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Massimiliano Mostardini¬†and Giovanni Galimberti¬†are joint heads of the 'practical and knowledgeable' life sciences team at¬†Bird & Bird, which is noted for its 'high-quality client care'. Its work spans a multitude of areas, including regulatory, corporate, EU and competition, employment and data protection.¬†Counsel¬†Mauro Turrini¬†is noted for his intellectual property (IP) expertise. Notable work included the¬†team advising Medical Microinstruments on the negotiation of¬† ‚ā¨20m Series A financing to facilitate the development of its robotic platform for microsurgery. It also assisted¬†Domp√© with an antitrust compliance programme.

BonelliErede's 'exceptional team' has a 'clear vision' of the industry, with practitioners advising on EU and competition, corporate and M&A, IP,¬† litigation and administrative law. It also assists clients with regulatory issues at both Italian and European level. Of counsel Vincenzo Salvatore, who was promoted to team head in January 2019,¬†¬†is particularly noted for his EU law expertise.¬†A key highlight for the firm involved assisting medical equipment manufacturer¬†Esaote¬†with the¬†‚ā¨248m sale of its entire share capital to a consortium of Chinese investors. Andrea Carta Mantiglia¬†was promoted to executive director of the firm in December 2018. Counsel Monica Fantino¬†is recommended for her corporate and commercial knowledge.

DLA Piper fields a dedicated healthcare sector team, which complements its life sciences practice; both groups are praised by clients as 'efficient', providing assistance with corporate and M&A, finance, IP, white-collar criminal law issues, competition and litigation matters. Recent highlights include assisting Italian pharmaceutical company Dompé with coordinating a cross-jurisdictional IP and compliance project, and representing Immucor Italia in administrative law proceedings over public tender procedures.  Antonio Carino  has 'terrific technical skills'. Associates Raffaele Perfetto and Veronica Rossetti 'work hard to meet client expectations'. Roberto Valenti and Vito Biscelgie are also recommended. Marco de Morpurgo joined from Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato in October 2018. Of counsel Marina Rubini left for an in-house position.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's broad client base includes biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device suppliers, healthcare providers and digital health companies. Practice head Christian Di Mauro focuses on products and commercial litigation, and leads the Italian life sciences industry sector team of professionals experienced in IP, regulatory, antitrust, corporate and commercial matters, compliance and litigation. Highlights included successfully representing Eli Lilly and Company in litigation concerning the patent for Alimta, a best-selling oncology medicine. Francesca Rolla is recommended for her extensive litigation experience. Pierluigi Feliciani and Eugenia Gambarara were promoted to senior associate.

The healthcare and pharmaceutical team at Pavia e Ansaldo is jointly led by regulatory expert Agostino Migone de Amicis  and IP specialist Gian Paolo Di Santo. Recent work includes representing Genentech in the Italian aspects of complex, cross-border patent litigation. The team is also advising Fondazione MBBM on agreements related to its participation in clinical trials in the area of paediatric oncology. Elsewhere, the work includes administrative law proceedings, as well as corporate, commercial and EU and competition matters. Other notable clients include Aristo Pharma and Bio-Techne.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie's team has 'exceptional expertise' in regulatory, compliance, corporate and administrative matters. The group assisted a global biopharmaceutical company with the regulatory, corporate and public procurement aspects of a multibillion-dollar acquisition. Other notable clients include Baxter and Novo Nordisk. Roberto Cursano co-heads the practice with Pierfrancesco Federici and Aurelio Giovannelli. Mario Cigno made senior associate in July 2018.

Portolano Cavallo's team, which is led by M&A specialist (and recently promoted partner) Luca Gambini, is noted for its 'hands-on' approach and 'pragmatic' attitude. Its varied workload includes advice on corporate transactions, litigation and data protection. Counsels Marco Blei and Elisa Stefanini are strongly recommended for their IP and regulatory knowledge respectively. Stefanini is 'responsive and knowledgeable'. The group has seen a significant number of new arrivals and promotions; in one notable development, Martina Lucenti made partner in 2018, following her arrival from BonelliErede in 2017.

The team at Chiomenti¬†provides 'commercially viable advice', with clients noting that it has 'particular expertise' in corporate and M&A, antitrust and litigation. In 2018, a highlight involved assisting Andrea Recordati with the sale of a¬†‚ā¨3bn¬†majority stake in Recordati to CVC Capital Partners. Elsewhere, a group led by Filippo Brunetti¬†and of counsel Francesco Scanzano¬†are advising Abbott on the award of contracts to supply the National Health Service's bodies with medical equipment.¬†Becton Dickinson and Zambon are also noteworthy clients.¬†Corporate and M&A specialist Luca Liistro¬†is a key contact.

Regulatory, compliance and commercial work are key areas of focus for the team at LS CUBE Studio Legale. Recent highlights include Paolo Ricci and Paola La Licata assisting Bluebird with its entry into the Italian market with an innovative gene cell therapy product for the treatment of beta thalassemia and other rare diseases. Other work includes assisting Swiss pharmaceutical company Vifor Pharma with the regulatory and compliance aspects of its reorganisation.

Masotti Berger Cassella's life sciences team, which is led by Luca Masotti, mainly assists clients with matters involving corporate and M&A, as well as commercial law. Masotti and senior associate Anne Moutardier are acting for an Italian medical technology company in its acquisition of another medical device company from an angel investors group, and are also assisting the same client with negotiating distribution agreements on medical devices in Italy and France. The firm also generates work from various other clients, including Era Endoscopy, Genomnia and Officine Ortopediche Rizzoli.

Nctm Studio Legale offers clients 'tailor-made support' with healthcare-related research and development contracts, public-private partnerships, corporate work (including M&A) and EU and competition matters.The group regularly advises the Italian subsidiary of a multinational pharmaceutical company on compliance and data protection issues. Paolo Gallarati, Lorena Possagno and  Francesca Bonino are names to note.

Osborne Clarke provides the full scope of advice to clients in the fields of diagnostics, biosciences, pharmaceutical products and medical devices. The practice group, which has a 'wide range of expertise', is jointly led by Federico Ferrara and Maria Grazia Medici. Corporate partner Riccardo Roversi assisted Rivopharm with acquiring a branch of business from Teva. Medici and senior lawyer Giulia Verusio joined from Verusio e Cosmelli, Studio Legale in February 2018.

The healthcare and life sciences team at Simmons & Simmons has developed a strong focus on IP, following the arrival of a number of professionals from Vanzetti e Associati in September 2018, including new practice heads Stefania Bergia and Giulio Enrico Sironi. Laura Orlando  left for Herbert Smith Freehills in January 2018.

Trevisan & Cuonzo is strong in IP, litigation and commercial law matters. The 'very responsive' team acted for a multinational biotechnology company in a cross-jurisdictional patent litigation concerning a medicine for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Donatella Capelli is known for her patent litigation expertise. Daniela Ampollini is another name to note.

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