Shearman & Sterling Advises Sun Pharmaceutical on Merger with Taro Pharmaceutical
Shearman & Sterling is advising Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Sun Pharma) on its merger agreement with Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Taro). Upon completion of the merger, Taro will become a privately held company, will be wholly owned by affiliates of Sun Pharma, and its ordinary shares will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The closing of the merger is subject to certain terms and conditions customary for transactions of this type.
The merger agreement provides that all shareholders of Taro other than Sun Pharma and its affiliates will receive a cash payment of $39.50 per share upon the closing of the merger. Sun Pharma and its affiliates collectively own approximately 66.0% of the outstanding Taro ordinary shares and 100% of Taro’s founders shares, representing approximately 77.5% of the outstanding voting power in Taro.
Established in 1983, listed since 1994 and headquartered in India, Sun Pharma is an international, integrated, specialty pharmaceutical company. It manufactures and markets a large basket of pharmaceutical formulations as branded generics as well as generics in India, the United States and several other markets across the world. In India, the company is a leader in niche therapy areas of psychiatry, neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and ophthalmology.
Taro is a multinational, science-based pharmaceutical company, dedicated to meeting the needs of its customers through the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of the highest quality healthcare products.
The Shearman & Sterling team included partner Peter Lyons and associate Gregory Gewirtz (both New York-Mergers & Acquisitions).