Ocera is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company targeting acute and chronic orphan liver diseases.
According to the Complaint, this action stems from a proposed transaction announced on November 2, 2017
(the “Proposed Transaction”), pursuant to which Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (“Ocera” or the “Company”) will be acquired by affiliates of Mallinckrodt plc.
On November 1, 2017, Ocera’s Board of Directors (the “Board” or “Individual Defendants”) caused the Company to enter into an agreement and plan of merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with MAK LLC (“Parent”), MEH Acquisition Co. (“Merger Sub”), and Mallinckrodt plc (together with Parent and Merger Sub, “Mallinckrodt”). Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub launched a tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to acquire all of the Company’s outstanding common stock for: (i) $1.52 per share in cash, and (ii) one contingent value right (“CVR”) per share, which represents the contractual right to receive one or more payments in cash currently estimated to be up to $2.58 in the aggregate, contingent upon the achievement of certain milestones. The Tender Offer is scheduled to expire on December 8, 2017.
On November 9, 2017, defendants filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement (the “Solicitation Statement”) with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with the Proposed Transaction.
The Complaint alleges that the Solicitation Statement omits material information with respect to the Proposed Transaction, which renders the Solicitation Statement false and misleading. Accordingly, plaintiff alleges herein that defendants violated Sections 14(e), 14(d), and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “1934 Act”) in connection with the Solicitation Statement.