DUBLIN, January 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) announces the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of ViroPharma (NASDAQ: VPHM). The tender offer expired at midnight, New York City time, on Thursday, January 23, 2014 (one minute after 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on January 23, 2014), and was not extended. As of midnight on January 23, 2014, approximately 53,745,956 common shares of ViroPharma (excluding 3,597,087 common shares of ViroPharma guaranteed to be delivered within the next three NASDAQ trading days) had been validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer, representing approximately 79.5% of the outstanding common shares of ViroPharma. All shares that were validly tendered and not withdrawn have been accepted for payment. Later today, Shire expects to complete the merger of ViroPharma with one of its subsidiaries, and, in connection with the merger, all remaining common shares of ViroPharma (excluding shares held by ViroPharma, Shire or certain of their respective subsidiaries or holders who have properly demanded appraisal rights under Delaware law) will be converted into the right to receive $50 per share in cash, the same price that was paid in the tender offer. Following completion of the merger, ViroPharma will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Shire and its shares will cease to be traded on NASDAQ. NOTES TO EDITORS Shire enables people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives. Our strategy is to focus on developing and marketing innovative specialty medicines to meet significant unmet patient needs. We provide treatments in Neuroscience, Rare Diseases, Gastrointestinal and Internal Medicine and we are developing treatments for symptomatic conditions treated by specialist physicians in other targeted therapeutic areas.