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U.S. antitrust regulation waiting period relating to tender offer has expired

BIOTIE THERAPIES CORP.         STOCK  EXCHANGE  RELEASE    17 February 2016, 09:00 a.m.

U.S. antitrust regulation waiting period relating to tender offer has expired

Biotie Therapies Corp. ("Biotie" or the "Company") has announced on 19 January 2016 that the Company and Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. ("Acorda") have entered into a combination agreement whereby Acorda will make a public tender offer to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares, American Depositary Shares, stock options, share units and warrants in Biotie that are not owned by Biotie or any of its subsidiaries (the "Tender Offer").

The completion of the Tender Offer will be subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions; including, among others, that the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The Company has received information that the waiting period has expired. The Acorda announcement in full has been annexed to this release.

The launch of the Tender Offer will be announced separately.

Turku, February 17, 2016

Biotie Therapies Corp.
Timo Veromaa
President and CEO

For further information, please contact:
Virve Nurmi, Biotie Therapies Corp.
tel. +358 2 274 8900, e-mail: virve.nurmi@biotie.com

DISTRIBUTION:
www.biotie.com
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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

SOME OF THE STATEMENTS CONTAINED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ARE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, INCLUDING STATEMENTS REGARDING THE EXPECTED CONSUMMATION OF THE ACQUISITION, WHICH INVOLVES A NUMBER OF RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES, INCLUDING THE SATISFACTION OF CLOSING CONDITIONS FOR THE ACQUISITION, SUCH AS REGULATORY APPROVAL FOR THE TRANSACTION AND THE TENDER OF AT LEAST 90% OF THE OUTSTANDING SHARES AND VOTING RIGHTS OF THE COMPANY, THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE TRANSACTION WILL NOT BE COMPLETED AND OTHER RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES DISCUSSED IN THE COMPANY`S PUBLIC FILINGS WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE "RISK FACTORS" SECTION OF THE COMPANY`S REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM F-1 (NO. 333-204147), AS WELL AS THE TENDER OFFER DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED BY ACORDA AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT TO BE FILED BY THE COMPANY. THESE STATEMENTS ARE BASED ON CURRENT EXPECTATIONS, ASSUMPTIONS, ESTIMATES AND PROJECTIONS, AND INVOLVE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN RISKS, UNCERTAINTIES AND OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY CAUSE RESULTS, LEVELS OF ACTIVITY, PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE MATERIALLY DIFFERENT FROM ANY FUTURE STATEMENTS. THESE STATEMENTS ARE GENERALLY IDENTIFIED BY WORDS OR PHRASES SUCH AS "BELIEVE", "ANTICIPATE", "EXPECT", "INTEND", "PLAN", "WILL", "MAY", "SHOULD", "ESTIMATE", "PREDICT", "POTENTIAL", "CONTINUE" OR THE NEGATIVE OF SUCH TERMS OR OTHER SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS. IF UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS PROVE INACCURATE OR UNKNOWN RISKS OR UNCERTAINTIES MATERIALIZE, ACTUAL RESULTS AND THE TIMING OF EVENTS MAY DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THE EXPECTED RESULTS AND/OR TIMING DISCUSSED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, AND YOU SHOULD NOT PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE ON THESE STATEMENTS.  ACORDA AND THE COMPANY DISCLAIM ANY INTENT OR OBLIGATION TO UPDATE ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AS A RESULT OF DEVELOPMENTS OCCURRING AFTER THE PERIOD COVERED BY THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OR OTHERWISE.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

THE TENDER OFFER FOR THE OUTSTANDING SHARES, AMERICAN DEPOSITARY SHARES, WARRANTS AND OTHER OUTSTANDING EQUITY INSTRUMENTS IN THE COMPANY (THE "OFFER") HAS NOT BEEN COMMENCED. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO PURCHASE OR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO SELL COMPANY SECURITIES. THE SOLICITATION AND OFFER TO BUY COMPANY SECURITIES WILL ONLY BE MADE PURSUANT TO AN OFFER TO PURCHASE AND RELATED MATERIALS.  AT THE TIME THE OFFER IS COMMENCED, ACORDA WILL FILE A TENDER OFFER STATEMENT ON SCHEDULE TO WITH THE U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (THE "SEC") AND THEREAFTER, THE COMPANY WILL FILE A SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT ON SCHEDULE 14D-9 WITH RESPECT TO THE OFFER. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE SINCE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE OFFER.  THE OFFER TO PURCHASE, SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT AND RELATED MATERIALS WILL BE FILED BY ACORDA AND THE COMPANY WITH THE SEC, AND INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS MAY OBTAIN A FREE COPY OF THESE MATERIALS (WHEN AVAILABLE) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY ACORDA AND THE COMPANY WITH THE SEC AT THE WEBSITE MAINTAINED BY THE SEC AT WWW.SEC.GOV. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS MAY ALSO OBTAIN FREE COPIES OF THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC BY THE COMPANY AT WWW.BIOTIE.COM.


Attachment: The Acorda announcement Expiration of U.S. anti-trust regulation waiting period

ACORDA THERAPIES INC. PRESS RELEASE 17 February 2016 at 8:30 a.m. (EET)

Acorda Announces Expiration of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Waiting Period for its Tender Offer for Biotie Therapies

ARDSLEY, N.Y. - February 17, 2016 - Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (ACOR) today announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR), for its tender offer for Biotie Therapies Corp. (Nasdaq Helsinki: BTH1V; Nasdaq: BITI) has expired.

Acorda announced on January 19, 2016 that it entered into an agreement to acquire Biotie for €0.2946 per share and €23.5680 per ADS in cash. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Acorda will offer to acquire all outstanding shares, American Depositary Shares, and other equity securities of Biotie through a public tender offer.

The expiration of the HSR waiting period satisfies one of the conditions to the tender offer, which has not yet been commenced. The closing of the tender offer will be subject to customary terms and conditions, unless waived by Acorda, including the valid tender to (or other acquisition by) Acorda of at least 90 percent of the issued and outstanding shares and voting rights of Biotie on a fully diluted basis as described in more detail in the agreement between Acorda and Biotie.

Lazard, MTS Health Partners and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are serving as financial advisors, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Roschier Attorneys Ltd., Covington & Burling LLP and Jones Day LLP are serving as legal advisors to Acorda in connection with the tender offer. Guggenheim Securities is serving as Biotie Therapies` financial advisor, and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd. are serving as Biotie`s legal advisors.

ACORDA THERAPEUTICS, INC.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information, please contact:

Felicia Vonella, Investor relations

Tel. + 1 914 326 5146, e-mail: fvonella@acorda.com

About Acorda Therapeutics

Founded in 1995, Acorda Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on developing therapies that restore function and improve the lives of people with neurological disorders.

Acorda has an industry leading pipeline of novel neurological therapies addressing a range of disorders, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson`s disease, post-stroke walking deficits, epilepsy and migraine. Acorda markets three FDA-approved therapies, including AMPYRA® (dalfampridine) Extended Release Tablets, 10 mg. For further information, please visit www.acorda.com.

About Biotie Therapies

Biotie is a specialized drug development company focused on products for neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. Biotie`s development has delivered Selincro (nalmefene) for alcohol dependence, which received European marketing authorization in 2013 and is currently being rolled out across Europe by partner H. Lundbeck A/S. The current development products include tozadenant for Parkinson`s disease, which is in Phase 3 development, and two additional compounds which are in Phase 2 development for cognitive disorders including Parkinson`s disease dementia, and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare fibrotic disease of the liver. For further information, please visit www.biotie.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, regarding management`s expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects should be considered forward-looking. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the ability to complete the Biotie transaction on a timely basis or at all; the ability to realize the benefits anticipated to be realized by the Biotie transaction and the Civitas transaction; the ability to successfully integrate Biotie`s operations and Civitas` operations, respectively, into our operations; we may need to raise additional funds to finance our expanded operations and may not be able to do so on acceptable terms; our ability to successfully market and sell Ampyra in the U.S.; third party payers (including governmental agencies) may not reimburse for the use of Ampyra or our other products at acceptable rates or at all and may impose restrictive prior authorization requirements that limit or block prescriptions; the risk of unfavorable results from future studies of Ampyra or from our other research and development programs, including CVT-301, Plumiaz, or any other acquired or in-licensed programs; we may not be able to complete development of, obtain regulatory approval for, or successfully market CVT-301, Plumiaz, or any other products under development; the occurrence of adverse safety events with our products; delays in obtaining or failure to obtain regulatory approval of or to successfully market Fampyra outside of the U.S. and our dependence on our collaboration partner Biogen in connection therewith; competition; failure to protect our intellectual property, to defend against the intellectual property claims of others or to obtain third party intellectual property licenses needed for the commercialization of our products; and failure to comply with regulatory requirements could result in adverse action by regulatory agencies. In addition, the compounds being acquired from Biotie are subject to all the risks inherent in the drug development process, and there can be no assurance that these compounds will receive regulatory approval or be commercially successful. These and other risks are described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We may not actually achieve the goals or plans described in our forward-looking statements, and investors should not place undue reliance on these statements. Forward-looking statements made in this release are made only as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this release.

Additional Information

The tender offer described in this release has not yet commenced, and this release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. At the time the tender offer is commenced, we will file, or will cause a new wholly owned subsidiary to file, with the SEC a tender offer statement on Schedule TO. Investors and holders of Biotie equity securities are strongly advised to read the tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, letter of transmittal and related tender offer documents) and the related solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 that will be filed by Biotie with the SEC, because they will contain important information. These documents will be available at no charge on the SEC`s website at www.sec.gov upon the commencement of the tender offer. In addition, a copy of the offer to purchase, letter of transmittal and other related tender offer documents (once they become available) may be obtained free of charge by directing a request to us at www.acorda.com or Office of the Corporate Secretary, 420 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, New York 10502.

In addition to the offer to purchase, the related letter of transmittal and certain other offer documents, as well as the solicitation/recommendation statement, we file annual, quarterly and special reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports, statements or other information filed by us at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Our filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.

THE OFFER WILL NOT BE MADE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE EITHER AN OFFER OR PARTICIPATION THEREIN IS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR WHERE ANY TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT OR REGISTRATION OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD APPLY IN ADDITION TO THOSE UNDERTAKEN IN FINLAND AND THE UNITED STATES.

IN ADDITION, THE TENDER OFFER DOCUMENTS, THIS RELEASE AND RELATED MATERIALS AND ACCEPTANCE FORMS WILL NOT AND MAY NOT BE DISTRIBUTED, FORWARDED OR TRANSMITTED INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. IN PARTICULAR, THE TENDER OFFER IS NOT BEING MADE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO, CANADA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA OR HONG KONG. THE TENDER OFFER CANNOT BE ACCEPTED BY ANY SUCH USE, MEANS OR INSTRUMENTALITY OR FROM WITHIN CANADA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA OR HONG KONG.

This release is for information only and does not constitute a tender offer document or an offer, solicitation of an offer or an invitation to a sales offer. Potential investors in Finland shall accept the tender offer only on the basis of the information provided in a tender offer document approved by the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority and related materials.



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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Biotie Therapies Oyj via GlobeNewswire

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