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Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): M ay 6, 2020 (May 6, 2020)



(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park

Coolock, Dublin, D17 E400, Ireland

(Address of principal executive offices)

(862) 261-7000

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code


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1.500% notes due 2023




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Item 8.01. Other Matters.

On May 5, 2020, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) accepted the proposed consent order in connection with the pending transaction (“Transaction”) between Allergan plc (“Allergan”) and AbbVie Inc. (“AbbVie”). The acceptance by the FTC satisfies all required antitrust clearances needed to be obtained for the acquisition of Allergan by AbbVie.

As part of the proposed consent, Allergan has agreed to divest brazikumab, an investigational IL-23 inhibitor in development for autoimmune diseases, to AstraZeneca and Zenpep, a treatment for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis and other conditions, to Nestle Health Science. Nestle Health Science also will be acquiring Viokace, another pancreatic enzyme preparation, as part of the same transaction.

Additionally, on May 6, 2020, Allergan announced that the High Court of Ireland (the “Court”) has approved the Transaction by means of a scheme of arrangement (the “Scheme”) under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Irish Companies Act 2014 (the “Act”).

The Court sanction hearing in relation to the Scheme was held earlier today at which the Court sanctioned the Scheme and confirmed the related reduction of capital.

Completion of the Transaction remains subject to the delivery to, and registration by, the Registrar of Companies in Ireland of copies of (i) the order of the Court sanctioning the Scheme and confirming the related reduction of capital; and (ii) the minute required by Section 86 of the Act in respect of the reduction of capital, each of which is expected to occur on May 8, 2020.

Accordingly, the Scheme is expected to take effect on May 8, 2020.

A copy of the press release relating to the above announcement is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits







Press Release, dated May 6, 2020




Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


This report contains certain forward-looking statements, including with respect to the pending acquisition involving AbbVie and Allergan, Allergan’s divestitures of brazikumab and Zenpep and AbbVie’s, Allergan’s and/or the combined group’s estimated or anticipated future business, performance and results of operations and financial condition, including estimates, forecasts, targets and plans for AbbVie and, following the acquisition, if completed, the combined group. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project” and similar expressions, among others, generally identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the possibility that the divestitures and/or the pending acquisition will not be pursued, failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals or required financing or to satisfy any of the other conditions to the pending acquisition or divestitures, adverse effects on the market price of AbbVie’s shares of common stock or Allergan’s ordinary shares and on AbbVie’s or Allergan’s operating results because of a failure to complete the pending acquisition or divestitures, failure to realize the expected

benefits of the pending acquisition or divestitures, failure to promptly and effectively integrate Allergan’s businesses, negative effects relating to the announcement of the pending acquisition or divestitures or any further announcements relating to the pending acquisition or divestitures or the consummation of the pending acquisition or divestitures on the market price of AbbVie’s shares of common stock or Allergan’s ordinary shares, significant transaction costs and/or unknown or inestimable liabilities, potential litigation associated with the pending acquisition or divestitures, general economic and business conditions that affect the combined companies following the consummation of the pending acquisition, changes in global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax laws, regulations, rates and policies, future business acquisitions or disposals and competitive developments. These forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions and assessments made in light of AbbVie’s or, as the case may be, Allergan’s experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, business strategies, operating environment, future developments and other factors it believes appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. The factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this report could cause AbbVie’s plans with respect to Allergan or AbbVie’s or Allergan’s actual results, performance or achievements, industry results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and persons reading this report are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date of this report. Additional information about economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors that may affect AbbVie or Allergan is set forth in AbbVie’s and Allergan’s periodic public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, AbbVie’s and Allergan’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and, from time to time, AbbVie’s and Allergan’s other investor communications, in each case, the contents of which are not incorporated by reference into, nor do they form part of, this report.

Any forward-looking statements in this report are based upon information available to AbbVie, Allergan and/or their respective board of directors, as the case may be, as of the date of this report and, while believed to be true when made, may ultimately prove to be incorrect. Subject to any obligations under applicable law, none of AbbVie, Allergan or any member of their respective board of directors undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, or to conform any forward-looking statement to actual results, future events, or to changes in expectations. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to AbbVie, Allergan or their respective board of directors or any person acting on behalf of any of them are expressly qualified in their entirety by this paragraph.

Statement Required by the Irish Takeover Rules

The Allergan directors accept responsibility for the information contained in this report. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the Allergan directors (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure such is the case), the information contained in this report for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.


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.

Allergan plc




/s/ A. Robert D. Bailey



A. Robert D. Bailey



EVP and Chief Legal Officer and

Corporate Secretary

Dated: May 6, 2020