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Christiaan de Brauw, who joined from NautaDutilh in May 2016, leads Allen & Overy LLP’s team alongside the ‘talented, communicative’ Frits Gerritzen, who was recently made partner. 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.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team is led by ‘legendary’ patent litigator Bert Oosting and regulatory specialist counsel Hein van den Bos. Clients include Sanofi, Biogen and OrbusNeich Medical.

Marry de Gaay Fortman and the ‘smart, strategicWeyer VerLoren van Themaat head Houthoff’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.

At Van Doorne, recently promoted partner Dimitri van Hoewijk advised Amstelring on the sale of its medical devices centres to Medux. Willemien Bischot and Marg Janssen are key contacts.

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.

Clifford Chance is very active in life sciences litigation and also has strong competition, project finance and regulatory capabilities. Pfizer and Hologic are clients. Since publication Simone Peek joined bureau Brandeis.

Competition boutique Maverick Advocaten N.V. has ‘profound knowledge’ of the healthcare and life sciences sector. Diederik Schrijvershof, Martijn van de Hel and Bas Braeken are the names to note.

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.

Fenna van Dijk and Maarten Schut respectively lead the healthcare and life sciences teams at Kennedy Van der Laan. Clients include VUmc and Syngenta.

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.

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