ARQIT QUANTUM INC. (ARQQ, ARQQW, CENH, CENHU, CENHW) SHAREHOLDER CLASS ACTION ALERT: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Announces that a Securities Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Arqit Quantum Inc., f/k/a Centricus Acquisition Corp.
May 19, 2022
Bernstein Liebhard LLP announces that a securities class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who (i) purchased or acquired the securities of Arqit Quantum Inc. (“Arqit” or the “Company”) (ARQQ, ARQQW), f/k/a Centricus Acquisition Corp. (“Centricus”) (CENH, CENHU, CENHW) between September 7, 2021 and April 18, 2022, inclusive (the “Class Period”); and/or (ii) held Centricus securities as of the record date for the special meeting of shareholders held on August 31, 2021 to consider approval of the merger between Arqit and Centricus (the “Merger”). The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and alleges violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Arqit is a cybersecurity company that has pioneered a unique quantum encryption technology. Arqit claimed its quantum encryption technology would be secure against current and future forms of cyberattacks, including from a quantum computer.
On May 28, 2021, Arqit filed with the SEC a Form F-4 Merger Proposal Registration (the “Proxy Statement”) for the Merger. Then, on July 30, 2021, Arqit filed with the SEC a prospectus (the “Prospectus”) for the Merger, which forms part of the Proxy Statement.
According to the Complaint, the Proxy Statement contained a Risk Factors section which failed to discuss the risks to Arqit surrounding the adoption of new communications technologies necessary for Arqit’s encryption technology; namely, that Arqit needed certain new protocols and standards for telecommunications, cloud computing, and internet services that currently were not supported.
Plaintiff also alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made misleading statements about Arqit’s business because: (1) Arqit’s proposed encryption technology would require widespread adoption of new protocols and standards of for telecommunications; (2) British cybersecurity officials questioned the viability of Arqit’s proposed encryption technology in a meeting in 2020; (3) the British government was not an Arqit customer but, rather, providing grants to Arqit; and (4) Arqit had little more than an early-stage prototype of its encryption system at the time of the Merger.
On April 18, 2022, The Wall Street Journal (the “WSJ”) published an article entitled, “British Encryption Startup Arqit Overstates Its Prospects, Former Staff and Others Say.” The WSJ article stated, in part: “When the company secured its Nasdaq listing last autumn, its revenue consisted of a handful of government grants and small research contracts, and its signature product was an early-stage prototype unable to encrypt anything in practical use, according to [former employees and other people familiar with the company].” Further, “[t]he encryption technology the company hinges on—a system to protect against next-generation quantum computers—might never apply beyond niche uses, numerous people inside and outside the company warned, unless there were a major overhaul of internet protocols.” On this news, the price of Arqit stock price declined over 17% to close at $12.49 per share on April 18, 2022.
If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than July 5, 2022. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn’t require that you serve as lead plaintiff. If you choose to take no action, you may remain an absent class member.
If you purchased or held the securities of Arqit Quantum Inc. (f/k/a Centricus Acquisition Corp.) as discussed above, and/or would like to discuss your legal rights and options please visit Arqit Quantum Inc. Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit or contact Peter Allocco at (212) 951-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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