Leading Individuals

Life sciences and healthcare in Argentina

Baker McKenzie

Well regarded for its ‘knowledge of the industry’, Baker McKenzie’s multidisciplinary life sciences practice handles the key areas of regulatory matters, consumer safety, competition, IP, tax and corporate transactions. The team also acts as lead counsel to a number of multinational life science companies in disputes arising in the area. An additional -and growing- area of activity is data protection, where the practice advises on the intersection between health and personal data security, under local and foreign law. A ‘reference in the area’, Vanina Caniza advises multinational, Latin America and domestic clients on corporate and commercial law matters, as well as providing experience on corporate compliance, commercial agreements, M&A and regulatory advice in the life sciences field. Key support is provided by senior associate Rocío Rojas Iglesias who specialises in the life science and healthcare industries.

Practice head(s):

Vanina Caniza

Testimonials

‘Vanina Caniza is a reference in the area. As strengths I would highlight the knowledge of the industry.

‘Lawyers have very good preparation.

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Acorda

Amicus

Axenya

Bausch & Lomb

Becton Dickinson

Biogen

Boston Scientific

Centessa

CSL Behring

Gilead Sciences

IQVIA

ISDIN

Johnson & Johnson

Mathys AG Bettlach

MSD Argentina (Merck)

New York University

Procter & Gamble

Roemmers

Uniliever

Work highlights

  • Assisting Johnson & Johnson with the local implementation of a global reorganisation.
  • Advised various pharma clients on the mandatory return to work for vaccinated and non-vaccinated employees following the end of Argentina’s lockdown.
  • Advised Axenya on myriad legal issues related to digital health (e.g. data privacy, software as a medical device, regulatory and general commercial issues) from a regional perspective.

Marval O’Farrell Mairal

Combining the resources of a full-service firm with ‘a very deep knowledge about the industryMarval O’Farrell Mairal’s life sciences practice ‘is a very well-disposed team with technical knowledge and the advantage of being part of a firm that covers all areas of law, which allows clients to receive quality analysis’. The department specialises in large transactions for industry clients, notably those in the pharmaceuticals, food and biotech sectors. Regulatory and contentious advice are also strengths of the team, including patent prosecution and enforcement work. Team leader Martín Mosteirin  has ‘great experience in life science matters’ and ‘stands out for his extensive knowledge about the pharmaceutical industry which is a very important plus for customers’. He is ably supported by young associate Carolina Andrea Ramirez  , who focuses on the life sciences and healthcare areas. Former fellow associate Camila Leone left the firm in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Martín Mosteirin

Testimonials

‘The knowledge demonstrated by Martin Mosteirin is a complete differential.

‘It is a very well-disposed team with technical knowledge and the advantage of being part of a firm that covers all areas of law, which allows clients to receive quality analysis.

‘Martín Mosteirin stands out for his extensive knowledge about the pharmaceutical industry which is a very important plus for customers. The knowledge of the particularities, regulations of the industry and the actors, makes the resolution of the issues raised much more agile. It is also very useful to know common practices.

‘Marval is one of the best law firms in Argentina. Very experienced lawyers with Strong knowledge on their areas of expertise.

‘Martin Monsterin has great experience in life science matters.

‘I think Marval’s life sciences team is fantastic! they have a very effective and efficient provision of services, always available to solve any problem with a deep knowledge of the corresponding issues and a very simple way to explain issues that are normally very complex, especially coming from a jurisdiction other than Argentina.

‘I must talk about Martin Mosteirin, there is no better person to deal with the issues of this area. He is very friendly, always available with an answer to any questions you have and with a simple proposal to confront the problems, it is a delight to work with him and his team.

‘Marval has two very strong points: (i) they have a very deep knowledge about the industry, demonstrated over many years advising the main multinational companies in the pharmaceutical industry; (ii) they have a fairly large team of lawyers (5 or 6) which is an important comparative advantage over the rest of the firms. The partner that leads, Martín Mosteirin, must be the most relevant pharma lawyer in the industry.

‘The plus is the technical and practical knowledge they have about the industry, which is very deep. They are very up-to-date on the problems of the industry and make innovative and very useful proposals.

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s life sciences practice focuses on the pharmaceutical, medical devices, biotechnology, food, beverages and cosmetics industries. The department draws from the firm's strength in multiple disciplines to advise on cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, reorganisations, licenses, distribution agreements and regulatory matters. In relation to the latter segment, the practice has experience dealing with authorities such as the National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices (ANMAT) and the National and Provincial Ministries of Health. Regulatory expert María Morena Del Río co-leads the team with Fernando Martínez Zuviría, who focuses on assisting laboratories and medical device manufacturers on their daily operations in the corporate, contractual and regulatory spheres.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Martinez Zuviria; Maria Morena del Rio

Testimonials

‘Expertise, availability, collaborative.

‘Team always available and with short response times.

‘Proximity to the customer.

Key clients

Novartis

Merck

GlaxoSmithKline

Thermo Fisher

Reckitt

Siemens Healthcare

CSL Behring

Aspen

Alere (currently Abbott)

Biogen

Biotronik

Insmed

Milliken

União Química Farmacêutica Nacional

Bain Medical Equipment

Lundbeck

The Hearst Corporation (First Databank UK)

Smith & Nephew

Ferrero

LSG Sky Chefs

Compass Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Mead Johnson (part of the Reckitt Benckiser Group) on the sale, together with its partner SanCor (a local dairy company), of their respective shares in their joint venture, Mead Johnson Nutrition Argentina.
  • Advised Fundación Oncológica Anna y Elena Bonatti Rocca on the construction and authorisation of a fully equipped cancer treatment center in the Province of Corrientes named “Centro Anna Rocca de Bonatti”.
  • Advised First Databank UK (a health division of Hearst Corporation), regarding the prospective deployment of a software solution to healthcare providers such as general practitioners, pharmacies, and other providers responsible for prescribing decisions.

Beccar Varela

Active across the spectrum of healthcare and pharmaceutical industry matters, Beccar Varela has expertise in regulation related to pharmaceutical products and medical devices, clinical trials, commercial transactions, intellectual property, dispute resolution and M&A. The team has a track record in cross-border life sciences work, including corporate and regulatory registrations, and advising on partnerships with local industry players. At the firm for over 15 years, practice head Ana Andrés, was raised to the partnership in April 2022; she is regarded as ‘fluent in industry-specific technical issues and other sector-specific matters, as well as the general principles of civil and commercial law’. Dedicated support comes from young senior associate Julieta Sol González. Sadly, however, senior partner and former practice co-head Emilio Nicolás Vogelius passed away in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ana Andrés

Testimonials

‘Ana Andrés is an excellent lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in advising pharmaceutical companies in Argentina. She is ffluent in industry-specific technical issues and other sector-specific matters, as well as the general principles of civil and commercial law. Her versatility and proximity to the internal legal teams of companies in the sector also give her the ability to propose practical and appropriate solutions to day-to-day problems.

‘They are flexible in timetables and their work is very business oriented.

‘Ana Andrés is an excellent lawyer and I recommend her to all my clients with businesses in the area of life sciences and health in Argentina.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline Argentina

Allergan Productos Farmacéuticos

Biomarin Argentina

Cámara Argentina de Especialidades Medicinales (CAEMe)

PTC Therapeutics

Sanofi Group

B Braun Medical

Varian Medical Systems

Bruchou & Funes de Rioja

The healthcare and life sciences practice at Bruchou & Funes de Rioja assists clients in the pharmaceutical, health and personal hygiene, cosmetics, biotechnology, medical device, agrichemical, and food-and-beverage industries. Core areas of work include commercial agreements, strategic partnerships, joint ventures and M&As, as well as trade mark, patent and other IP matters. The team is also active in environmental matters and handles a broad range of litigation related to the sector. Estanislao Olmos focuses on M&A and divestures involving public and private companies; he co-leads the group with IP specialist Dámaso Pardo.

Practice head(s):

Estanislao Olmos; Dámaso Pardo

Key clients

Laboratorio Elea Phoenix

Tecme

Framingham Pharma

Work highlights

  • Ongoing assistance to pharmaceutical company Laboratorio Elea on all its most significant legal matters.
  • Assisted Framingham Pharma with its business expansion throughout the Latin American region.
  • Assisted Tecme in addressing mandatory orders and restrictions imposed by the Argentine Federal Government and Provinces, as well as public and private entities, with respect to the supply of mechanical ventilators for intensive care units.

Alfaro-Abogados

The multidisciplinary practice at Alfaro-Abogados demonstrates experience in healthcare, pharmaceutical, veterinary, agriculture, fisheries and food industries issues. Advice in the sector ranges from regulatory, M&A, marketing and administrative matters, to data protection, tax and patent prosecution work; the team also handles contentious mandates. The group is co-led by managing partner and administrative law specialist Carlos Alfaro; Sebastian Rodrigo, who focuses on transactional and regulatory issues; and the M&A-focused Pedro Mazer.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alfaro; Sebastián Rodrigo; Pedro Mazer

Bomchil

Bomchil fields a ‘team of great professionals, with a solid knowledge of the applicable regulations, jurisprudence in the matter and the particularities of the pharmaceutical industry’. As well as the pharma space, the firm handles related issues arising from the financial, insurance, environmental and TMT sectors. Contentious medical cases are a particular strength for the practice, as is litigation in general - notably Covid-19 and malpractice matters, and individual and class action consumers claims. Litigation partner Martín Torres Girotti co-leads the practice with senior associate Melisa Romero, who is the go-to name in the team for healthcare and medical matters. 

Practice head(s):

Martin Torres Girotti; Melisa Romero

Testimonials

‘It is a team of great professionals, with a solid knowledge of the applicable regulations, the jurisprudence in the matter and the particularities of the pharmaceutical industry. They provide an excellent service, working side by side with the in-house lawyer.

‘Partners are personally involved in the issues. They are outstanding professionals in the field. Fermín Caride is a high value business partner. He has a deep knowledge of the industry. He analyzes the issues in great depth and has a lot of clarity to identify and expose the risks and opportunities.

‘They are really very professional and provide excellent support.

‘They provide excellent advice and understanding the needs of the business.

Key clients

Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli

Sanatorio Las Lomas

Biosidus Argentina

Medicus

Fundacion Huésped

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli on the implementation of Covid-19 alternative treatments and protocols, with a special focus on mitigating future judicial claims.
  • Advised Fundación Huesped on several contracts related to clinical trials, in the context of Covid-19.
  • Advised Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli and Sanatorio Las Lomas on a medical malpractice case in which the patient claimed for damages due to a bariatric surgery.