HONOLULU, April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sonic Fund II, L.P. ("Sonic"), which beneficially owns approximately 6.7% of the outstanding common stock of Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVM) (the "Company" or "Adverum"), announced today that it has filed a preliminary proxy statement and GREEN proxy card with the SEC in conjunction with the Company's 2021 annual meeting of shareholders (the "2021 Annual Meeting"), which is expected to take place sometime in mid-May to early June. In addition, due to the short interest in Adverum's stock, Sonic provided guidance to shareholders about how to ensure their shares can be voted at the 2021 Annual Meeting.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO ADVERUM SHAREHOLDERS REGARDING VOTING THEIR SHARES AT THE 2021 ANNUAL MEETING:
Adverum shareholders who have loaned, pledged or hypothecated any of their Common Stock may not be able to vote their shares unless such shares are returned to their accounts before the record date. Due to the short interest in Adverum, it is possible that shareholders are not aware that their stock has been loaned out by their broker. According to information Adverum has provided to custodial banks, brokers and other intermediaries, we believe Adverum has set a record date of Wednesday, April 14, 2021, for the 2021 Annual Meeting.
Since shares on loan cannot be voted, it is imperative that stockholders who wish to vote at the 2021 Annual Meeting make certain they have their shares in proper voting order before the record date. It is important to know that this process may take several days to complete, so you must act now. Shareholders may call Saratoga Proxy Consulting LLC at (212) 257-1311 or (888) 368-0379 if they have any questions with this process.
Make sure your voice is heard. Act today to ensure that any shares with your broker can be voted at the important 2021 Annual Meeting.
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CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PARTICIPANTS
The Sonic Fund II, L.P. together with the other participants named herein (collectively, "Sonic"), has filed a preliminary proxy statement and an accompanying proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") to be used to solicit votes for the election of its slate of director nominees at the upcoming 2021 annual meeting of stockholders of Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company").
SONIC STRONGLY ADVISES ALL SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER PROXY MATERIALS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. SUCH PROXY MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC'S WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. IN ADDITION, THE PARTICIPANTS IN THIS PROXY SOLICITATION WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF THE PROXY STATEMENT WITHOUT CHARGE, WHEN AVAILABLE, UPON REQUEST. REQUESTS FOR COPIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE PARTICIPANTS' PROXY SOLICITOR: SARATOGA PROXY CONSULTING LLC (TEL: (888) 368-0379 OR (212) 257-1311; EMAIL: JFERGUSON@SARATOGAPROXY.COM)
The participants in the solicitation are anticipated to be The Sonic Fund II, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership ("Sonic"), Lawrence Kam, a natural person, ("Mr. Kam" and, together with Sonic, the "Sonic Participants"), Jean Bennett, a natural person ("Dr. Bennett"), Jodi Cook, a natural person ("Dr. Cook"), Bard Geesaman, a natural person ("Dr. Geesaman"), Annahita Keravala, a natural person ("Dr. Keravala") and Herbert Hughes ("Mr. Hughes" and, together with Dr. Bennett, Dr. Cook, Dr. Geesaman, Dr. Keravala and Mr. Hughes, each a "Nominee" and collectively, the "Nominees"; the Nominees and the Sonic Participants are, collectively, the "Participants").
As of the date hereof, the Sonic is the direct owner of 6,552,068 shares of common stock of the Company, $0.0001 par value ("Common Stock"). Mr. Kam as the General Partner of Sonic, may be deemed the beneficial owner of (i) the 6,552,068 shares of Common Stock owned by Sonic and (ii) the 79,364 shares of Common Stock owned by him directly (which includes 21,380 shares held in a personal IRA). As of the date hereof, Dr. Keravala is the beneficial owner of 6,500 shares of Common Stock owned by her directly. Except as described herein, no other Participant beneficially owns any Common Stock as of the date hereof.
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