Healthcare and life sciences in Germany

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's practice handles the full spectrum of health and life sciences sector work. Team head Thilo Räpple is one of the most renowned regulatory lawyers in pharmaceutical and medical device law but also demonstrates expertise in food and drug advertising law. The team is also a top advisor for compliance and antitrust matters as well as distribution law issues. In the transactional sphere, the team's integration into the firm's global network means that international mandates constitute a key portion of its workload, while, in other work, the team is experienced in handling complex public procurement procedures. Clients also benefit from the firm's experienced IT and technology lawyers as well as its well-known patent law team.

Practice head(s):

Thilo Räpple

Other key lawyers:

Christian Burholt; Marc Gabriel; Michael Schmidl

Key clients

Mundipharma GmbH

Gerresheimer AG

Hitachi Chemical Company Ltd.

CureVac AG

Idex Corporation

Forbion

Work highlights

  • Advised Mundipharma GmbH on the sale of the production site in Limburg to Fidelio Healthcare.
  • Advised Hitachi Chemical Company Ltd. on the takeover of the apceth Biopharma, a leading provider of order development and contract manufacturing for innovative cell and gene therapies.
  • Legal representation and advice on procurement law to a pharmaceutical company on a nationwide-initiated wave of tendering procedures of open-house pharmaceutical discount agreements regarding an oncological active ingredient.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird provides interdisciplinary assistance in the healthcare and life sciences sectors with particular expertise in public procurement, patent and antitrust law, while also handling regulatory and transactional matters. The interface between IP and regulatory requirements in medical law continues to open up new advisory fields for the team with a clear focus on medical apps. Boris Kreye heads the team, which includes public procurement lawyer Alexander Csaki. Patent lawyers Claus Becker and Sebastian Höpfner were made partners in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Boris Kreye

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Csaki; Oliver Jan Jüngst; Jörg Witting; Anna Wolters-Höhne; Richard Dussmann; Claus Becker; Sebastian Höpfner

Key clients

auric Hörsysteme GmbH & Co. KG

Edwards Lifesciences

Fisher Paykel Healthcare

Fresenius

Philip Morris GmbH

Sanofi-Aventis US, Inc.

Teva GmbH / ratiopharm GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal support to Aphria Deutschland GmbH regarding the successful participation in allocation procedures for the growth, processing, storage, packaging and delivery of medicinal cannabis, as well as legal representation in subsequent ongoing review procedures.
  • Successful legal representation of BITMARCK in allocation procedures concerning electronic patient files.
  • Advised a statutory health insurance company on a tender process in the medical aids sector and legal support to the statutory health insurance company in legal disputes at social courts and review bodies.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance receives praise for its transactional practice, which regularly acts for well-known healthcare and life sciences companies, as well as for its regulatory practice, known for its strong contentious and non-contentious capabilities. The team advises on all aspects of pharmaceutical and medical device law, from manufacturing to market access issues and distribution requirements, including antitrust and pharmaceutical advertising mandates as well as compliance work. Its expertise also extends to cosmetics and food law. Practice heads Peter Dieners and Ulrich Reese are the main contacts. IP specialist Gunnar Sachs is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Dieners; Ulrich Reese

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Nawroth; Gunnar Sachs

Testimonials

‘Comprehensive legal advice in all relevant legal areas for the pharmaceutical industry; high quality work that gets to the point; accessible lawyers with whom you can speak openly: always friendly, always supportive, very easy to reach and very good internal information system. If one lawyer is on vacation or unavailable, another is incorporated into the case and the case continues without delay or problem.’

‘The team combines excellent regulatory expertise with a savvy life sciences transactional practice. One of the few European teams that are equal to US law firms.’

‘Ulrich Reese is one of the top experts in the field of pharmaceutical law, who combines excellent legal knowledge with deep industry knowledge. He provides excellent reports and briefs. The reasoning is to the point.’

‘Ulrich Reese offers excellent industry knowledge in the regulatory and transactional area. Experienced, persistent and skillful.’

‘Gunnar Sachs is a lawyer who not just does the job, but is personally interested in the case and the background, who wants to get a comprehensive picture, so that he can then give individual advice. He likes what he does and you notice that as a client. Technically outstanding. ‘

Key clients

Bayer AG

Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle für die Arzneimittelindustrie e.V.

Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA

GlaxoSmithKline

MCM Klosterfrau Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH

Merck KGaA

Pfizer Inc.

Verband Forschender Arzneimittelhersteller e.V.

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to GlaxoSmithKline on matters concerning market access/AMNOG, in particular regarding mixed pricing.
  • Advice to Pfizer Inc. on an agreement with British company GlaxoSmithKline on the formation of a leading global Consumer Healthcare company.
  • Provided legal representation in court and advice on competition law to Bayer AG concerning high selling products as Xarelto and mandates on pharmaceutical-advertising law.

CMS

CMS has extensive expertise in dealing with matters at the interface with health and digitalisation, leading to regular instructions on the establishment of medical health centre chains and software-controlled pharmacy solutions as well as the development and marketing of medical apps. As a member of the firm's life sciences and healthcare group, the team regularly advises on cross-border mandats in the firm's core areas of expertise: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology and agriculture. This includes advising animal health sector clients. The team's strength lies in advising on product liability and compliance matters as well as assisting with transactions and pharmaceutical advertising law. Jens WagnerJörn Witt and Roland Wiring jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Jens Wagner; Jörn Witt; Roland Wiring

Other key lawyers:

Nikolas Gregor

Testimonials

‘What we particularly value about CMS is the pragmatic and practice-oriented approach, the service orientation, the very high professional quality and the distinctive industry expertise.’

‘Fast, competent, customised, practical.’

Key clients

Apologistics GmbH

AstraZeneca GmbH

Bayer Vital GmbH

Boehringer Ingelheim

Eli Lilly and Company

GE Healthcare Buchler GmbH & Co. KG

Nordmark Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Legal representation and advice to GE Healthcare Buchler GmbH & Co. KG on reimbursement and benefit assessment of AMNOG after the approval of a new medicinal product.
  • Legal representation and ongoing advice to AstraZeneca GmbH on matters of pharmaceutical-advertising law.
  • Legal representation and comprehensive advice to Nordmark Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG on research and development contracts, licensing contracts and on strategic business development.

D+B Rechtsanwälte

D+B Rechtsanwälte is known for its in-depth knowledge of the law on statutory health insurers but also covers various other health law areas. Its scope spans hospital law, including hospital planning and financing law, as well as pharmaceutical, medical device and therapeutic products law, while also handling compliance, IP and data protection matters. The team complements this offering with expertise in the law of healing practitioners.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Bohle; Ulrich Grau; Constanze Püschel; Christian Reuther; Martin Stellpflug; Thomas Willaschek

Dentons

Dentons provides a broad range of services, from transactional support and advice on research and development contracts, cooperation agreements and technology transfer contracts to regulatory matters, such as selective and distribution agreements, as well as social data protection requirements and compliance. This broad range of expertise is also reflected in the trio heading the practice: it consists of hospital transaction specialist Christof KautzschIlka Mehdorn, who was appointed co-head of the European Life Sciences Regulatory Group in March 2019, and Peter Homberg, whose responsibilities include the management of the German Life Sciences and, since 2019, the European cannabis sector group. Public procurement expert Andreas Haak joined the team in January 2019 from Taylor Wessing.

Practice head(s):

Christof Kautzsch; Ilka Mehdorn; Peter Homberg

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Haak

Key clients

Apotheker-Verband Berlin (BAV) e.V.

Canopy Growth Corporation

Fidelio Healthcare GmbH

Immunic AG

Kaia Health Software GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Berliner Apotheken-Verband (a pharmacy association) in a complex legal dispute between several big pharmaceutical companies, different pharmacist associations and a vaccine manufacturer concerning the agreement amongst statutory health insurance companies on the purchase of influenza vaccines.
  • Advice to the Canadian medicinal cannabis manufacturer Canopy Growth on the purchase of all shares in Storz & Bickel with a transaction volume of €135m       .
  • Advice to Fidelio Healthcare on the acquisition of the production sector of Mundipharma in Limburg.

Dierks+Company

Dierks+Company focuses on advising pharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device manufacturers as well as a wide range of digital healthcare providers. Frequently these clients retain the team led by founding partner Christian Dierks to advise on various matters concerning the development, product launch, reimbursement and distribution of their products. Since the firm's foundation at the beginning of 2018, it has been providing legal as well as strategic support under one roof, which includes project management and information technology work. In January 2019, the team increased its bench strength by adding pharmaceutical law expert Sebastian Retter from Junghans & Radau.

Practice head(s):

Christian Dierks

Other key lawyers:

Karsten Engelke; Sebastian Retter; Peter Schüller

Testimonials

‘Friendly and result-oriented cooperation, always available, flexible and very well connected.’

‘Absolute specialists in this field.’

Key clients

Alnylam Switzerland GmbH

B. Braun Melsungen AG

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

DAK Gesundheit

Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft e.V.

European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Lohmann & Rauscher International GmbH & Co. KG

Novartis International AG

Tesaro Bio Germany GmbH

WHILL Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Alexion Pharma GmbH on several lawsuits concerning the restructuring of the medicines market (AMNOG) and matters of pharmaceutical law and refund issues.
  • Advised QD-Laser Inc. on the conduct of the clinical trial of laser glasses by a Japanese manufacturer.
  • Legal representation for Lohmann & Rauscher International GmbH & Co. KG in a legal dispute at the VG Köln (administrative court) concerning the classification of a new product as medicine or biocide.

Ehlers, Ehlers & Partner

Ehlers, Ehlers & Partner has AMNOG-related work and legislative procedures at its core but the team is also well versed in advising on M&A transactions and restructuring projects. Increasingly, the team co-led by Alexander Ehlers and Christian Rybak, who provides wide-ranging advice on pharmaceutical law and life sciences matters, has also been handling issues at the intersection with healthcare and digitalisation as well as compliance matters. In data protection, and in cooperation with an independent service provider, the team is also able to provide tailored GDPR advice.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Ehlers; Christian Rybak

Key clients

DaVita

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)

DigiMed Bayern

EUSA Pharma

Johannesbad Gruppe

Leo Pharma

Work highlights

  • Advised DaVita in the course of the legislative process regarding the Terminservice- und Versorgungsgesetz (TSVG).
  • Advised Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG) in the course of the complex restructuring and the expansion of a nationwide provider for radiological services, as well as comprehensive advice regarding the legislative process for the Terminservice- und Versorgungsgesetz (TSVG).
  • Advised EUSA Pharma on price negotiations with the Spitzenverband Bund der Krankenkassen (GKV-SV).

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is traditionally strong in large transactions, which are often in a cross-border setting, while also having a strong patent law team as well as in-depth regulatory expertise covering compliance, product liability and pharmaceutical distribution law matters. Jochen DieselhorstMichael Ramb and Marcel Kaufmann are the main contacts for regulatory issues and Frank-Erich Hufnagel for patent law work.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner's range of services includes assistance with M&A transactions in the healthcare sector and advising pharmacies on data protection, IP, product liability and other matters. Clients also regularly retain the team to advise on pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical advertising law. In addition, it has significantly expanded its compliance offering, which includes assistance with cooperation agreements with clinics and research institutions. Employment law matters are handled from the Frankfurt office. Barbara Mayer heads the practice from Freiburg.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Mayer

Other key lawyers:

Anne Bongers-Gehlert; Morton Douglas; Jan Henning Martens; Sabine Schröter; Hendrik Thies

Testimonials

‘Broad team with competent contacts who work proactively.’

‘The team in Frankfurt knows the complex healthcare market very well and covers all facets of legal advice, especially in the hospital sector. Furthermore, there is an enormous amount of experience that is more than useful and helpful in current processes. When it comes to interdisciplinary topics, communication and management are superbly organised.’

‘The firm is run in a highly professional manner. If topics go beyond a department, additional colleagues from the network will be consulted. The firm is always available. Appointments are kept.’

‘Speed, precision, exceptional sectoral expertise, also across national borders.’

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz stands out for its expertise in advising statutory health insurance funds and health insurance associations, while also benefiting from its strong transactional practice, which includes the venture capital sector. In addition, the team headed by Reimar Buchner and Martin Viciano Gofferje also provides hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers with regulatory advice. Its regulatory and transactional offering is complemented by an experienced public procurement team and colleagues with patent, trade mark, competition and drug advertising law expertise. With the counsel appointment of Enno Burk in December 2018, the team boosted its regulatory segment alongside its compliance and pharmaceutical advertising law offering.

Practice head(s):

Reimar Buchner; Martin Viciano Gofferje

Other key lawyers:

Marco König; Andreas Neun; Enno Burk

Testimonials

‘Reliable and practical expert advice on the healthcare sector with sound empirical knowledge.’

‘Reimar Buchner has outstanding empirical knowledge of the hospital industry and a far-sighted approach.’

‘Marco König is a very reliable and knowledgeable advisor on all healthcare issues.

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller continues to be one of the top contacts in Germany for large-scale transactions and has a clear focus on hospitals and medical care centres. Its regulatory practice is equally renowned, handling advisory mandates as well as media-effective contentious proceedings, including disputes before the Federal Social Court and the Federal Constitutional Court. The team has a particular focus on pharmaceutical law and the law of statutory health insurance funds, while also increasing its market visibility in the compliance sphere and expanding its e-health and health data protection offering.

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Spoerr; Dirk Uwer; Alexander Nolte

Key clients

Bayer AG

DocMorris N.V.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA

Janssen-Cilag GmbH

Johnson & Johnson

Omnicare Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Sonic Healthcare Limited

Teleflex

Victrex plc

Work highlights

  • Advice to a pharmaceutical manufacturer on an internal investigation and defence in investigative procedures on the grounds of suspicion of corruption in the healthcare system.
  • Advice to Mylan N.V. on antitrust and regulatory matters.
  • Advised the Bayer AG on the sale of the business sector for prescription-only dermatological products to LEO Pharma.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles the full remit of healthcare and life sciences work. Its highly specialised team consists of life sciences group head and European commercial and regulatory team co-head Jörg Schickert, main contact for drug advertising law Tanja Eisenblätter, patent team head Andreas von Falck, key contact for national and international transactions Lutz Angerer and main contact for product liability and compliance Ina Brock. Thanks to its close cooperation with various offices across its network, the practice is well versed in handling purely national as well as cross-border work. The firm also stands out for its strong trade mark and competition law capabilities. The recommended Arne Thiermann, who specialises in commercial compliance and regulatory work, is another key member of the team. In January 2019, M&A lawyers Daniel Dehghanian and Alexander Koch, patent lawyer Stephan Neuhaus, IT and IP expert Martin Pflüger and data protection and IT specialist Christian Tinnefeld were made partners.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Schickert; Tanja Eisenblätter; Andreas von Falck; Lutz Angerer; Ina Brock

Testimonials

‘Accessible, reliable, great commitment for the client. Exceptionally good legal knowledge. Highly professional negotiating skills.’

‘Arne Thiermann is a very experienced lawyer in the life sciences field.’

‘What distinguishes Arne Thiermann is his ability to distinguish important from unimportant things in contract negotiations. ArneThiermann determines the priorities proactively in advance with the client.’

Key clients

Baxter

Castik Captial S.à.r.l.

Daichii Sankyo

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Garmin

Merck & Co., Inc.

Nanobiotix SA

Quadria Capital

Roche AG

Shop Apotheke N.V.

Work highlights

  • Legal representation of an international research-based pharmaceutical company and its German branch in a multitude of disputes regarding unlawful advertising messages and advice on compliance matters concerning pharmaceutical-advertising law on German and international levels.
  • Advised Merck & Co., Inc. on a large cross-border lawsuit concerning the trademark rights regarding the company symbol MERCK.
  • Legal representation of Garmin as the defendant in two seperate competitor-instigated patent infringement proceedings regarding Garmin’s fitness tracking devices.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP puts significant emphasis on instructions at the interface with pharmaceutical, food and nutritional supplement law, while also having solid experience in medical device law. The team led by Ulf Grundmann also succeeded in expanding its data protection and compliance services. As part of the firm's Food & Beverage practice, it is able to draw on in-house expertise in non-German legal frameworks when handling cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Ulf Grundmann

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Kohoutek

Testimonials

‘Very experienced in pharmaceutical, competition, food, trademark and European law.’

Key clients

biomo-vital GmbH

Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co.KG

Eckes-Granini Group

Novartis Pharma AG

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

ratiopharm GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

SGF International e.V.

Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe B.V.

VSM Geneesmiddelen B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on pharmaceutical, medicinal, food and competition law and on the development of new food supplements for the EU.
  • Legal representation of Dr. Willmar Schwabe in disputes concerning the differentiation of medicinal products and food products.
  • Legal representation of the Deutsche Homöopathie-Union in competition law proceedings concerning homeopathic remedies.

Latham & Watkins LLP

With Henning Schneider and Christoph Engeler as co-heads, Latham & Watkins LLP's team is led by two of the most renowned corporate lawyers in the German healthcare market. While Schneider is predominantly active in the healthcare segment, Engeler puts significant emphasis on life sciences mandates. The team has extensive experience in advising healthcare services providers but also acts for investors, including banks and large private equity firms. In doing so, the team provides in-depth regulatory assistance to support a broad client base, leading to instructions from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology and hospital sectors. The firm's full-service offering also enables the team to advise clients on various other related matters.

Practice head(s):

Henning Schneider; Christoph Engeler

Testimonials

‘The entire team gives the impression of real team performance, with each team member being able to bring in their personal skills and strengths. This unique interaction between colleagues means that even complex issues can be checked and dealt with competently and in all facets. The respectful dealings with each other also lead to a trusting and pleasant atmosphere in the client discussion.’

‘The team is characterised by high efficiency, speed and reliability. Another positive aspect is that the team is so well organised that there are no delays or bottlenecks even in times of high stress.’

‘Henning Schneider’s outstanding qualities are extensive experience, excellent knowledge and the greatest confidence. These characteristics create trust in the negotiation strategy and are reassuring.’

‘Henning Schneider is not only a shrewd lawyer, but also an excellent expert in the healthcare industry with all its complexities and constant changes.’

Key clients

Amedes Gruppe

Astellas Pharma

Carlyle

Charité/Stadt Berlin und Stiftung Deutsches Herzzentrum

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

SHL Telemedizin GmbH

Siemens

STADA Arzneimittel

Work highlights

  • Advisefd SHL Telemedizin GmbH on corporate law, as well as other topics such as contracts for integrated care and pilot schemes with statutory health insurance providers and matters of procurement, data protection and employment law.
  • Advised Chequers Capital on the sale of the Deutsche Fachpflege Gruppe, a leading provider of intensive care in Germany, to Advent International.
  • Advised Siemens AG regarding the stock market flotation of its medical technology sector on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt stock exchange.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH predominately acts for university clinics, hospitals, care homes and outpatient facilities with a clear focus on transactional work but the team is also increasingly visible in the regulatory sphere, handling medical device and pharmaceutical law issues, among others. The team co-led by Oliver Kairies, of counsel Cornelia Yzer and Denis Ullrich lost transaction specialist Claudia Strohe at the end of 2018. She is now at the Ministry for Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Demography of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Kairies; Cornelia Yzer; Denis Ullrich

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik Bernd Sehy

Testimonials

‘Luther convinces with an overall very high level of competence. Tasks are processed very quickly and always on time. Solutions are individually adapted to the respective situation. The cooperation is also very pleasant from a human perspective.’

‘High level of expertise in M&A and corporate law, tax law and healthcare. Very well coordinated collaboration of specialists in one project.’

‘Oliver Kairies and Hendrik Bernd Sehy: Each impresses with an extremely high level of service. The teams are highly competent and also act proactively in the interests of the client. ‘

Key clients

AWO Bezirksverband Hannover e. V.

Josefs-Gesellschaft

Kliniken des Landkreises Lörrach

Lavorel Medicare S. A.

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

Stadt Köln

Stadtkrankenhaus Delmenhorst GmbH

Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig gGmbH

Universitätsmedizin Göttingen

ZytoService Beta GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Lavorel Medicare S.A. on the sale of the Bonitas-care group to a corporation of Advent International.
  • Advised the city of Cologne on transactions as a preparation for one of the largest clinic groups in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • Advised the university medical centre in Göttingen on a new university teaching hospital, including the concept design and organisation of an investment and financing scheme of over €1bn for a new university teaching hospital in Göttingen.

Möhrle Happ Luther

Möhrle Happ Luther specialises in advising on AMNOG, compliance and pharmaceutical advertising law. Its clients include national and international pharmaceutical companies and German medium-sized companies, who regularly receive assistance with distribution agreements alongside research and development contracts as well as increasingly with employment and corporate law. Start-ups also account for a significant portion of the team's client portfolio. Key individuals include practice head Henning Anders and IP expert Julia Luther. As well as the team's in-house experience, one of the firm's key features is its cooperation with its tax advisors and auditors.

Practice head(s):

Henning Anders

Other key lawyers:

Julia Luther

Key clients

Almirall Hermal GmbH

Amgen GmbH

AstraZeneca GmbH

Novartis Pharma GmbH

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare GmbH

Pfizer Deutschland GmbH

Pfizer Pharma GmbH

Work highlights

  • Long-standing advice to the Pfizer Pharma GmbH, Pfizer Deutschland GmbH and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare GmbH on pharmaceutical-advertising law concerning the introduction of a new innovative vaccine, comprehensive support in legal disputes as well as pharmaceutical-advertising law in the sector of non-prescription medicine.
  • Comprehensive advice to the Novartis Pharma GmbH on compliance matters, contracts with third parties and business development.
  • Advice to Almirall Hermal GmbH on compliance matters, contracts with third parties and business development. Including extrajudicial advice on pharmaceutical-advertising law, as well as support in legal disputes and comprehensive advice on the market access sector.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

As well as providing transitional assistance, McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's team led by Stephan Rau also provides regulatory advice. Its offering includes investments in hospital operators, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies as well as medical device manufacturers and online pharmacies. Handling venture capital transactions constitutes another key element of the practice. Despite Katharina Wodarz's move to Raue in January 2019, the practice continues to provide regulatory advice, for example on clinical studies alongside research and development contracts.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Rau

Other key lawyers:

Jochen Eimer; Jana Grieb; Rüdiger Herrmann; Alicia Hong

Testimonials

‘McDermott Will & Emery has a multidisciplinary team that answers questions taking into account all legal areas. The team has short reaction times and suggests individualised state-of-the-art solutions.’

‘Stephan Rau is a versatile lawyer who is also able to take an entrepreneurial perspective and provide practical advice.’

‘Very proactive team, committed and always available, good teamwork with in-house teams.’

‘Rüdiger Herrmann is an industry specialist, an intimate connoisseur of the market and trends.’

NOVACOS Rechtsanwälte

Düsseldorf-based boutique NOVACOS Rechtsanwälte focuses on regulatory pharmaceutical and medical device law, while also being well versed in handling instructions from the food supplement, cosmetics and chemical sectors, including pesticides and biocides. The five founding partners Maria HeilChristian HübnerAlexander NatzMarc Oeben and Christian Stallberg succeeded in expanding the practice since its foundation in 2016, both in terms of its team as well as its mandates. Most notably, assisting clients with M&A transactions in the healthcare sector now accounts for a key portion of the team's workload. Cross-border instructions are routinely handled in conjunction with an international network of cooperation partners.

Testimonials

‘Very deep industry knowledge, good complementation of the individual focus areas of the partners, small but fine unit, very high service level.’

‘Excellent all-round advice in the healthcare sector, both in a transactional context and in the operative area.’

‘The lawyers’ focus rests on their excellent expertise in the context of the health policy system in Germany, the expertise regarding existing laws and upcoming laws in the health sector, networking with all important stakeholders in the health care system, and the development, negotiation and final support of bilateral contracts between health system actors.’

‘Unique experience in the healthcare sector.’

‘You can feel the great professional passion of the partners. Very pleasant and somewhat more personal dealings than in part with larger law firms. Due to the composition of the firm, the partner/associate ratio tends towards a strong partner. This means slightly higher hourly rates, but also good efficiency.’

‘Christian Hübner: Very good knowledge of the Health Care System Act, high service level, very fast response times.’

‘Christian Stallberg: Excellent knowledge in the area of ​​market access and pricing, practical, very easy to reach, very good for brainstorming.’

‘Christian Stallberg: Excellent networking in healthcare, absolute and very competent expert on legal issues; active in association work in the pharmaceutical industry.’

‘Marc Oeben has unique industry knowledge in the healthcare sector.’

Key clients

AveXis

BVMed

Boehringer Ingelheim

Dornier MedTech

Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG

Insmed

Takeda

Work highlights

  • Advised Insmed on a clinical phase III-study in Europe, in particular assessment and preparation of draft contracts, contract negotiations with study centres throughout Europe and continuous coordination with the clinical team of Insmed and the external contract research organisation Syneos Health.
  • Comprehensive advice to Orchard Therapeutics on market entry regarding a advanced therapy medicinal product with emphasis on regulations for new examination and treatment methods and AMNOG.

Oppenhoff & Partner

Oppenhoff & Partner is well versed in providing transactional support as well as in providing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers with regulatory advice. Other areas of expertise include pharmaceutical advertising law and compliance work and, most notably, tax law matters, where the team calls upon its in-house tax advisors. Peter Klappich heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Peter Klappich

Testimonials

‘Deep expertise in pharmaceutical law.’

‘Peter Klappich is an accomplished litigator.’

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Evonik Industries AG

Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum für Tierarzneimittel

LR Health & Beauty Systems GmbH

US-amerikanische Private Equity-Firma

Work highlights

  • Advised a pharmaceutical manufacturer on European and national proceedings concerning the approval of pharmaceuticals, in particular on the dispute with the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices regarding pharmaceutical law and subsequently with the EU commission on the approval of a medicinal product.
  • Comprehensive advice to a US-American private equity company on regulatory matters concerning the import of cannabis to Germany via a portfolio company purchased by the client.
  • Advice to a pharmaceutical company on legal disputes concerning the taxation of parallel trade.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte is particularly well known for its extensive experience in advising pharmacies, and its solid pharmaceutical advertising law practice. Its expertise also extends to food, cosmetics and medical device law as well as hospital and medical law-related issues. Timo KieserKatharina Köbler and Christina Koppe-Zagouras jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Timo Kieser; Katharina Köbler; Christina Koppe-Zagouras

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Ulshöfer

Key clients

Accord Healthcare GmbH

Bayerischer Apothekerverband

Bayer Vital GmbH

Deutsches Zahnärztliches Rechenzentrum

Dr. Falk Pharma GmbH

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

Landesapothekerverband Baden-Württemberg

WEPA Apothekenbedarf GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advised on regulations and license contractual agreements to WEPA Apothekenbedarf GmbH & Co. KG on the introduction of digital offers for pharmacies.
  • Advised on pharmaceutical and therapeutic law to GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG.
  • Advice on pharmaceutical law to Accord HealthCare Ltd. (UK) and other group companies with regards to Brexit.

Preu Bohlig & Partner

Preu Bohlig & Partner continues to be one of the regulatory heavyweights in the market. The team led by the experienced Peter von Czettritz, which includes pharmaceutical, patent and competition law expert Alexander Meier, who joined the firm at the start of 2019 from HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER, acts both forensically as well as in a purely advisory capacity. The team is particularly known for its expertise in handling third party proceedings but also covers various other matters such as those pertaining to medical device and competition law. In addition, clients also receive assistance with food, cosmetics, compliance and product liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Peter von Czettritz

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Meier

Anwaltskanzlei Quaas und Partner

Based in Dortmund and Stuttgart and specialising in health and public law, boutique law firm Anwaltskanzlei Quaas und Partner is particularly active in hospital law, while also having extensive experience in rehabilitation, care home and nursing law. Medical lawyers Michael Quaas, Till Flachsbarth and Jens Kuhlmann are the main contacts.

Raue

Raue significantly expanded its regulatory practice with the arrival of health law expert Katharina Wodarz from McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP in January 2019. As well as hospital planning and hospital financing law matters and issues pertaining to cooperation agreements and the legislation regarding panel physicians, which are frequently handled by Maren Bedau  and practice head Wolfgang Kuhla, the team also advises on pharmaceutical and pharmacy law and has the necessary experience to provide regulatory support for M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Kuhla

Other key lawyers:

Jörg Adam; Maren Bedau; Katharina Wodarz

Testimonials

‘Always available, friendly and on schedule.’

‘Highly competent team, well organised and coordinated internally. Cooperation runs smoothly and with great expertise.’

‘Wolfgang Kuhla is able to pick up any contract or discussion partner in any situation and to achieve an agreement or at least an understanding of the respective situation.’

‘Maren Bedau is a highly competent contact person in contract doctor law, who can also provide excellent information unprepared for all relevant questions.’

‘Katharina Wodarz is very committed with maximum specialist knowledge and an excellent network with everyone involved. She always thinks about the respective business model.’

Sträter Rechtsanwälte

Sträter Rechtsanwälte is one of the regulatory heavyweights in the market. The Bonn-based boutique handles a wide range of pharmaceutical and medical device law work and is experienced in advising on product liability matters, clinical studies, distribution law mandates and issues pertaining to the law of statutory health insurance funds. Founder and name partner Burkhard Sträter and pharmaceutical law expert Markus Ambrosius are among the key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Burkhard Sträter

Other key lawyers:

Markus Ambrosius

Taylor Wessing

With Manja Epping leading the firm's life sciences group and Michael Stein heading its healthcare team, Taylor Wessing is one of the few firms in Germany with an independent practice group for these two segments. In the healthcare transactional sphere, the team continues to predominately act for operators of medical care centres and stationary care facilities and has been able to further increase its deal flow in these areas. In life sciences, the team mainly advises pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers on regulatory, pharmaceutical advertising, patent and product liability matters with a particular focus on issues concerning the protection of biosimilars and second-medical-use patents. Since the beginning of 2019, the practice has been cooperating with the US firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in order to expand its international technology and life sciences transactional activities. Salary partner and corporate specialist Stephan Doom joined the team in March 2019 from International Chemical Investors Group, while  IT lawyers Paul Voigt and Thanos Rammos as well as public procurement and state aid specialist Michael Brüggemann were made equity partners in May 2019. Wolfgang Rehmann is another key member of the team and an expert in pharmaceutical and medical device law. Andreas Haak joined Dentons in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Manja Epping; Michael Stein

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Kirsch; Oliver Klöck; Wolfgang Rehmann; Stephan Doom; Paul Voigt; Thanos Rammos; Michael Brüggemann

Key clients

amedes

Bayer Pharma

Biotest

DaVita

Hexal/Sandoz

Mylan

NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft

Springer Nature

Trilantic Capital Partners Europe

Work highlights

  • Long-standing legal representation of Bayer Pharma in pharmaceutical liability lawsuits, most recently  concerning oral contraception and drugs used for thrombosis prophylaxis.
  • Advice to NORD Holding on the acquisition of the Zentrum Gesundheit-Gruppe from Waterland Private Equity during the course reinvestment by the management.
  • Legal advice to portfolio companies of Trilantic Capital Partners Europe.

Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte

Specialising in medical criminal law, boutique Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte acts for physicians and clinics as well as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Handling manager liability matters, particularly in the hospital sector, constitutes another key portion of its workload. Founder Michael Tsambikakis heads the team, which, since spring 2019, also includes criminal lawyer Thorsten Zebisch, who was previously at Quedenfeld Rechtsanwälte.

Practice head(s):

Michael Tsambikakis

Other key lawyers:

Daniela Etterer; Volker Ettwig; Thorsten Zebisch

Testimonials

‘Competent and negotiating support, which is characterised by very close coordination. Technically very good and strategically excellent advice.’

‘In addition to the specialist competence in criminal law and medical law, the employees exude a sovereign calm that is very helpful in complex questions. Nothing is covered here, but what is really important and relevant for the customer is worked out together with the customer. At any time one has the impression that advice is given here with a sense of proportion and in this sense. Absolutely trustworthy!’

‘Michael Tsambikakis and Simone Lersch: Very good overviews and insights into the special features of the healthcare market and the strategic perspective that leads to optimal advice and decision-making in the company.’

von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB assists international pharmaceutical companies, German medium-sized companies and start-ups with pharmaceutical advertising law matters as well as vaccine law-related issues. Other areas of expertise include compliance and contractual mandates, such as research and development contracts as well as licensing and distribution agreements. The team's key figures include pharmaceutical law expert Claudia Böhm, Munich-based IP lawyer Oliver Stöckel, who specialises in pharmaceutical advertising, medical device and pharmaceutical law, and Berlin-based Anselm Brandi-Dohrn, who is particularly active in IT and pharmaceutical law.

Testimonials

‘The practice is partner-oriented, which is why, as a client, you have the same contact person in the law firm for many years, who knows not only their business but also that of the client. Due to the cooperation with a partner who is specialised in the respective area, the processing is cost-efficient and is done promptly. You feel well looked after.’

‘Claudia Böhm impresses with her clear and structured thinking, with which she gets to the point of any problems and solves them in a targeted and efficient manner. In addition, her extensive legal knowledge and strategic approach are impressive. She masters her craft in every way!’

Key clients

Belano Medical AG

Betterguards GmbH

CellAct Pharma GmbH

Cellbricks GmbH

EVER Neuro Pharma GmbH

Gilead Sciences GmbH

LEO Pharma GmbH

Madaus & Lauscher GmbH

medithek GmbH

Sanochemia-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advised Belano Medical AG on research and development contracts and on IP-rights, in particular on licensing agreements and on marketing contracts with international large-scale companies.
  • Advised Gilead Sciences GmbH on advertising for a new drug used in HIV-therapy, as well as advice and legal representation in several disputes with competitors under pharmaceutical law concerning new drugs for HIV-therapy.
  • Legal representation of the LEO Pharma GmbH in complex legal disputes under pharmaceutical-advertising law concerning advertising for heparins and dermatological products.

WilmerHale

WilmerHale is particularly active in data protection work. During the reporting period, the team focused on clinical studies, pharmacovigilance and data use via healthcare apps. Other work pertains to matters at the interface with health, antitrust and distribution law with a focus on European law. This focus on European law is also reflected by team head Hans-Georg Kamann, who divides his time between Frankfurt and Brussels.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Georg Kamann

Other key lawyers:

Peter Gey

Key clients

Becton Dickinson GmbH

Bundesverband der pharmazeutischen Industrie (BPI e.V.)

Bundesinnung der Hörgeräteakustiker (biha)

Bundesverband des pharmazeutischen Großhandels e.V. (PHAGRO)

Danaher Corporation

IDEXX Europe B.V.

Institut Straumann AG

Karyopharm, Inc. und Karyopharm Deutschland GmbH

Novaliq GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to the German Pharmaceutical Industry Association on data protection matters and on the implementation of the GDPR in pharmaceutical companies for clinical studies, on international data transfer in third countries, research with patient data and the handling of deletion issues.
  • Advice to a leading German pharmaceutical company on IT and data protection matters, as well as on clinical studies, biobanks and pending legal disputes in the USA.
  • Advising the Federal Association of the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Trade on GDPR matters concerning Pharma-agricultural companies.