proposal — a proposal to approve the adjournment of the SpecialMeeting to a later date or dates, if necessary, to permit further solicitation and vote of proxiesin the event that there are insufficient votes for, or otherwise in connection with, the approvalof the Extension Amendment Proposal. The Adjournment Proposal will only be presented atthe Special Meeting if there are not sufficient votes to approve the Extension AmendmentProposal.A vote to abstain will have the same effect as a vote against proposal 1 and a vote to abstain will have no effect onproposal 2. The Shares represented by this proxy, when properly executed and delivered, will be voted in the mannerdirected herein by the undersigned stockholder(s). If no direction is made, this proxy will be voted FOR each ofproposals 1 and 2. If any other matters properly come before the meeting, the proxies will vote on such matters intheir discretion.FOR AGAINST ABSTAINFOR AGAINST ABSTAIN0

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14475CLEAN EARTH ACQUISITIONS CORP.SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERSTHIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORSThe undersigned hereby appoints Aaron T. Ratner, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, (the “Proxy”)as proxy, with the power to appoint a substitute, to vote the shares that the undersigned is entitled to vote (the“Shares”) at the Special Meeting of stockholders of Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp. to be held on November24, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, virtually via live webcast at https://web.lumiagm.com/290463470(passcode “cleanearth2023”) or at any adjournments and/or postponements thereof. Such Shares shall bevoted as indicated with respect to the proposals listed on the reverse side hereof and in the Proxy’s discretionon such other matters as may properly come before the Special Meeting or any adjournment or postponementthereof.The undersigned acknowledges receipt of the accompanying proxy statement and revokes all prior proxies forsaid meeting. Capitalized terms used herein but not otherwise defined shall have the meanings as set forth inthe accompanying proxy statement.THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY THIS PROXY WHEN PROPERLY EXECUTED AND DELIVERED WILL BEVOTED IN THE MANNER DIRECTED HEREIN BY THE UNDERSIGNED STOCKHOLDER. IF NO SPECIFICDIRECTION IS GIVEN AS TO THE PROPOSALS ON THE REVERSE SIDE, THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTEDFOR PROPOSALS 1 AND 2. PLEASE MARK, SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THE PROXY CARD PROMPTLY.(Continued and to be signed on the reverse side)


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