Novartis to Buy MorphoSys In €2.7B Deal

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Novartis to Buy MorphoSys In €2.7B Deal

In a strategic move to bolster its oncology treatment options, Novartis AG, the Swiss pharmaceutical juggernaut, has inked a monumental deal to acquire MorphoSys AG, a leading German biopharmaceutical group, for a staggering €2.7 billion ($2.9 billion). The agreement marks a significant leap in Novartis’ quest for dominance in the oncology landscape, with plans to take MorphoSys private after closing the deal by June.

The Price Tag: €2.7 Billion Deal Unveiled

In a daring maneuver, Novartis has announced its intention to make a voluntary public takeover offer for MorphoSys, valuing each share at €68 under the terms of the deal. The legal brainpower of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP backed Novartis in this high-stakes negotiation, ensuring the precision of the agreement.

Novartis to Buy MorphoSys In €2.7B Deal: Skadden Arps Guides MorphoSys

Meanwhile, MorphoSys is navigating the complex legal terrain with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom as its trusted legal adviser. Assuring stakeholders, MorphoSys is set to maintain its autonomy as a separate entity even after the acquisition’s completion, with the legal prowess of Skadden Arps behind them.

Novartis to Buy MorphoSys In €2.7B Deal: Novartis Gains Pelabresib Therapy

Novartis stands to acquire the coveted pelabresib therapy, tailored for patients grappling with myelofibrosis, a rare form of bone marrow cancer. Additionally, the Swiss giant will also gain control over tulmimetostat, a formidable inhibitor targeting solid tumors and lymphomas. Shreeram Aradhye, Chief Medical Officer at Novartis, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “With the planned acquisition of MorphoSys, we aim to further strengthen our leading pipeline and portfolio in oncology.”

Shareholder Landscape: 65% Approval Needed

The success of this monumental deal rests on the agreement of MorphoSys shareholders, demanding that at least 65% of them sell their shares to Novartis. Regulatory approvals are also in the cards, although specifics regarding the concerned authorities were not disclosed by the companies.

Endorsement from MorphoSys Board

The board of MorphoSys has thrown its weight behind the acquisition. Jean-Paul Kress, Chief Executive of MorphoSys, highlighted the potential benefits, noting, “Novartis will provide ample resources currently unavailable to MorphoSys as a standalone biotech company.”

Novartis to Buy MorphoSys In €2.7B Deal : Tafasitamab Sold to Incyte Corp.

In a strategic parallel move, MorphoSys has revealed plans to sell tafasitamab, a lymphoma treatment, to U.S. pharmaceutical company Incyte Corp. for a substantial $25 million.

Market Reactions: Stock Fluctuations Unleashed

Stock markets are already witnessing the ripple effects of this seismic deal. Novartis’ shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange experienced a marginal 0.35% dip, settling at 90.04 Swiss francs on Tuesday. In contrast, MorphoSys, trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, saw a 3.28% surge, closing at €65.46 on Tuesday.

Financial Guidance: Centerview Partners on Board

Centerview Partners is actively steering MorphoSys through the financial intricacies of this deal, acting as a trusted financial adviser.

Novartis to Buy MorphoSys In €2.7B Deal : Skadden Team at the Helm

The Skadden team, led by M&A partners Graham Robinson, Jan Bauer, Faiz Ahmad, along with capital markets experts Stephan Hutter, Matthias Horbach, and Caspar Schmelzer, showcased their prowess in navigating the complexities of this high-stakes acquisition.