UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 13D/A

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 4)*

 

Akari Therapeutics, Plc

(Name of Issuer)

 

Ordinary Shares, $0.0001 par value

(Title of Class of Securities)

 

00972G108

(CUSIP Number)

 

Gary Emmanuel, Esquire

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

One Vanderbilt Avenue

New York, NY 10173-1922

1-212-547-5400

 

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

 

December 29, 2021

(Date of Event which Requires Filing of this Statement)

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box. ¨

 

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUSIP No. 00972G108 SC 13D/A Page 2 of 7 Pages

 

1.

Names of Reporting Persons.

 

Ray Prudo, M.D.

2.

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

(b) x

3.

SEC Use Only

 

 

4.

Source of Funds (See Instructions)

 

OO

5.

Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6.

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Canada

Number
of Shares
Beneficially
Owned
by Each
Reporting
Person With:
7.

Sole Voting Power

 

62,959,500

8.

Shared Voting Power

 

934,146,200

9.

Sole Dispositive Power

 

62,959,500

10.

Shared Dispositive Power

 

934,146,200

11.

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

934,146,200

12.

Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)

 

¨

13.

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

18%

14.

Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)

 

IN

 

 

 

 

CUSIP No. 00972G108 SC 13D/A Page 3 of 7 Pages

 

1.

Names of Reporting Persons.

 

RPC Pharma Limited

2.

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

(b) x

3.

SEC Use Only

 

 

4.

Source of Funds (See Instructions)

 

OO

5.

Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6.

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Malta

Number
of Shares
Beneficially
Owned
by Each
Reporting
Person With:
7.

Sole Voting Power

 

0

8.

Shared Voting Power

 

871,186,700

9.

Sole Dispositive Power

 

0

10.

Shared Dispositive Power

 

871,186,700

11.

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

871,186,700

12.

Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)

 

¨

13.

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

16.8%

14.

Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)

 

CO

 

 

 

 

CUSIP No. 00972G108 SC 13D/A Page 4 of 7 Pages

 

1.

Names of Reporting Persons.

 

Praxis Trustees Limited As trustee of The Sonic Healthcare Holding Company

2.

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)

(a) ¨

(b) x

3.

SEC Use Only

 

 

4.

Source of Funds (See Instructions)

 

OO

5.

Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)

 

¨

6.

Citizenship or Place of Organization

 

Guernsey

Number
of Shares
Beneficially
Owned
by Each
Reporting
Person With:
7.

Sole Voting Power

 

0

8.

Shared Voting Power

 

871,186,700

9.

Sole Dispositive Power

 

0

10.

Shared Dispositive Power

 

871,186,700

11.

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

 

871,186,700

12.

Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)

 

¨

13.

Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)

 

16.8%

14.

Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)

 

OO

 

 

 

 

CUSIP No. 00972G108 SC 13D/A Page 5 of 7 Pages

 

Introduction

 

This Amendment No. 4 to Schedule 13D (this “Amendment No. 4”) amends and supplements where indicated the Statement on Schedule 13D originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 29, 2015 and amended on October 26, 2017, March 30, 2020 and October 18, 2021, respectively (collectively, the “Prior Schedule 13D”) by and on behalf of RPC Pharma Limited, a Maltese corporation (“RPC”), Ray Prudo, M.D., a citizen of Canada (“Dr. Prudo”) and Praxis Trustees Limited As trustee of The Sonic Healthcare Holding Company (“Praxis,” and together with RPC, and Dr. Prudo, the “Prior Reporting Persons”), and relates to the ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 (“Ordinary Shares”) of Akari Therapeutics, Plc, a public limited company formed under the laws of England and Wales (the “Issuer”).

 

Capitalized terms used herein but not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Prior Schedule 13D. This Amendment No. 4 amends and supplements the Prior Schedule 13D as specifically set forth herein. Except as set forth below, all previous Items in the Prior Schedule 13D remain unchanged.

 

This Amendment No. 4 is being filed to amend Items 3, 4 and 5 as set forth below and to update the number of shares of Ordinary Shares beneficially held by the Reporting Persons as a result of the transaction described below.

 

Item 3. Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration.

 

Item 3 of the Prior Schedule 13D is hereby supplemented by adding the following paragraph:

 

On July 3, 2019, pursuant to a registered direct offering (the “2019 Registered Direct Offering”) of 2,368,392 of the Issuer’s American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), each representing 100 Ordinary Shares, RPC purchased 184,210 ADSs at a price of $1.90 per ADS. The funds used by RPC to acquire the ADSs were from its working capital. In connection with the sale of the ADSs in the 2019 Registered Direct Offering, RPC was also issued unregistered warrants to purchase an aggregate of 92,105 ADSs at a price of $3.00 per ADS in a private placement. The warrants were immediately exercisable.

 

On February 19, 2020, pursuant to a private placement (the “2020 Private Offering”) of 3,667,360 of the Issuer’s ADSs, each representing 100 Ordinary Shares, Dr. Prudo purchased 150,000 ADSs at a price of $1.70 per ADS. The funds used by Dr. Prudo to acquire the ADSs were from his personal funds. In connection with the sale of the ADSs in the 2020 Private Offering, Dr. Prudo was also issued unregistered warrants to purchase an aggregate of 75,000 ADSs at a price of $2.20 per ADS in a private placement. The warrants were immediately exercisable.

 

On July 7, 2021, pursuant to a private placement (the “2021 Private Offering”) of 7,947,540 of the Issuer’s ADSs, Praxis purchased 387,096 ADSs at a price of $1.55 per ADS. The funds used by Praxis to acquire the ADSs came from Dr. Prudo’s personal funds held by Praxis on his behalf.

 

On December 29, 2021, pursuant to a registered direct offering (the “Registered Direct Offering”) of 4,311,019 of the Issuer’s ADSs, each representing 100 Ordinary Shares, Dr. Prudo purchased 404,595 ADSs at a price of $1.40 per ADS. The funds used by Dr. Prudo to acquire the ADSs were from his personal funds. In connection with the sale of the ADSs in the Registered Direct Offering, Dr. Prudo was also issued registered warrants to purchase an aggregate of 202,297 ADSs at a price of $1.65 per ADS in a registered direct offering. The warrants were immediately exercisable.

 

Item 4. Purpose of Transaction.

 

Item 4 of the Prior Schedule 13D is hereby supplemented by adding the following paragraph:

 

On July 3, 2019, RPC purchased 184,210 ADSs and was issued 92,105 warrant ADSs in the 2019 Registered Direct Offering described above. On February 19, 2020, Dr. Prudo purchased 150,000 ADSs and was issued 75,000 warrant ADSs in the 2020 Private Offering described above. On July 7, 2021, Praxis purchased 387,096 ADS in the 2021 Private Offering described above. On December 29, 2021, Dr. Prudo purchased 404,595 ADSs and was issued 202,297 warrant ADSs in the Registered Direct Offering described above.

 

 

 

 

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Item 5. Interest in Securities of the Issuer.

 

(a) In his individual capacity, Dr. Prudo beneficially owns the 934,146,200 Ordinary Shares reported on the first cover page, which represents approximately 18% of the Issuer’s Ordinary Shares. RPC beneficially owns the 871,186,700 Ordinary Shares reported on the second cover page, which represents approximately 16.8% of the Issuer’s Ordinary Shares. Voting and investment decisions with respect to such shares are controlled by Dr. Prudo. Praxis beneficially owns the 871,186,700 Ordinary Shares reported on the third cover page, which represents approximately 16.8% of the Issuer’s Ordinary Shares. Voting and investment decisions with respect to such shares are controlled by Dr. Prudo. The percentage of beneficial ownership reported on the Reporting Persons’ cover pages to this Amendment No. 4 is based on 5,190,833,823 Ordinary Shares outstanding as of January 4, 2022 (as reported in the Company’s Prospectus Supplement Form 424B5 filed on January 4, 2022).

 

(b)

 

Reporting Person Sole Voting Power Shared Voting Power

Sole Dispositive

Power

Shared Dispositive Power
Ray Prudo, M.D. 62,959,500 934,146,200 62,959,500 934,146,200
RPC Pharma Limited 0 871,186,700 0 871,186,700
Praxis 0 871,186,700 0 871,186,700

 

(c) On July 3, 2019, RPC purchased 184,210 ADSs at a price of $1.90 per ADS pursuant to 2019 Registered Direct Offering as described in Item 3. In connection with the sale of the ADSs in the 2019 Registered Direct Offering, RPC was also issued unregistered warrants to purchase an aggregate of 92,105 ADSs at a price of $3.00 per ADS in a private placement. On February 19, 2020, Dr. Prudo purchased 150,000 ADSs at a price of $1.70 per ADS pursuant to the 2020 Private Offering as described in Item 3. In connection with the sale of the ADSs in the Private Offering, Dr. Prudo was also issued unregistered warrants to purchase an aggregate of 75,000 ADSs at a price of $2.20 per ADS in a private placement. On July 7, 2021, praxis purchased 387,096 ADSs at a price of $1.55 per ADS pursuant to the 2021 Private Offering as described in Item 3. On December 29, 2021, Dr. Prudo purchased 404,595 ADSs and was issued 202,297 warrant ADSs in the Registered Direct Offering described above. None of the Reporting Persons has effected any other transactions in shares of the Common Stock during the 60 days prior to the filing of this Amendment No. 4.

 

(d) No person other than the Reporting Persons is known to have the right to receive or the power to direct the receipt of dividends or the proceeds from the sale of any Ordinary Shares.

 

(e) Not applicable.

 

 

 

 

CUSIP No. 00972G108 SC 13D/A Page 7 of 7 Pages

 

Signatures

 

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of the undersigned’s knowledge and belief, each of the undersigned hereby certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

 

     
Dated January 11, 2022 By: /s/ Ray Prudo
  RAY PRUDO, M.D.
   
Dated: January 11, 2022 RPC PHARMA LIMITED
     
  By: /s/ Ray Prudo
  Name: Ray Prudo, M.D.
 

Title: Authorized Person

 

Dated: January 14, 2022 Praxis Trustees Limited As trustee of The Sonic Healthcare Holding Company
     
  By: /s/ Blane Queripel
  Name: Blane Queripel
  Title: Trustee Director

 

 

 

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