Pharmaceuticals and healthcare



A&O and Shearman lead in Boston Scientific’s £3bn takeover of UK plc

A host of notable names in the City have been drafted in to advise on the latest bumper deal in the pharmaceutical market, as Boston Scientific has tendered a £3.3bn offer to take over UK drugs company BTG. White & Case, Allen & Overy, Shearman & Sterling, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Travers Smith […]


Linklaters and Slaughters fees near $110m for Shire mega-deal

Linklaters, Slaughter and May and Davis Polk & Wardwell are among the legal advisers set to rake in more than $110m in fees after working on the bidding war for Irish drug maker Shire. Shire was eventually sold to Japanese company Takeda, although two of its approaches were rebuffed by shareholders before the eventual proposal, valued […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Norton Rose hit with mass defection as 15-strong team exit to Reed Smith

A team of 15 lawyers across four different Norton Rose Fulbright offices in the US have decamped to join Reed Smith. The team includes global head of life sciences and healthcare Rick Robinson, Washington partner Lesley Reynolds, Austin partners Jeff Layne and Ben Koplin and New York partner Cori Goldberg. Two Norton Rose associates, Washington […]


Arthur Cox scouts Freshfields alumni for aviation practice

Arthur Cox has taken on a double hire, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former global aviation head, to bolster its aviation team. Partners Rob Murphy and Laura Cunningham, two Freshfields alumni, have moved from London to join the Irish firm’s Dublin office. Murphy joins as co-chair of Arthur Cox’s aviation team, returning to private practice after a year as chief […]


Fried Frank bulks up corporate practice in 2019 partner promotions round

Fried Frank has announced its partner promotions round, making up ten partners worldwide, with one sitting in London. This is the second partner the firm has promoted in London in the last two years, with corporate lawyer David Christmas making the cut last year. Christmas’s promotion came after three fallow years where Fried Frank did […]

Mishcon moves to replace Levitt with Kingsley Napley hire

Mishcon de Reya has moved to fill a gap left by its former head of white collar crime and investigation Alison Levitt QC by hiring Kingsley Napley criminal litigation partner Johanna Walsh. Walsh will join the firm on 4 February having previously worked at DLA Piper and litigation boutique Peters & Peters with a focus […]

Nuclear power station

Clifford Chance among firms advising on halted nuclear project

Japanese firm Hitachi has suspended its £20bn nuclear power plant project in Anglesey, a construction deal that had been overseen by magic circle firm Clifford Chance and Burges Salmon. A Clifford Chance team led by partner Nigel Howorth, who works on areas including planning, energy and environment, was involved as an advisor to Horizon Nuclear […]


CMS places its bets on the North with surprise Liverpool launch

In a bid to pick up further work arising from the “Northern Powerhouse” initiative, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is opening an office in Liverpool, hiring a partner from DWF for the launch. This will be the firm’s first UK office opening since its tripartite merger with Nabarro and Olswang in May 2017 and its tenth UK […]

Balfour Beatty hires new general counsel from Tesco

UK Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty is to bring in a new general counsel from Tesco ahead of the impending retirement of current head David Mercer. Tesco’s legal director of finance, corporate and technology Jonathan Lagan will take on the position, after nearly a decade at the supermarket. He was formerly a senior associate in Shearman […]

Hong Kong

KPMG muscles in on Hong Kong legal market with six-lawyer team

Big Four accountancy firm KPMG has extended its legal services network to Hong Kong, targeting a headcount of 20 lawyers for its newly-established legal outfit in the region. The new firm called SF Lawyers is being set up by former Harneys counsel Shirley Fu, who started her professional services career with KPMG back in Australia in 2004. […]

Gowling WLG sells Monaco office in shift from private client work

Gowling WLG’s Monaco office has been acquired by an advisory firm, nearly two decades after legacy firm Lawrence Graham launched private client-focused operations in the principality. The office has been acquired by advisory firm Maitland, with the new entity being renamed as Maitland Advisory (Monaco). It will be led by former Gowling partner Peter Walford, who will now […]

Featured Briefings

Changes in the procedure for admission of foreign medical devices and medicines to public procurement in Russia

On 1 January 2019, amendments to the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 102 of 05.02.2015 that provides for restrictions and conditions for the admission of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign countries for the purpose of procurement for state and municipal needs (“Resolution No. 102”). And the Resolution of […]

Costs of unwanted child not recoverable for public policy considerations

By Rebecca Livesey In ARB v IVF Hammersmith & Another [2018] Civ 2803, the Court of Appeal considered ARB’s claim for pecuniary losses arising from the birth of his child. By way of background, ARB and his then partner (R) had IVF treatment at the Defendant clinic, leading to embryos being frozen. An embryo was used […]

Patenting of human genes?

By Barbara van der Ven Is it possible to patent the sequence (or partial sequence) of human genes? Genetic research is very important in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. From the very beginning, genetic research has always been connected with moral and ethical questions, such as […]

Can the costs of surrogacy be recovered by a claimant in a clinical negligence claim?

The Court of Appeal yesterday handed down an important decision in the case of XX -v- Whittington Hospital NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 2839 concerning the recoverability of surrogacy costs when a claimant is rendered unable to have children naturally. The Respondent had admitted negligence in failing to detect signs of cancer in smear tests carried out on […]

Taxation of blockchain and crypto currency: A case study

By Roland Böhi, Danielle Wenger, Manuel Vogler The tax team discusses a fictional case of an initial coin offering (ICO) from a Swiss tax perspective. So called Initial Coin Offerings (“ICO”) as a new fundraising mechanisms in which new projects sell their underlying crypto tokens in exchange for e.g. Bitcoin or Ether, have often been discussed in […]

Health and Safety: November/ December 2018

By Andrew Northage, Stuart Ponting, Robert Starr Sentencing update, HSE injury and ill health statistics, government response to Hackitt Review and more. Almost three years on from the new sentencing guideline and £1 million-plus fines continue to bite Bus company Midland Red (South) Limited was fined £2.3 million following a collision in which two people were killed and others […]

Are you compliant with the new EU Geo-blocking Regulation?

By Stéphanie De Smedt, Alice Boulvain. Aleksandra Sanak The EU Geo-blocking Regulation applies since 3 December 2018. It impacts many businesses that sell their goods and services online or offline across the EU, including companies offering food supplements or (over-the-counter) medicines, who now need to make sure they comply with these new rules.

Benefits and perils of permanent health schemes in employment contracts

In the recent case of Awan v. ICTS UK Ltd [2018] 11WLUK 385 (Simler J, President) the EAT confirmed and strengthened previous decisions (Aspden v. Webbs Poultry [1996] IRLR 251, Briscoe v. Lubrizol Ltd[2002] IRLR 607, amongst others) To the effect that a term will be implied into contracts of employment that “once the employee has become entitled to […]

Liability for sports organizations in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions

By Josh Hanet, Kavi Sivasothy The perception of head injuries in sports has undergone a sea change with advancements in research of traumatic brain injuries and related long-term effects. Galvanized by headline-making stories, including recollections of former player’s of the debilitating symptoms they live with, public attention has also been drawn by litigation commenced against sports organizations, teams, and […]

AMC is allowed to produce an equivalent of CDCA if the used resources meet the quality standards

By Aurélie Mingels On the 28th of November, the Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (‘Inspectorate’) published the results of its investigation into the practice of the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam (‘AMC’) of the pharmaceutical compounding of an alternative to the medicine CDCA. Leadiant, the pharmaceutical company which owns the rights to the production of CDCA, had filed […]

Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

Experts’ Agendas: A warning from the bench

“it certainly should not become routine to provide two versions which, as here, travel over much of the same ground. That approach tests the patience of the experts (and frankly of the court); produces a lengthier joint statement; potentially increases costs and is simply not the best way to focus on the issues. I do […]

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