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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On December 27, 2023, Akari Therapeutics, Plc (the “Company”) entered into a definitive agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with existing investors, the Company’s Chairman Dr. Ray Prudo and Director Samir R. Patel, M.D., pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell and issue in a private placement (the “Private Placement”) an aggregate of 947,868 unregistered American Depository Shares (“ADSs”), each representing 2,000 of the Company’s ordinary shares, at a purchase price of $2.11 per ADS. The Private Placement closed on December 29, 2023. The Purchase Agreement also contains representations, warranties, indemnification and other provisions customary for transactions of this nature.
The Company paid Paulson Investment Company, LLC (the “Placement Agent”) a cash fee equal to 5% of the aggregate purchase price for the ADSs sold in the Private Placement and a non-accountable expense allowance of $60,000.
Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Company has agreed to prepare and file a registration statement on Form S-3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission no later March 31, 2024 to register the resale of the ADSs purchased pursuant to the Purchase Agreement.
The securities issued to the purchasers under the Purchase Agreement were offered in reliance on an exemption from registration provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder. The Company relied on this exemption from registration based in part on representations made by the purchasers, including that each purchaser is an “accredited investor”, as defined in Rule 501(a) promulgated under the Securities Act.
The offer and sale of the securities pursuant to the Purchase Agreement have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. Neither this Current Report on Form 8-K, nor the exhibits attached hereto, is an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein or therein.
The foregoing summary of the terms of the Purchase Agreement is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by such agreement which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023 to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission..
Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.
The information under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K regarding the unregistered securities described herein is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure
On January 2, 2024, the Company issued a press release relating to the matters described in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K. A copy of the press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated by reference in this Item 7.01. The information contained in this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, is furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing, except as shall be expressly incorporated by specific reference in such filing
Item 8.01. Other Events
Domestic Issuer Status
As of June 30, 2023, the last business day of the second quarter of the Company, the Company determined that it no longer qualified as a foreign private issuer. As a result, effective January 1, 2024, the Company is required to file periodic reports and registration statements on U.S. domestic issuer forms with the SEC, which are more detailed and extensive in certain respects, and which must be filed more promptly, than the forms available to a foreign private issuer. In addition, the Company is required to comply with U.S. proxy requirements and Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure) and the Company’s officers, directors and principal shareholders are subject to the beneficial ownership reporting and short-swing profit recovery requirements in Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company is also no longer eligible to rely upon exemptions from corporate governance requirements that are available to foreign private issuers or to benefit from other accommodations for foreign private issuers under the rules of the SEC or the Nasdaq. The Company’s next Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2023 will be filed as a domestic issuer on Form 10-K.
Disclosure Channels to Disseminate Information
Investors and others should note that the Company may announce material information about its finances, product candidates, clinical trials and other matters to its investors using its website (www.akaritx.com/), its Linkedin account (https://www.linkedin.com/company/akaritx/) and its X (formerly Twitter) account (https://x. com/AkariTX) in addition to SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. The Company uses these channels to communicate with the Company’s shareholders and the public about the Company and other issues. It is possible that the information the Company posts on these channels could be deemed to be material information. Therefore, the Company encourages investors, the media, and others interested in the Company to review the information it posts on the Company’s website, LinkedIn account and X account in addition to following its press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, and webcasts.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|Press Release, dated January 2, 2024
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Akari Therapeutics, Plc
|Date: January 2, 2024
|/s/ Rachelle Jacques
|President and Chief Executive Officer
Akari Therapeutics Announces Existing Investors Support the Company
Through a $2 Million Private Placement Financing
BOSTON and LONDON, January 2, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akari Therapeutics, Plc (Nasdaq: AKTX), a late-stage biotechnology company developing advanced therapies for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, today announced that it closed a private placement financing with existing investors, Akari Chairman Dr. Ray Prudo and Director Samir R. Patel, M.D., on December 29, 2023, resulting in gross proceeds of approximately $2 million.
In connection with the financing, Akari issued 947,868 unregistered American Depository Shares (“ADSs”), each representing 2,000 of the company’s ordinary shares, at a purchase price of $2.11 per ADS.
Paulson Investment Company, LLC acted as the exclusive placement agent for this financing.
The ADSs described above were offered and sold in a private placement under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”) and Regulation D promulgated thereunder and have not been registered under the Act or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein. There shall not be any offer, solicitation of an offer to buy, or sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offering, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About Akari Therapeutics
Akari Therapeutics, plc (Nasdaq: AKTX) is a biotechnology company developing advanced therapies for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Akari’s lead asset, investigational nomacopan, is a bispecific recombinant inhibitor of complement C5 activation and leukotriene B4 (LTB4) activity. Akari’s pipeline includes a Phase 3 clinical trial program investigating nomacopan for severe pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant-related thrombotic microangiopathy (HSCT-TMA). Akari has been granted Orphan Drug, Fast Track and Rare Pediatric Disease designations from the FDA for nomacopan for the treatment of pediatric HSCT-TMA and orphan drug designation from the European Commission for treatment in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Akari’s pipeline also includes a clinical program developing nomacopan for adult HSCT-TMA and pre-clinical research of long-acting PAS-nomacopan in geographic atrophy (GA). For more information about Akari, please visit akaritx.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies, and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to us and on assumptions we have made. Although we believe that our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies, and prospects as reflected in or suggested by those forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that the plans, intentions, expectations, or strategies will be attained or achieved. Furthermore, actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and will be affected by a variety of risks and factors that are beyond our control. Such risks and uncertainties for our company include, but are not limited to: needs for additional capital to fund our operations, our ability to continue as a going concern; uncertainties of cash flows and inability to meet working capital needs; an inability or delay in obtaining required regulatory approvals for nomacopan and any other product candidates, which may result in unexpected cost expenditures; our ability to obtain orphan drug designation in additional indications; risks inherent in drug development in general; uncertainties in obtaining successful clinical results for nomacopan and any other product candidates and unexpected costs that may result there; difficulties enrolling patients in our clinical trials; failure to realize any value of nomacopan and any other product candidates developed and being developed in light of inherent risks and difficulties involved in successfully bringing product candidates to market; inability to develop new product candidates and support existing product candidates; the approval by the FDA and EMA and any other similar foreign regulatory authorities of other competing or superior products brought to market; risks resulting from unforeseen side effects; risk that the market for nomacopan may not be as large as expected risks associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; inability to obtain, maintain and enforce patents and other intellectual property rights or the unexpected costs associated with such enforcement or litigation; inability to obtain and maintain commercial manufacturing arrangements with third party manufacturers or establish commercial scale manufacturing capabilities; the inability to timely source adequate supply of our active pharmaceutical ingredients from third party manufacturers on whom the company depends; unexpected cost increases and pricing pressures and risks and other risk factors detailed in our public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Except as otherwise noted, these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any of these statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this press release. We caution investors not to place considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.
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