SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shareholder rights law firm Robbins LLP is investigating EQRx, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQRX) to determine whether certain EQRx officers and directors violated securities laws and breached fiduciary duties to shareholders.
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EQRx, Inc. (EQRX) May Have Engaged in a Conflicted SPAC Process
EQRx International, Inc. completed a business combination with CM Life Sciences III Inc. on December 17, 2021, and now operates as EQRx, Inc. This week, Corvex Management LP agreed to pay the SEC $1 million to settle allegations that the investment advisor did not properly disclose conflicts of interests involving certain SPACs.
The SEC alleged that from July 2020 through January 2021, Corvex personnel were involved in forming three SPACs know as CM Life Sciences Inc., CM Life Sciences II Inc., and CM Life Sciences III Inc. (now EQRx, Inc.). Individuals supervised by Corvex owned about half of the sponsors of the three SPACs. Because of their ownership interests, Corvex personnel were entitled to receive a portion of the SPAC sponsor compensation once the SPACs completed their business combinations. The SEC alleged that Corvex personnel thus had financial incentives to push the firm's advisory clients to make SPAC-related investments to ensure the three SPACs completed business combinations.
The agency said that Corvex caused its advisory clients to participate in $122.5 million worth of private investment in public equity transactions, or PIPE transactions, in connection with the three SPACs' ultimate business combinations. Corvex didn't disclose the conflicts of interest April 2021 — after the three SPACs had consummated their initial public offerings.
Corvex founder Keith A. Meister and CM Life Sciences Holdings, the sponsor of one of the SPACs mentioned in the SEC's order, were hit with an investor suit in February in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging they made misleading disclosures in the lead-up to the take-public merger and immediate value plunge of clinical data and genomics company Sema4 Holdings in July 2021.
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