KBL Merger Company IV *

KBL Merger Company IV *

Oct 19, 2020 by Roman Developer



*SPACInsider estimate a/o 10-17-20

KBL Merger Corp. IV announced a non-binding term sheet with CannBioRx Life Sciences Corp. (“CannBioRx”), to form a company combined of three programs focused on treating inflammatory diseases:

  • 180 Therapeutics, a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel biologic therapies for treating fibrosis;
  • Katexco Pharmaceuticals, a pre-clinical effort for developing orally available therapies harnessing the brain’s nicotinic receptors to treat inflammatory diseases; and
  • CannBioRexPharmaceuticals, a pre-clinical initiative focused on the development and commercialization of man-made cannabinoids for arthritis, pain, diabetes and obesity.

Important to note, KBL states these opportunities are non-plant-touching, pharmaceutical-grade, non-psychoactive cannabis and drug development programs.


A definitive agreement has not been signed to-date. The LOI Term Sheet is intended to express only a mutual indication of interest in the Transaction and does not represent a legally binding commitment or obligation on the part of the parties.

  • Prior to, or simultaneously with the Closing, CannBioRx and the Subsidiaries will engage in a corporate restructuring pursuant to which each of the Subsidiaries, along with a new Canadian corporation and a Cayman Island company will become wholly-owned subsidiaries of CannBioRx.
  • Prior to signing a Definitive Agreement, the parties have agreed to ensure that KBL will have at least $40 million in cash available at the Closing either through backstop commitment or financing arrangements.


On June 26, 2020, KBL Merger Corp. IV (“KBL” or the “Company”) entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “SPA”) whereby it issued to two institutional investors secured convertible promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $3,601,966.28 (collectively, the “Notes”) for an aggregate purchase price of $3,407,521.97. A portion of the purchase price paid by one of the investors was satisfied by surrendering a note held by such investor that was issued by an entity that is party to the Business Combination referenced below. The Notes are subject to 10% original issue discount, have a term of eight months, and accrue interest at the rate of 10% per annum, with interest being guaranteed to the maturity of the Notes, regardless of when any Note is converted. The Notes are all initially convertible into the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”), at a per share conversion price equal to $5.28. Beginning ninety (90) days following the Company’s completion of its contemplated business combination, as initially reported in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on July 23, 2019 (the “Business Combination”), the conversion price will equal the lowest VWAP of the Company’s Common Stock during the five (5) trading day period ending on the trading day immediately prior to the conversion date, but in no event will the conversion price be lower than $2.00. In connection with the closing of the transactions contemplated by the SPA, the Company issued restricted shares of Common Stock to the two institutional investors in the aggregate amount of 650,000 shares (the “Commitment Shares”). The Company has agreed to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission the resale of the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes and Preferred Stock, as well as the Commitment Shares.

Upon the second closing pursuant to the SPA, upon certain conditions being satisfied, the Company will issue one of the institutional investors referenced above Series A Preferred Stock of the Company (“Preferred Stock”) for an aggregate purchase price of $3,000,000. Dividends shall be payable on the Preferred Stock at a rate of 10% per annum. The Preferred Stock shall be convertible into Common Stock at a conversion price of $5.28 per share. Upon any conversion, a Make-Whole Amount (as defined in the Certificate of Designation of the Preferred Stock) shall be due with respect to each share of Preferred Stock converted. At any time following the three (3) month anniversary of the Business Combination, the holder of the Preferred Stock has the right to force the Company to redeem all or any portion of the Preferred Stock then owned by the holder in cash.

Beginning on the eleventh (11) trading day following the Business Combination, if certain conditions are met, including, but not limited to, the closing sale price of the Common Stock exceeds $6.00 throughout a certain measuring period, certain equity conditions are satisfied, the daily average trading volume for the prior five (5) consecutive trading days exceeds of $80,000 per trading day, and the shares of Common Stock subject to the Company’s conversion right are the subject of a then effective registration statement, the Company shall have the right to require the holder to convert an amount of the purchase price of the Preferred Stock not to exceed $1,000,000 in the aggregate and not to exceed $100,000 during any five (5) consecutive trading days (the “Mandatory Conversion Amount”) (but in no event more than the lesser of (I) two (2) times the daily average trading volume for the prior ten (10) consecutive trading days, and (II) all of the Conversion Amount then remaining hereunder), into freely tradeable shares of Common Stock at the conversion price then in effect.


Executive Officers

Marlene Krauss, M.D., 71
CEO and Director

Dr. Krauss has over 30 years of experience in acquiring, selling and growing more than 20 companies in all areas of healthcare including healthcare services, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She was also the Chief Executive Officer and founder of three prior SPACs; KBL I, II and III, respectively, as described under the heading “Our management team has an established track record of raising and operating blank check companies. We believe this experience enhances the probability of successfully completing a business combination.” While holding these positions, she was involved in their formation, deal sourcing, investment selection and operations. She played a crucial role in KBL I’s acquisition of Concord Health and negotiated the sale of Concord Health to the MultiCare Companies for approximately $130.5 million in cash. In addition, in KBL II, she was instrumental in the acquisition of Summer Infant, a baby care company. In 1998, she founded KBL Healthcare Ventures and remains its Managing Director. KBL consists of three funds, KBL Healthcare Ventures LP, KBL Healthcare LP and KBL Partnership LP, backed by institutional investors which has completed its investment cycle. Through her funds, with individual groups of investors, or in public financings she has invested in, grown and/or been on the board of a variety of healthcare companies. She was an initial Board Member and investor in Summit Technology (acquired by Alcon, now a subsidiary of Novartis (VTX:NOVN), one of the first companies to develop the Lasik laser. Summit was sold to Alcon for $839 million in 2000. From 1999 to 2005, through KBL, she was a founder, Board Member and investor in Lumenos, which was among the initial companies that created a consumer driven health care insurance product. The company was sold to Wellpoint (now known as Anthem, Inc.(NYSE:ANTM)) in 2005 for $185 million. In 2004, she was an early investor of Remon Medical Technologies Inc., a development-stage company focused on creating communication technology for medical device applications, through its sale to Boston Scientific Corporation for an undisclosed amount in 2007. She led the first institutional round of investors and was on the Board of PneumRx, Inc., a developer of one of the first non-invasive devices to treat lung disease from 2005 to 2011. It was sold to BTG plc (LON:BTG) in 2014 for up to $475 million which included potential earn out payments. Since 2005, she has been a founder and board member of Vampire Pharmaceuticals LLC, a biopharmaceutical company that is developing products to treat conditions such as diabetes and sickle cell disease. Dr. Krauss received an M.B.A and M.D. degree from Harvard University and a B.A. degree from Cornell University. She is a board certified ophthalmologist with a specialty in retinal surgery and trained at the Harvard Hospitals, New York Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. She has been on the Advisory Committee on Education at Harvard Medical School since 2012 and received the Alumni Achievement Award and was on the Deans Advisory Committee of Harvard Business School.

Joseph A. Williamson, 63
COO and Director

Mr. Williamson has over 35 years of experience as a healthcare operator, executive and entrepreneur primarily in the post-acute healthcare facilities field (senior living, assisted living, hospice and home care) as well as ancillary services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation therapy, pharmaceutical distribution, and medical supplies. Since 2009, Mr. Williamson has been the Managing Partner at JAW Capital, LLC, an investment fund vehicle for private investments focusing on healthcare. He has been the Chairman of National Home Care Holdings, LLC, a multi-state home health company, from 2010 to the present. Mr. Williamson served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Medical and Security Holdings, LLC, a medical supply and equipment company from 2013 to 2015, until it was sold to NSM; as a board member and investor in CCRx, a portfolio company of Cressey & Company that focused on pharmacy distribution in the senior and correctional area from 2004 to 2010 when it was sold to Omnicare, Inc. (now a subsidiary of CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS)); as chairman/investor of National Hospice Holdings Investors, LLC from 2010 to 2014, when it merged into TridentUSA, an affiliate of Formation Capital. Formerly, Mr. Williamson was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brandywine Senior Care, Inc., an assisted living facility company from 2006 to 2002. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Williamson was co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer and director of Concord Health Group, Inc., a long term care company which was acquired by KBL I and subsequently was acquired by Multicare Companies Inc. Prior to Concord Health Group, Mr. Williamson served in various senior positions at Genesis Health Ventures, Inc., the predecessor of Genesis Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:GEN) from 1986 until 1992. Prior to Genesis, Mr. Williamson was co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Healthcare Resources Corp., a nursing home, rehabilitation and pharmacy distribution company which he helped sell to Genesis in 1986. Prior to Healthcare Resources, Mr. Williamson held officer positions at Leader Nursing Centers, Inc, a publicly held nursing home and rehabilitation company founded by former Governor of Pennsylvania, George M. Leader. Mr. Williamson also was a principal/general partner of a private equity health care fund, Commerce Health Ventures which merged into NewSpring Capital. Mr. Williamson earned his Juris Doctor degree at The Delaware Law School of Widener University, his MBA in Health Care Administration from Temple University and a BS in Accounting from Villanova University.


Board of Directors

George Hornig, 62
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Hornig has served as the Chief Executive Officer of RON Transatlantic Financial Holdings since January 2017. Mr. Hornig served as Senior Managing Director as well as the Chief Operating Officer of PineBridge Investments from 2010 to September 2016. During his employment with PineBridge, he was responsible for the management of global operations. He was involved in the restructuring of the former AIG Investment Management division into PineBridge. He has served on the boards of Forrester Research, a research and analysis provider, since 1996; Xometry, a specialty machining company, since 2014; Edelman, a marketing firm, since 2016. Previously, Mr. Hornig was on the Board of KBL Healthcare Acquisition Corp. I and then served on the Board of the merged company, Concord Health. From 1999 to 2010, Mr. Hornig spent 11 years at Credit Suisse Asset Management where he became its Co-Global Chief Operating Officer. From 1993 to 1999, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Americas at Deutsche Bank. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Hornig was also a Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Wasserstein Perella & Co. following his tenure in the First Boston Mergers and Acquisitions group from 1983 to 1988. Mr. Hornig has been an early investor in a many high growth companies including Royalty Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company that invests in revenue-producing royalty interests in biopharma products; FibroGen, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company; and Cibus, a precision gene-editing company for agriculture. Mr. Hornig holds an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Andrew Sherman, 47

Since August 2016, Mr. Sherman has served as a consultant focused on transaction development for Unified Physician Management (“UPM”), a physician practice management company focused on obstetrics and gynecology. Prior to UPM, from May 2015 to August 2016, Mr. Sherman was a Partner at DCH Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm. Prior to DCH Partners, Mr. Sherman worked for 22 years in investment banking, M&A and buyside roles. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Sherman was a Managing Director in Healthcare with Morgan Joseph TriArtisan and from 2010 to 2011, he worked in healthcare investment banking at Madison Williams. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Sherman was a consultant to Capitol Acquisition Corp. which completed a merger in 2010 with Two Harbors Investment Corp. (NYSE:TWO), a real-estate investment trust. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Sherman was also a consultant to KBL III. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Sherman worked as a Principal in investment banking at Banc of America Securities. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Sherman co-founded Brand 3, a private label infrastructure internet service provider, which was sold to American Express in 2001. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Sherman worked in investment banking at Montgomery Securities. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Sherman worked in mergers and acquisitions at James D Wolfensohn, Inc. Mr. Sherman holds a B.S. in Economics and Finance from The Wharton School of Business, a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. with Distinction from The Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Sherrill Neff, 65

Since 2002, Mr. Neff has been a Founding Partner of Quaker Partners, a healthcare investment firm focusing on venture and growth stage companies. In this position, he launched and managed five life sciences venture funds which managed $700 million committed capital. He has invested in many areas of healthcare, including biotechnology, medical technology and healthcare services, and has invested in both private and public companies. Investments for which he was responsible include Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FOLD); BioRexis Therapeutics (sold to Pfizer); MedMark (sold to Walgreens); Durata Therapeutics (sold to Actavis); Protez Pharmaceuticals (sold to Novartis); Regado BioSciences (merged with Tobira Therapeutics and subsequently sold to Allergan); RainDance Technologies (sold to BioRad); and Cempra Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:CEMP). As part of his Quaker Partners portfolio responsibilities, Mr. Neff has served on the boards of directors of Cempra Pharmaceuticals since 2011; of Intact Vascular since 2013; of Vesper Medical since 2016; and of Rapid Micro BioSystems since 2017. He is currently a board observer to Neuronetics, Inc., and served as a member of its board of directors from 2006 until 2015. He also currently serves on the board of directors of Resource Capital Corporation (NYSE: RSO), a mortgage real estate finance company. Prior to this, from 1994 to 2002, he was President and COO of a publicly traded biotechnology company, Neose Technologies. Prior to this, from 1993 to 1994, Mr. Neff was Senior Vice President of U.S. Healthcare, a publicly traded managed care company where he had responsibilities for strategic corporate development. Prior to this, Mr. Neff was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division of Alex. Brown & Sons. Mr. Neff is a graduate of Wesleyan University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.