Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related Party Agreements

Related Party Agreements
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions Disclosure [Text Block]

Note 3 — Related Party Agreements

Management Services Agreement with Fortress

Effective as of February 17, 2015, Fortress entered into a Management Services Agreement (the “MSA”) with Avenue to provide advisory and consulting services to Avenue for a period of five (5) years. Services provided under the MSA may include, without limitation, (i) advice and assistance concerning any and all aspects of Avenue’s operations, clinical trials, financial planning and strategic transactions and financings and (ii) conducting relations on behalf of Avenue with accountants, attorneys, financial advisors and other professionals (collectively, the “Services”). Avenue is obligated to utilize clinical research services, medical education, communication and marketing services and investor relations/public relation services of companies or individuals designated by Fortress, provided those services are offered at market prices. However, Avenue is not obligated to take or act upon any advice rendered from Fortress and Fortress shall not be liable for any of Avenue’s actions or inactions based upon their advice. Fortress and its affiliates, including all members of Avenue’s Board of Directors, have been contractually exempt from fiduciary duties to Avenue relating to corporate opportunities. In consideration for the Services, Avenue will pay Fortress an annual consulting fee of $0.5 million (the “Annual Consulting Fee”), payable in advance in equal quarterly installments on the first business day of each calendar quarter in each year, provided, however, that such Annual Consulting Fee shall be increased to $1.0 million for each calendar year in which Avenue has net assets in excess of $100.0 million at the beginning of the calendar year. Concurrently with the execution and delivery of the SPMA, the Company, InvaGen and Fortress entered into a Waiver Agreement, pursuant to which, among other things, Fortress irrevocably waived its right to receive dividends of the Company’s common shares under the terms of the Class A Preferred Stock and any fees, payments, reimbursements or other distributions under the MSA, until the termination of certain rights of InvaGen, pursuant to the Stockholders Agreement. For the three months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company had expenses related to the MSA of $0 and approximately $0.1 million, respectively.  For the six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company had expenses related to the MSA of $0 and approximately $0.3 million, respectively.