EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech in Belgium

Bird & Bird

At Bird & Bird, department head Marc Martens and counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle are advising Pfizer on public procurement procedures concerning vaccine contracts. The duo are also advising sector organisations bio.be and pharma.be on the development of the Belgian legal framework for access to human biological samples for manufacturing advanced therapy medicinal products.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Elisabethann Wright heads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice, which has been especially active in the field of clinical trials and medical devices over the past year. However, the team is also well known for its strength in cross-border work, and is adept at handling, among other areas, business development, compliance, investigations and marketing authorisations. Counsel Fabien Roy is also noted.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

Widely recognised for its expertise in IP, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is also noted for its strength in advising pharmaceutical and biotech clients on the whole life cycle of medical products. Recent work includes department head Liesbeth Weynants representing Daiichi Sankyo in a parallel import case against PI Pharma.

Jones Day

In the words of one client, Jones Day combines 'a first-class legal service' with 'an in-depth understanding of EU regulation'. The practice draws upon the strength of the IP, M&A, antitrust and tax areas in advising clients on a broad spread of life sciences regulatory issues. Recent highlights include advising CVC Capital Partners on its $703m acquisition of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries International (non-US) Women’s Health assets. Group head Cristiana Spontoni is widely acknowledged as a market leader in this area.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP's life sciences practice spans the gamut of regulatory matters for a client base of biotech, medical devices, and pharmaceutical companies. The team has been busy handling pricing, classification, product liability, marketing, and compliance work, among other areas. Counsel Eveline Van Keymeulen leads the group.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP is also ranked.

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring is perhaps best known for its strength in advising generics clients on parallel imports, marketing authorisations, pricing and off-label use,  with contentious patent-related work also featuring in the group's workload. The client base includes Novartis, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Apotex. Kristof Roox heads the department.

White & Case LLP

The group at White & Case LLP is strong in handling competition matters, patent issues and parallel trade mandates. Recent work includes assisting Pfizer with its appeal before the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the CMA's decision concerning alleged excessive pricing. Practice head James Killick is 'hugely experienced within the EU life sciences sector', is 'solutions focused' and 'goes the extra mile to provide strategic advice that enhances the business'.