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Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, acquires stake in MoonLake Immunotherapeutics AG

26 May 2021 – MoonLake Immunotherapeutics AG, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on creating next-level therapies for inflammatory skin and joint diseases, has closed a Series A financing round. In the context of this financing round, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, has acquired a stake in MoonLake Immunotherapeutics AG and out-licensed its Tri-specific Nanobody®, Sonelokimab (M1095/ALX 0761), for the treatment of inflammatory diseases in dermatology and rheumatology, to MoonLake Immunotherapeutics AG.

Walder Wyss has advised Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, on the equity component of this transaction. The team was led by André Kuhn (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Christian Lütolf (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A) and further included Maurus Winzap (Partner, Tax), Riccardo Brazerol (Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Gaurav Bhagwanani (Associate, Employment).