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Bird & Bird’s expertise in the life sciences sector includes technology transfers, IP licensing and transactional work, regulatory and privacy issues, research and development (R&D) collaborations, clinical trials, marketing arrangements, trade mark and patent disputes, product liability and arbitration. The practice assisted Italian private healthcare sector group MultiMedica with a major acquisition of the San Giuseppe hospital in Milan. Sanofi and Bionap are other key clients. IP specialist Massimiliamo Mostardini and counsel Mario Turrini are recommended.

The ‘very talentedBonelliErede advised Dompé on a 15-year exclusive licence and distribution agreement with MolMed granting Dompé the exclusive right to promote, market and distribute the advanced patient-specific cell therapy Zalmoxis in all member countries of the current European Economic Area. The client base also includes GlaxoSmithKline and Bracco Imaging. Andrea Carta Mantiglia is recommended, as is the ‘outstanding’ senior counsel Monica Fantino and of counsel Vincenzo Salvatore.

The ‘absolutely superiorDLA Piper has been advising St. Jude Medical Italy on an administrative dispute concerning the public tender launched by Azienda Regionale Centrale Acquisti (ARCA) for the supply of pacemakers and defibrillators, and has been assisting Italian pharmaceutical company Dompé with a multi-jurisdictional IP and compliance project regarding the alignment of internal policies and codes of conduct of the client’s subsidiaries worldwide to local regulations and policies. Roberto Valenti is ‘top level’, while Antonio Carino is ‘one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in this sector’. Giorgia Romitelli is recommended for administrative and public law-related matters.

The ‘outstandingHogan Lovells Studio Legale is active in the sectors of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare services, hospitals and healthcare providers and digital health. The practice assisted pharmaceutical company Recordati with a $300m acquisition of commercial rights to three drugs from AstraZeneca. Pfizer and Angelini are other notable clients. Litigation and product liability experts Francesca Rolla and Christian Di Mauro are highly recommended.

The ‘very capableLS Cube Studio Legale has been assisting Daiichi Sanky, Vifor Pharma and Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma with a judicial claim brought by the clients against the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA), which challenged the client’s budget and payback resolutions issued by the agency. AH Pharma and Bristol Myers Squibb are other notable clients. Paolo Ricci, Rosanna Sovani and Paola La Licata are recommended. Massimiliano Marinozzi joined from Studio Legale e Tributario Ernst & Young in August 2017.

Pavia e Ansaldo’s areas of strength include advice and due diligence on acquisitions, assistance with the participation in public tenders, clinical trials, development of innovative solutions for advanced therapy products and applied genetics, regulatory and compliance issues, product liability and medical malpractice, litigation and advice on criminal enquiries. The practice represented Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall in damages claims against AIFA for not admitting the drugs Almotrex and Almogran to the National Health Service’s reimbursement scheme. Agostino Migone De Amicis has ‘great and insightful experience in the field’.

The ‘excellentSimmons & Simmons is mainly recognised for combining its IP strength with regulatory and commercial expertise. The practice represented ViiV Healthcare in two invalidity proceedings brought by Teva and Mylan concerning the patent for ViiV’s biggest selling anti-HIV drug Kivexa. Federfarma and Astellas are other key clients. The ‘knowledgeable and kind’ IP specialist Laura Orlando has ‘a very able team’.

In the health and life sciences sector, Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie focuses on regulatory, compliance and commercial matters. Recent highlights include assisting medical device company Abbots Laboratories with its global reorganisation and integration process following the acquisition of St. Jude Medical for $25bn. Baxter and Servier are other distinguished clients. Pierfrancesco Federici and Rome-based Aurelio Giovannelli are the names to note.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has been advising F. Hoffmann-La Roche on appeal proceedings pending before Italy’s Council of State and the ECJ concerning an alleged anti-competitive arrangement between the client and Novartis related to the drugs Lucentis and Avastin. The client portfolio also includes AbbVie and Sanofi. Mario Siragusa and Pietro Merlino are the key contacts.

The ‘truly reliable and valuableGitti and Partners assists med-tech, biotech and pharmaceutical businesses, as well as hospitals, scientific societies, contract research organisations and insurance companies, with contractual, corporate and contentious matters. Med-tech stretchable electronics business Wise is a key client. The ‘excellent’ Paola Sangiovanni and Flavio Monfrini are recommended.

Masotti Berger Cassella specialises in joint ventures and project finance agreements with public entities, private equity funding, agency and distribution agreements, patents and trademarks, regulatory requirements for medical devices and pharmaceuticals, product liability and medical negligence claims as well as contracts and public tendering procedures. Luca Masotti is the name to note.

Nctm Studio Legale has been advising global biopharmaceutical company Gilead on a number of corporate and healthcare compliance issues and assisted AstraZeneca with compliance and data protection matters related to the client’s core activities in Italy. Paolo Gallarati and Lorena Possagno are recommended.

Osborne Clarke assisted biomedical company Movendo Technology with investment matters and acted for pharmaceutical and chemical company Grifols before the Veneto Regional Administrative Tribunal in appeal proceedings concerning CSL Behring’s public tender win for the plasma derivation service in Italy. Federico Ferrara heads the practice.

Trevisan & Cuonzo specialises in advising pharmaceutical industry clients on patent litigation concerning blockbuster and other pharmaceutical drugs, as well as on pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device litigation, pharma clearance and opposition work. Key clients include AstraZeneca and Boehringer Ingelheim. Gabriel Cuonzo is the name to note.

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