Sanofi Announces Expiration of Hart-Scott-Rodino Waiting Period Regarding Proposed Acquisition of Medivation
Sanofi today announced the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) in connection with Sanofi’s intent to acquire Medivation, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDVN). This milestone further supports Sanofi’s belief that the all cash acquisition proposal, which is not subject to any financing condition, would provide the highest level of transaction certainty to Medivation shareholders.
As announced on April 28, 2016, Sanofi proposed to acquire Medivation for $52.50 per share, representing an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $9.4 billion.
Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi is organized into five global business units: Diabetes and Cardiovascular, General Medicines and Emerging Markets, Sanofi Genzyme, Sanofi Pasteur and Merial. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
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This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. No tender offer for the shares of Medivation, Inc. (“Medivation”) has commenced at this time. In connection with the proposed transaction Sanofi (“Sanofi”) may file tender offer documents or other documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). This communication is not a substitute for any tender offer document or other document Sanofi may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. On June 13, 2016, Sanofi filed a definitive consent solicitation statement and accompanying WHITE consent card with the SEC with respect to the solicitation of written consents of Medivation stockholders (including any amendments and supplements, the “Consent Solicitation Statement”). This communication is not a substitute for the definitive consent solicitation statement that Sanofi has filed with the SEC or any other documents which Sanofi may file with the SEC in connection with the consent solicitation. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF MEDIVATION ARE URGED TO READ THESE AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONSENT SOLICITATION AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, AS APPLICABLE. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Sanofi through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
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