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Latham & Watkins Advises Abcam on US$340 Million Acquisition of BioVision

August 2, 2021
Cross-border and cross-practice team represents global leader in the supply of life science research tools in the transaction.

Latham & Watkins advised Abcam plc (Abcam), a global leader in the supply of life science research tools, on its definitive agreement to acquire BioVision, Inc. (BioVision), a wholly owned subsidiary of Boai NKY Medical Holdings Ltd. (NKY), for US$340 million. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

BioVision is a fast-growing innovator and distributor of life science research tools to biopharma, diagnostic and academic customers, with strength in biochemical and cell-based assay kits. The transaction brings one of Abcam’s large third-party suppliers in-house, BioVision started supplying Abcam in 2003 and Abcam customers’ demand for BioVision products has grown consistently over time, with sales more than doubling over the past five years (to June 2021). Additionally, the acquisition accelerates Abcam’s strategic execution and focus on in-house innovation and products in the complementary biochemical and cell-based assay market.

Concurrent with the acquisition of BioVision, Abcam and NKY have also entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding the establishment of a strategic collaboration under which Abcam will develop and supply products and services to NKY in support of their ongoing product development and commercialisation in the IVD field.

Latham fielded a cross-border team led by New York partner Kate Withers, Hong Kong partner David Blumental, and London partner Robbie McLaren, with associates Wayne Yu, Andrew Rondeau, Yujie Zhang, and Yi Peng, which was supported by specialist partners and lawyers across the firm’s global platform.