McDermott Represents Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in its Definitive Agreement to Acquire Exelead for US$780 Million
International law firm McDermott Will & Emery represented Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, in the entry of a definitive agreement to acquire Exelead, a biopharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that specializes in complex injectable formulations, for US $780 million. This transaction will enhance Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s more than 20 years of experience producing lipids, one of the critical components for the formulation of mRNA therapeutics including COVID-19 vaccines as well as its mRNA manufacturing capabilities.
The transaction was announced on January 6, 2022 and is expected to close in Q1 2022 subject to regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions.
The Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in-house legal team counsel was led by Rose Brounts, Head of Legal M&A, Post-Merger Integration and Finance and Alexander Krueger, Corporate Counsel, Legal – M&A, Post-Merger Integration and Finance.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and electronics. Around 58,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2020, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 17.5 billion in 66 countries.
The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Electronics. Since its founding in 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company.
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