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Raquel Ballesteros

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Administrative and Public Law and Regulated Sector Groups


Raquel Ballesteros is the partner who leads our Administrative and Public Law and Regulated Sector Groups. In particular, Raquel specialises in government procurement, an area in which she has developed extensive experience having advised on competition procedures, challenging contract awards agreements, the economic equilibrium of contracts restoration procedures, price revision, non-contracting clauses, concession cancellations, public tender contracts termination procedures due to contractor’s failure to comply, public tender suspension, public services supply contracts intervention, etc. Raquel has extensive litigation and non-contentious experience in the health sector, including drug marketing, clinical trials and biomedical research, pricing, telemedicine, biotechnology and bioethics, information and clinical data protection, distribution and tracking, health products, medical and pharmaceutical malpractice, product liability (drugs, food, medical and pharmaceutical devices. In the postal sector, Raquel has obtained pioneering judgments in liberalisation process matters, issued by national as well as European Courts (such as the Tribunal of Luxembourg), specifically related to the cross-border mail services liberalisation.


In recent years, Raquel has represented different clients in the energy sector, challenging detrimental legislation for different operators in this sector, and advising firms, especially foreign ones, interested in the Spanish market liberalisation process, in the production (renewable energy) and marketing aspects. She lectures at the “Universidad Europea de Madrid” as well as at other courses and conferences relating to her areas of interest. She contributes on regular basis with newspapers as well as with specialised legal magazines.


English, Spanish


Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

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Raquel Ballesteros - Bird & Bird

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

The ‘fast and helpful’ group at Bird & Bird works across the sector including in intellectual property, regulatory and product liability. The firm has particular expertise in litigation relating to pharmaceutical and life science patents. Leading the team is Raquel Ballesteros, who is a litigation and public procurement expert, and Manuel Lobato, who is a specialist in intellectual property and pharmaceutical law. In a recent highlight, the department represented Sanofi Aventis in a special appeal challenging the tender documents called by the health service of Catalonia for the supply of the hexavalent vaccine. The firm also acted for Insud Pharma in litigation relating to the infringement and validity of two patents.

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