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|Re: Bird Global, Inc. Registration Statement on Form S-4|
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We have acted as special counsel to Bird Global, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), in connection with the proposed issuance of (i) up to 270,438,314 shares (the Class A Shares) of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (the Class A Common Stock) to be issued in connection with the business combination (the Business Combination) contemplated by that certain Business Combination Agreement, dated as of May 11, 2021, by and among Switchback II Corporation, a Cayman Islands exempted company (Switchback), Maverick Merger Sub Inc., a Delaware corporation and a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Switchback, Bird Rides, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Bird), and the Company (as amended, the Business Combination Agreement), (ii) up to 39,092,936 shares (the Class X Shares and, together with the Class A Shares, the Shares) of Class X common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company to be issued in connection with the Business Combination (provided that the number of Class A Shares and Class X Shares may be increased or decreased, as applicable, based on the exchange ratio provided for under the Business Combination Agreement, such that the total number of Class A Shares and Class X Shares issued or issuable to former stockholders of Bird does not exceed 240,000,000), (iii) 11,875,000 warrants to acquire shares of Class A Common Stock (the Warrants), which warrants were originally issued by Switchback pursuant to that certain Warrant Agreement, dated as of January 7, 2021, between Switchback and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as warrant agent (as amended, the Warrant Agreement), and will automatically convert into warrants to purchase shares of Class A Common Stock upon consummation of the Business Combination, and (iv) up to 11,875,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of the Warrants pursuant to the terms of the Warrant Agreement (the Warrant Shares). The Shares, the Warrants and the Warrant Shares are included in a registration statement on Form S-4 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Act), initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) on May 14, 2021 (Registration No. 333-256187) (as amended, the Registration Statement). This opinion is being furnished in connection with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Act, and no opinion is expressed herein as to any matter pertaining to the contents of the Registration Statement or the proxy statement/prospectus contained therein, other than as expressly stated herein with respect to the issuance of the Shares, the Warrants and the Warrant Shares.
As such counsel, we have examined such matters of fact and questions of law as we have considered appropriate for purposes of this letter. With your consent, we have relied upon certificates and other assurances of officers of the Company and others as to factual matters without having independently verified such factual matters. We are opining herein as to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the DGCL) and, with respect to the opinions set forth in numbered paragraph 2 below, the internal laws of the State of New York, and we express no opinion with respect to the applicability thereto, or the effect thereon, of the laws of any other jurisdiction or, in the case of Delaware, any other laws, or as to any matters of municipal law or the laws of any local agencies within any state.
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Subject to the foregoing and the other matters set forth herein, it is our opinion that, as of the date hereof:
When the Shares shall have been duly registered on the books of the transfer agent and registrar therefor in the name or on behalf of the applicable Switchback and Bird stockholders, and have been issued by the Company against payment therefor (not less than par value) in the circumstances contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Business Combination Agreement, the issuance of the Shares will have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action of the Company, and the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.
When the Warrants shall have been duly registered on the books of the transfer agent and registrar therefor in the name or on behalf of the applicable Warrant holders, and have been issued by the Company in the manner contemplated by the Registration Statement, the Business Combination Agreement and the Warrant Agreement, the issuance of the Warrants will have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action of the Company, and the Warrants will be the legally valid and binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with the terms of the Warrants and the Warrant Agreement.
When the Warrant Shares shall have been duly registered on the books of the transfer agent and registrar therefor in the name or on behalf of the applicable Warrant holders, and have been issued by the Company upon exercise of the Warrants against payment therefor (not less than par value) in the manner contemplated by the Warrants and the Warrant Agreement, the issuance of the Warrant Shares will have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action of the Company, and the Warrant Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.
In rendering the foregoing opinions, we have assumed that (i) at or prior to the time of the delivery of any Shares, Warrants or Warrant Shares, as applicable, the Registration Statement will have been declared effective under the Act and that the registration will apply to all of the Shares, Warrants and Warrant Shares, and will not have been modified or rescinded and that there will not have occurred any change in law affecting the validity of the issuance of such Shares, Warrants or Warrant Shares, as applicable, and (ii) the Company will comply with all applicable notice requirements regarding uncertificated shares provided in the DGCL.
Our opinions set forth in numbered paragraph 2 are subject to:
the effect of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, preference, fraudulent transfer, moratorium or other similar laws relating to or affecting the rights and remedies of creditors;
the effect of general principles of equity, whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law (including the possible unavailability of specific performance or injunctive relief), concepts of materiality, reasonableness, good faith and fair dealing, and the discretion of the court before which a proceeding is brought; and
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the invalidity under certain circumstances under law or court decisions of provisions providing for the indemnification of or contribution to a party with respect to a liability where such indemnification or contribution is contrary to public policy.
We express no opinion as to (a) any provision for liquidated damages, default interest, late charges, monetary penalties, make-whole premiums or other economic remedies to the extent such provisions are deemed to constitute a penalty, (b) consents to, or restrictions upon, governing law, jurisdiction, venue, arbitration, remedies or judicial relief, (c) waivers of rights or defenses, (d) any provision requiring the payment of attorneys fees, where such payment is contrary to law or public policy, (e) the creation, validity, attachment, perfection or priority of any lien or security interest, (f) advance waivers of claims, defenses, rights granted by law or notice, opportunity for hearing, evidentiary requirements, statutes of limitation, trial by jury or at law or other procedural rights, (g) waivers of broadly or vaguely stated rights, (h) provisions for exclusivity, election or cumulation of rights or remedies, (i) provisions authorizing or validating conclusive or discretionary determinations, (j) grants of setoff rights, (k) proxies, powers and trusts, (l) provisions prohibiting, restricting or requiring consent to assignment or transfer of any right or property, (m) any provision to the extent it requires that a claim with respect to a security denominated in other than U.S. dollars (or a judgment in respect of such a claim) be converted into U.S. dollars at a rate of exchange at a particular date, to the extent applicable law otherwise provides, and (n) the severability, if invalid, of provisions to the foregoing effect.
With your consent, we have assumed (a) that the Warrants and the Warrant Agreement have been or will be duly authorized, executed and delivered by the parties thereto other than the Company, (b) that the Warrants and the Warrant Agreement constitute or will constitute legally valid and binding obligations of the parties thereto other than the Company, enforceable against each of them in accordance with their respective terms, and (c) that the status of the Warrants and the Warrant Agreement as legally valid and binding obligations of the parties will not be affected by any (i) breaches of, or defaults under, agreements or instruments, (ii) violations of statutes, rules, regulations or court or governmental orders or (iii) failures to obtain required consents, approvals or authorizations from, or to make required registrations, declarations or filings with, governmental authorities.
This opinion is for your benefit in connection with the Registration Statement and may be relied upon by you and by persons entitled to rely upon it pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Act. We consent to your filing this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and to the reference to our firm in the proxy statement/prospectus under the heading Legal Matters. In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.
|Very truly yours,|
|/s/ Latham & Watkins LLP|