Amendment No. 1 to Sales Agreement, dated November 4, 2022, by and between Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Jefferies LLC

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Exhibit 1.1




November 4, 2022



520 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10022


Ladies and Gentlemen:


This Amendment No. 1 to the Open Market Sale AgreementSM (this “Amendment”) is entered into as of the date first written above by Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), and Jefferies LLC (“Agent”), that are parties to that certain Open Market Sale AgreementSM, dated August 9, 2019 (the “Original Agreement”). All capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Original Agreement. The parties, intending to be legally bound, hereby amend the Original Agreement as follows:


1.    The preamble to the Original Agreement is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:


“Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), proposes, subject to the terms and conditions stated herein, to issue and sell from time to time through Jefferies LLC, as sales agent and/or principal (the “Agent”), shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Shares”), on the terms set forth in this agreement (this “Agreement”).


2.    The first sentence of Section 2(a) of the Original Agreement is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:


“The Company has prepared and filed with the Commission a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-258497) that contains a base prospectus (the “Base Prospectus”).”


3.    Section 2(cc) of the Original Agreement is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:


FINRA Matters. All of the information provided to the Agent or to counsel for the Agent by the Company, its counsel, its officers and directors and the holders of any securities (debt or equity) or options to acquire any securities of the Company in connection with the offering of the Shares is true, complete, correct and compliant with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.’s (“FINRA”) rules and any letters, filings or other supplemental information provided to FINRA pursuant to FINRA Rules or NASD Conduct Rules is true, complete and correct. As of the date of this Amendment, the Company meets the definition of the term “experienced issuer” specified in FINRA Rule 5110(j)(6).”




4.    Section 2(nn) of the Original Agreement is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:


Sanctions. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries or any of their respective officers, directors, or affiliates, nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any agent, employee or other person acting on behalf of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is currently the subject or the target of any sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“OFAC”), the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, His Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom, or other relevant sanctions authority (collectively, “Sanctions”), nor located, organized or resident in a country or territory that is the subject or the target of Sanctions (including, without limitation, Crimea, Cuba, Donetsk People’s Republic, Iran, Luhansk People’s Republic, North Korea, and Syria); and the Company will not directly or indirectly use any of the proceeds from the sale of the Shares by the Company in the offering contemplated by this Agreement, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available any such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person or entity, for the purpose of financing the activities of or business with any person or country or territory that, at the time of such financing, is subject to, or the target of, any Sanctions or in any other manner that will result in a violation by any person (including any person participating in the offering contemplated by this Agreement, whether as underwriter, advisor, investor or otherwise) of Sanctions. For the past five years, the Company and its subsidiaries have not knowingly engaged in, are not now knowingly engaged in, and will not engage in any dealings or transactions with any person or country or territory that at the time of the dealing or transaction is or was the subject or the target of Sanctions.”


5.    The Company represents and warrants to, and agrees with the Agent that: (a) this Amendment has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by, and is a valid and binding agreement of, the Company, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except as rights to indemnification hereunder may be limited by applicable law and except as the enforcement hereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other similar laws relating to or affecting the rights and remedies of creditors or by general equitable principles; and (b) that on the date hereof, the Company will file a prospectus supplement and that delivery of a Issuance Notice thereafter constitutes a Triggering Event Date.


6.    This Amendment together with the Original Agreement (including all schedules and exhibits attached hereto and thereto and Issuance Notices issued pursuant hereto and thereto) constitutes the entire agreement and supersedes all other prior and contemporaneous agreements and undertakings, both written and oral, among the parties hereto with regard to the subject matter hereof. Neither this Amendment nor any term hereof may be amended except pursuant to a written instrument executed by the Company and the Agent. In the event that any one or more of the provisions contained herein, or the application thereof in any circumstance, is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable as written by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such provision shall be given full force and effect to the fullest possible extent that it is valid, legal and enforceable, and the remainder of the terms and provisions herein shall be construed as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable term or provision was not contained herein, but only to the extent that giving effect to such provision and the remainder of the terms and provisions hereof shall be in accordance with the intent of the parties as reflected in this Amendment. All references in the Original Agreement to the “Agreement” shall mean the Original Agreement as amended by this Amendment; provided, however, that all references to “date of this Agreement” in the Original Agreement shall continue to refer to the date of the Original Agreement.




7.    This Amendment shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New York applicable to agreements made and to be performed in such state. Any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of or based upon this Amendment or the transactions contemplated hereby may be instituted in the federal courts of the United States of America located in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York or the courts of the State of New York in each case located in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York (collectively, the “Specified Courts”), and each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction (except for proceedings instituted in regard to the enforcement of a judgment of any such court, as to which such jurisdiction is non-exclusive) of such courts in any such suit, action or proceeding. Service of any process, summons, notice or document by mail to such party’s address set forth above shall be effective service of process for any suit, action or other proceeding brought in any such court. The parties irrevocably and unconditionally waive any objection to the laying of venue of any suit, action or other proceeding in the Specified Courts and irrevocably and unconditionally waive and agree not to plead or claim in any such court that any such suit, action or other proceeding brought in any such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum. The provisions of this paragraph shall survive any termination of this Amendment.


8.    This Amendment may be executed in two or more counterparts, each one of which shall be an original, with the same effect as if the signatures thereto and hereto were upon the same instrument. Any signature to this Amendment may be delivered by facsimile transmission, electronic mail delivery (including portable document format (PDF) file) or any electronic signature complying with the U.S. federal ESIGN Act of 2000 or the New York Electronic Signature and Records Act or other transmission method and any counterpart so delivered shall be deemed to have been duly and validly delivered and be valid and effective for all purposes to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.



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If the foregoing correctly sets forth the understanding between the Company and the Agent, please so indicate in the space provided below for that purpose, whereupon this letter shall constitute a binding amendment to the Original Agreement between the Company and the Agent.



Very truly yours,














/s/ Donald Lynaugh




     Donald Lynaugh




     Managing Director



ACCEPTED as of the date

first-above written:

  By: /s/ Stephen Yoder  
  Name: Stephen Yoder  
  Title: President and Chief Executive Officer  





[Signature Page to Amendment No. 1 to the Sale Agreement]