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Tim Hortons China operator to List on Nasdaq via a special purpose acquisition company

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NEW YORK and SHANGHAI, USA – TH International Limited, the exclusive operator of Tim Hortons coffee shops in China (“Tims China” or the “Company”) has announced that its business combination (the “Business Combination”) with Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation (“Silver Crest”), a special purpose acquisition company, which was approved at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Silver Crest on August 18, 2022, has closed today.

The combined company will retain the TH International name and its shares and warrants are expected to begin trading on NASDAQ under the symbols “THCH” and “THCHW,” respectively, on or around September 29, 2022.

Founded by Cartesian Capital Group and Restaurant Brands International, Tims China opened its first store in Shanghai in 2019, and currently operates over 460 coffee shops across China.

Tims China serves freshly brewed beverages and baked goods to millions of guests, including nearly 9 million loyalty club members. The Company has welcomed additional world-class shareholders and partners, including Tencent Holdings and Sequoia China, and launched innovative collaborations with METRO China, a leading retailer, and Easy Joy, China’s largest convenience store chain.

Peter Yu, Chairman of Tims China, said, “This is a notable milestone for Tims China and, more importantly, a tribute to our 4,500 dedicated professionals across China. The listing and associated funding will allow us to continue growing Tims China as we aim to build a profitable network of 2,750 stores by 2026. We are grateful to our millions of amazing guests, whose support and patronage is a true privilege.”

Transaction Details

In connection with the Business Combination, Tims China will have access to nearly $200 million of additional financing, including, among others, approximately $94.5 million from PIPE financing (including $50 million subject to an equity support agreement) and up to $100 million in a committed equity facility from CF Principal Investments LLC, an affiliate of Cantor Fitzgerald. Yongchen Lu, CEO of Tims China, and Derek Cheung, former CEO of Silver Crest, have also joined Tims China’s Board of Directors.

About TH International Limited

TH International Limited is the parent company of the exclusive master franchise of Tim Hortons coffee shops for Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX: QSR) (NYSE: QSR) in China, including Hong Kong and Macau. TH International Limited was founded by Cartesian Capital Group and Tim Hortons Restaurants International, a subsidiary of Restaurant Brands International.

Tims China offers freshly brewed coffee, tea and other beverages, bakery & sides, and sandwiches and is an emerging coffee champion in China. The brand’s philosophy is rooted in world-class execution and data-driven decision making and centered on true local relevance, continuous innovation, genuine community, and absolute convenience. For more information, please visit

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