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News Mar 29, 2015

Shearman & Sterling Advises Hyperion Therapeutics on Acquisition by Horizon Pharma

Shearman & Sterling is advising Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. on its acquisition by Horizon Pharma plc in a deal valued at $1.1 billion. The transaction was unanimously approved by both boards of directors, and it is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.

Horizon Pharma plc is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing, acquiring and commercializing differentiated products that address unmet medical needs. The company markets a portfolio of products in arthritis, inflammation and orphan diseases. The company’s U.S. marketed products are ACTIMMUNE® (interferon gamma-1b), DUEXIS® (ibuprofen/famotidine), PENNSAID® (diclofenac sodium topical solution) 2% w/w, RAYOS® (prednisone) delayed-release tablets and VIMOVO® (naproxen/esomeprazole magnesium). Horizon’s global headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland.

Hyperion Therapeutics is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and delivering life-changing treatments for orphan diseases. The company’s first commercial product, RAVICTI® (glycerol phenylbutyrate) Oral Liquid, was approved in February 2013 and is currently being marketed in the United States. The company also owns worldwide rights to BUPHENYL® (sodium phenylbutyrate) Tablets and Powder, which it markets in the United States. BUPHENYL is also marketed internationally through business partners. In addition, the company is developing RAVICTI for the potential treatment of hepatic encephalopathy.

The Shearman & Sterling team included partners Gus Atiyah (Washington, DC-Finance), Richard Hsu (Menlo Park-Intellectual Property Transactions), Larry Crouch (Menlo Park-Tax), and Robert Evans (New York-Capital Markets); counsel Daniel Stellenberg (Menlo Park-Compensation, Governance & ERISA); and associates Lisa Lopshire (San Francisco-Mergers & Acquisitions), Christine Huang (San Francisco-Mergers & Acquisitions), Yoav Simchoni (San Francisco-Mergers & Acquisitions), Nathan Wood (Menlo Park-Finance), Stephanie Monastra (New York-Compensation, Governance & ERISA), Antonio Fusco (New York-Finance), Kelly Karapetyan (New York-Antitrust), Ryan Bray (Menlo Park-Tax) and Ben Petersen (Menlo Park-Intellectual Property Transactions).