Fangda advises buyer consortium on China Biologic’s take-private deal

Fangda has advised a buyer consortium on its proposed take-private with leading biopharmaceutical company China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc. (“China Biologic”). The consortium comprises Centurium Capital, CITIC Capital, Marc Chan, Hillhouse Capital, Temasek Holdings, and other financial institutions and management members. The deal was announced on November 19, 2020.

China Biologic’s products are used as critical therapies during medical emergencies and for the prevention and treatment of life-threatening diseases and immune deficiency-related diseases. China Biologic was founded in 2002 and listed on NASDAQ in 2009. Under the merger agreement, the buyer consortium will pay US$120 per share to acquire a 68.84% stake in China Biologic, implying an equity value of China Biologic of about US$4.8 billion.

Fangda Partners acted as PRC legal counsel to the buyer consortium, including providing due diligence, and negotiating and drafting the financing transaction agreement and the bank loan agreement. The Fangda corporate team was led by partners Leo Lou and Diana Li, and team members included Elaine Wang, Shuwen Hu, Tingting Huang, Siyu Chen, Xiaobo Wen, Jiali Yang, and Yifei Huang. The banking & finance team was led by partner Stanley Chen, supported by Harry Xu.