Former Elan CEO Kelly Martin is back at the helm of a business. The controversial dealmaker has taken over as CEO of Malin, the life science investment fund he helped to set up and guide to a €330 million ($380 million) IPO earlier this year.
Having committed €73 million ($79 million) to Immunocore's huge fundraising round, Kelly Martin's Malin has now nearly doled out the first tranche of the money it raised in its IPO. And as such the focus at Malin is shifting to helping its portfolio companies to grow, a process that will entail talking up the merits of setting up shop in Ireland.
Former Elan CEO Kelly Martin and other people with links to the Irish drugmaker are aiming to raise up to €325 million ($364 million) in an IPO to bankroll their life science investment fund. The IPO on the Irish Stock Exchange could dwarf last year's listing by Circassia and become one of the biggest floats in European biotech history.
Elan shareholders didn't much care for Kelly Martin's $1 billion royalty deal with Theravance. Or any other deals, for that matter, aside from a share buyback. But that doesn't seem to upset Theravance CEO Rick Winningham even a little bit.
Elan's shareholders rejected a string of CEO Kelly Martin's deals today but did green-light a share repurchase pact--which the biotech says will put the hex on Royalty Pharma's hostile $8 billion offer for the company.
Elan's shareholders rejected a string of CEO Kelly Martin's deals today, but did green-light a share repurchase pact--which the biotech says will put the hex on Royalty Pharma's hostile $8 billion offer for the company. The hostile bid, though, was already being reconsidered at the end of last week, when Elan's board decided to formally put the company on the auction block, inviting Royalty to take a seat at the bidding table.
Scrambling to salvage its takeover attempt of Elan, Royalty Pharma today sent up an alarm signal telling investors that a majority of shareholders appear to have endorsed a $267 million stock buyback proposal, which would scuttle its bid.
The sparring between Elan and Royalty Pharma over a sweetened buyout bid is going into late rounds, with Royalty swinging away at Elan's recent string of deals in an effort to spur a shareholder revolt.
It's a great time to helm a large biotech company, generally. Big biotech players overall posted major growth last year, and their CEOs got richer in the process. Most got fat raises while others saw their bundles of pay pale in comparison to 2011 figures. We surveyed the total compensation packages of the 10 largest biotech companies based on market capitalization as of early May, sleuthing mostly proxy statements for the financial details on pay for some of the most powerful people in the industry. Check it out >>
In a dealmaking frenzy, cash-rich Elan has agreed to pay up to $693 million for a biotech company focused on rare diseases, picked up a big share of a start-up specialty pharma company based in Dubai, spun out its sole remaining clinical asset into a new company with $90 million in financing and set up an $800 million debt offering to help keep the deals coming.