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Stuart M. Falber

Partner

Co-Chair, Life Sciences Group

Falber, Stuart M.

Stuart Falber represents clients in the life sciences area. For more than 20 years, Mr. Falber has served as counsel for a broad range of life sciences clients, ranging from startup private companies to mature public companies, investment banks and venture capital funds.

Mr. Falber's practice focuses on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on private and public company counseling; representation of issuers, investment banks and investors in venture capital transactions, public offerings and other financing transactions; mergers and acquisitions, including public and private company acquisitions and dispositions, asset acquisitions and sales, and public and private company spinoffs; and corporate collaborations and licensing transactions.

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Recent Highlights

Representative transactions in which Mr. Falber has served as counsel include:

Venture Capital Transactions

  • Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. in its $48 million Series E financing rounds
  • Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $47 million Series D financing round
  • Celtaxsys, Inc. in its $40 million Series D financing round
  • Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its 35.5 million Series E financing round
  • Trevi Therapeutics, Inc. in its $26 million Series B financing round

Public Offerings

  • Argos Therapeutics, Inc. in its $49.6 million initial public offering
  • Epizyme in multiple follow-on public offerings, including its $137.7 million public offering in January 2016
  • Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in multiple follow-on public offerings, including its $86.25 million public offering in January 2015
  • The Medicines Company in a follow-on public offering raising a total of $201.2 million
  • Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $80.5 million initial public offering and in multiple follow-on public offerings, including its $173.1 million public offering in March 2015
  • Tokai Pharmaceuticals in its $105.3 million initial public offering

Merger and Acquisition Transactions

  • The Medicines Company in its acquisition of Incline Therapeutics for up to $390 million, including contingent payments
  • Penwest Pharmaceuticals Co. in its sale to Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for $144 million
  • Gloucester Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its sale to Celgene, Inc. for up to $640 million, including contingent payments
  • Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc. in its sale to Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc for $16 billion

PIPE and 144A Transactions

  • The Medicines Company in 144A convertible note offerings, including its $350 million offering in January 2015
  • Argos Therapeutics, Inc. in its $60 million PIPE transaction
  • Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in PIPE transactions raising a total of $17 million
  • New Leaf Ventures  in a PIPE transaction by MEI Pharma, Inc. raising a total of $27.5 million

Corporate Collaborations and Licensing Transactions

  • ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc., Braintree Laboratories, Inc. and Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in various licensing transactions

 

Professional Activities

Mr. Falber is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association, as well as the Boston Bar Association's 2017 Life Sciences Conference Advisory Committee.

Honors & Awards

Publications & News

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August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 14, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Investors Abingworth Bioventures and Atlas Venture in IFM Therapeutics Acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and IFM Therapeutics announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Bristol-Myers Squibb will acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of IFM Therapeutics, a venture-backed biotech company focused on developing therapies that modulate novel targets in the innate immune system to treat cancer, autoimmunity and inflammatory disorders.

August 7, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals in $65M Public Offering of Common Stock

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has closed on an underwritten public offering of 10,000,000 shares of its common stock for a public offering price of $6.50 per share, with gross proceeds of $65 million.

July 24, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Trevi Therapeutics in Securing $50M in Series C Financing

The WilmerHale deal team counseling Trevi Therapeutics was led by Stuart Falber and included Sam Rothberg and Cara Fonseca.

July 6, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Aileron Therapeutics in IPO

Aileron Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel class of therapeutics called stapled peptides for cancers and other diseases, announced the pricing of its initial public offering.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 16, 2017

Finding a Way Through a Tight Deal Space

WilmerHale's Life Sciences Group Co-Chairs Belinda Juran and Stuart Falber share trends they are seeing in the life sciences industry regarding acquisitions and IPOs in an interview with Breaking Media's Above the Law.

December 28, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Tokai Pharmaceuticals in Share Purchase Agreement with Otic Pharma

The WilmerHale deal team included Partners Hal Leibowitz, Stuart Falber, Belinda Juran, Bill Caporizzo and Amy Null; Counsel Michael Welhouse; Senior Associate Ryan Mitteness; and Associate Andrea Sorrentino.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

July 28, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Argos Therapeutics in Pricing of $50M Public Offering

Argos Therapeutics, Inc., an immuno-oncology company focused on the development and commercialization of individualized immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on the Arcelis® technology platform, announced the pricing of its public offering of $50 million.

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Order of the Coif; Senior Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

BA, cum laude, Tufts University

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

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