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PLG Journal: Issue 22 – July 2015

PLG Journal Issue 22: July 2015

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Repositioning Deals - Contingency Planning for Possible UK EU Breakaway

Helen Cline, Legal Director, Life Sciences Group, Pinsent Masons LLP

Withdrawal from the European Union is possible and the UK Government has committed to holding an in/out vote by the end of 2017 at the latest. With this in mind, now is a good time to assess potential risks in existing and future agreements and future-proof deals against the contingency of a UK exit from the European Union (EU). This would be a novel situation and the consequences of an EU exit would only be known after a lengthy period of renegotiation to determine the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The ongoing debate about the UK’s future in Europe needs to take due account of the views of the sector and its shared vision of the UK’s place in or outside the EU

Pharma and Biotech Valuations: Divergent Perspectives

Anthony Walker, Simon Turner & Rob Johnson, Alacrita LLP

Over at least the past decade, risk-adjusted net present value (rNPV) has emerged as the de facto standard for valuing pharmaceutical R&D projects.1,2 These valuations are used for several purposes including prioritising projects within a portfolio, making investment decisions, valuing a licensing transaction and valuing intellectual property in a sale setting. Controversies remain, not least the choice of discount rate to apply, but the methodology remains very widely used, at least in big pharma and those biotech companies that have not lost faith in rNPV. This paper briefly documents an alternative risk-profiled MC rNPV valuation (rpNPV), and highlights a material divergence between the perspective of a biotech company (with a single or small number of projects) and big pharma (with a broad portfolio).

Continuing Strength of IPO Market Throws Up Interesting Trends

EP Vantage Staff

There is no denying the last 18-24 months have seen an unprecedented uptick in the number of companies rushing to the take advantage of the wide open initial public offering (IPO) window. Between the beginning of 2013 and the first quarter of 2015, 144 companies have come to the market, as new issues have been enthusiastically embraced at a level not seen since the genomics bubble of 2000.

How Pharma Underestimates the Sales of its Top Products

John Ansell, Senior Partner, TranScrip Partners

Pharma companies are good at identifying the products that will become big successes at the time they launch them. But they wildly underestimate how successful these products will become. It is not that companies have failed to identify them as future successes. It is just the sheer scale of the success that they fail to fathom.

Deal Watch

Sharon Finch, Medius Associates

Almost half way through the year and May has seen a slightly top-heavy Deal Watch Table with two corporate acquisitions with headline values of over US$8bn. However, this month saw the smallest number of corporate acquisitions in the year to date, when compared with the previous months in 2015. The aggregate value of the top 20 deals was also down from the previous month where we reported the high value AbbVie/Pharmacyclics acquisition at $21bn.