Baker McKenzie provides clients with a comprehensive a life sciences service and demonstrates deep expertise across regulatory, consumer safety, competition, IP, data protection, compliance and contractual matters. Life sciences M&A, dispute resolution and associated tax matters are also handled. The firm has a strong team of healthcare-focused practitioners, who leverage their sector expertise to steer clients through new areas of activity, including the intersection between healthcare and personal data security. Practice head Vanina Caniza is a reference in the market and also serves as Baker McKenzie’s global healthcare industry group chair. Senior associate Rocío Rojas Iglesias specialises in life sciences and healthcare, while labour partner Felipe Graham and litigation partner Santiago Maqueda are also well-versed in life sciences matters.
Life sciences and healthcare in Argentina
Bausch & Lomb
ISDIN: Love ISDIN Community
Johnson & Johnson
Mathys AG Bettlach
MSD Argentina (Merck)
New York University
Procter & Gamble
- Completed a three-year long representation of Biogen in several administrative proceedings, and currently defending the company against a complaint filed by a private medical insurer.
- Assisting Johnson & Johnson with the local implementation of a global reorganisation involving the separation of two business units.
- Advised MSD Argentina, Merck’s local subsidiary, on preparing its contractual arrangements for selling its products to the Argentine Government through a joint venture with local laboratory, Sinergium Biotech.
Marval O’Farrell Mairal combines its full-service capability with deep life sciences sector expertise to provide life sciences clients with highly specialised advice on M&A deals, regulation, compliance, contractual matters, IP and litigation. The firm is a regular presence on big-ticket M&A deals in the sector and is also noted for is track record supporting international life sciences companies entering the Argentine market. Team head Martín Mosteirin is a stand-out practitioner in the field and known for his ‘extensive experience’ of the industry. Senior associate Camila Leone rejoined the practice in March 2023 having completed an LLM in health law at Georgetown. Fellow associate Carolina Andrea Ramirez is also focused on the life sciences, particularly regulatory strategies and compliance.
Martín Javier Mosteirin
‘The team is great at communication and displays business acumen. Capable of handling complex projects involving multiple jurisdictions.’
‘Martin Mosteirin is very accessible and is always keen to help us discover new ways to handle difficult situations.’
‘The team has several lawyers dedicated exclusively to complex and day-to-day regulatory issues, which sets it apart from the rest. The technical level of the team is really high.’
‘Martín Mosteirin has extensive experience in an industry with many peculiarities, which make his practice a very attractive option for multinational clients. His expertise is what distinguishes him from the majority of other lawyers.’
- Represented Sanofi Aventis Group in a major world-wide spin-off restructuring of its consumer healthcare products portfolio (OTC medicines, medical devices, cosmetics and food supplements) to Opella Healthcare.
- Representing Takeda Pharmaceutical Company on the spin-off of its gastroenterology portfolio in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Represented Aguas Danone de Argentina in the spin-off of its water-business unit.
The Allende & Brea life sciences team advises clients in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, biotechnology, food, beverages and cosmetics industries on daily operations, regulatory matters, M&A deals, and licensing and distribution agreements. Recent mandates have seen the team assist clients with regulatory clearances for the import, export, sale and distribution of medical products in Argentina, clinical trials, and healthcare packaging and labelling. The practice is co-led by Maria Morena Del Rio, who focuses on regulatory matters in relation to the life sciences sector; and Fernando Martínez Zuviría, who has experience working with the National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices (ANMAT) and the National and Provincial Ministries of Health.
Fernando Martinez Zuviria; Maria Morena del Rio
‘Allende & Brea have the technical and practical knowledge to assist clients in meeting their business objectives. Additionally, the team provided us with thorough guidance to help us venture into uncharted territory.’
‘Fernando Martinez Zuviria was amazing to work with. He and his team were very responsive to our needs and willing to step in and assist us as needed. Additionally, as a US-based team, we were grateful that Fernando and his team were able to accommodate our schedules.’
‘A quality team. They provide fast and reliable service.’
‘Good service from Fernando Martínez. Quick responses and he keeps an eye on our concerns.’
‘Fernando Martínez Zuviría understands client’s business needs and is really good in explaining the local law for international clients. He is a valuable sparring partner when it comes to taking tough decisions.’
Bain Medical Equipment
The Hearst Corporation
Smith & Nephew
LSG Sky Chefs
- Advised a medical devices manufacturer on the negotiation, drafting and execution of a distribution agreement for the marketing and distribution of products in Argentina.
- Advising Fundación Oncológica Anna y Elena Bonatti Rocca on the day-to-day legal matters of a new fully equipped cancer treatment centre in the Province of Corrientes named “Centro Oncológico Anna Rocca de Bonatti”.
- Advised Biotronik on the public procurement process of PAMI, a large public health insurance agency in Argentina.
Life sciences clients call on Beccar Varela for support on commercial matters, IP, litigation, and M&A related to the industry. The team is well-versed in the regulatory aspects of clinical trials and drug approvals, and main industry players also turn to the practice for advice on orphan drugs, the country’s exception access regime for pharmaceutical products, and medicinal cannabis' matters. Dynamic young partner Ana Andrés leads the team and has already built a strong reputation in the market for her ‘very good knowledge of the industry’. Life sciences and corporate-focused associate Julieta González provides primary support.
‘It is a team that adapts to the needs of the client. They respond quickly and they have good multidisciplinary expertise. They work very well under pressure and live up to customer expectations.’
‘Ana Andrés is an excellent lawyer. She has a very good knowledge of the industry.’
‘The team has a recognised track record and in-depth knowledge of life sciences and healthcare in Argentina.’
‘Excellent practical and theoretical command of the area. Ana Andrés is an excellent lawyer who has common sense and understands her clients.’
Allergan Productos Farmacéuticos
Cámara Argentina de Especialidades Medicinales
B Braun Medical
Varian Medical Systems
Core areas of work for the Bruchou & Funes de Rioja life sciences practice include commercial agreements, strategic partnerships, litigation and M&A; as well as trade mark, patent and other IP matters. The practice covers the pharmaceutical, health, personal hygiene, cosmetics, biotechnology and medical device segments, and is co-led by corporate and M&A lawyer Estanislao Olmos (who focuses on transactional work and commercial agreements in the sector), and IP expert Dámaso Pardo. Promoted to the partnership in March 2022, administrative and regulatory specialist Juan Zocca advises on regulatory issues related to medicinal cannabis, drugs, healthcare and health technologies, the registration of products and companies before the Argentine Health Authority (ANMAT), and application of the Chemical Precursors Regime to pharmaceutical companies, among other matters.
Estanislao Olmos; Dámaso Pardo
Laboratorio Elea Phoenix
West Pharmaceutical Services
Fresenius Medical Care
Droguería Suizo Argentina
- Providing ongoing assistance to pharmaceutical company Laboratorios Elea on all significant legal matters.
- Assisted Framingham Pharma with its business expansion throughout the Latin American region.
- Advising WeFiv on the setting up of its operations in Brazil and the analysis of all regulatory requirements involved with egg donation in the country.
Alfaro-Abogados’ multidisciplinary practice provides advice on regulatory, M&A, marketing and administrative matters to clients in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, veterinary, agriculture, fisheries and food industries. Clients also turn to the firm for support on data protection, tax and patent prosecution, as well as litigation. Managing partner and administrative law expert Carlos Alfaro co-leads the team alongside transactional and regulatory lawyer Sebastian Rodrigo, and M&A-focused practitioner Pedro Mazer.
Carlos Alfaro; Sebastián Rodrigo; Pedro Mazer
The Bomchil life sciences practice advises local and international clients on clinical trials, telemedicine, tobacco-free products and clinical practice guidelines, as well as handling complex medical malpractice litigation and class actions, and providing pre-trial advice to clinics and medical services' providers in order to mitigate risk. Litigation partner Martín Girotti co-leads the practice with fellow contentious specialist, Melisa Romero, who was raised to the partnership in January 2023; she focuses on medical malpractice proceedings and has also been advising clients on cases arising from the adverse effects of Covid-19 vaccines and clinical trials.
Melisa Romero; Martin Torres Girotti
‘Bomchil’s team of lawyers are always up to date with industry news and offer us a very good reading of the future market, which is an advantage.’
Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli
Sanatorio Las Lomas
- Advising Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli on several birth malpractice cases.