Vertex Pharmaceuticals Acquires ViroChem Pharma

On March 12, 2009, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Canada) Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of ViroChem Pharma Inc., a privately held company with two investigational HCV polymerase inhibitors in clinical development. ViroChem Pharma shareholders received US$100 million in cash and approximately 10.7 million common shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals was represented by Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., with a legal team that included Michael Fantozzi, Scott Samuels and Linda Rockett (buiness law), Richard Gervase (intellectual property) and Pamela Greene (benefits law).

Vertex was represented in Canada by a legal team from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP that included Christopher Jones, Howard Levine, Charlotte Larose and Patrick Menda (business law); John Leopardi, Ron Richler and Emmanuel Sala (tax), Natalie Bussière and Elizabeth Boyd (employment, pensions and benefits law) and Julie Soloway (competition law) and a legal team from Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh that included Joy Morrow, Sanjay Goorachurn and George Elvira (intellectual property).

ViroChem Pharma was represented in Canada by McCarthy Tétrault LLP with a legal team that included Mireille Fontaine, Clemens Mayr, Julie Elmlinger, Geneviève Guay and Simon Tabah (business law); Frédéric Harvey, Ylang Ha and and Annie Mailhot-Gamelin (tax); Alfred Macchione (intellectual property); Julien Saulgrain (business law/ intellectual property).

Virochem Pharma was represented in the United States by Philip Richter of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.


Frédéric Harvey Genevieve Guay Julie Elmlinger Patrick Menda Sanjay Goorachurn Elizabeth Boyd Ylang Ha John Leopardi Julien Saulgrain Simon Tabah Alfred A. Macchione Mireille Fontaine Christopher H. Jones Clemens Mayr Charlotte Larose Ronald M. Richler Annie Mailhot-Gamelin Natalie Bussière Emmanuel Sala Julie A. Soloway Howard M. Levine


Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Smart & Biggar McCarthy Tétrault LLP Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP