Pharmaceuticals and healthcare



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 […]


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

Three new London partners for BCLP in first post-merger promotions round

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has made up 23 lawyers to partner in its latest promotions round, with the majority being legacy Bryan Cave lawyers. It is the first set of promotions since Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) merged in April. Eighteen lawyers have been promoted across the United States, while three solicitors – all […]

Exit sign

Simpson Thacher makes major infrastructure PE play with Clifford Chance hire

Clifford Chance infrastructure M&A star Amy Mahon is joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s City office in yet another departure from the magic circle firm’s private equity group. Mahon’s exit follows that of Brendan Moylan to Latham & Watkins earlier this year, along with Allen & Overy infrastructure finance partner Conrad Andersen. After Moylan, Mahon was […]


Slaughters takes lead in Premier Foods’ custard sale

Slaughter and May is representing Premier Foods as it seeks to sell off its Ambrosia brand in order to to appease disgruntled shareholders. Corporate and finance partner Robert Byk and co-head of Slaughters’ infrastructure group Michael Corbett are advising institutional client Premier Foods in its talks with third parties over the possible sale of Ambrosia. The […]

John Croft

Paul Hastings wins role for Elevate in latest legal tech acquisition

Provider Elevate has acquired AI firm LexPredict, in a move that hints at rising consolidation in the market of alternative legal services providers. Elevate was advised during negotiations by a Paul Hastings team led by Century City M&A partner David Hernand that included corporate associates Christopher Edwab and Tashiana Hudson, as well as Los Angeles-based counsel Ron […]

Lateral hires London

Simpson Thacher remains selective in London with one City promotion

US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has made up one lawyer to partner in London for the second year in a row. Real estate lawyer Samuel Charlton has made the cut, while another 9 lawyers have been promoted across the firm’s US offices in New York, Houston and Palo Alto. There is one promotion in […]

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

BCLP follows wave of firms branching out into legal operations

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has launched a new legal operations consultancy arm to support in-house teams,  in a general trend that sees law firms increasingly expanding into broader client services. The new division called Cantilever incorporates the consulting units from both legacy firms; Bryan Cave’s BCXponent and BLP’s Streamline. The team, led by Denver-based chief innovation […]

Alison Levitt QC

Mishcon white collar star switches back to the Bar

Mishcon de Reya’s head of white collar crime and investigations Alison Levitt QC is moving out of private practice for a new role in the Bar. Levitt will resume her full-time practice as a Silk, having founded Mishcon’s white collar group in 2014 when she joined from the Office of Public Prosecutions. She will join the […]

Featured Briefings

Austria – Teleradiology and other healthcare advancements

By Florian Kusznier Technology and innovation are key drivers of advancement in a variety of industries, and certainly in healthcare. The level of patient care can be improved considerably with the right mix of traditional and innovative treatments and solutions. Nevertheless, there are regulatory challenges to overcome. Teleradiology is one area where technological advancements allow […]

Supreme Court hands down judgment in Warner-Lambert v Generics & Actavis case

By Gordon Harris, Paul Inman The Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited judgment in the Warner-Lambert v Generics & Actavis case. In short, Warner-Lambert lost. The case concerned Warner-Lambert’s patent, which claimed in ‘Swiss form’ the use of a molecule called ‘pregabalin’ for the treatment of pain, in particular ‘neuropathic pain’. The majority in the Supreme […]

Dutch minister of health improves contracting process for healthcare

By Frank John Vrolijk, Aurélie Mingels On 9 November 2018, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) informed the House of Representatives about the developments regarding the contracting process for care provision. The minister expresses his displeasure at the growth in the supply of non-contracted care in GGZ care and district nursing where this is […]

Dutch Healthcare Authority recommends funding of specialist medical care

By Vivian den Bakker  On 4 October 2018, the Dutch Healthcare Authority (the Dutch Healthcare Authority) (the NZa ) issued the recommendation ‘funding of specialist medical care – rewarding care that adds value’ (the Advice ). In the Advisory Report, the NZa calls on Minister Bruins to work towards ‘value-driven care’ or a form of funding that rewards the creation […]

EU – Falsified Medicines Directive introduces verification system

By Stéphanie De Smedt The Falsified Medicines Directive (Directive 2011/62/EC) has introduced a verification system which constitutes a key measure to fight falsification and protect the legal supply chain of medicines in the EU. The system includes safety features and a repository which stores information on each individual pack of medicines as specified in Commission Delegated […]

US CBP clarifies stance on Canada’s cannabis industry

Following months of uncertainty surrounding the way US Border Patrol officers will assess those working in and around Canada’s legalized cannabis industry, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a statement Tuesday clarifying its approach and offering some reassurance to Canadians. While underscoring that US federal law strictly prohibits the sale, possession, production and distribution […]

Canada – Cannabis industry and employment scenario

While the legalization of recreational cannabis is just around the corner, for the many companies that produce cannabis in Canada, the road to legalization began many months, and in some case years ago. Over the past few years, we have seen significant growth in the cannabis industry and this has naturally resulted in more cannabis-related […]

Canada: Cannabis innovation and regulations

By Jon-Paul Powers, William Bjornsson It is old news that recreational cannabis is scheduled for legalization in Canada on October 17th, 2018 and that Health Canada has intentions to make edible recreational cannabis products (edibles) legal at a later date (perhaps within a year of the October legalization). We can only presume that edibles will be subject […]

Canada: Cannabis information from the Municipal Law Group

On August 13, the new Ontario PC government announced its plans to revamp the province’s approach to cannabis legalization and retail. Government-owned online distribution will be maintained and beginning October 17, consumers 19 and older will be able to purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). However, in a major change from the […]

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