Successful “Date Certain M&A” of Tarsa Therapeutics, Inc. its Assets and Intellectual Property – Gerbsman Partners, Financial Advisor
Steven R. Gerbsman, Principal of Gerbsman Partners and Kenneth Hardesty, a member of Gerbsman Partners Board of Intellectual Capital announced today their success in maximizing value for the assets and Intellectual Property of Tarsa Therapeutics, Inc.  Tarsa is an NDA-ready company focused on advancing it lead product, TBRIA.  TBRIA is a proprietary oral formulation containing recombinant salmon calcitonin for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Gerbsman Partners provided Financial Advisory leadership to Tarsa, through   its proprietary Date Certain M&A Process, facilitated the sale of the business unit’s assets and its associated Intellectual Property and closing of the sale. Due to market conditions, the board of directors of Tarsa made the strategic decision to maximize the value of the business unit and Intellectual Property. Gerbsman Partners provided leadership to the company with:

  1. Business Consulting and Investment Banking domain expertise in developing the strategic action plans for maximizing value of the business unit, Intellectual Property and assets;
  2. Proven domain expertise in maximizing the value of the business unit and Intellectual Property through a Gerbsman Partners targeted and proprietary “Date Certain M&A Process”;
  3. The ability to “Manage the Process” among potential Acquirers, Lawyers, Creditors, Management and Advisors;
  4. Communications with the Board of Directors, senior management, senior lenders, creditors, vendors and all stakeholders in interest.

About Gerbsman Partners

Gerbsman Partners focuses on maximizing enterprise value for stakeholders and shareholders in under-performing, under-capitalized and under-valued companies and their Intellectual Property. Since 2001, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in maximizing value for 103 technology, medical device, life science, solar, fuel cell, cyber  security, consumer and digital marketing companies and their Intellectual Property and has restructured/terminated over $810 million of real estate executory contracts and equipment lease/sub-debt obligations. Since inception in 1980, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in over $2.3 billion of financings, restructurings and M&A transactions.

Gerbsman Partners has offices and strategic alliances in San Francisco, Orange County, Boston, New York, Washington, DC, McLean, VA, Europe and Israel.

Thomas Jefferson 

His Portrait is on the Two Dollar Bill

This is amazing.
There are two parts.

Be sure to read
The 2nd part below

Thomas Jefferson
Was a very remarkable man who started

Learning very
Early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began
Studying under his cousin’s tutor.

At 9, studied
Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied
Classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered The College of William and Mary.
Also could write in Greek with one hand
While writing the same in Latin with the other.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started His own law practice.

At 25, was Elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the Widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America” And Retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence

At 33, took Three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education
Bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was Elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and
Negotiated commercial treaties withEuropean nations
Along with Ben Franklin and John Adams..

At 46, served as The first Secretary of State
Under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected
President of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted The Kentucky Resolutions and
Became the active head of Republican Party.

At 57, was Elected the third president of the
United States.

At 60, obtained The Louisiana Purchase doubling
The nation’s Size.

At 61, was Elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired To Monticello

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe

At 81, almost Single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its firstPresident.

At 83, died on The 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along With John Adams.


Thomas Jefferson Knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.  He understood
Actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature
Of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand Today.

Jefferson really knew his stuff.

A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy Held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest mindsIn the nation at that time He made this statement: “This is perhaps The assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in The White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in
Europe,we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

Thomas Jefferson


“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those Who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”— Thomas Jefferson


“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”— Thomas Jefferson


“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government From wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them”
Thomas Jefferson

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government Results from too much government.”Thomas


“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”Thomas Jefferson

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms  Is,as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”— Thomas Jefferson

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time With the blood of patriots and tyrants.”Thomas Jefferson


“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he Disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”Thomas  Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than
Standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their  Currency,first by inflation, then by deflation, the Banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

The Black Swan Pushes Events to the Tipping Point-Maximizing Enterprise Value in the upcoming Crisis
This article was published by Steven R. Gerbsman and Robert Tillman in May, 2007, again in August, 2015 and May, 2017.    It appears it may be “that time again”.

Please read, enjoy and “be prepared”.

Best regards,
Steve Gerbsman – Principal Gerbsman Partners

We are currently in one of the best economic times in our country’s history. The stock market is at all time highs, unemployment is at all-time lows, interest rates are low, money is plentiful and deal valuations are high and getting higher. There are, of course, many worrisome trends: terrorism, excessive government spending, trade deficits, high oil prices, immigration and over the longer term, such issues as an aging population and (possibly) global warming. Although problems and worries always exist, in historical terms, times are very good indeed.

The big questions for us as specialists in maximizing enterprise value are:

Will it end?

Yes. Of course. Even fundamentally healthy economies experience frequent and often violent corrections. The current world economy has evolved in many ways over the past decade. All large businesses are international. The primary economies of the world are very tightly linked together. Money is far more liquid and moves around the world with far less “friction” than it did in the past. The pace of technical change continues to increase. Nevertheless, we do not believe that the laws of history, and especially, the laws of human nature, have been repealed.

As always, “The more things change, the more that they remain the same.”

When will it end?

Unfortunately, no one knows the answer to this question. In historical terms, the current economic expansion has continued for a very long time and has survived numerous shocks, including war, a doubling of energy prices, natural disasters and localized economic downturns, such as the bursting of the sub-prime mortgage bubble. It appears to be “ripe” for a downturn. On the other hand, inherently unstable situations often persist for far longer than anyone could believe possible. During the 2000 Internet bubble, it seemed to us for quite some that the old rules of business no longer applied and that 25 year-old CEOs knew something us old guys did not know. When the crash occurred, we were relieved to find out that we were not so obsolete after all.

We did, however, underestimate the staying power of technically insolvent companies with broken or non-existent business models. Many of these companies had significant cash on the balance sheet (offset, of course, by significant liabilities) and investors who continued to infuse more cash far beyond the point of reason. Today, there exist immense pools of uncommitted cash, much of it in the hands of entities, such as private equity funds and hedge funds that are subject to minim al regulatory scrutiny and whose operations are obscured from the public view. In addition, the weakness of the dollar against both the Euro and the Pound Sterling makes U.S. assets a relative bargain. These factors tend to mitigate against an economic downturn. For how much longer they will continue to do so we do not know (and if we did know, we would certainly would not tell).

How will it end?

Fast, hard and unexpectedly. Two recent books shed a great deal of light on the process:

The first book, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell describes how human behavior causes events to cascade rapidly once a certain critical mass (the “Tipping Point”) has been achieved. Examples in the business world include periodic economic ?panics? and the spread of certain technologies and products, such as personal computers, iPods, cell phones, etc. It is very difficult to predict in advance when the ?tipping point? in any situation will be reached, but history has shown that, once it has been reached, events proceed very quickly.

The second book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes how highly improbable, and hence unpredictable, events periodically create massive change. The title of the book derives from the observation that the existence of even a single black swan disproves the assertion that all swans are white. Historical examples include the Fall of France at the beginning of World War II, the rise of the Internet and 9/11.

There are many obvious candidates for a “black swan” event that pushes the world economy over “the tipping point” into a downturn – a war with Iran, a nuclear terrorist attack or a worldwide bird flu or small pox epidemic, but generally, it is what you do not see that gets you. We are fundamentally optimists about the long-term prospects of the world economy. In many highly measurable ways, the wor ld really is improving, driven by technological innovation, a lowering of barriers to trade and increasing economic integration. Nevertheless, we are old enough to have lived through many “bumps” along the road and know that such discontinuities will always occur. We believe that we will see a significant economic event sometime over the next 12-18 months, either localized to a particular sector or geographic region or globally.

Our Advice?

Before such an event occurs:

As a board member, investor or stakeholder:

1.    Implement tight cash flow, receivables and inventory reporting so that you are alerted to problems early.

2.    Focus on the control, preservation and forecasting of CASH on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis.

3.    Require “bottoms up” forecasting for all aspects of revenue and expense. Have the CEO and CFO defend ALL numbers.

4.    Hold the CEO responsible and accountable for Performance. If you are off the business plan/forecast, re-forecast based on the reality of “what is” today.

5.    Communicate frequently with all parties at interest. Check that the CEO is providing leadership, motivation and morale to the management team and employees.

6.    Review all companies in your portfolio. Identify and define action plans to fix weaknesses now.

7.    Utilize professional resources to assist in maximizing enterprise value, when appropriate.

When such an event occurs:

1.    Face up to reality and act quickly. When things are going bad, waiting seldom improves them. We have never seen a board of directors act too quickly when faced with a crisis. We have all too frequently seen a board act slowly or not at all.

2.    Call for assistance early. The earlier professionals can get involv ed in the process, the better the potential outcome in maximizing enterprise value. Many times boards request assistance only after a company has run out of cash. Many more options exist to maximize enterprise value if a company has some running room.

About Gerbsman Partners

Gerbsman Partners focuses on maximizing enterprise value for stakeholders and shareholders in under-performing, under-capitalized and under-valued companies and their Intellectual Property. Since 2001, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in maximizing value for 102 technology, medical device, life science, digital marketing/social commerce, fuel cell, consumer and solar companies and their Intellectual Property and has restructured/terminated over $810 million of real estate executory contracts and equipment lease/sub-debt obligations. Since inception, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in over $ 2.3 billion of financings, restructurings and M&A transactions.

Gerbsman Partners has offices and strategic alliances in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Orange County, VA/DC, Europe and Israel.

Subject: Walk Don’t Run—Fun!

This is kind of cool….

Do you remember the Ventures and Babbitt the drummer who played “Walk Don’t Run”?Do any of you remember the USAF Four Star General George Babbitt from Tacoma, WA? Anyone who thought the military is all spit and polish and discipline?Pretty interesting.
General Babbitt was a drummer at one time for the Ventures.This is cool. Watch it. You will love it if you like rock n’ roll.Some of you probably don’t remember the Ventures. Those that do, enjoy the clip. It should bring a smile to your face.

Advantages of ‘Date-Certain M&A Process over Standard M&A’ – Gerbsman Partners

Every venture capital investor hopes that all his investment will succeed. The reality is, however, that a large percentage of venture investments eventually are shut down.

In the extreme they end in bankruptcy or assignment to creditors. The majority falls into the category of the “living dead.” Such companies are not complete failures, but their prospects do not justify continued investment, yet they are rarely shut down quickly.

Once reality has been recognized, most investors engage investment bankers to sell their investment off through prevailing M&A processes. Unfortunately, seldom with good results.



The main reason for that sad result is a fundamental misunderstanding of buyer psychology. In general, buyers act quickly and pay the highest price only by force of competitive pressure.

Potential buyers of the highest probability are those already familiar with the company for sale, such as competitors, existing investors customers and vendors. Once a sales process starts the seller is very much a diminishing asset. Both financially and organizationally.  Unless compelled to act, potential buyers simply start to draw out the process, submit a low-ball offer when the seller runs out of cash, or try to pick up key employees and customers at no cost.



The second reason is usually a misunderstanding of the psychology and methods of investment bankers.

Most investment bankers do best at selling “hot” companies. Companies whose value is perceived by buyers to be increasing quickly over time, and where there are multiple bidders.

They tend to be more motivated and work harder on such cases because transaction sizes –and resulting commissions– are larger and surrounding publicity can bring in new assignments, among others. They also tend to be more effective in maximizing value in such situations by using time to their advantage, pitting buyers against each other and setting very high expectations.

In a situation where time is not your friend, the actions of standard investment banking practices often make a bad situation much worse. Such actions include assigning less experience B-Teams to smaller transaction size cases, “playing out the process” which works against the seller, and pitting multiple players against each other which can drive away potential buyers who often know far more about the seller than does the banker.



The most effective solution in situations where time is not on your side is a Date-Certain Merger and Acquisition Process.

Under this proprietary process, the company’s board of directors hires a crisis management/private investment banking firm (‘advisor’) to wind down business operations in an orderly fashion and to maximize the value of their intellectual properties and tangible assets. The Advisor works closely with board and corporate management to:

  • Focus on Control, Preservation and Forecasting of CASH
  • Develop a Strategy/Action Plan and Presentation to Maximize Value of Assets.
  • Plans to include Sales Materials, Due Diligence access. a list of all possible Interested Buyers for Intellectual Properties and Assets and Identify and Retain Key Employees on a go-forward basis.
  • Stabilize and provide Leadership, Motivation and Moral to all Employees.
  • Communicate with the Board of Directors, Senior Management, Senior Lender, Creditors, Vendors and all other Stakeholders in Interest.



The company attorney prepares a simple “As-Is/Where –Is” asset sale documents. This document is very important and includes a “No-Reps or Warrantee” Agreement, as the board, officers and invertors typically do not want any additional exposure on a deal.

The advisor then follows up systematically with ALL potentially interested parties and coordinates their interactions with company personnel, including on-site visits.

Typical terms for a Date-Certain M&A asset sale exclude representations and warranties and include a sales date –typically four to six weeks – from the point of readying sales materials for distribution, a refundable CASH deposit in the range of $200,000, a strong preference for cash consideration and with the ability to close a deal in seven business days.

Date-Certain M&A terms can be varied to suit needs unique to given situations. For instance, the board may choose not to accept any bids, or to allow re-bids if there are multiple competitive bids, and/or allow early bids.

The typical workflow timeline from advisor hiring to transaction close and receipt of consideration is four to six weeks. Such timelines may be extended as circumstances warrant. Upon receipt of considerations, the restructuring/insolvency attorney then distributes funds to creditors and shareholders (if there is sufficient consideration to satisfy creditors), and takes all needed steps to wind down the remaining corporate shell. Typically in coordination with the CFO.



Speed:   – The entire Date-Certain M&A Process can typically be concluded in 4 to 6 Weeks. Creditors and investors receive their money quickly. A negative PR impact on investors and board members related to a drawn out process is eliminated. Where required, such timelines can be reduced to as little as two to three weeks, however severely compressing the process often impacts the final value received during asset auction.

Reduced Cash Requirements:  – Owing to the Date-Certain M&A process’ compressed turn-around time, there is a significantly reduced need for any additional investor cash to support the company during the process.

Maximized Value:  – A quick and effective process during wind-down mode minimizes strain and rapid asset depreciation and thereby preserves enterprise value. The fact that an auction will occur on a certain date typically brings truly interested and qualified parties to the table. In our considerable experience, this process strongly aids in maximizing the final value received.

Cost:  – Advisory fees consist of a retainer and a performance fee, which is a percentage of the sales proceeds.

Control:  – At all time during the process, the board of directors retains complete control. For instance, it can modify the auction terms, or discontinue the auction at any point, thereby preserving all options for as long as possible.

Public Relations:  – As the entire sales process is private, there is no public disclosure. Once closed, the transaction can be portrayed as a sale of the company with all terms kept confidential. Accordingly investors can list the company in their portfolios as sold vs. having gone out of business.

A Clean Exit:  – Upon closing of the auction, considerations received are distributed and the advisor, under the leadership of the insolvency counsel, then takes all remaining steps to effect an orderly shut-down of the remaining corporate entity.


About Gerbsman Partners

Gerbsman Partners focuses on maximizing enterprise value for stakeholders and shareholders in underperforming, undercapitalized and undervalued companies and their intellectual properties. Since 2001, Gerbsman Partners has successfully maximized the values of 102 companies in a wide and diverse spectrum of industries, ranging from technology, life science, medical device, digital marketing, consumer to cyber security, to name only a few.

Since inception in 1980, Gerbsman Partners has successfully restructured/terminated over $810 million of real estate executory contracts and equipment lease/sub-debt obligations, and has been involved in over $2.3 billion of financings, restructuring and M&A transactions.

Gerbsman Partners has offices and strategic alliances  in San Francisco, Orange County CA, Boston, New York, Washington  DC, Mc Lean VA,  Europe and Israel.


Good afternoon

Jim Gilligan, Ken Hardesty and I would like to thank you for your continued interest in the Tarsa assets and IP.

As the bid date for the assets and IP of Tarsa is on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (see Bidding Process below), I have attached:

  1. Anabbreviated list of the due diligence documentation contained in the Tarsa Virtual Data Room “ VDR”. Given the advanced stage of the Tarsa assets and the completed NDA review by the FDA, the documents contained in the VDR are both extensive and complete.  The attached TOC lists the directories in the VDR each of which has a full complement of documents to support TBRIA and the Tarsa Opportunity.  All documents will be available during the due diligence process for interested parties, subject to an NDA.
  2. A draft Asset Purchase Agreement “APA” and list of Tarsa Assets. Prior to the bid date of January 23, 2018, I would encourage all interested parties to have their counsel speak with William Whelan, Esq. of Mintz Levin.   Bill will be available to discuss any questions or comments of a legal nature relating to the transactions contemplated by the APA.  Bill’s office number is 617 348-1869 wtwhelan@mintz.com
  3.  Refundable wire transfer informationis below.  This is required for all interested buyers.

Any and all the assets of Tarsa will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis and will be subject to “The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers”, outlined below.

Gerbsman Partners (http://www.gerbsmanpartners.com) has been retained by Tarsa (http://tarsatherapeutics.com) to solicit interest for the acquisition of part or substantially all of Tarsa’s assets, including its Intellectual Property (“IP”), in whole or in part (collectively, the “Tarsa Assets”).


The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to Tarsa’s Assets has been supplied by Tarsa. It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or their respective agents.

Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by Tarsa or Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.

Tarsa, Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of Tarsa’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise. 

Any sale of the Tarsa Assets will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either express or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of Tarsa and Gerbsman Partners. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Tarsa and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the Tarsa Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent. This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the non-disclosure agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A.


The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers

Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (attached hereto as Appendix A) to have access to key members of management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (“Due Diligence Access”). Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has had an opportunity to inspect and examine the Tarsa Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of Tarsa, Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and Gerbsman Partners (and their respective staff, agents, or attorneys) do not make any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same.  

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the Tarsa Assets. Each sealed bid must be submitted so that it is received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Tuesday – January 23, 2018 at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at Tarsa’s offices, located at 1628 JFK Blvd, # 1400, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Bids should identify those assets being tendered for in an identifiable way. 

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase.  All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit in the amount of $200,000.  The deposit should be wired to an escrow agent who will be outlined in a future update.  The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days of the Bid Deadline.  Unsuccessful bidders will have their deposit returned to them within 3 business days of notification that they are an unsuccessful bidder. 

Tarsa reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale.  Interested parties should understand that it is expected that the highest and best bid submitted will be chosen as the winning bidder and bidders may not have the opportunity to improve their bids after submission.  

Tarsa will require the successful bidder to close within a 7 day period. Any or all of the assets of Tarsa will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the Tarsa Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to Bambeco at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

Steven R. Gerbsman                                                  

Gerbsman Partners                                                    



Kenneth Hardesty

Gerbsman Partners