February 12, 2020

Actavis/Warner Chilcott (FTC 2013)

Deal SummaryCooperation | Conditions Precedent |Defense Strategy | Litigation Commitments | Remedy Commitments | Reverse Break Fees | Termination Provisions

(a)               Deal Summary. On May 19, 2013, Actavis announced that it would acquire Warner Chilcott for $8.5 billion. Actavis maintained control of “all communications and strategy relating to the Antitrust Laws,” and both parties agreed to use reasonable endeavours to consummate the transaction, including litigation. The parties did not agree to a reverse break-up fee, but did agree to negotiate divestitures so long as such divestitures did not constitute a material adverse effect. The parties were permitted to walk away from the transaction 9 months after signing (February 19, 2014), though that time period could be extended to one year under certain circumstances (May 19, 2014). On September 20, 2013 the parties and FTC announced an agreement to settle FTC concerns by divesting rights and assets related to four general pharmaceuticals.

(b)               Cooperation. § 7.2 (d)-(e): Consents and Regulatory Approvals: (d) Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, including Clause 7.2(h), each of the Parties agrees, and shall cause each of their respective Subsidiaries, to cooperate and to use all reasonable endeavours to (i) obtain any Clearances required in connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby (including the Acquisition) under the HSR Act and any other federal, state or foreign Law designed to prohibit, restrict or regulate actions for the purpose or effect of monopolisation or restraint of trade (collectively, “Antitrust Laws”), and (ii) respond to any requests of any Relevant Authority for information or documentary material under any Antitrust Law, and to contest and resist any action, including any legislative, administrative or judicial action, and to have vacated, lifted, reversed or overturned any decree, judgment, injunction or other order (whether temporary, preliminary or permanent) that restricts, prevents or prohibits the consummation of the Acquisition or the Merger or any other transactions contemplated by this Agreement under any Antitrust Law (an “Antitrust Order”), provided that, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Actavis shall, on behalf of the Parties, control and lead all communications and strategy relating to the Antitrust Laws (provided that Warner Chilcott is not constrained from complying with applicable Law), provided, further, that the Parties shall consult and cooperate with one another, and consider in good faith the views of one another, regarding the form and content of any analyses, appearances, presentations, memoranda, briefs, arguments, opinions and proposals made or submitted by or on behalf of either Party in connection with proceedings under or relating to any Antitrust Law prior to their submission.

                        (e) Subject to the provisos in Clause 7.2(d), Actavis and Warner Chilcott shall (i) promptly advise each other of (and Actavis or Warner Chilcott shall so advise with respect to communications received by any Subsidiary of Actavis or Warner Chilcott, as the case may be) any written or oral communication from any Relevant Authority or third party whose Clearance is required or reasonably necessary in connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement (including the Acquisition); (ii) not participate in any meeting or discussion with any Relevant Authority in respect of any filing, investigation, or enquiry concerning this Agreement or the transactions contemplated by this Agreement unless it consults with the other Party in advance, and, unless prohibited by such Relevant Authority, gives the other Party the opportunity to attend; and (iii) promptly furnish the other Party with copies of all correspondence, filings, and written communications between them and their Subsidiaries and Representatives, on the one hand, and any Relevant Authority or its respective staff, on the other hand, with respect to this Agreement and the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except that materials may be redacted (x) to remove references concerning the valuation of the businesses of Warner Chilcott or Actavis or their respective Affiliates, (y) as necessary to comply with contractual arrangements, and (z) as necessary to address reasonable privilege or confidentiality concerns. Actavis shall not consent to any voluntary extension of any statutory deadline or waiting period or to any voluntary delay of the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement at the behest of any Relevant Authority without considering in good faith the views of Warner Chilcott and Warner Chilcott shall not consent to any voluntary extension of any statutory deadline or waiting period or to any voluntary delay of the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement at the behest of any Relevant Authority without the consent of Actavis, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed. With respect to any notice, documentation or other communication required to be given by either Party to the other Party pursuant to this Clause 7.2(e), such first Party may give such notice, documentation or other communication to such second Party’s outside counsel, instead of directly to such second Party, if such first Party reasonably believes that doing so is required by, or advisable pursuant to, applicable Law.

(c)                Conditions Precedent. § 9.1(a)(iv): This Agreement may be terminated at any time prior to the Effective Time . . . (iv) by either Warner Chilcott or Actavis if an injunction shall have been entered permanently restraining, enjoining or otherwise prohibiting the consummation of the Acquisition or the Merger and such injunction shall have become final and non-appealable, provided that the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Clause 9.1(a)(iv) shall not be available to a Party whose breach of any provision of this Agreement shall have caused such injunction[.]

(d)               Defense Strategy. § 7.2(d): Actavis shall, on behalf of the Parties, control and lead all communications and strategy relating to the Antitrust Laws (provided that Warner Chilcott is not constrained from complying with applicable Law), provided, further, that the Parties shall consult and cooperate with one another, and consider in good faith the views of one another, regarding the form and content of any analyses, appearances, presentations, memoranda, briefs, arguments, opinions and proposals made or submitted by or on behalf of either Party in connection with proceedings under or relating to any Antitrust Law prior to their submission.

(e)                Litigation Commitments. § 7.2(d): Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, including Clause 7.2(h), each of the Parties agrees, and shall cause each of their respective Subsidiaries, to cooperate and to use all reasonable endeavours to (i) obtain any Clearances required in connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby (including the Acquisition) under the HSR Act and any other federal, state or foreign Law designed to prohibit, restrict or regulate actions for the purpose or effect of monopolisation or restraint of trade (collectively, “Antitrust Laws”), and (ii) respond to any requests of any Relevant Authority for information or documentary material under any Antitrust Law, and to contest and resist any action, including any legislative, administrative or judicial action, and to have vacated, lifted, reversed or overturned any decree, judgment, injunction or other order (whether temporary, preliminary or permanent) that restricts, prevents or prohibits the consummation of the Acquisition or the Merger or any other transactions contemplated by this Agreement under any Antitrust Law (an “Antitrust Order”), provided that, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Actavis shall, on behalf of the Parties, control and lead all communications and strategy relating to the Antitrust Laws (provided that Warner Chilcott is not constrained from complying with applicable Law), provided, further, that the Parties shall consult and cooperate with one another, and consider in good faith the views of one another, regarding the form and content of any analyses, appearances, presentations, memoranda, briefs, arguments, opinions and proposals made or submitted by or on behalf of either Party in connection with proceedings under or relating to any Antitrust Law prior to their submission.

(f)                Remedy Commitments. § 7.2(h): In furtherance and not in limitation of the other covenants contained in this Clause 7.2, Actavis and Warner Chilcott agree to take, or cause to be taken (including by its Subsidiaries), any and all steps and to make, or cause to be made (including by its Subsidiaries), any and all undertakings necessary to resolve such objections, if any, that a Relevant Authority may assert under any Antitrust Law with respect to the Acquisition or the Merger, and to avoid or eliminate each and every impediment under any Antitrust Law that may be asserted by any Relevant Authority with respect to the Acquisition or the Merger, in each case, so as to enable the Completion to occur as promptly as practicable, including (x) proposing, negotiating, committing to and effecting, by consent decree, hold separate order, or otherwise, the sale, divestiture or disposition of any businesses, assets, equity interests, product lines or properties of Actavis or Warner Chilcott (or any of their respective Subsidiaries) or any equity interest in any joint venture held by Actavis or Warner Chilcott (or any of their respective Subsidiaries), (y) creating, terminating, or divesting relationships, ventures, contractual rights or obligations of Actavis or Warner Chilcott or their respective Subsidiaries and (z) otherwise taking or committing to take any action that would limit Actavis’s freedom of action with respect to, or its ability to retain or hold, directly or indirectly, any businesses, assets, equity interests, product lines or properties of Actavis or Warner Chilcott (including any of their respective Subsidiaries) or any equity interest in any joint venture held by Actavis or Warner Chilcott (or any of their respective Subsidiaries), in each case as may be required in order to obtain all Clearances required directly or indirectly under any Antitrust Law or to avoid the commencement of any action to prohibit the Acquisition or the Merger under any Antitrust Law, or to avoid the entry of, or to effect the dissolution of, any injunction, temporary restraining order or other order in any action or proceeding seeking to prohibit the Acquisition or the Merger or delay Completion beyond the End Date. To assist Actavis in complying with its obligations set forth in this Clause 7.2, Warner Chilcott shall, and shall cause its Subsidiaries to, enter into one or more agreements requested by Actavis to be entered into by any of them prior to the Completion with respect to any transaction to divest, hold separate or otherwise take any action that limits Warner Chilcott’s or its Subsidiaries’ freedom of action, ownership or control with respect to, or their ability to retain or hold, directly or indirectly, any of the businesses, assets, equity interests, product lines or properties of Warner Chilcott or any of its Subsidiaries or any equity interest in any joint venture held by Warner Chilcott or any of its Subsidiaries (each, a “Divestiture Action”); provided, however, that the consummation of the transactions provided for in any such agreement for a Divestiture Action shall be conditioned upon the Completion. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, nothing in this Clause 7.2 shall require, or be deemed to require, Actavis or Warner Chilcott (or any of their respective Subsidiaries) to take any action, agree to take any action or consent to the taking of any action (including with respect to selling, holding separate or otherwise disposing of any business or assets or conducting its (or its Subsidiaries) or, following consummation of the Acquisition and the Merger, Holdco’s, business in any specified manner) if doing so would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a material adverse effect on the business, operations or financial condition of Holdco (following consummation of the Acquisition and the Merger).

(g)               Reverse Break Fees. N/A.


(h)               Time Period and Other Conditions Under Which the Parties May Walk Away from the Agreement. § 9.1(a)
: This Agreement may be terminated at any time prior to the Effective Time . . . (ii) by either Warner Chilcott or Actavis if the Effective Time shall not have occurred by 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on the End Date, provided that the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Clause 9.1(a)(ii) shall not be available to a Party whose breach of any provision of this Agreement shall have caused the failure of the Effective Time to have occurred by such time; [End Date defined in Definitions (§ 1.1) as: “End Date”, the date that is nine months after the date of this Agreement; provided, that if as of such date all Conditions (other than Conditions 2(c), 2(d), 3(c), 3(d) and 3(e)) have been satisfied (or, in the sole discretion of the applicable Party, waived (where applicable)) or would be satisfied (or, in the sole discretion of the applicable Party, waived (where applicable)) if the Acquisition were completed on such date, the “ End Date” shall be the date that is one year after the date of this Agreement;] (iii) by either Warner Chilcott or Actavis if the High Court declines or refuses to sanction the Scheme, unless both Parties agree that the decision of the High Court shall be appealed; (iv) by either Warner Chilcott or Actavis if an injunction shall have been entered permanently restraining, enjoining or otherwise prohibiting the consummation of the Acquisition or the Merger and such injunction shall have become final and non-appealable, provided that the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Clause 9.1(a)(iv) shall not be available to a Party whose breach of any provision of this Agreement shall have caused such injunction;