SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13D

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. )


Spark Networks SE

(Name of Issuer)

American Depositary Shares, no par value

(Title of Class of Securities)

846517100

(CUSIP Number)

J. Carlo Cannell

Cannell Capital LLC

245 Meriwether Circle

Alta, WY 83414

(307) 733-2284

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person

to Receive Notices and Communications)

April 21, 2021

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of This Statement)


If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box. ☐

Note.             Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See §240.13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

(Continued on following pages)

(Page 1 of 8 Pages)

______________________

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

Potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information contained in this form are not required to respond unless the form displays a current valid OMB control number.

 
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1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

Cannell Capital LLC

I.R.S. Identification Nos. of above persons (entities only)

94-3366999

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

(a)  ☐

(b)  ☐

3

SEC USE ONLY

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS

(see instructions)

WC/OO

5

CHECK IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d)  ☐ or 2(e)  ☐

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

USA

NUMBER OF SHARES

BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY

EACH REPORTING

PERSON WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER*

1,474,493

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

0

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER*

1,474,493

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

0

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

1,474,493

12

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES ☐

(see instructions)

13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 11

5.66%*

14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

IA

* Based on information set forth on the Form 10-K of Spark Networks SE, (the “Company”, “Registrant”, or “LEE”) as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2021, there were 26,056,890 American Depositary Shares (the “Shares”), of the Company issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020.

   As of April 21, 2021 (the “Reporting Date”), Tristan Partners, L.P. (“Tristan”), the Tristan Offshore Fund Ltd. (“Tristan Offshore”), Tonga Partners, L.P. (“Tonga”) and Separately Managed Accounts (“SMAs”) and collectively with Tristan, Tristan Offshore and Tonga the (“Investment Vehicles”), held in the aggregate 1,474,493 Shares.

 
CUSIP No. 846517100 Page 3 of 8 Pages
1

NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS

I.R.S. Identification Nos. of above persons (entities only)

J. Carlo Cannell

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

(a)  ☐

(b)  ☐

3

SEC USE ONLY

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS

(see instructions)

WC/OO

5

CHECK IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d)  ☐ or 2(e)  ☐

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

USA

NUMBER OF SHARES

BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY

EACH REPORTING

PERSON WITH

7

SOLE VOTING POWER*

1,474,493

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

0

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER*

1,474,493

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

0

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

1,474,493

12

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES ☐

(see instructions)

13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 11

5.66%*

14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

IN

* Based on information set forth on the Form 10-K of Company as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2021, there were 26,056,890 American Depositary Shares of the Company issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020.

   As of Reporting Date the Investment Vehicles held in the aggregate 1,474,493 Shares.

 
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   Cannell Capital LLC acts as the investment adviser to Tonga, Tristan, Tristan Offshore and SMAs. Mr. J. Carlo Cannell is the sole managing member of Cannell Capital LLC. The Reporting Person possesses the sole power to vote and to direct the disposition of the Shares held by the Investment Vehicles.

Item 1.   Security and Issuer
The title of the class of equity securities to which this Schedule 13D relates is the American Depositary Share of Spark Netowrks SE, a German Company.
The address of the principal executive offices of the Company is Kohlfurter Strase 41/43, Berlin, Germany.
Item 2.   Identity and Background
a)

The name of the Reporting Person is J. Carlo Cannell (the “Reporting Person”).

The Reporting Person is the sole managing member of Cannell Capital LLC, an investment adviser to the following entities:

Tonga Partners, L.P.

Tristan Partners, L.P.

Tristan Offshore Fund, Ltd.

Separately Managed Accounts

Set forth in the attached Annex "A" and incorporated herein by reference is a listing of the directors, general partners, managing members and controlling persons of the Reporting Person and the Investment Vehicles (collectively, the “Covered Persons”), and sets forth the principal occupation, citizenship and principal place of business of each Covered Person.

b)

The principal business address of the Reporting Person is:

245 Meriwether Circle

Alta, WY 83414

c)

The principal business of the Reporting Person is the performance of investment management and advisory services. The principal business of the Investment Vehicles is investment in securities.

d)

Neither the Reporting Person, nor to the best of its knowledge, any of the Investment Vehicles, has, in the last five years, been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors).

e)

Neither the Reporting Person, nor to the best of its knowledge, any of the Investment Vehicles, has, during the last five years, been a party to a civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of competent jurisdiction and as a result of such proceeding was or is subject to a judgement, decree or final order enjoining future violations of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state securities laws or finding any violations with respect to such laws.

f)

The place of organization of the Reporting Person is as follows:

The citizenship of each Covered Person is set forth on the attached Annex A and incorporated herein by reference.

Mr. J. Carlo Cannell is the Managing Member of Cannell Capital LLC, a Wyoming limited liability company.

Item 3.   Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration

The securities to which this statement relates were acquired by the Reporting Person using the working capital of each Investment Vehicle as follows:

Tonga Partners, L.P.: $1,917,210

Tristan Partners, L.P.: $2,879,428

Tristan Offshore Fund, Ltd.: $1,240,731

Separately Managed Accounts: $712,779

The Investment Vehicles have invested an aggregate amount of approximately $6,750,149 in the Shares.

 
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Item 4.   Purpose of Transaction



Cannell Capital LLC, on behalf of the Investment Vehicles, identified the Company as an entity satisfying each of the Investment Vehicles’ investment criteria. The Investment Vehicles acquired and continue to hold the Shares as a long-term investment.

Mr. Cannell makes this filing to file the materials attached as Exhibit 99. Other than the items discussed in Exhibit 99, CC has no plans or proposals to engage in any of the actions specified in Items 4(a) through 4(j) to the Schedule 13D general instructions with regards to the Company.  


Item 5.   Interest in Securities of the Issuer

Based on information set forth in the Company’s Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2021, there were 26,056,890 American Depositary Shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020.

(a)  As of the Reporting Date, for the purposes of Reg. Section 240.13d-3, Cannell Capital LLC may be deemed to beneficially own 1,474,493 Shares, or approximately 5.66% of the Shares deemed issued and outstanding as of the Reporting Date.

(b)  Cannell Capital LLC possesses the sole power to vote and to direct the disposition of the Shares held by the Investment Vehicles.

(c)  The following table details the transactions during the sixty days on or prior to the Reporting Date in Shares, or securities convertible into, exercisable for or exchangeable for Shares, by Cannell Capital LLC or any other person or entity controlled by him or any person or entity for which he possesses voting or investment control over the securities thereof (each of which was effected in an ordinary brokerage transaction by Cannell Capital LLC on behalf of the Investment Vehicles).

Entity Date Quantity Price

Per Share

Form Of

Transaction

 
Tonga03/04/202124,1465.0573Sell
Tristan Offshore03/04/202119,2935.0573Sell
Tristan03/04/202138,1885.0573Sell
Tonga03/05/20211,0365.1000Sell
Tristan Offshore03/05/20218285.1000Sell
Tristan 03/05/20211,6385.1000Sell
Tonga03/09/202121,5244.9692Sell
Tristan Offshore03/09/202113,9204.9692Sell
Tristan03/09/202132,2444.9692Sell
Tonga03/10/202125,6114.8238Sell
Tristan Offshore03/10/202116,5644.8238Sell
Tristan03/10/202138,3684.8238Sell
 
 
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Item 6.   Contracts, Arrangements, Understandings or Relationships with Respect to Securities of the Issuer
None
Item 7.   Material to Be Filed as Exhibits
None
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SIGNATURE

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Dated:  April 21, 2021

Cannell Capital LLC

By:  /s/ J. Carlo Cannell                 

Name:  J. Carlo Cannell

Title:  Managing Member

 
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Annex "A"

MANAGERS AND GENERAL PARTNERS OF THE REPORTING PERSON AND THE INVESTMENT VEHICLES

The following sets forth the name, principal occupation, citizenship or jurisdiction of organization and principal place of business of the directors, general partners, managing members or controlling persons of the Reporting Person and the Investment Vehicles (the “Covered Persons”) indicated below:

J. Carlo Cannell

Name:

Title or Relationship with Reporting Person:

Principal Occupation or Employment:

Citizenship or Jurisdiction of Organization:

Principal Place of Business:

J. Carlo Cannell

Managing Member

Investment Management

Wyoming, United States

(1)

Cannell Capital LLC

Name:

Title or Relationship with Reporting Person:

Principal Occupation or Employment:

Citizenship or Jurisdiction of Organization:

Principal Place of Business:

J. Carlo Cannell

Managing Member

Investment Management

Wyoming, United States

(1)

Tonga Partners, L.P.

Name:

Title or Relationship with Reporting Person:

Principal Occupation or Employment:

Citizenship or Jurisdiction of Organization:

Principal Place of Business:

Cannell Capital LLC

Investment Adviser and General Partner

Investment Management

Wyoming, United States

(1)

Tristan Partners, L.P.

Name:

Title or Relationship with Reporting Person:

Principal Occupation or Employment:

Citizenship or Jurisdiction of Organization:

Principal Place of Business:

Cannell Capital LLC

Investment Adviser and General Partner

Investment Management

Wyoming, United States

(1)

Tristan Offshore Fund, Ltd.

Name:

Title or Relationship with Reporting Person:

Principal Occupation or Employment:

Citizenship or Jurisdiction of Organization:

Principal Place of Business:

Cannell Capital LLC

Investment Adviser

Investment Management

Cayman Islands

(2)

 
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Annex "B"

Agreement Regarding the Joint Filing of Schedule 13D

1) Each of them is individually eligible to use the Schedule 13D to which this Exhibit is attached, and such Schedule 13D is filed on behalf each of them;
2) Each of them is responsible for the timely filing of such Schedule 13D and any amendments thereto, and for the completeness and accuracy of the information concerning such person contained therein; but none of them is responsible for the completeness or accuracy of the information concerning the other persons making the filing, unless such person knows or has reason to believe that such information is inaccurate.

Dated:  April 21, 2021

By:  /s/ J. Carlo Cannell                 

Name:  J. Carlo Cannell

Cannell Capital LLC

By:  /s/ J. Carlo Cannell                 

Name:  J. Carlo Cannell

Title:  Managing Member

On April 21, 2021 Cannell Capital (“CC”) enjoyed a telephone call with Spark Networks (“LOV”) Chairman David Khalil during which it demanded the addition of a new member, Charles M. Gillman, to the Board of Directors of LOV.