Case Studies

Indian Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Acquires Florida Plant

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter assisted India-based Strides Pharma, Inc., in the acquisition of an FDA- approved manufacturing facility in Florida.

Located in Riviera Beach, Florida, it is the only FDA-approved facility in the U.S. to have integrated manufacturing-packaging capabilities for soft gel capsules.

Strides acquired the manufacturing facility under an asset purchase agreement with Micelle Biopharma, Inc. for a consideration of $0.5 million and will invest up to $10 million to build incremental capabilities and add additional dosage formats. With the addition of the Florida site, Strides now has eight formulation sites globally catering to the regulated and emerging markets.

Acquisition of U.S. Generics Company by Indian Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter served as buy-side counsel for India-based Strides Pharma, Inc., in its acquisition of U.S.-based generics company Vensun Pharmaceuticals, Inc., represented by Goodwin Procter LLP.

Strides benefits from Vensun’s strategic focus on niche ANDAs, and its portfolio of 16 commercialized ANDAs, four of which are partnered with Strides and constitute a significant part of Vensun’s current revenues of $~17 million.

Vensun’s portfolio also comprises an additional 13 filed ANDAs, which includes Strides Competitive Generic Therapy (CGT) designated product with a $400 million market opportunity. The company also has a development pipeline with two other partners for ten products.

Acquisition, Refinancing, and Spin-off of Non-core Assets for West Virginia-based Beverage Distributor

We assisted a growing West Virginia-based beverage distributor through a series of strategic transactions in 2016 and 2017, including the acquisition of distribution rights, real estate, and inventory from a distributor in an adjacent territory with operations in two different markets in West Virginia. This acquisition made our client one of the largest beverage distributors in the state.

Our assistance included the negotiation of a new credit facility to finance the acquisition and to re-finance existing debt, as well as the sale of distribution rights and inventory of our client’s Ohio and Kentucky franchises. We also provided guidance on the reorganization of their corporate structure in order to permit more streamlined post-closing operations and additional future growth, as well as tax strategy and transition issues.

Sale of Food Safety Consulting and Research Business

Our client, a food safety consulting and research business, sought our advice for its sale to a private-equity fund in 2017, and we provided them with assistance from letter of intent to closing, as well as post-closing personal and estate planning.

This assistance included deal structure and strategy, terms of earn-out and contingent consideration, and advice on applying working capital adjustment to a cash-basis company. We also provided guidance on tax strategy, risk mitigation, and transition issues, and assisted with post-closing estate and tax planning for the client’s family.