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Bird

  • Background: Bird Global, Inc. (“Bird”), based in Miami, FL, is a micromobility company that engages in delivering and operating on-demand electric transportation solutions such as e-scooters and e-bikes for short distances to 350 cities across the world.  In December 2023, Bird filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  • Cassel Salpeter:
    • Served as investment banker to the company
    • Conducted a global sales process, identifying and contacting a broad set of strategic and financial parties
    • Provided assistance throughout all phases of the Chapter 11 Section 363 sales process, due diligence, and closing
  • Challenges:
    • In a niche industry facing challenging headwinds, only a handful of strategic parties had the financial resources to consider the opportunity
    • Filing Chapter 11 during the seasonal period of least demand, Bird faced cash flow issues to continue funding its operations
    • Due to the significant capital needed to avoid administrative insolvency, the sale process was completed on an expedited basis
  • Outcome: On March 6, 2024, the court approved the sale of Bird’s assets to a newly organized private company called Third Lane Mobility Inc., for approximately $145 million. 

Intergalactic

  • Background: Intergalactic Therapeutics, Inc. (“Intergalactic”), headquartered in Boston, MA, is a developer of non-viral gene therapies, focused on overcoming the major limitations of gene transfer by combining synthetic biology and precision engineering. In December 2023, Intergalactic filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • Cassel Salpeter:
    • Served as investment banker to the company
    • Conducted a deliberate sales process, identifying and contacting nearly 100 global public and private companies, focused on ophthalmology or gene therapies
    • Ran a succesful auction, resulting in a winning bid with a value over 250% greater than the stalking horse bid
  • Challenges:
    • Company mothballed operations, leaving limited staff members for diligence inquires
    • Assisting parties in expedited review of intellectual property and related patents
  • Outcome: In March 2024, the court approved the sale of certain assets to Aldevron LLC (“Aldevron”), a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR).  Aldevron engages in the custom production of biological products used in the fields of gene therapy and gene editing.

Moviefone Assets sold to Born In Cleveland, LLC

  • Background:  Moviefone, a subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics, Inc., is an entertainment information and marketing service that delivers movie showtimes, trailers, TV schedules, streaming information, cast and crew interviews, and editorial coverage.
  • Cassel Salpeter:
    • Served as financial advisor to the Company
    • Conducted a robust sales process, identifying and contacting a broad set of strategic and financial parties
    • Provided assistance throughout all phases of the Chapter 7 Section 363 sales process, due diligence, and auctions
  • Challenges:
    • Moviefone was losing value over time due to limited attention and resources; the assets needed to be sold in a short time frame in order to preserve value
    • Limited information and resources available at the Company
    • Maximizing the value of the estate during a global pandemic
  • Outcome:  On March 19, 2020, the court approved the sale of the Moviefone assets to Born In Cleveland, LLC.  Additional assets were also sold as part of the bankruptcy sales process.

Achaogen sold the global assets to Cipla USA

  • Background: Achaogen, Inc. (“Achaogen”), based in South San Francisco, CA, is a biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative antibacterial agents to address multidrug-resistant gram-negative infections.
  • Cassel Salpeter:
    • Served as financial advisor to the Company
    • Conducted a robust sales process, identifying and contacting approximately 200 strategic and financial parties
    • Significantly increased the value of the opening bid by running a competitive auction
    • Provided assistance throughout all phases of the Chapter 11 Section 363 sales process, due diligence, and auctions
  • Challenges:
    • Achaogen’s lead asset, ZEMDRI™, had an unsuccessful launch which lead to massive layoffs, including almost all Achaogen’s sales force
    • Dramatic downturn in the availability of financing from both the debt and equity markets for companies in the anti-infective field
    • Maximizing value with no stalking horse bidder in place
  • Outcome: On July 23, 2019, the court approved the sale of Achaogen’s core assets to Cipla USA Inc., a subsidiary of the India-based parent, Cipla Limited. Additional assets were also sold to multiple buyers as part of the bankruptcy sales process.

ASP sold certain assets to Roivant Sciences GmbH

  • Background:  Avadel Specialty Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“ASP”), based in Chesterfield, MO, is a pharmaceutical company engaged in the business of commercializing, marketing, and distributing NOCTIVA™ (desmopressin acetate) nasal spray.
  • Cassel Salpeter:
    • Served as financial advisor to the Company
    • Ran a competitive sales process, identifying and contacting over 100 strategic and financial parties
    • Provided assistance throughout all phases of the Chapter 11 Section 363 sales process, due diligence, and auction.
  • Challenges:
    • NOCTIVA™ had limited sales and required a full commercialization effort to make the drug financially successful
    • ASP entered into an unfavorable license agreement which potential bidders ultimately had to renegotiate
  • Outcome:  On April 15, 2019, the court approved the sale of certain ASP assets to Roivant Sciences GmbH, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.

Sancilio sold certain assets to K.D. Pharma Bexbach

  • Background: Sancilio Pharmaceuticals Company, Inc. (“Sancilio”), based in Riviera Beach, FL, is an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, and commercializes pharmaceutical products, over-the-counter and behind-the-counter products, and dietary supplements in the dental and women’s health markets.
  • Cassel Salpeter:
    • Served as financial advisor to the Company
    • Ran a competitive sales process, identifying and contacting over 300 strategic and financial parties
    • Provided assistance throughout all phases of the Chapter 11 Section 363 sales process, due diligence, and auction
  • Challenges:
    • Expedited sales timeline with less than six weeks to identify and solicit interest from potential bidders
    • Simultaneous, multiple sales processes for different divisions of the Company
  • Outcome: On August 1, 2018, the Ocean Blue division of Sancilio Pharmaceuticals Company, Inc. was purchased by K.D. Pharma Bexbach GmbH, headquartered in Bexbach, Germany.

Sancilio sold certain assets to Micelle Biopharma

  • Background: Sancilio Pharmaceuticals Company, Inc. (“Sancilio”), based in Riviera Beach, FL, is an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, and commercializes pharmaceutical products, over-the-counter and behind-the-counter products, and dietary supplements in the dental and women’s health markets.
  • Cassel Salpeter:
      • Served as financial advisor to the Company
      • Ran a competitive sales process, identifying and contacting over 300 strategic and financial parties
      • Provided assistance throughout all phases of the Chapter 11 Section 363 sales process, due diligence, and auction
  • Challenges:
      • Expedited sales timeline with less than six weeks to identify and solicit interest from potential bidders
      • Simultaneous, multiple sales processes for different divisions of the Company
  • Outcome: On August 8, 2018, Altemia and the ALT Platform, a Phase III ready product for the treatment of sickle cell disease; a prenatal and dental portfolio of prenatal vitamins and fluorides; and the plant and labs of Sancilio Pharmaceuticals Company, Inc., were purchased by Micelle Biopharma, Inc.

NephroGenex sold assets to Medpace Research

  • Background: NephroGenex, headquartered in Raleigh, NC, is a specialty pharmaceutical Company that focused on the development of therapeutics to treat kidney disease. Based on financial considerations, the firm decided to pause its two key programs: 1) its Phase III clinical program for oral Pyridorin for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy and 2) its Phase I ready program for IV Pyridorin for the treatment of acute kidney injuries.
  • Cassel Salpeter:
    • Served as the exclusive financial advisor to the Company
    • Served as restructuring advisor to debtor in a bankruptcy matter, identifying and contacting over 275 strategic and financial parties
  • Challenges:
    • Drug failed to show a significant effect over the placebo in Phase III clinical trails
    • Complexity and duration of bankruptcy proceedings
  • Outcome: On May 10, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware entered an order confirming the Sale pursuant to a Plan of Reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. The plan became effective on May 24, 2017.

Restructuring: Electrolytic Technologies Corporation

  • Served as financial advisor to the company and facilitated the deleveraging of its balance sheet via both a capital infusion and a debt-for-equity exchange offer with existing debt holders.
  • Manufacturer of equipment involved in the production of chlorine gas and bleach.

Restructuring and 363 Sale for Gulfstream International Airlines

  • Assisted company and secured creditors in the 363 sale process, resulting in the successful sale to Chicago-based hedge fund Victory Park Capital.  Served as financial advisor to secured creditors (multiple parties), and assisted company in proceedings and sale.
  • Commercial airline servicing daily routes among destinations in Florida, the Bahamas, the Midwest, and other locations.