SHANGHAI, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- ShangPharma Corporation (NYSE: SHP) ("ShangPharma" or the "Company"), a leading China-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology research and development outsourcing company, today announced that Mr. Yuk Lam Lo has been appointed as the chairman of the independent committee of the Company's board of directors (the "Independent Committee"). In addition, the Independent Committee has appointed O'Melveny & Myers LLP as its legal advisor.
As previously announced, the Company's board of directors formed the Independent Committee to review and evaluate the July 6, 2012 non-binding proposal from its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Michael Xin Hui, and entities affiliated with him (collectively, "Founder") and TPG Star Charisma Limited and its affiliates (collectively, "TPG") to acquire all of the outstanding shares of ShangPharma not currently owned by Founder or TPG (the "Proposal").
The Independent Committee also intends to retain independent financial advisors to assist it in evaluating the Proposal and any additional proposals that may be made by Founder, TPG or other parties, if any. Although the Independent Committee has begun preliminary work, it has not set a definitive timetable for the completion of its evaluation of the Proposal or any other strategic alternatives and does not currently intend to announce developments unless and until an agreement has been reached. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed, that the Independent Committee will recommend the Proposal or that this or any other transaction will be consummated.
ABOUT SHANGPHARMA CORPORATION
ShangPharma Corporation (NYSE: SHP) is a leading China-based contract research organization providing high-quality and cost-effective services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. It offers a broad range of high-quality, integrated services across the drug discovery and development process to help international and Chinese pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies discover and develop novel drug candidates efficiently. ShangPharma's services consist of discovery chemistry, discovery biology and preclinical development, pharmaceutical development and biologics services. For more information, please visit www.shangpharma.com.
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