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Patent litigator Rutger Kleemans leads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s full-service practice, which also handles high-value M&A and life sciences regulatory work. Kleemans advised Bedrocan International on the regulatory issues surrounding medicinal cannabis. Other clients include Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Patents and regulatory work are the core pillars of Hogan Lovells International LLP’s department, which counts Zimmer Biomet, Eli Lilly and Sanofi among its clients. Patent expert Bert Oosting heads the team jointly with counsel Hein van den Bos, a regulatory specialist.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Houthoff, which specialises in healthcare, provides ‘fast, sharp, clear’ advice. ‘Steadfast, well-connected’ competition expert Weyer VerLoren van Themaat has ‘extensive sector knowledge’; he heads the group jointly with regulatory expert Marry de Gaay Fortman. Clients include VUmc and NVZ Vereniging voor Ziekenhuizen.

As well as handling M&A and care-sector real estate, Loyens & Loeff’s ‘top-performing’ team advises healthcare providers on regulatory issues, and assists life sciences companies with incorporations and data privacy. Tom van Helmond and the ‘impressiveKim Lucassen head the healthcare and life sciences teams respectively.

Active in a wide range of activity, including M&A, competition and IP, Allen & Overy LLP’s team is headed jointly by corporate partner Christiaan de Brauw and ‘very experienced, strategic, business-oriented’ IP expert Frits Gerritzen. Clients include Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Gilde Healthcare.

Life sciences boutique Axon Lawyers is especially strong in regulatory work, and covers biotechnology, novel foods and diagnostics as well as pharmaceuticals. Carine van den Brink and associate Karin Verzijden are the key contacts for IP; Erik Vollebregt and counsel Hanneke Later-Nijland are regulatory experts.

Led by ‘extremely personable’ regulatory and patents expert Marleen van den Horst, who has ‘a depth of experience few can rival’, BarentsKrans’ team counts Focus Care, Accord Healthcare, Bayer and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries among its clients. Caroline van Gent is recommended for healthcare employment matters.

Bird & Bird LLP’s team is led by ‘widely knowledgeable’ IP expert Marc van Wijngaarden, who ‘thinks outside the box’. Patent litigation is a particular strength of the practice: Wouter Pors acted for Ablynx in a case against Unilever. Armand Killan is also recommended.

CMS’ team is noted for its life sciences regulatory expertise, for which Ellen Gielen is the key contact; she co-heads the practice with patent litigator Willem Hoorneman. Clients include Amgen, Eli Lilly and Boston Scientific. Of counsel Gertie Lintjens is recommended for her industry knowledge.

IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s team, which is noted for its deep bench, is headed by ‘proficient’ regulatory expert Carla Schoonderbeek and patent litigator Simon Dack. Both lawyers, alongside managing partner Willem Hoyng and Geert Theuws, assisted Teva with defending its patent for Copaxone.

The ‘fast, well-connected’, ‘very alert’ team at competition boutique Maverick Advocaten N.V. is headed by the ‘courageous’, ‘strategic and to-the-pointDiederik Schrijvershof. Martijn van de Hel assisted Parnassia Groep and Stichting Antes with obtaining competition approval for their merger. Bayer and Omega Pharma are also clients.

NautaDutilh’s department is led jointly by M&A specialist Ruud Smits and ‘experienced, always well-prepared’ patents expert Anne Marie Verschuur. Leo Groothuis advised Thermo Fisher on its $7.2bn acquisition of Patheon. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Incyte and Global Bio-Chem Technology.

Stibbe’s full-service practice is notably strong in IT-related matters. Group head Judica Krikke assisted several university medical centres with tendering servers and storage supplies, and represented VUmc and Erasmus Medical Centre in a software licence dispute against MicroFocus. Mylan and Genmab are life sciences clients.

Though increasingly active in life sciences, Van Doorne’s department is particularly strong in healthcare. Healthcare specialists Willemien Bischot and Marg Janssen head the team jointly with M&A expert Dimitri van Hoewijk, who assisted Atalmedial and MC Groep with establishing a joint venture.

IP boutique Vondst Advocaten N.V also has regulatory capabilities. Its patent litigation clients include Troge Medical, Teva and Modern Dental; Orion Pharma instructed Ricardo Dijkstra on a parallel import matter. Otto Swens and Tjeerd Overdijk are other names to note.

Known for its strength in patent litigation and enforcement, Brinkhof’s practice counts Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Sandoz and Accord Healthcare among its clients. Mark van Gardingen is, according to some clients, ‘head and shoulders above the rest’; he co-heads the group with ‘superstar’ Daan de Lange.

Though known mostly for its patent capabilities, the team at DLA Piper often handles commercial contracts, corporate structuring and data privacy. Paul Reeskamp heads the group jointly with patent attorney Johan Renes, who arrived from JPWaVe in March 2017. Merus and Fresenius Kabi are clients.

Patent litigator and ‘excellent strategist’ Gertjan Kuipers heads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘effective’ practice, which provides ‘value for money on high-profile cases’. The team also handles M&A and commercial litigation for clients including AkzoNobel. Other clients include Biogen, Merck Sharp & Dohme and Ferring.

The ‘friendly’ practice at Kennedy Van der Laan counts Ambulance Amsterdam and VUmc as clients. Fenna van Dijk and IP expert Maarten Schut head the healthcare and life sciences teams respectively; van Dijk assisted GGZ inGeest with transferring its youth mental healthcare activities to De Opvoedpoli.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team is particularly strong in regulatory healthcare work. Elisabeth Pietermaat represented the Dutch Healthcare Authority in cases regarding the fees general practitioners can charge healthcare insurers and patients. Marije Batting, Karlijn Teuben and Wemmeke Wisman are also recommended.

Extensively knowledgeable’ patent litigator Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads the team at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which is noted for its ‘particularly good business acumen’. Outside of IP, counsel Machteld Hiemstra advised Wright Medical on mass product liability claims for one of its hip implant products.

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