SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 22, 2019
XERIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1810
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
On December 19, 2018, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware issued a decision in Sciabacucchi v. Salzberg, C.A. No. 2017-0931-JTL (Del. Ch.), declaring that provisions in certificates of incorporation of Delaware companies that purport to require claims under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), be brought in federal court are ineffective and invalid under Delaware law. On January 17, 2019, the defendants in this action appealed the Chancery Court’s decision to the Delaware Supreme Court.
Article VI Section 8 of our amended and restated bylaws (“Bylaws”) provides that, unless the Company consents in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for resolving any complaint asserting a cause of action arising under the Securities Act (the “Federal Forum Provision”). However, unless and until the Court of Chancery’s decision in Sciabacucchi is reversed by the Delaware Supreme Court on appeal or otherwise abrogated, the Company does not intend to enforce its Federal Forum Provision. In the event that the Delaware Supreme Court affirms the Court of Chancery’s Sciabacucchi decision or otherwise makes a determination that provisions such as the Federal Forum Provision are invalid, the Company’s Board of Directors intends to amend promptly the Company’s Bylaws to remove the Federal Forum Provision.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Date: January 22, 2019
/s/ Barry M. Deutsch
Barry M. Deutsch
Chief Financial Officer