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Delivering both excellent technical and legal advice’, Bird & Bird provides IP, regulatory, product liability, commercial and corporate advice to innovative global companies in the life sciences sector. Giovanni Galimberti recently advised BiosYnth and Menarini NewTech on their establishment of VaxYnethic, which will conduct a research and development project on a technological platform. Milan-based team head Massimiliano Mostardini is ‘one of the best IP lawyers in Italy’.

DLA Piper recently hired Marina Rubini, formerly a regional head of legal and compliance at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, to join the Milan office as of counsel. Milan-based Roberto Valenti, who is chairman of the life science working group of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, provided strategic advice to Physio Control Italy Sales on complex multidisciplinary matters, including reviewing its commercial agreement with agents, distributors and providers of technical assistance services. Gualtiero Dragotti is also well regarded and Rome-based Raffaella Quintana is ‘highly qualified in compliance issues’.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s team regularly advises on regulatory matters, such as product compliance matters, and stands out for its digital health expertise, including reviewing how new technologies utilise healthcare data and defending digital healthcare leaders in investigations and legal actions. Milan-based Francesca Rolla is recommended for product liability and mass tort litigation, as well as non-contentious product safety and product compliance matters. Giovanni Ghirardi is a patent expert and IP specialist Luigi Mansani’s ‘deep experience is clear’ to see.

BonelliErede recruited of counsel Vincenzo Salvatore, former head of legal services at the European Medicines Agency, to join its Milan office. The team has strong transactional and regulatory experience, while contentious highlights included advising Novartis on developing an advocacy strategy in relation to a potential legal action by private and public bodies. Healthcare and life sciences focus team leader Andrea Carta Mantiglia has ‘excellent negotiation skills’.

LS Cube Studio Legale was recently co-founded by former attorneys of Studio Legale e Tributario Ernst & Young. The team recently advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on issues involving its commercial contracts, which included coordinating advice in 57 countries. Rome-based Paolo Ricci is ‘a key asset during difficult negotiations and innovative projects’; Paola La Licata is ‘a five star regulatory expert who seems to know everything and everyone in the life sciences arena’; and Rosanna Sovani has ‘a terrific ability to manage any multi-disciplinary or multi-jurisdictional task’.

Pavia e Ansaldo’s expertise includes broad-ranging non-contentious and contentious healthcare and life sciences matters. The client list roster includes pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, as well as hospitals, research institutions and research teams. Milan-based Agostino Migone de Amicis is recommended.

Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLP’s healthcare and life sciences group stands out for its IP expertise; the practice also assists with regulatory matters, general business support, and EU and competition law issues Team head Laura Orlando is recommended for life sciences patent litigation; she represented Eli Lilly in patent litigation with Sanofi concerning the components of insulin pen injectors.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie’s pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science team is active in compliance and other regulatory work, as well as commercial matters; IP and privacy issues; clinical trials; administrative procedures and disputes; and public contracts. The team assisted medical devices giant Boston Scientific with a key acquisition. Pierfrancesco Federici in Milan and Rome-based Aurelio Giovannelli are key contacts.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is recommended for its assistance to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies on corporate transactions, antitrust and regulatory issues, arbitration and litigation. The practice advised Baxter Italia in a pre-trial proceeding, concerning alleged unfair competition.

Gitti and Partners is the result of a recent merger of Italy Legal Focus – Studio Legale Bernascone & Soci with Gitti and Partners Studio Legale Associato. The practice has ‘smart, practical and responsive lawyers who are top-notch’. It regularly advises medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals companies; the client base also includes hospitals, scientific societies, contract research organisations and medical malpractice insurers. Paola Sangiovanni ‘gives very practical advice and delivers quickly’.

Masotti & Berger advises pharmaceuticals and medical devices firms on M&A, venture capital matters and licensing agreements, as well as public bids, a range of litigation, distribution agreements, research and development contracts, and clinical trial agreements. The ‘reliable, efficient and clever’ Luca Masotti specialises in advising manufacturers and distributors of medical and surgical devices.

Osborne Clarke’s corporate highlights include advising on Accelovance Europe Holding’s agreement to acquire THERAMetrics clinical research organisation subsidiaries in Germany, Italy and Romania. Milan-based Federico Ferrara is the key contact. Diego Rigatti joined Fieldfisher Italy.

Trevisan & Cuonzo is well known for its experience in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices litigation; the firm also has a strong life sciences regulatory practice. Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo are names to note.

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