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4 Firms Spearhead $1.2B Catalent-Paragon Bioservices Deal

Law360 (April 15, 2019, 2:15 PM EDT) -- Drug development and delivery company Catalent on Monday agreed to buy private equity-backed Paragon Bioservices Inc. for $1.2 billion, in a deal steered by Fried Frank, Kirkland, Gordon Feinblatt and Latham.

The transaction sees New Jersey-headquartered Catalent Inc. buying Baltimore-based Paragon, which develops viral vectors for gene therapies, according to a statement. In Paragon, Catalent picks up a business that is expected to post more than $200 million in revenue this year.

John Chiminski, chair and CEO of Catalent, said in a statement that “Paragon's unparalleled expertise in the rapidly growing market of gene therapy manufacturing will be a transformative addition...

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