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Allen & Overy LLP has ‘a very strong’ regulatory and IP practice for work in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and biotech space. The multidisciplinary team includes experts in patents, public law, antitrust and employment, among other fields. Its workload is equally diverse, with the team regularly advising on transactions, data protection, licensing and procurement and handling high-stakes disputes. Practice head Geert Glas provides ‘clear answers and guidance’. Counsel Eveline Van Keymeulen is ‘excellent’.

Bird & Bird has a leading position in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, universities, sector organisations and manufacturers. In the biotech space, the team recently advised Celyad on its gene therapy products pipeline, and Bone Therapeutics on regulatory issues connected to its product portfolio. Practice head Marc Martens has broad contentious and non-contentious experience, Jean-Christophe Troussel specialises in IP and technology and Bruno Vandermeulen excels in pharmaceutical and biotech patent litigation. Nicolas Carbonnelle, who was recently made up to counsel, often advises on the use of biological material for research and manufacturing, including of advanced therapy medicinal products.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Crowell & Moring is particularly renowned for its IP capabilities, especially in the field of parallel imports. It has a strong track record in pharmaceutical litigation, which it further cemented in 2017 with several notable wins. Its clients include leading players in the generics industry, though it also represents originators. In a recent highlight, the team successfully defended Eurogenerics in litigation concerning medicinal products for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. ‘Great professionalsKristof Roox and Jan-Diederik Lindemansform a phenomenal duo’. Associate and biomedical scientist Jurgen Figys is another key member of the team.

A ‘go-to’ firm in the life sciences field, Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s team has ‘in-depth knowledge and expertise’. It has a leading practice in pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device litigation, where it represents household-name companies. Regulatory and data exclusivity are other mainstays. Practice head Liesbeth Weynants is regularly highlighted by clients as a leading lawyer, and Steven Cattoor is ‘a cool, level-headed advocate’. ‘Strategic thinkerBenoît Strowel and senior associate Eva De Pauw are also noted.

Van Bael & Bellis has a broad life sciences practice and is particularly prominent in issues concerning ethical rules, clinical trials, advertising and pricing and reimbursement. Its client base of leading multinational life sciences companies also turn to the team for a range of EU and Belgian regulatory advice. Catherine Longeval recently advised the European arm of a US biotech company on the restructuring of its distribution chain. David Hull and counsel Michael Clancy represented two parties in a landmark case before the EU Court of Justice concerning reverse payment patent settlements. Peter L’Ecluse is another key contact.

The life sciences team at Altius is praised for its ‘excellent technical knowledge and good understanding of the market’. Philippe de Jong is active in the life sciences and agri-food industries, with particular specialisms in the protection of plant biotechnological inventions and cross-border Nagoya Protocol compliance matters. Christophe Ronse is also noted.

DLA Piper has a multidisciplinary approach, covering everything from antitrust to employment to data protection for its life sciences clients. A multi-jurisdictional team led by Bertold Bär-Bouyssière is representing Merck & Co in high-profile litigation concerning reverse patent settlements. Other clients include Abbott, GSK and Pfizer. Data privacy and security specialist Patrick Van Eecke is another key contact.

Loyens & Loeff provides ‘spot-on legal advice, tailored to the practical needs of a senior legal counsel managing various cases in various jurisdictions’. Its coverage in the life sciences sector includes tax, public law, regulatory and employment. Among the key practitioners are practice head Filip Saelens, Yves Van Couter, who is highly regarded, and senior associate Evelina Roegiers.

NautaDutilh is active in several initiatives for start-up and spin-offs in the life sciences and technology industries. Much of the team’s work centres on M&A, financing and IP. In other work, Florence Verhoestraete acted for a client in negotiations concerning a collaborative research project. Elke Janssens co-heads the practice alongside Verhoestraete.

Olivier Mignolet heads the department at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which has a good track record in the life sciences sector in Belgium and is also equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional matters. Of counsel Annabelle Bruyndonckx has strong experience across R&D, pricing and reimbursement and compliance.

Stibbe acts for life sciences and biotherapeutics companies, and also counts a range of university hospitals and government bodies among its clients. Intellectual property specialists Ignace Vernimme and counsel Manuel Campolini are the key figures in the practice, which is able to draw on the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team covering employment, environmental, privacy and competition law.

Under the leadership of Gunther Meyer, Eversheds Sutherland (Belgium) CVBA (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) has expanded its practice and client base in the life sciences sector. Its lawyers are active participants in the industry, and the team as a whole is a member of the FlandersBio networking organisation. Lieven Devos and Koen Devos advised Aspen Pharmacare on an update to its legislative compliance programme.

Osborne Clarke, which established its Belgium office in 2013, is well equipped to handle corporate, finance and capital markets transactions and employment issues in the life sciences field. David Haex is noted.

Specialised life sciences firm Quinzoffers excellent quality at a very reasonable price’. It has developed notable experience in start-up and spin-off projects, and also assists household-name multinational companies. Pieter Wyckmans and associate Marie De Vulder are highly regarded. Olivier van Obberghen is another key name.

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