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Form S-8 Celsion CORP

August 15, 2022 6:00 PM EDT

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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 15, 2022

 

Registration No. 333-

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

CELSION CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   52-1256615

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

997 Lenox Drive, Suite 100

   

Lawrenceville, NJ

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

08648

(Zip Code)

 

CELSION CORPORATION 2018 Stock Incentive Plan

(Full title of the plan)

 

Michael H. Tardugno

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

 

997 Lenox Drive, Suite 100

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

(609) 896-9100

(Name, address and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer Smaller reporting company
    Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. ☐

 

The Registration Statement shall become effective upon filing in accordance with Rule 462 under the Securities Act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART I

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

 

Item 1. Plan Information

 

Not filed as part of this Registration Statement pursuant to the Note to Part 1 of Form S-8. The documents containing the information specified in this Item have been or will be sent or given to participants as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) of the Securities Act.

 

Item 2. Registrant Information and Employee Plan Annual Information

 

Not filed as part of this Registration Statement pursuant to the Note to Part 1 of Form S-8. The documents containing the information specified in this Item have been or will be sent or given to participants as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) of the Securities Act.

 

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PART II

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

 

The Registrant hereby incorporates by reference in this Registration Statement the following documents and information previously filed with the Commission:

 

1)The Registrant’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, filed with the Commission on March 31, 2022;
2)The Registrant’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2022, filed with the Commission on May 15, 2022;
3)The Registrant’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2022, filed with the Commission on August 15, 2022;
4)The Registrant’s current reports on Form 8-K and related amendments, filed with the Commission on January 11, 2022, January 14, 2022, February 28, 2022, March 4, 2022, March 16, 2022, April 7, 2022, May 25, 2022, June 14, 2022 and July 19, 2022 (Item 5.02 only);
5)The portions of the Registrant’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Commission on April 29, 2022 that are deemed “filed” with the Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”);
6)The description of the Common Stock contained in its Registration Statement on Form 8-A filed with the Commission on May 26, 2000, as amended by Form 8-A/A dated February 7, 2008, and any other amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description;
7)A Form S-8 as filed with the Commission on July 31, 2020, Registration Statement No. 333-240275, providing for the registration of 166,667 additional shares of Common Stock to be issued under the 2018 Plan;
8)A Form S-8 as filed with the Commission on August 16, 2019, Registration Statement No. 333-233344, providing for the registration of 80,000 additional shares of Common Stock to be issued under the 2018 Plan; and
9)A Form S-8 as filed with the Commission on May 18, 2018, Registration Statement No. 333-225045, providing for the registration of 187,343 shares of Common Stock to be issued under the 2018 Plan.

 

All documents subsequently filed by the Registrant with the Commission pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act, after the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement which indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein and to be a part hereof from the respective dates of filing of such documents (such documents, and the documents enumerated above, being hereinafter referred to as “Incorporated Documents”). Any statement contained in an Incorporated Document shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed Incorporated Document modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, unless specifically stated to the contrary, none of the information disclosed by the Registrant under Items 2.02 or 7.01 of any current report on Form 8-K, including the related exhibits under Item 9.01, that the Registrant may from time to time furnish to the Commission will be incorporated by reference into, or otherwise included in, this Registration Statement.

 

Item 4. Description of Securities.

 

Not applicable.

 

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Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

 

The Registrant is incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware. The Registrant’s bylaws provide that the Registrant shall indemnify, to the maximum extent and in the manner permitted by the Delaware General Corporation Law, as amended (the “DGCL”), the Registrant’s current and former directors and officers, and may indemnify its current and former employees and agents, against any and all expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines, settlements and other amounts actually and reasonably incurred in connection with any proceeding arising from their services in those capacities.

 

The DGCL provides that a Delaware corporation has the power generally to indemnify its current and former directors, officers, employees and other agents (each, a “Corporate Agent”) against expenses and liabilities, including amounts paid in settlement, in connection with any proceeding involving such person by reason of his being a Corporate Agent, other than a proceeding by or in the right of the corporation, if such person acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation and, with respect to any criminal proceeding, such person had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful.

 

In the case of an action brought by or in the right of the corporation, indemnification of a Corporate Agent is permitted if such person acted in good faith and in a manner such person reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation. However, no indemnification is permitted in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the corporation, unless and only to the extent that the court in which such proceeding was brought shall determine upon application that despite the adjudication of liability, but in view of all the circumstances of the case, such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to such indemnification.

 

To the extent that a Corporate Agent has been successful on the merits or otherwise in the defense of such proceeding, whether or not by or in the right of the corporation, or in the defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, the corporation is required to indemnify such person for expenses in connection therewith. Under the DGCL, the corporation may advance expenses incurred by a Corporate Agent in connection with a proceeding, provided that the Corporate Agent undertakes to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined that such person is not entitled to indemnification. The Registrant’s certificate of incorporation requires the Registrant to advance expenses to any person entitled to indemnification, provided that such person undertakes to repay the advancement if it is determined in a final judicial decision from which there is no appeal that such person is not entitled to indemnification.

 

The power to indemnify and advance the expenses under the DGCL does not exclude other rights to which a Corporate Agent may be entitled to under the Registrant’s certificate of incorporation, bylaws, agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors or otherwise.

 

The Registrant’s certificate of incorporation permits the Registrant to secure insurance on behalf of its directors, officers, employees and agents for any expense, liability or loss incurred in such capacities, whether or not the Registrant would have the power to indemnify such person against such liability under the provisions of the DGCL.

 

The purpose of these provisions is to assist the Registrant in retaining qualified individuals to serve as its directors, officers, employees and agents by limiting their exposure to personal liability for serving as such.

 

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.

 

Not applicable.

 

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Item 8. Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
No.
  Description
4.1   Celsion Corporation 2018 Stock Incentive Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Registrant, filed with the Commission on May 15, 2018.
     
4.2   First Amendment to the Celsion Corporation 2018 Stock Incentive Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Registrant, filed with the Commission on May 15, 2020.
     
4.3   Second Amendment to the Celsion Corporation 2018 Stock Incentive Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Registrant, filed with the Commission on June 16, 2020.
   
4.4   Third Amendment to the Celsion Corporation 2018 Stock Incentive Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Registrant, filed with the Commission on June 10, 2021.
     
5.1*   Opinion of Baker & McKenzie LLP.
     
23.1*   Consent of WithumSmith+Brown, PC.
     
23.2*   Consent of Baker & McKenzie LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
   
24.1*   Power of Attorney (set forth on the signature page of this Registration Statement).
     
107*   Filing Fee Table

 

* Filed herewith.

 

Item 9. Undertakings.

 

(a) The Registrant hereby undertakes:

 

(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:

 

(i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective Registration Statement; and

 

(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement;

 

provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.

 

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(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

(b) The Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Lawrenceville, State of New Jersey on August 15, 2022.

 

  CELSION CORPORATION
     
  By /s/ Corinne Le Goff
    Corinne Le Goff
    President and Chief Executive Officer

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY AND ADDITIONAL SIGNATURES

 

Each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Corinne Le Goff as his true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place, and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments, exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith) to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Commission, granting unto said attorney-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorney-in-fact and agents or his substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, this Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature   Title   Date
         

/s/ Corinne Le Goff

 

 President and Chief Executive Officer and Director

   
Corinne Le Goff   (Principal Executive Officer)   August 15, 2022
         
/s/ Jeffrey W. Church   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer  

 August 15, 2022

Jeffrey W. Church   (Principal Financial Officer)    
         
/s/ Constantine Karadas   Controller and Chief Accounting Officer   August 15, 2022
Constantine Karadas   (Principal Accounting Officer)    
         
/s/ Michael H. Tardugno        
Michael H. Tardugno   Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors   August 15, 2022
         
/s/ Robert W. Hooper   Director   August 15, 2022
Robert W. Hooper        
         
/s/ Frederick J. Fritz   Director   August 15, 2022
Frederick J. Fritz        
         
/s/ Augustine Chow, Ph.D.   Director   August 15, 2022
Augustine Chow, Ph.D.        
         
/s/ Donald Braun   Director   August 15, 2022
Donald Braun, Ph.D.        
         
/s/ Christine Pellizzari   Director   August 15, 2022
Christine A. Pellizzari        
         

 /s/ Stacy R. Lindborg

 

 Director

 

 August 15, 2022

Dr. Stacy R. Lindborg        

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 5.1 

 

  Baker & McKenzie LLP
452 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
United States
 
Tel: +1 212 626 4100
Fax: +1 212 310 1600
www.bakermckenzie.com

 

 

Asia Pacific

Bangkok

Beijing

Brisbane

Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh City

Hong Kong

Jakarta

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Manila*

Melbourne

Seoul

Shanghai

Singapore

Sydney

Taipei

Tokyo

Yangon

 

Europe, Middle East
& Africa

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Almaty

Amsterdam

Antwerp

Bahrain

Barcelona

Berlin

Brussels

Budapest

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Casablanca

Doha

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Frankfurt/Main

Geneva

Istanbul

Jeddah*

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London

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Madrid

Milan

Moscow

Munich

Paris

Prague

Riyadh*

Rome

St. Petersburg

Stockholm

Vienna

Warsaw

Zurich

 

The Americas

Bogota

Brasilia**

Buenos Aires

Caracas

Chicago

Dallas

Guadalajara

Houston

Juarez

Lima

Los Angeles

Mexico City

Miami

Monterrey

New York

Palo Alto

Porto Alegre**

Rio de Janeiro**

San Francisco

Santiago

Sao Paulo**

Tijuana

Toronto

Washington, DC

 

* Associated Firm

** In cooperation with Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados

 August 15, 2022

     

Celsion Corporation

997 Lenox Drive, Suite 100

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648  

 

We have acted as special counsel for Celsion Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) of a registration statement on Form S-8 filed on the date hereof (the “Registration Statement”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), with respect to the registration of 513,333 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), issuable pursuant to the Company’s 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”).

 

As the Company’s counsel, we have examined the proceedings taken and are familiar with the proceedings proposed to be taken by the Company in connection with the sale and issuance of the Shares under the Plan. We have examined the originals, or photostatic or certified copies, of such records of the Company, of certificates of officers of the Company and of public documents, and such other documents as we have deemed relevant and necessary as the basis of the opinions set forth below. In such examination, we have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as photostatic or certified copies and the authenticity of the originals of such copies.

 

Based upon and subject to the foregoing, we are of the opinion that the Shares have been duly and validly authorized, and when issued, sold and delivered in accordance with the terms of the Plan, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

 

The opinions expressed above are limited to the laws of the State of New York, the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, and the federal laws of the United States of America.

 

This opinion letter is limited to the matters stated herein, and no opinion is implied or may be inferred beyond the matters expressly stated. We hereby consent to the use of our opinion as herein set forth as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and to the use of our name under the caption “Legal Matters” in the prospectus forming a part of the Registration Statement. In giving this consent, we do not hereby admit that we come within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the SEC promulgated thereunder or Item 509 of Regulation S-K.

 

Sincerely,  
   
/s/ Baker & McKenzie LLP  
BAKER & MCKENZIE LLP  

 

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a member of Baker & McKenzie International.

 

 

Exhibit 23.1

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

We hereby consent to incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of our report dated March 31, 2022, relating to the consolidated financial statements of Celsion Corporation appearing in the entity’s Annual Report on Form 10-K as of and for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

/s/ Withum Smith + Brown, PC

 

WithumSmith+Brown, PC

East Brunswick, New Jersey

August 15, 2022

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT 107

 

Calculation of Filing Fee Table

 

Form S-8

 

Celsion Corporation

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Newly Registered Securities

Security Type  Security Class Title  Fee Calculation Rule  Amount Registered(1)   Proposed Maximum Offering Price Per Unit(2)   Maximum Aggregate Offering Price(2)   Fee Rate   Amount of Registration Fee 
Equity  Common Stock  Rule 457(c) and Rule 457(h)   513,333   $2.72   $1,293,599.16    0.0000927   $119.92 
Total Offering Amounts        $1,293,599.16        $119.92 
Total Fee Offsets                   $0- 
Net Fee Due                  $119.92 

 

(1)This Registration Statement also shall be deemed to cover an indeterminate number of additional shares of Common Stock which may be offered and issued pursuant to the Plan to prevent dilution resulting from stock splits, stock dividends or similar transactions.
(2)Estimated pursuant to Rule 457 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), solely for the purpose of computing the registration fee. The proposed maximum aggregate price per share is based on $2.52 per share, the average of the high and low prices per share of Common Stock, as reported on The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. on August 10, 2022.

 

 

 



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