3SBio Inc. Enters Into Merger Agreement For "Going Private" Transaction
The merger contemplated in the Merger Agreement, which is currently expected to close during the second quarter of 2013, is subject to various closing conditions, including the approval by an affirmative vote of shareholders representing two-thirds or more of the Company's ordinary shares present and voting in person or by proxy as a single class at an extraordinary general meeting of the Company's shareholders convened to consider the approval and adoption of the Merger Agreement and the merger, as well as certain other customary closing conditions. Dr. Jing Lou and the other Rollover Shareholders have agreed under a voting agreement to vote all the Consortium Shares in favor of the merger. If completed, the merger will result in the Company becoming a privately-held company and its ADSs would no longer be listed on the NASDAQ global market.
Jefferies International Limited is serving as financial advisor to the Independent Committee. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is serving as United States legal advisor to the Independent Committee, and Walkers is serving as Cayman Islands legal advisor to the Independent Committee. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as United States legal advisor to the Buyer Group, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is serving as United States legal advisor to CITIC PE, and Conyers Dill & Pearman is serving as Cayman Islands legal advisor to the Buyer Group. BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as financial advisor to the Buyer Group.
Additional Information about the Transaction
The Company will furnish to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a report on Form 6-K regarding the proposed merger, which will include the Merger Agreement. All parties desiring details regarding the proposed merger are urged to review these documents, which will be available at the SEC's website ( http://www.sec.gov).In connection with the proposed merger, the Company will prepare and mail a proxy statement to its shareholders. In addition, certain participants in the proposed merger will prepare and mail to the Company's shareholders a Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement. These documents will be filed with or furnished to the SEC. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THESE MATERIALS AND OTHER MATERIALS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, THE PROPOSED MERGER AND RELATED MATTERS. In addition to receiving the proxy statement and Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement by mail or the other means as permitted by law, shareholders also will be able to obtain these documents, as well as other filings containing information about the Company, the proposed merger and related matters, without charge, from the SEC's website ( http://www.sec.gov) or at the SEC's public reference room at 100 F Street, NE, Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549. In addition, these documents can be obtained, without charge, by contacting the Company at the following address and/or telephone number: 3SBio Inc.No. 3 A1, Road 10Shenyang Economy & Technology Development Zone Shenyang 110027 People's Republic of China Telephone: (86 24) 2581-1820 The Company and certain of its directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may, under SEC rules, be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies from our shareholders with respect to the proposed merger. Information regarding the persons who may be considered "participants" in the solicitation of proxies will be set forth in the proxy statement and Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement relating to the proposed merger when it is filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in the proxy statement and Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement and the other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available.
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