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Christiaan de Brauw, who joined from NautaDutilh in May 2016, leads Allen & Overy LLP’s team alongside ‘talented, communicative’ counsel Frits Gerritzen. It excels in a range of life sciences work and also handles healthcare finance. Clients include Mylan and Erasmus MC.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is active in several areas, with recent work including advising Advent on competition law and assisting AstraZeneca with an equity transaction. ‘Very thorough’ patent litigator Rutger Kleemans leads the team.
Marry de Gaay Fortman and the ‘smart, strategic’ Weyer VerLoren van Themaat head Houthoff Buruma’s multidisciplinary practice, whose clients include MEE NL, Leger des Heils and various medical centres.
Nelleke Krol is the life sciences partner to contact at Loyens & Loeff; Tom van Helmond heads the healthcare side. The team is active in numerous areas, including litigation, competition and M&A. Clients include Pfizer and VGZ.
NautaDutilh’s practice is led by ‘communicative’ corporate partner Ruud Smits and IP specialist Anne Marie Verschuur. Smits advised Acerta Pharma on AstraZeneca’s €4bn purchase of a 55% stake in Acerta Pharma – the largest-ever Dutch pharmaceuticals deal.
Though BarentsKrans’ life sciences practice is largely IP-focused, while its healthcare work covers real estate, employment and restructuring. ‘First-class’ department head Marleen van den Horst is widely recommended.
Patents expert Marc van Wijngaarden heads the ‘well-connected, very knowledgeable’ team at Bird & Bird LLP, which also has capabilities in M&A, commercial contracts, arbitration and competition. Teva and Ablynx are key clients.
Brinkhof is a patent litigation powerhouse whose life sciences practice is led by Richard Ebbink, with support from Mark van Gardingen and ‘rapidly rising star’ Daan de Lange.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department is led by patent litigators Gertjan Kuipers and Jan Pieter Hustinx, as well as ‘phenomenal’ soft IP specialist Tobias Cohen Jehoram. The firm recently assisted Teva with M&A.
IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier counts AstraZeneca, Royalty Pharma and Pfizer among its clients. ‘Very experienced’ healthcare expert Simon Dack and life sciences specialist Carla Schoonderbeek lead the team.
Stibbe excels at IT-related apects of healthcare; clients include VUmc and Erasmus MC. Judica Krikke heads the team, which also handled competition and M&A work for Mylan and Sonova, respectively.
Vondst Advocaten N.V is particularly strong in life sciences IP, where clients include Teva, Amgen and ImmunoGen. Otto Swens, Ricardo Dijkstra and Tjeerd Overdijk are the names to note.
CMS’ clients include Medtronic, Bayer and Syngenta. IP specialist Willem Hoorneman leads the team, which is particularly strong in M&A, capital markets and investment funds. Regulatory expert Ellen Gielen is recommended.
Counsel Simone Peek leads Clifford Chance’s practice, which is very active in life sciences litigation and also has strong competition, project finance and regulatory capabilities. Pfizer and Hologic are clients.
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s Melita van der Mersch recently defended the Medicines Evaluation Board against a patent claim by Pfizer subsidiary WLC.
Simmons & Simmons LLP’s clients include Terumo Europe, GlaxoSmithKline and Wright Medical. The recommended Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads the team.
Insurance is a particular strength of Van der Feltz advocaten’s practice, which is headed by Martin Gelpke. It also assists clients such as Federatie Medisch Specialisten with regulatory matters.