Conversion of Kiadis to a private limited liability company postponed until completion of statutory buy-out proceedings
This is a joint press release by Sanofi Foreign Participations B.V. (the “Offeror”), Sanofi (“Sanofi”) and Kiadis Pharma N.V. (“Kiadis”) in connection with the recommended public offer by the Offeror for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of Kiadis (the “Offer”). This announcement does not constitute an offer, or any solicitation of any offer, to buy or subscribe for any securities. Any offer will be made only by means of the offer memorandum dated 10 February 2021 (the “Offer Memorandum”), approved by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten) on 10 February 2021 and recognized by the Belgian Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit voor Financiële Diensten en Markten) on 11 February 2021. This announcement is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into, directly or indirectly, any jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful. Terms not defined in this press release will have the meaning as set forth in the Offer Memorandum.
Paris, France and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15 July 2021 – The Offeror, Sanofi (Euronext: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and Kiadis today announce that the conversion of Kiadis from a public limited liability company (naamloze vennootschap) into a private limited liability company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid) shall be postponed until the Offeror has completed the statutory buy-out proceedings.
In Section 6.13 of the Offer Memorandum the Offeror stated that it has the intention to amend the articles of association of Kiadis following termination of the listing of the Kiadis shares on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussel (which took place on 25 May 2021). On 30 March 2021, the general meeting of Kiadis adopted a shareholders' resolution to amend the articles of association as soon as possible following delisting. Upon reflection, the Offeror and Kiadis have decided to postpone the conversion of Kiadis into a private limited liability company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid) until the buy-out proceedings have been completed.
Any announcement contemplated by the Offer Memorandum will be issued by press release. Any press release issued by the Offeror will be made available on the website of the Offeror (www.sanofi.com). Any press release issued by Kiadis will be made available on the website (www.kiadis.com).
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Offer Memorandum, Position Statement and further information
This announcement contains selected, condensed information regarding the Offer and does not replace the Offer Memorandum and/or the position statement by Kiadis dated 12 February 2021 (the “Position Statement”). The information in this announcement is not complete and additional information is contained in the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement.
Digital copies of the Offer Memorandum are available on the website of the Offeror (www.sanofi.com) and digital copies of the Position Statement are available on the website of Kiadis (www.kiadis.com). Such websites do not constitute part of, and are not incorporated by reference into, the Offer Memorandum. Copies of the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement are on request also available free of charge at the offices of Kiadis and the Settlement Agent at the addresses below:
Kiadis Pharma N.V.
1105 BP Amsterdam
ING Bank N.V.
1102 CT Amsterdam The Netherlands
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Founded in 1997, Kiadis is committed to developing innovative cell-based medicines for patients with life- threatening diseases. With headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and offices and activities across the United States, Kiadis is reimagining medicine by leveraging the natural strengths of humanity and our collective immune system to source the best cells for life.
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