SHANGHAI, May 13, 2015 -- WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. ("WuXi" or the "Company") (WX), a leading global contract R&D services provider, today announced that, in response to a preliminary non-binding proposal letter, dated April 29, 2015, received by the Company's board of directors (the "Board") from Dr. Ge Li (the "Chairman"), founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the Company, and Ally Bridge Group Capital Partners to acquire the Company in a "going private" transaction, the Board has formed a special committee of independent directors (the "Special Committee") consisting of Xuesong (Jeff) Leng, William R. Keller and Walter T. Kwauk to evaluate the proposed transaction.
Also, the Company has been informed that on May 11, 2015, the Chairman, Ally Bridge Group Capital Partners and Boyu Capital Fund II, L.P. formed a consortium and entered into a related consortium agreement in connection with the proposed transaction.
No decisions have been made by the Special Committee with respect to the Company's response to the proposed transaction. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated. The Company does not undertake any obligation to provide any updates with respect to this or any other transaction, except as required under applicable law.
The Special Committee has retained independent legal counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and is in the process of retaining an independent financial advisor, to assist it in its evaluation. O'Melveny & Myers LLP is representing WuXi.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati ("WSGR"), Sullivan & Cromwell ("S&C") and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP ("WGM") have been engaged as counsel to the consortium, with WSGR acting as counsel for U.S. and Hong Kong legal matters to the Chairman, S&C acting as counsel for U.S. and Hong Kong legal matters to Ally Bridge Group Capital Partners and WGM acting as counsel for U.S. and Hong Kong legal matters to Boyu Capital. Conyers Dill & Pearman has been engaged as counsel for the consortium on Cayman Islands legal matters.
WuXi PharmaTech (WX) is a leading open-access R&D capability and technology platform company serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, with operations in China and the United States. As a research-driven and customer-focused company, WuXi PharmaTech provides pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies with a broad and integrated portfolio of laboratory and manufacturing services throughout the drug and medical device R&D process. WuXi PharmaTech's services are designed to help its global partners in shortening the cycle and lowering the cost of drug and medical device R&D. WuXi is also building a platform to provide clinical diagnostic services directly to physicians and their patients globally. The operating subsidiaries of WuXi PharmaTech are known as WuXi AppTec. For further information, please visit http://www.wuxiapptec.com.
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