Tag: Life Sciences
Life Sciences Reverse Mergers Go Global: Is it the Path for Your Company?
With the US initial public offering markets continuing to remain largely closed, and special purpose acquisition company combinations being costly and complex, there’s a new kid in town for foreign companies looking to go public in the US: reverse mergers. We’ve seen a material increase in reverse merger transactions – […]
Cooley’s 2022 Life Sciences M&A Year in Review
Although 2022 saw a general decline in M&A activity in the life sciences industry compared to 2021’s frenetic pace (when deal volume was up 52% from 2020), life sciences deal flow in 2022 on balance remained strong despite the headwinds. Creativity was the year’s primary theme as biotechnology companies increasingly […]
Cooley’s 2021 Life Sciences M&A Year in Review
General trends in life sciences M&A Although the COVID-19 pandemic that defined 2020 continued to shape much of the life sciences industry in 2021, the way that it did was markedly different. While 2020’s M&A landscape was characterized by whiplash volatility from choppy deal activity in the first half of […]
President Biden’s Executive Order on Competition: Three Important Takeaways for Tech and Life Sciences Companies
On July 9, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” With 72 initiatives and directives by more than a dozen federal agencies, the order seeks to aggressively “reduce the trend of corporate consolidation, increase competition, and deliver concrete benefits to America’s consumers, workers, farmers, and small businesses.” […]
Cooley’s 2020 Life Sciences M&A Year in Review
General Trends in Life Sciences M&A If 2019 was the year of life sciences mega-deals, 2020 was the year of COVID-19, as the global pandemic permeated every aspect of the dealmaking landscape, with the life sciences sector being no exception. COVID-19 drove unprecedented levels of collaboration among biopharmaceutical companies seeking […]
Highlights from Cooley’s M&A Dealmakers Roundtable: SPACs!
On September 24, Cooley M&A partner, Garth Osterman, moderated a webinar on the current trend in going public: SPACs! Dave Peinsipp, co-chair of Cooley’s capital markets practice group and Rama Padmanabhan, a Cooley M&A partner participated in the webinar which focused on the current wave of SPAC activity and how […]
SEC Amendments to Financial Disclosure Requirements Provide a Welcome Reprieve for Carve-Out Transactions
As previously reported in this Cooley PubCo post, on May 21, the SEC adopted final amendments to the financial disclosure requirements for the acquisition and disposition of businesses. One change relating to the use of abbreviated financial statements stands out as a welcome reform for public or pre-public biopharma and […]
Key Themes From Cooley’s M&A Dealmakers Roundtable: Insights on the Life Sciences M&A Market
On May 27th, Andy Pasternak, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer at Horizon Therapeutics and Eric Tokat, a partner in the healthcare practice at Centerview Partners joined Cooley M&A co-chair, Barbara Borden for a discussion of the life sciences M&A market, with a focus on business development. As part of […]
Cooley’s 2019 Life Sciences M&A Year in Review
2019 was a banner year for billion-dollar life sciences M&A transactions. A wave of big-ticket transactions by global pharmaceutical companies drove life sciences M&A activity to its fourth-largest year on record in 2019, with aggregate deal value in the pharmaceutical, medical and biotech industry reaching $234.2 billion – almost double […]
When Approval for a Drug “Indication” Gets Murky: Drafting Milestones to Avoid Disputes
According to a recent study by SRS of recent private life sciences deals, disputes over earn-outs arose in about one-third (36%) of all milestones that were expected to be hit by September 2016. While most disputes were not about contract interpretation issues regarding whether an event triggered the milestone or […]
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