Case Studies

Epstein Becker Green Assists in Launch of Mental Health App

Epstein Becker Green assisted iExhale in the launch of an application to promote mental health and happiness. The app allows users to speak with a board-certified therapist instantly via in-app messaging or by phone. Additionally, users have access to a social network to create a greater support system. iExhale has developed partnerships with after-school programs and youth centers in order to deliver mental health services to teenagers who may have restricted access to such services. The app launched on June 6, 2016.

The Epstein Becker Green team provided strategic advice and counseling regarding regulatory issues affecting the provision of telehealth services, including state licensure, scope of practice, credentialing and privileging, online prescribing, and coverage and reimbursement. Additionally, the team built the terms of use and condition, privacy policy, and consent documents for the app. Epstein Becker Green’s telehealth and security attorneys were supplemented by the business consultancy services of Epstein Becker Green’s affiliate EBG Advisors, Inc.

EBG Advisors will continue to assist iExhale in the app’s security management.

The Epstein Becker Green team included Adam C. Solander, Robert J. Hudock, Kevin J. Ryan, Amy F. Lerman, and Daniel G. Gottlieb.

Epstein Becker Green Assists Medical Technology Client in $12 Billion Acquisition

Epstein Becker Green (EBG), serving as health regulatory counsel, successfully assisted its client Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), a medical technology company, in conducting health regulatory due diligence and negotiating the terms of a purchase agreement to be used in connection with the client’s acquisition of CareFusion Corporation, an international medical products manufacturer. The purchase price was valued at $12.2 billion. This deal will substantially expand BD’s geographic reach and catalog of medical devices, enabling BD to become a world leader in medication management and patient safety solutions. BD announced the signing of the purchase agreement on October 5, 2014, and the transaction is expected to close during the first half of 2015.

EBG attorneys Bradley Merrill Thompson and Kim Tyrrell-Knott led a team that conducted the preliminary due diligence on various health regulatory issues, particularly U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and privacy and security matters. As CareFusion is operating under a consent decree from FDA, an examination of the FDA regulatory issues and assessment of CareFusion’s FDA quality system were key components of the due diligence and critical to the transaction going forward. The EBG team, working alongside transactional counsel, negotiated health regulatory terms and advised on health regulatory issues associated with the value drivers for the deal and post-closing integration plans.

In addition to Mr. Thompson and Ms. Tyrrell-Knott, the EBG team included James A. Boiani, Ali Lakhani, Benjamin M. Zegarelli, Adam C. Solander, Stuart M. Gerson, and Colleen Hittle of EBG Advisors.

Epstein Becker Green Assists Client in $5 Billion Acquisition of Medical Therapy Company

A team of Epstein Becker Green attorneys represented Apax Partners LLP ("Apax"), a private-equity firm, as health care regulatory counsel in an acquisition of Kinetic Concepts Inc. ("KCI"). The purchasers included Apax and two Canadian pension funds. The deal, valued at more than $5 billion, closed on November 4, 2011.

The Epstein Becker Green team was led by Mark E. Lutes of the Washington, DC, office, and included Daniel G. Gottlieb, Benjamin S. Martin, Lesley R. Yeung, J. Andrew Lemons, James A. Boiani, Shawn M. Gilman, Amy F. Lerman, Julie E. Loyd, and Adam C. Solander.

Epstein Becker Green Represents Perfusion, IONM, and Surgical Services Provider in Acquisition of Perfusion Services Company

Epstein Becker Green represented SpecialtyCare, a leading provider of outsourced perfusion, intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM), and surgical services, in its acquisition of Trident Health, a highly regarded perfusion services company, for a cash purchase price in excess of $5 million. SpecialtyCare announced that, as a result of the acquisition, its perfusion division “now supports over 120,000 annual open heart and perfusion-related procedures for 850 surgeons at more than 350 hospitals, extending the company’s market leading position as the largest and most comprehensive provider of cardiovascular perfusion and perfusion-related services” in the United States.

Epstein Becker Green assisted SpecialtyCare on a range of matters relating to the transaction, including SpecialtyCare’s legal diligence review encompassing corporate organizational matters, non-customer-related contracts (including leases), employment and employee benefit matters, privacy and security related matters, and tax matters. Epstein Becker Green also assisted in negotiating the definitive agreement and other ancillary agreements relating to the transaction.

The Epstein Becker Green team consisted of Kathy Lofft, Carly Hoinacki, David Matyas, Michelle Capezza, Brandon Ge, Jeff Kramer, Cassandra Labbees, Sharon Lippett, Lenny Lipsky, Nancy Moore, Elena Quattrone, Adam Solander, Theresa Thompson, and Pat Wheeler.