VICTORIA, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: ASPV; TSX: ASV) today announced the completion of the plan of arrangement with Galenica Group (SWX: GALN), pursuant to which Galenica, through a wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, acquired all outstanding shares of Aspreva for US$26.00 per share in cash.
With the completion of the plan of arrangement, Aspreva will delist its shares from the NASDAQ on January 3, 2008 and the Toronto Stock Exchange on January 7, 2008.
Further details regarding the terms of the transaction are set out in Aspreva's management information circular dated November 15, 2007, which was filed by Aspreva on the Canadian SEDAR website at http://www.sedar.com and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov.
Financial and Legal Advisors
Lazard Freres & Co. LLP and Lehman Brothers Inc. have acted as financial advisors to Aspreva with respect to the plan of arrangement. Aspreva's legal advisors are Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, McCarthy Tetrault LLP and Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.
UBS Investment Bank acted as financial advisor to Galenica for the plan of arrangement. Merrill Lynch International provided Galenica a second opinion about the transaction. Galenica's legal advisors are Kellerhals Hess; Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Galenica is a diversified group active throughout the healthcare market which, among other things, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products, runs pharmacies, provides logistical services and access to databases and sets up networks. The Galenica Group enjoys a leading position in all its areas of activity - pharmaceutical manufacturing, pre-wholesaling, distribution, healthcare information and retailing. A large part of Galenica's income is generated by international operations. For more information please visit http://www.galenica.com
Aspreva is a global pharmaceutical company focused on identifying, developing, and, upon approval, commercializing evidence-based medicines for patients living with less common diseases. Aspreva common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol ASPV and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ASV. Learn more about the company at http://www.aspreva.com
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws in Canada (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). The words "anticipates", "believes", "budgets", "could", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "intends", "may", "might", "plans", "projects", "schedule", "should", "will", "would" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements about the delisting of Aspreva's shares from the NASDAQ and TSX.
With respect to the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, Aspreva has made numerous assumptions regarding, among other things: Aspreva's ability to protect its intellectual property rights and to not infringe on the intellectual property rights of others; and Aspreva's ability to comply with applicable governmental regulations and standards. Readers are cautioned that the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in any forward-looking statements and underlying assumptions may not be achieved and that they should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions, expectations, and assumptions expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those relating to: the possibility of Aspreva not being able to de-list from the NASDAQ or TSX on a timely basis.
For a more thorough discussion of the risks associated with Aspreva's business, see the "Risk Factors" section in Aspreva's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov and with securities regulatory authorities in Canada at http://www.sedar.com. Although we have attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actual results or events to differ from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and Aspreva undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date hereof.
CONTACT: Sage J. Baker, Vice President, IR & Corporate Communications, Aspreva Pharmaceuticals, (250) 708-4270, firstname.lastname@example.org
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