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Rowan Freeland

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Simmons & Simmons

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Intellectual Property Group

Position

Partner. An English solicitor based in Munich, Germany. Main specialisation is paten tlitigation, especially in the life sciences sector, focussing in particular on the supervision and coordination of multi-jurisdictional cases.

Career

Simmons & Simmons: - Articled clerk 1980-1982 - Solicitor 1982 - 1988 - Partner 1988 - present

Member

IPO, AIPLA, AIPPI Secretary, IPLA

Education

St Catherine's College, Oxford (BA 1978) College of Law


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Amazing on all fronts’, the group at Simmons & Simmons provides ‘Magic Circle advice at a much cheaper price’. The team is highly regarded for its work in the life sciences and technology sectors, and acts for clients including GlaxoSmithKline and Morgan Stanley. The practice is headed by patent litigator Rowan Freeland. Kevin Mooney is known for his expertise as a patent litigator in the life sciences sector. Michael Gavey also has considerable strength in the life sciences, most notably in patent and technology licensing; he recently advised the Institute of Cancer Research on the sale of a portion of the royalty entitlement for the sales of the drug Zytiga to Drug Royalty III. Patent litigator Scott Parker works closely with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and represented ViiV Healthcare in its high-profile dispute with Teva pertaining to anti-HIV drug Kivexa. Marc Döring, Mark Heaney, Marjan Noor and David Stone joined Allen & Overy LLP.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Simmons & Simmons is a market leader for global patent, regulatory and transactional matters. The team is led by the highly regarded Michael Gavey, who ‘always responds promptly to correspondence’, ‘has a superb knowledge of the industry’ and ‘provides clear and concise advice’. He is also ‘able to call upon a large team of specialists providing tax and corporate finance advice, which he is able to access seamlessly’. Gavey advised GlaxoSmithKline on the establishment of the £40m Apollo Therapeutics joint venture fund (a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, AstraZeneca and the technology transfer offices of Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Cambridge), and advised the Institute of Cancer Research on a royalty monetisation mandate concerning its product Zytiga. Charles Mayo advised Venture Life Group on its acquisition of Periproducts as well as its fundraising, and assisted Alzheimer’s Research UK on its investment in UK Dementia Research Institute. Rowan Freeland is a ‘brilliant litigator’ who is noted for his ‘excellent understanding of how the court works’; he is handling a number of high-stakes patent disputes for a number of industry giants. Scott Parker was part of a multi-jurisdictional team that represented ViiV Healthcare in major litigation against Teva across Europe relating to the patent of anti-HIV drug Kivexa, which is owned by ViiV. Lydia Torne and Amy Crouch are singled out for their ‘deep technical understanding’.

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The ostrich and the meerkat: a meditation

May 2016. By Rowan Freeland

Rowan Freeland of Simmons & Simmons scripts an important exchange for corporates Europe-wide. Scene: Headquarters of Plains Plc. The office of The Ostrich , head of business development and licensing. Enter T he Meerkat , head of patents [Continue Reading]

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