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Written communication relating to third party tender offer

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 14D-9
(Rule 14d-101)

Solicitation/Recommendation Statement Under
Section 14(d)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

____________________________

ALLIANCE FIBER OPTIC PRODUCTS, INC.
(Name of Subject Company)

ALLIANCE FIBER OPTIC PRODUCTS, INC.
(Name of Persons Filing Statement)

Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share
(Title of Class of Securities)

018680306
(CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)

Peter C. Chang

Chief Executive Officer
Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.
275 Gibraltar Drive
Sunnyvale, California 94089
(408) 736-6900
(Name, address and telephone number of person authorized
to receive notices and communications on behalf of the persons filing statement)

With Copies to:

Jorge A. del Calvo
Gabriella A. Lombardi
Matthew K. Desharnais
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2550 Hanover Street Palo Alto, California 94304
(650) 233-4500

Check the box if the filing relates solely to preliminary communications made before the commencement of a tender offer.

On April 7, 2016, Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc., a Delaware corporation (AFOP), Corning Incorporated, a New York corporation (Parent), and Apricot Merger Company, a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent (Purchaser), announced the entry into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement). This Schedule 14D-9 includes an electronic mail to AFOPs employees from its Chief Executive Officer (Exhibit 99.1) first used on April 7, 2016, in connection with the proposed acquisition of AFOP by Parent. This Schedule 14D-9 also includes a press release issued by AFOP on April 7, 2016, that references the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement (Exhibit 99.2). The Merger Agreement was filed by AFOP under cover of a...


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