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): March 23, 2020 (March 18, 2020)
ArTara Therapeutics, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
1 Little West 12th Street
New York, NY
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (646) 844-0337
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share||TARA||The Nasdaq Capital Market|
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|Item 4.01.||Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.|
(a) On March 18, 2020, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Audit Committee”), of ArTara Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) confirmed the resignation of Ernst and Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm, effective as of March 23, 2020.
On January 9, 2020, Proteon Therapeutics, Inc. (“Proteon”), and privately-held ArTara Therapeutics, Inc. (“Private ArTara”), completed the merger and reorganization (the “Merger”), in accordance with the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization, dated September 23, 2019, by and among Proteon, Private ArTara and REM 1 Acquisition, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Proteon (“Merger Sub”), whereby Merger Sub merged with and into Private ArTara, with Private ArTara surviving as a wholly owned subsidiary of Proteon. In connection with, and prior to the completion of, the Merger, Private ArTara changed its name from “ArTara Therapeutics, Inc.” to “ArTara Subsidiary, Inc.”, and Proteon changed its name from “Proteon Therapeutics, Inc.” to “ArTara Therapeutics, Inc.” Prior to the completion of the Merger, Ernst and Young LLP served as the independent registered public accounting firm of Proteon.
The reports of Ernst and Young LLP on Proteon’s consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 did not contain an adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion, nor were they qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles. During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, there were no: (1) disagreements (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions) with Ernst and Young LLP on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedures, which disagreement if not resolved to the satisfaction of Ernst and Young LLP would have caused Ernst and Young LLP to make reference thereto in its reports on the consolidated financial statements for such years, or (2) reportable events (as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).
(b) On March 18, 2020 the Audit Committee approved the engagement of Marcum LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2020.
Prior to the completion of the Merger, Marcum LLP served as the independent auditors of Private ArTara.
During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, neither Proteon, nor anyone on their behalf consulted with Marcum LLP, regarding either (i) the application of accounting principles to a specific transaction, completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on Proteon’s financial statements, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided to Proteon that Marcum LLP concluded was an important factor considered by Proteon in reaching a decision as to any accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue or (ii) any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions) or a reportable event (as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).
We delivered a copy of this Current Report on Form 8-K to Ernst and Young LLP on March 19, 2020 and requested that a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether or not it agrees with the statements made in response to this Item and, if not, stating the respects in which it does not agree. Ernst and Young LLP responded with a letter dated March 23, 2020, a copy of which is annexed hereto as Exhibit 16.1 stating that Ernst and Young LLP agrees with the statements set forth above
|Item 9.01.||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|16.1||Letter dated March 23, 2020 from Ernst and Young LLP to the Securities and Exchange Commission.|
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.
|ARTARA THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|Date: March 23, 2020||By:|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|
March 23, 2020
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20549
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We have read Item 4.01 of Form 8-K dated March 23, 2020, of ArTara Therapeutics, Inc. and are in agreement with the statements contained in the paragraph 3 on page 2 therein. We have no basis to agree or disagree with other statements of the registrant contained therein.
/s/ Ernst & Young LLP