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Clifford Chance is, according to one client, ‘among the best firms to work with’ due to its in-depth understanding of industry developments. Group head Miquel Montañá is well regarded in the industry and is noted for his ‘knowledge of complex subject matters and ability to retain excellent experts and extract the most relevant arguments’ with respect to patent litigation. On the competition side, the firm recently advised Pfizer on Spanish merger control proceedings regarding its $1bn sale of Hospira Infusion Systems to ICU Medical.

Uría Menéndez provides a comprehensive service to healthcare sector clients, covering complex commercial and contract law matters, public procurement and privacy as well as regulatory and competition advice. Well-respected industry expert Teresa Paz-Ares heads the 13-strong group, which is noted for its ‘exceptional skill and performance’; IP partner Montiano Monteagudo is the contact in Barcelona. Paz-Ares and public law partner José Miguel Fatás recently led advice to Johnson & Johnson on its termination of a long-standing licence and distribution agreement with Esteve regarding Fortasec. The firm also works with Quirónsalud and Procter & Gamble.

Baker McKenzie’s team stands out for its ‘flexible and practical approach and knowledge of the sector’, particularly with respect to regulatory and competition matters. Pharmaceutical industry experts Montserrat Llopart, managing partner of the Barcelona office, and Madrid-based Cecilia Pastor are the practice co-heads. The firm recently advised Chiesi on its acquisition of market-leading diet product Lipograsil from Zambon.

Bird & Bird is particularly strong in IP law, where it has ‘an extraordinary specialisation’ in the area. Raquel Ballesteros leads on regulatory matters while ‘incisively analyticalManuel Lobato heads the patents side. Notable recent work includes representing Chemo Group (now Insud Pharma) in patent infringement litigation.

With more than 30 lawyers, Cuatrecasas has industry specialists across a range of practice areas. IP partner Jorge Llevat and public law and litigation expert Jorge Robles, who jointly head the department, are leading advice to Ipsen on contractual, regulatory and IP issues as well as on advertising matters.

Faus & Moliner is a well-known boutique in the sector with particular expertise in providing regulatory advice to pharmaceutical clients. The Barcelona-based firm draws its strength from the vast experience of name partners Jordi Faus and Xavier Moliner.

Garrigues has a multidisciplinary practice; recent highlights include acting for Aegon on the sale of its clinic QMS to Quirónsalud. Corporate partner José Fernández-Rañada and IP partner Carolina Pina are the practice heads.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has ‘a strong team of lawyers and is extremely effective in litigation cases’. The firm is known for its IP advice; Eduardo Castillo heads the group, which recently acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical on a multibillion-dollar patent infringement case against Merck & Co concerning cancer drug Keytruda. The firm also assists GSK with advertising matters and commercial contracts.

Well-respected boutique Jausas’ strength lies in its regulatory and compliance services to the sector; the firm is also active in the competition and advertising spaces. Practice head Héctor Jausàs and senior associate Gemma Colomer are the key contacts.

RCD - Rousaud Costas Duran specialises in drafting biotechnology agreements and has extensive expertise in data protection with respect to laboratory treatments; it is particularly active in the start-up space. Ignasi Costas heads the innovation and entrepreneurship department, which is strong in regulatory matters.

DLA Piper LLP provides ‘proven industry and procedure knowledge and technical support’. Department head Diego Ramos recently led advice to West Pharmaceutical Services on the privacy implications of its research activities in Spain. Other clients include Chemo Group (now Insud Pharma).

Patent and product liability expert Kiko Carrión heads the team at Eversheds Sutherland Nicea, which is strong in IP law. The firm works with international pharmaceutical giants and Spanish companies; it is also experienced in corporate and regulatory matters.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier is particularly active in cross-border patent litigation with a multinational team that provides advice from a European perspective. A notable highlight includes representing Intervet (now Merck Animal Health) in patent infringement proceedings against Boehringer Ingelheim concerning a vaccine. Managing partner Luis Fernández-Novoa is the key contact; Álvaro Velázquez is ‘effective’.

Pérez-Llorca is strong in regulatory and contentious matters; ‘excellent litigator’ Juan Rodríguez Cárcamo leads the department. The firm acts for Johnson & Johnson, Meda (now part of Mylan) and Servier.

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