Pharmaceuticals and healthcare


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 […]

Daniel Brook, pharma litigation, Hogan Lovells

Brook, Daniel – Hogan Lovells

As a former chemistry student, Hogan Lovells IP partner Daniel Brook has honed his legal and science knowledge to become indispensable to several of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies looking to safeguard their products. One of the most important judgments last year was Eli Lilly’s landmark patent trial against pharmaceutical rival Actavis. Brook took the […]


Clyde & Co to support global banks-backed trading blockchain platform

Clyde & Co is set to provide legal services to a new consortium of banks and traders launching a blockchain-based platform to digitalise commodities trading processes. Komgo SA is a new Switzerland-based partnership that brings together powerhouse banks and stakeholders in the oil industry, including ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Citi, Crédit Agricole Group, Gunvor, ING, Koch […]


Linklaters starts coding club after asking lawyers for innovation tips

Linklaters is piloting an idea generation platform to develop new solutions to common problems in an effort to boost lawyers’ engagement in innovation. Ideas Pathway, a technology platform created by software company Hype Enterprise, allows the firm’s lawyers to submit ideas from any device and to collaborate on the review and development of the pitches. […]

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Blow for Macfarlanes’ client over oligarch’s $350m freezing order

A Russian billionaire being sued by a former business partner has failed in his attempts to not have the details of a worldwide freezing order (WFO) on assets worth up to $350m disclosed to the claimant in a recent High Court judgment. Fishing magnate Vitaly Orlov, advised by Macfarlanes head of fraud James Popperwell, is […]


Freshfields tops UK M&A rankings for Q3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has retained the top spot in UK M&A rankings for Q3, having ranked second behind Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in Q1. According to data from Thomson Reuters, Freshfields announced 55 UK-based deals between July and the end of September, totalling $115.4bn. The firm’s work on Comcast’s Sky bid paid dividends. Davis Polk & Wardwell, […]

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Managing GDPR without breaching GDPR

Ahead of the ‘Managing GDPR without breaching GDPR‘ webinar The Lawyer will be hosting in association with Epiq, we caught up Vodafone head of legal compliance Andrew Yorston, Epiq senior director for professional services Europe Martin Bonney, Covington & Burling special counsel Kristof Van Quathem and McDermott Will & Emery partner Ashley Winton to get an insight into some of the issues they will be touching upon during their session.

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KFC legal chief becomes WeWork’s first ever European GC

WeWork has appointed Sarah Nelson Smith as its first ever European general counsel, as it ramps up its legal capabilities outside the US. Nelson Smith, who was The Lawyer’s in-house lawyer of the year in 2014, joins the collaborative workspace giant from KFC, where she acted as European chief legal officer.  When it started the hunt in April, WeWork […]


Clifford Chance shakes up Luxembourg leadership in post-Brexit strategic play

Clifford Chance has announced a refreshed leadership lineup in its Luxembourg office. The firm has revealed its new managing partner in the European principality and created a senior partner role for the office in what appears to be a strategic Brexit play. Partner Steve Jacoby will take up his role as managing partner in May […]

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Record profits at UK 200 firms as gap between top and bottom-paid partners widens

The law firm model may be under more pressure than ever before but for many, the all-important average profit per equity partner (PEP) metric remains as reliably high as ever. Nine firms in this year’s UK 200: the Top 100 report posted a PEP of £1m or above with 37 registering average profits of £500,000 […]

Featured Briefings

CSP Regulations- An Overview

By Alexander Camenzind On September 21, 2017, the Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regulations (“CSP Regulations”) came into force, providing for the first time the ability to obtain an extended period of patent protection for human and veterinary drugs in Canada. With the first anniversary of the program quickly approaching, an overview of its implementation may prove […]

Opportunity for employees and residents to become co-owners of Brabant hospital

By Martin Schoonewille, Frank Leijdesdorff, Leon Engelen The hospital Bernhoven in Uden and Oss gives employees the opportunity to buy bonds and thereby indirectly become ‘co-owners’ of the hospital. From 2019 local residents can also obtain bonds. The hospital hopes to increase the involvement of staff and patients, according to the press release. The hospital has a bank loan […]

Pricing and reimbursement insight- Mozambique

By Paulo Pinheiro, Francisca Paulouro, Pedro Fontes VdA contributes to the 1st edition of “Global Legal Insights: Pricing & Reimbursement” published by Global Legal Group. Some of the firm’s members have written the chapters for Portugal, Angola and Mozambique, which focus on, amongst others, the legislation regarding pricing and reimbursement of medicinal products in those countries.

Pricing and reimbursement insight- Angola

By Paulo Pinheiro, Francisca Paulouro, Pedro Fontes VdA contributes to the 1st edition of “Global Legal Insights: Pricing & Reimbursement” published by Global Legal Group. Some of the firm’s members have written the chapters for Portugal, Angola and Mozambique, which focus on, amongst others, the legislation regarding pricing and reimbursement of medicinal products in those countries.

Austria-Let them eat space cake

By: Andreas Natterer, Michaela Pohl, Thomas Kulnigg  The traditional Austrian bakery Aida, which is known for its staff dressed in baby pink, will sell brownies containing CBD. The price will be EUR 4.20 – an inside joke, since “four-twenty” is code for the consumption of cannabis. The fact that an old-school, stuffy bakery like Aida is […]

Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport condemns price increase of CDCA drug

By Dieuwertje van Dijk Minister Bruins (Medical Care and Sport) of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) condemns the behavior of pharmaceutical Leadiant to the strong price increase of the drug CDCA. He wrote this in a letter to the House of Representatives last Monday . CDCA (chenodeoxycholic acid) is used as a medicine in the treatment […]

Support needed for growing mental health issues at work

Mental health is an issue that is becoming increasingly prevalent in both our home and working lives. According to statistics published by the Mental Health Foundation, nearly half (43.4%) of UK adults believe they have had a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their life. According to a CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Well-being at […]

Netherlands: Pharmaceutical companies in spotlight of competition watchdog

Dutch Minister of Medical Care initiates dialogue with the ACM concerning potential abuse of dominance by pharmaceutical companies. In a letter of 16 November 2017, the Minister addresses the complexity of the development of medicines and the problem that expensive medicines pose to the national health care budget. The Minister also announced that he will […]

Dutch Healthcare Authority issues fine for failure to notify a concentration

On 30 November 2017 the Dutch Healthcare Authority issued a fine of € 70.000 to a healthcare provider that failed to notify a concentration. The healthcare provider had acquired certain personnel from other healthcare providers and this transaction exceeded the 50 person threshold for notification to the Dutch Healthcare Authority. The Dutch Healthcare Authority qualified the […]

Luxembourg imposes Sunshine Act-like transparency obligations

Most people involved in the life sciences or healthcare sector are aware, or at least have heard of, the “Sunshine Act”. The “Sunshine Act”, now a familiar concept in the EU, is the abbreviated title of the 2010 US Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was adopted as part of the Affordable Care Act (better known […]

New rules governing online sale of medicinal products in Romania

The online sale of pharmaceutical products in Romania has been on the rise in recent years. This strengthening trend can be attributed to the growth of online purchases in Romania in general and to the fact that, until recently, the law left room for interpretation in this area.  Recent amendments to the laws governing the sale of […]

Ireland: new Coroners Bill aims to modernise the law and address maternal deaths

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, published the Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018 on 2 August 2018 with the aim of significantly clarifying, strengthening and modernising the law relating to the reporting of deaths to coroners. The Bill, once enacted, will amend the Coroners Act 1962. The Bill allows for a wider scope of […]

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