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Among Bird & Bird’s recent matters, it advised Celyad on its gene therapy products pipeline. It also advised Teva on the development of EU strategies for public procurement and mobile medical applications. Marc Martens heads a group that includes recently promoted counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle, who has strong expertise in the use of biological material for therapeutic applications and scientific research.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team has ‘unique knowledge and experience in the EU regulatory area’. The broad practice spans clinical trials, business development, pricing, patent litigation, product liability and investigations, and it is particularly valued for its expertise in cross-border matters. Practice head Elisabethann Wright is ‘a consummate professional’. Fabien Roy was recently promoted to counsel.

IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier is ‘a market force’ and has ‘remarkable cross-industry capability’. The firm advises on the full product life cycle, from authorisation and market access, through to pricing and compliance issues. Liesbeth Weynants is widely acknowledged as a market leader and heads a practice that counts Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Boehringer Ingelheim among its clients.

Jones Day complements its robust regulatory offering with supplementary expertise in the M&A, IP litigation, tax and antitrust areas. Practice head and sector specialist Cristiana Spontoni advises on the full spread of pre-market issues through to product liability, advertising and compliance. Environmental and health and safety specialist Ursula Schliessner is also recommended. Clients include BioMarin, Elizabeth Arden and GE Healthcare.

Crowell & Moring’s practice, which is led by ‘industry specialistKristof Roox, has a strong focus on representing generics with Teva, Mylan and Apotex among its clients. Contentious work, and particularly patent-related litigation, provides the bulk of instructions, but it also advises on marketing authorisations, off-label use, pricing and parallel imports.

Bertold Bär-Bouyssière heads DLA Piper’s multidisciplinary pharmaceutical practice, which handles a broad mix of EU regulatory matters, competition, data protection, corporate support and litigation. The team provides ongoing support to Vifor Pharma in its efforts to combat parallel trade.

White & Case LLP’s group, which has a strong record in contentious work, was kept busy advising on patent settlements, competition matters, parallel trade and second medical-use patents over the past year. Group head James Killick, who has ‘a good business understanding’, is representing Servier in its appeal to the General Court against the EC decision concerning the drug perindopril.

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