We have advised private equity firm Inflexion on its substantial investment into contract development and manufacturing organisation Upperton Pharma Solutions ('Upperton').
Upperton specialises in particle engineering for the pharmaceutical industry. The investment from Inflexion, which comes alongside the founder's own investment, will support Upperton in expanding its operations including a larger manufacturing facility and extending its services to support later stages of clinical trials and commercial manufacturing.
We advised on several aspects of the deal with support from our international private equity, patents, employment, and tax teams among others.
Commenting on the deal, Emma Danks, partner and head of the private equity team, said: "This has been a standout transaction for us and we are proud to have advised Inflexion on their investment into Upperton. We were able to demonstrate both our exceptional life sciences expertise alongside our private equity transactional experience for longstanding client Inflexion. The investment promises an exciting new path for Upperton's future."
Andrew Neville, Investment Director at Inflexion added: “Upperton’s expertise allows them to solve complex particle engineering challenges for clients, enabling targeted drug delivery and providing solutions for poorly soluble molecules. There is a growing demand for these services in the market place. With Inflexion’s investment Upperton will support clients further into their clinical trials and onwards to niche commercial manufacture. We're grateful to the Taylor Wessing team for their support on this investment.”
The team was led by partner Emma Danks and senior associate Suzy Davis with support from partners Jonny Bethell, Colin McCall, Emma Oakley, Ann Casey, Liz Wilson, Stuart Broom, Anna Taylor, Sean Nesbitt and Sian Skelton; senior counsel Emma Tait; senior data protection adviser Sally Annereau; senior associates Rhys Bufton, Katie Lewis and Afshan Mallik, and associates Sarah Wallace, Alexander Stones, Charlie Adams, Joe Fallon, Ruth Moffett, Megan Lukins and Katie Fry-Paul.