Challenge the Buyout: Ademi & O'Reilly, LLP Investigates Whether Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Has Obtained a Fair Price in Its Sale to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- We are investigating the Board of Directors of Astex for possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law in connection with the sale of Astex to Otsuka.

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Astex's long-term financial outlook is very positive and yet Astex shareholders will receive only $8.50 per share, dramatically less than a minimum $13 per share buyout value placed on Astex by at least one analyst. Otsuka is well aware of Astex's improving financial metrics and is purchasing Astex at a substantial discount. The merger agreement unreasonably limits prospective bids for Astex by (i) prohibiting solicitation of any further bids, and (ii) imposing a termination penalty should Astex receive and accept a superior bid. Astex insiders, their affiliates and other majority shareholders own significant voting units of Astex, and will receive millions of dollars as part of change of control arrangements, and therefore can unduly influence a sale of Astex not necessarily in the best interests of non-insider shareholders. In light of these facts, our investigation centers on the conduct of Astex's Board of Directors, who have unanimously approved the transaction, and whether they are (i) fulfilling their fiduciary duties to all shareholders, and (ii) obtaining a fair and reasonable price for Astex given its current financial condition and prospects.

If you own shares of Astex and wish to obtain additional information, please contact Guri Ademi either at gademi@ademilaw.com or toll-free: 866-264-3995, http://www.ademilaw.com/case/astex.

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