UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

November 1, 2020

 

MATEON THERAPEUTICS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   000-21990   13-3679168

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

29397 Agoura Road Suite 107

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

(Address of principal executive offices and Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

(650) 635-7000

 

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

 

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Item 4.01. Change in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant

 

On November 1, 2020, Mateon Therapeutics, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) was notified that Squar Milner LLP (“Squar Milner”) an independent registered public accounting firm, was combined with Baker Tilly US, LLP (“Baker Tilly”) in a transaction pursuant to which Squar Milner combined its operations with Baker Tilly and certain of the professional staff and partners of Squar Milner joined Baker Tilly either as employees or partners of Baker Tilly. On November 1, 2020, Squar Milner resigned as the auditors of the Company and with the approval of the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, Baker Tilly was engaged as its independent registered public accounting firm.

 

Prior to engaging Baker Tilly, the Company did not consult with Baker Tilly regarding the application of accounting principles to a specific completed or contemplated transaction or regarding the type of audit opinions that might be rendered by Baker Tilly on the Company’s financial statements, and Baker Tilly did not provide any written or oral advice that was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to any such accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue.

 

The report of independent registered public accounting firm of Squar Milner regarding the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles, except that the audit reports for the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 contained an explanatory paragraph disclosing the uncertainty regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

 

During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, and during the interim period from the end of the most recently completed fiscal year through November 1, 2020, the date of resignation, there were no disagreements with Squar Milner on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope or procedures, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of Squar Milner would have caused it to make reference to such disagreement in its reports.

 

The Company provided Squar Milner with a copy of this Current Report on Form 8-K prior to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and requested that Squar Milner furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether it agrees with above statements and, if it does not agree, the respects in which it does not agree. A copy of the letter, dated November 1, 2020, is filed as Exhibit 16.1 (which is incorporated by reference herein) to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

See Exhibit Index.

 

 
 

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  Mateon Therapeutics, Inc.
     
Date: November 4, 2020   /s/ Vuong Trieu
  By: Vuong Trieu
    Chief Executive Officer

 

 
 

 

Exhibit Index

 

Exhibit No.   Description
16.1   Letter from Squar Milner, LLP dated November 1, 2020

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 16.1

 

November 1, 2020

 

Securities and Exchange Commission

100 F Street, NE

Washington, DC 20549

 

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We are the former independent registered public accounting firm for Mateon Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”). We have read the Company’s disclosure set forth in Item 4.01 “Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant” of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated November 1, 2020 (the “Current Report”) and are in agreement with the disclosure in the Current Report, insofar as it pertains to our firm.

 

Sincerely,  
   
/s/ Squar Milner LLP