Pharmaceuticals and healthcare

News

NHS drops 11 firms from streamlined commercial panel

NHS Commercial Solutions has rolled out a new legal panel, with firms including Addleshaw Goddard, Clyde & Co and DAC Beachcroft winning places. The three firms have been reappointed to the procurement organisation’s framework, as well as Mills & Reeve and Trowers & Hamlins. A total of 19 firms have made it on to the new roster; new additions are Browne Jacobson, Sintons, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Analysis

Rebecca Burford

Charles Russell Speechlys makes up City trio in annual promotions

Charles Russell Speechlys has made up nine lawyers to partner in its latest promotions round, three of whom are women. The nine new partners are Rebecca Burford, Renaud Ferry, Andrew Keeley, Gareth Mills, William Rollin, Sarah Rowley, Tristram van Lawick, Sarah Wigington and James Worthington. The new partners are spread across practices that include corporate, […]

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Clifford Chance makes up largest cohort of new partners in a decade

Clifford Chance has announced its partner promotions for 2019, making up 30 worldwide, the highest number in over a decade. The last time the magic circle made up more was in 2008, when it promoted 35. Overall, women accounted for a third of this year’s promotions. The Asia-Pacific region saw a higher number of new […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

PE trio guide Cinven towards final sale of Visma stake

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised Cinven on the sale of its remaining stake in software provider Visma, opposite Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Kirkland & Ellis. Freshfields’ team was led by partner Victoria Sigeti, who was supported by Alastair Brown, Akash Mukerji and Angus Scott. The group advised longstanding client Cinven in 2014 […]

telecoms

A&O wins key mandate for pension fund on £504m telecoms purchase

Allen & Overy is advising the Universities Superannuation Scheme on its acquisition of UK telecoms group KCom. London partner Richard Hough is leading the magic circle firm’s team for the pension fund USS, which is buying KCom through a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary company. He was supported by banking partner James Graham. KCom, a Hull-based broadband […]

Dentons

Dentons escapes SDT grilling over unfair dismissal case

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has decided not to pursue Dentons over the unfair dismissal of a member of staff on maternity leave. At the end of last year, the SRA considered referring Dentons to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over the treatment of Bina Hale, a former recruitment manager. Though the matter had been high-profile, […]

Fieldfisher lives up to Dublin promise with local merger

Fieldfisher has launched in Dublin through a strategic merger with a local firm, the latest step in its geographic expansion across Europe. The opening sees the UK firm partner up with Irish firm McDowell Purcell, with the office officially opening doors in early May. The local firm, which houses 16 partners, is led by managing […]

oil

Ex-A&O partner to testify next month in ongoing Dutch corruption saga

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) former Dutch senior partner Sietze Hepkema will appear in court as a witness next month to answer questions about his role at SBM Offshore, the oil and gas company embroiled in a long-running corruption probe. Hepkema has been called as a witness at the District Court Noord-Holland (Haarlem) on 22 May, […]

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Four firms win roles in British Land’s sale of Sainsbury’s stores

Jones Day, Dentons, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Gowling WLG are acting in British Land’s £429m sale of 12 Sainsbury’s superstores. Jones Day picked up the mandate for British Land, led by co-head of its banking, finance and securities group Giles Elliott, alongside corporate M&A partner William McDonald, tax partner Blaise Marin-Curtoud and counsel Stephen […]

Featured Briefings

Registration of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union

At the Pharmaceutical Forum of the EAEU and CIS countries held in Moscow in late February 2018, the Director of the Department of Technical Regulation and Accreditation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEС) said that the full-scale work on registration of medicines using the unified information system of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will start […]

Revolutionising Africa’s healthcare system

By Robert Breedon, Tom Gray, Elwin Morgan Africa’s healthcare is in the midst of an innovation revolution that, as PwC say, “…is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice”. This innovation revolution is powered in part by traditional methods of funding human capital development in areas such as development and […]

India: welcome rule change on medical devices

On 31 January 2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notified the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 (Rules) under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 which would come into effect from 1 January 2018… …The Rules come as a welcome move by the Government, as it seems to remove the manufacture, import and distribution of […]

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