Exact Sciences’ $410 Million Acquisition Of Base Genomics

Bristows acted for Base Genomics and its majority shareholders, Oxford Sciences Innovation and Ollie Waterhouse, on the deal. K&L Gates advised Exact Sciences.

Base Genomics is an epigenetics company working to develop a break-through technology to sequence DNA methylation invented at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Branch at the University of Oxford. The core technology, named TAPS, measures changes in DNA over time and is one of the newest and most promising approaches for early cancer detection from a simple blood test. We have represented Base Genomics since its inception, advising on its licensing arrangements and seed funding round.

The Bristows deal team was led by Partners David Horner (Picture) and Marek Petecki, alongside Senior Associate Sophie Rees and Associates Louisa Jacobs and Samuel Munday. William Blair served as financial advisor to Base Genomics on the deal; XMS Capital and K&L Gates advised Exact Sciences.

K&L Gates advised Exact Sciences with a team led by capital markets partner Mark Busch, and included a cross-border team consisting of capital markets partner Sean Jones, M&A partner John Blair, private equity partner James Cross, tax partner Stephen Barge, antitrust partner Allen Bachman, M&A partner Lisa Stark, executive compensation partner, Ali Nardali, and employee benefits partner Rikki Sapolich-Krol.

Involved fees earner: David Horner – Bristows; Louisa Jacobs – Bristows; Samuel Munday – Bristows; Marek Petecki – Bristows; Sophie Rees – Bristows; Allen Bachman – K&L Gates; Stephen Barge – K&L Gates; John Blair – K&L Gates; Mark Busch – K&L Gates; James Cross – K&L Gates; Sean Jones – K&L Gates; Ali Nardali – K&L Gates; Rikki Sapolich-Krol – K&L Gates; Lisa Stark – K&L Gates;

Law Firms: Bristows; K&L Gates;

Clients: Base Genomics; Exact Sciences Corp.; Ollie Waterhouse; Oxford Sciences Innovation;