Clifford Chance is the ‘go-to firm’ firm for a number of renowned pharmaceutical companies, primarily for its experience in complex patent litigation, but also for the team's expertise in regulatory and M&A mandates. The Barcelona-based team, which works closely with the Madrid office, includes well-known practitioners Josep Montefusco, ‘a reference in the sector’; seasoned IP expert Miquel Montañá; regulatory-head in Barcelona, Carme Briera, who garners praise for her ‘outstanding knowledge and preparation’; and counsel Isabel Carulla, who specialises in national and cross-border IP litigation in the pharmaceutical sector.
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences in Spain
‘Team of professionals with excellent preparation, very well integrated, capable of carrying out a collective work but also providing a single answer/solution to the client.’
‘Rais Amils is a professional capable of offering friendly treatment while constantly maintaining the highest level of professionalism. Josep Montefusco is a reference for the sector, transmits security to the client and is capable of advising the client in a totally transparent way. Carme Briera is an excellent professional, with outstanding knowledge and preparation. Very effective in drawing a process strategy perfectly adapted to the client’s needs. A pleasure working with them and the entire Clifford team.’
‘Josep Montefusco is an excellent partner to in-house IP litigation teams. Solid, commercial & practical legal support. Extensive & deep knowledge of sector and area of litigation.’
‘They are lawyers with a lot of expertise, efficient, with great attention to detail, capable of investing time and resources in the issues and very accessible.’
‘They are very dedicated, accessible people, capable of explaining very technical issues to profiles even who are not jurists. We have worked with Rais Amils and Manel Santilari, both are excellent professionals, efficient, fast, accurate, with a lot of technical knowledge and good communicators. It is also a team that stands out not only for its professional but also human quality.’
‘Miquel Montana and his team are very experienced in pharma patent litigation, highly respected, pragmatic and creative when considering legal issues, know the industry very well, very easy to work with, clear advice, a go-to firm.’
‘A strong, competent and reliable team.’
‘A lawyer who stands out on the team is, without a doubt, Miquel Montaña. A very knowledgeable lawyer, capable of crossing, for the benefit of clients, various specialties of law, perhaps one of the best patent lawyers in Europe.’
ASTRAZENECA FARMACÉUTICA, S.A.
THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC
EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES LTD.
Experienced firm Fieldfisher JAUSAS houses a superb life sciences practice, which comprises ‘experts in pharmaceuticals and healthcare’, and is backed by the firm’s more than 50 years of presence in the sector. Héctor Jausàs, an ‘exceptional lawyer’ who is among the best for ‘regulatory and pharmaceutical compliance matters’, and senior associate Gemma Colomer, are the key contacts in the team, which covers matters ranging from regulatory, compliance and advertising to representing clients in contentious disputes. The team counts major pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health technology companies among its clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘They have a deep knowledge of regulation and the market as well as a very practical vision when it comes to making recommendations and seeking solutions. It is without a doubt one of the best teams I have ever worked with.’
‘Héctor Jausas is an exceptional lawyer, not only for his knowledge of the Spanish pharmaceutical market but also for his vision at a European level of the changes that are taking place in this market. His ability to analyse and anticipate risk is very effective.’
‘Great knowledge of the sector. Availability, agility, specialisation, professionalism. In my opinion, Hector Jausas is the best lawyer in Spain for regulatory and pharmaceutical compliance matters. First-hand knowledge of the news and current affairs of the sector by Hector and his team.’
‘They know how to write the answers to the queries in a way that is understandable for the business in terms of risks and in a practical way.’
‘They are specialists in the pharmaceutical sector. Very fast response.’
‘They are experts in pharma and health and have a very valuable expertise.’
- Assisted a multinational pharmaceutical company with the drafting and review of clinical trial and observational study agreements with Spanish sites.
- Defended a pharmaceutical company against two challenges of its marketing authorisations of medicines.
- Represented a pharmaceutical company in a challenge against the Ministry of Health relating to the reference pricing of medicines.
Uría Menéndez has a ‘really strong healthcare and life sciences team’, which offers the ‘highest standard of quality’ and is always up to speed on the ‘ins and outs of the pharmaceutical industry’. The department, which has notable skills in both non-contentious and contentious mandates, is jointly led by corporate, commercial and M&A expert Teresa Paz-Ares and José Massaguer, who focuses on innovation and IP. Montiano Monteagudo, counsel Beatriz Cocina, who for some is ‘undoubtedly one of the best life sciences lawyers in this country’, and principal associate Francisco Javier García are also noted.
Teresa Paz-Ares; José Massaguer
Other key lawyers:
Montiano Monteagudo; Beatriz Cocina; Francisco Javier García; Ingrid Pi; Jaime Calvo
‘Very good knowledge Very good willingness to collaborate.’
‘A small and compact team in which you interact and meet all its members. High level and skills, without neglecting the personal and humane treatment. I’d highlight Montiano Monteagudo and Francisco Javier García.’
‘Beatriz Cocina is undoubtedly one of the best life sciences lawyers in this country. Her deep knowledge of the sector (commercially and legally) is difficult to find in other lawyers or firms. The added value she brings and the agility with which she does so are incomparable.’
‘The Firm itself provides the highest standard of quality, and the Life Sciences team is always updated on the ins and outs of the pharmaceutical industry.’
‘Ingrid Pi; her capacities managing complex litigation cases and her insights of where the industry regulation is going in such a regulated sector makes her a valuable asset for a pharmaceutical company.
‘Jaime Calvo; he is quite good at environmental law and a lawyer to have close if you develop manufacture of medicaments and active ingredients and want a high quality advice to get the facilities safe from any environmental issue.’
‘The firm has a really strong healthcare and life sciences team, they are full-service and very responsive.’
‘Javier Garcia is recommended, not only for his legal expertise, but also for his responsiveness, collaborative mindset and feeling for innovation.’
Johnson & Johnson
Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare
Nador Cott Protection
- Advising Rovi on a collaboration agreement with Moderna to produce active agents and bottling for Moderna’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccine in Rovi’s facilities in Spain.
- Advised Telefónica on setting up and launching Movistar Salud (Movistar Health), a telemedicine platform aimed at individuals and households, in collaboration with Teladoc Health.
- Defended AstraZeneca in an antitrust case, further to a complaint by a generics company before the Spanish Competition Commission for alleged abuse of a dominant position.
Praised for its ‘great business acumen’ and for its ability ‘to land theory into practice‘, Baker McKenzie's longstanding practice is recommended for its finesse in M&A and commercial life sciences matters, with a particular expertise in regulatory and compliance issues. Montserrat Llopart, who has a ‘spectacular knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector’, and Cecilia Pastor, head the department from Barcelona and Madrid, respectively. Ester Navas provides key support to the practice.
Montserrat Llopart; Cecilia Pastor
Other key lawyers:
Ester Navas; Maria Arias; Valeria Enrich
‘Baker McKenzie have a great business acumen and know how to land theory into practice.’
‘The plus that makes Baker McKenzie lawyers stand out is their ability to understand the client’s needs, to adapt to change, their great professionalism, seriousness and diligence, and their empathy without losing sight of the project objective. It is this plus that makes the project a success from the first moment.’
‘Montserrat Llopart is a person oriented to the client, with great knowledge in the matter and very expert in the resolution and analysis of issues. Very personalized treatment to the client.’
‘I think they maintain a good balance between the formal and the practical aspects of the matters they deal with. They have a deep knowledge of commercial regulation and its accounting and tax implications. They pursue the issues, they make management much easier for us. They explain the processes in a very clear and transparent way, in easily understandable language. They have great availability and a lot of flexibility. The team of Cecilia Pastor and Maria Arias are a clear example of what I present here.’
‘The team is extensively trained and the quality of work is very high. In-house lawyers need answers that are analysed in depth, agile and focused on the needs of the business. The team that provides services to us knows our business very well due to their extensive experience in the sector.’
‘They have excellent knowledge at the sector level and give very practical advice, taking into account their expertise.’
‘Montserrat Llopart has spectacular knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, and responds as soon as possible. It does not matter the day and the hour. Valeria Enrich has experience in competition law, and knowledge of the legal treatment of the distribution contract in European countries.’
Archer Daniel Midlands
BMS – Celgene
Bristol Myers Squibb Company
Carestream Health Spain
Chiesi España, S.A.
Laboratorios Farmaceuticos Rovi
- Advising Stryker regarding the commercial integration and on boarding of Wright Medical in anticipation of the global post acquisition integration, following the purchase of Wright Medical by Stryker in November 2020.
- Advised Moët Hennessy, Danone, 4life and Teams Foods Colombia on a variety of matters.
- Assisting Zimmer Biomet with the commercial integration under the worldwide spin-off process of its spine and dental business to ensure the carve out continues to benefit from the business, sales and revenues.
Bird & Bird offers a multidisciplinary healthcare and life sciences practice in Spain, which advises pharmaceutical and biotech companies in a range of matters, including IP, regulatory and product liability. The department is also known for its capabilities in litigation involving pharmaceutical and life sciences patents, and is led by public law expert Coral Yáñez, Lourdes Ayala, Manuel Lobato, and José Miguel Lissén, who joined the firm in September 2020. Senior associate Teresa Mercadal is another name to note.
Coral Yáñez; Manuel Lobato; José Miguel Lissén; Lourdes Ayala
Other key lawyers:
PHARMACTIVE BIOTECH PRODUCTS
RAYNER SURGICAL S.L
LABORATORIOS FARMACÉUTICOS ROVI (“ROVI”)
FRUTAROM SPAIN, S.L.
Spanish full-service giant Cuatrecasas houses a sizable and specialised practice, which regularly handles relevant regulatory matters, IP and healthtech issues, M&A transactions, and acts for clients in disputes and lawsuits. Highlighted members of the team include IP expert Jorge Llevat; Jorge Robles, who focuses on regulatory work; and senior associate Ariadna Casanueva. The team's client roster includes names from the hospitals, biotech, pharmaceutical, personal care and medical devices sectors.
Elena Cuatrecasas; Mariano Ucar; Jorge Robles; Jorge Llevat; Irene Moreno
Other key lawyers:
VALL D´HEBRON INSTITUT DE RECERCA (VHIR)
- Advised Siegfried on acquiring the share capital of two subsidiaries of Novartis for around €300m.
- Advised Faes Farma on acquiring Guatemalan company Global Farma for $30m.
- Advised ISDIN on advertising matters, including an unfair competition claim filed by competitor.
Garrigues’ life sciences and healthcare industry group ‘stands out for its experience in the sector and knowledge of different legal areas within the pharmaceutical sector’, and is renowned in the market for its strength handling regulatory mandates and M&A transactions. José Fernández-Rañada, ‘one of the best lawyers in our country’ according to a client, and IP specialist Carolina Pina jointly lead the team, which has a focus on players from the pharmaceutical, healthcare, medical devices and biotechnology industries.
José Fernández-Rañada; Carolina Pina
Other key lawyers:
Juan Manuel Cabeza; Jara Atienza; Alejandro Padín
‘Probably the most prestigious law firm in Spain. One of the best lawyers in our country such as Jose Fernandez-Rañada.’
‘Perfect knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector and the culture of my company. High quality and high technical level.’
‘Juan Manuel Cabeza: When I work on an issue with him I know that he will be attentive to any incident and that I can entrust him with the management of the issue with complete peace of mind.’
‘As a strong point, we can highlight its experience in the sector and knowledge of different legal areas within the pharmaceutical sector. As for the team, their commitment to Garrigues, where they have been working for many years, is noteworthy, which offers the client confidence that they have a stable team at their disposal.’
‘The team has been working together for many years, which gives us confidence and makes their work of quality. The best qualities are the disposition and client orientation. Whenever we have called them, they have been attentive to our needs without delay. As a prominent partner, we want to mention Jose Fernández-Rañada and Jara Atienza.’
‘The people we work with the most are José Fernandez Rañada and Alejandro Padín. They and the teams they lead have always been a guarantee for the work we do. A guarantee for their knowledge, flexibility and success in looking for alternatives. always showing the correct path and the different options to manage the themes.’
‘They really care about the quality of their work and that clients are clear about options, limits and an extraordinary balance between practicality and efficiency. Absolute availability and willing to have difficult conversations with a practical and pedagogical approach. There is also a subjective but very important point: they give a lot of confidence, gained by their way of working and technical solvency.’
FARMAINDUSTRIA (the Spanish Association for the Pharmaceutical Industry)
ASTRAZENECA FARMACEÚTICA SPAIN, S.A.
- Advising Igenomix on its acquisition by Vitrolife in order to create a global leader in reproductive health.
- Advising GIC in the acquisition of a minority stake in Biomat, Grifols’ US subsidiary.
- Advised Advent International on the acquisition of 76 dental clinics operated in Spain under the Dentix brand within the insolvency proceedings of the sellers.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's practice is led by regulatory expert Irene Fernández Puyol, who according to a client is an ‘outstanding professional in the healthcare/life sciences sector’, and who advises clients on regulation pertaining to medicinal products, medical devices and healthcare services. The team, which boasts a ‘business-oriented’ mindset and a ‘very practical approach’, also includes skilled litigator Jesús Muñoz-Delgado. It did, however, see the departure of former department co-head Eduardo Castillo, and senior associates Álvaro de Castro and Joaquín Rovira in September 2021.
Irene Fernández Puyol
Other key lawyers:
‘Ability to react quickly, proposing possible solutions, agile and effective management of issues with the appropriate level of rigor.’
‘Very professional, excellent communication, good follow-up.’
‘I have worked with the regulatory team and I can say that they have a very deep knowledge of the matter and are able to provide high-level assistance. They are business-oriented and have a very practical approach.’
‘I have worked with Irene Fernández Puyol and she is an outstanding professional in the healthcare/life sciences sector. She is also very reactive and efficient, able to provide clear answers to the clients’ questions and helpful recommendations.’
Novartis Internacional AG
Catalent Pharma Solutions
Eisai Co. Ltd
The Regents of the University of California (California Riverside)
- Advised Moderna on its establishment in Spain and on various issues related to the authorisations for the approval of the Covid-19 vaccine at the European level.
- Advised Danaher in relation to public (healthcare) procurement matters and regulatory matters before the Spanish authorities.
- Representing MGI in its litigation against Illumina concerning relevant patents in the field of next generation sequencing.
The healthcare and life sciences group at Pérez-Llorca was notably reinforced in September 2021 with the arrival of partner Eduardo Castillo and senior associates Álvaro de Castro and Joaquín Rovira from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. They bring a wealth of expertise in pharmaceutical patent litigation to the practice, which is led by public law expert Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo and has experience advising on M&A and regulatory mandates in the sector.
Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo
Other key lawyers:
Eduardo Castillo; Álvaro de Castro; Joaquín Rovira
Advanced Accelerator Application (Novartis Group)
General Board of Official Pharmaceutical Colleges
HM Hospitales Group
Johnson & Johnson
- Advising the General Board of Official Pharmaceutical Colleges on several judicial proceedings before the Spanish Supreme Court.
- Advised IVF Spain on the acquisition of a controlling interest in the share capital of Reproductive Health Group Limited.
- Advised Advanced Accelerator Application on the negotiation and formalisation of four clinical trials contracts, signed with four Spanish hospitals.
Paula González de Castejón heads the life sciences practice in DLA Piper's Madrid office, which is well known for its expertise advising clients on regulatory, transparency, data protection and advertising matters. González de Castejón has a good insight into the sector thanks to her time on secondments in two major pharmaceutical and medical devices companies.
Paula González de Castejón; Diego Ramos
‘DLA Piper Spain has a department specialized in regulatory affairs which is very useful for our company and our sector. This has allowed us to be able to obtain fast answers to complex matters and has saved us time.’
‘I have personally worked with Paula González de Castejón. She was very available, understood the complexity and approach we were looking for.’
Abbott Medical España
Sherpa Capital Entidad Gestora
TFS Trial Form Support S.L.
GED Iberian Private Equity
- Advised Pfizer with regulatory advice on transparency matters, relationships with healthcare professionals, data protection matters and public procurement.
- Advising Abbott Medical España on regulatory, commercial and public procurement matters, as well as on tax and employment matters.
- Advising Syneos Health on telemedicine regulation, particularly on regulatory requirements applicable to nursing services at trial subjects’ homes.
DWF-RCD is the firm of choice for several public research centres, universities, hospitals, start-ups and private companies from the life sciences sector, and garners praise from one client for its ‘highly specialised team in the fields of healthcare, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals’. The practice, which includes renowned practitioners Ignasi Costas and Judith Saladrigas, has a good track record in drafting biotechnology agreements, and in regulatory matters regarding data protection issues.
Other key lawyers:
Judith Saladrigas; Jordina Masvidal; Alberto Ouro; Ana Belén Jurado; Alejandro Griffiths; María Bou
‘It has a highly specialised team in the fields of Health, biotechnology and pharmacy.’
‘Jordina Masvidal reviews all clinical trials and clinical studies contracts with great professionalism and speed. Alberto Ouro reviews sponsorship contracts, provision of services, agreements, etc. with great professionalism and speed.’
‘Our contact has always been with Jordina Masvidal and her professionalism and availability is 10. She always reviews everything exhaustively and she can be contacted easily.’
‘The deep knowledge in this field, as well as the many contacts with specialists in these matters. I would highlight Judith Saladrigas and Ana Belén Jurado.’
‘The Alejandro Griffiths team and in particular Maria Bou, have worked with us with great professionalism and we have obtained totally positive results for our company. I’d highlight the personal attention received and the ease of dealing. Above all, the positive results obtained.’
‘María Bou is a lawyer with total availability and dedication to her client. She has total empathy and understands perfectly what are the problems that arise, knowing how to find the best solutions.’
Best known for its expertise in patent litigation, the practice at Eversheds Sutherland has a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Skilled litigator and patent expert Francisco Carrión co-heads the department together with Alberto Dorrego and Marta González, who often handles patent infringements, as well as product liability damages claims brought by consumers. Senior associate Eduardo Butrón is another name to note.
Kiko Carrión; Marta González; Alberto Dorrego
Other key lawyers:
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP combines an ‘excellent technical and sectorial knowledge with a personalised approach to the client’, and is recognised for its ‘very high’ expertise in the healthcare sector. Of counsel Lourdes Fraguas is the key specialist, leading the practice in the firm's Madrid office.
‘The knowledge of the health sector of the HSF team is very high. Its experience, results and network are unique in the environment of large law firms.’
‘They combine excellent technical and sectorial knowledge with a personalised approach to the client, with empathy and attention to detail of the needs of the order.’
Roche Farma España
- Advised Farmaindustria on issues related to the collaboration agreement between the General National Administration.
- Advised an investment company on obtaining the authorisation for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis in Spain.
- Advised a multinational pharma and biopharma company on the analysis of the European and national legislation on plasma-derived medicinal products.
The life sciences practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out for its expertise handling patent and trade mark litigation, as well as regulatory mandates. The team includes lawyers with remarkable ‘command and technical background’, including Gonzalo Ardilla, who joined in January 2021 from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, Ana Castedo, Inmaculada Lorenzo, Santiago Garrido and senior associates Álvaro Abad and the ‘technically exceptional’ Margarita Morales.
Gonzalo Ardila; Ana Castedo; Alex Dolmans; Santiago Garrido
Other key lawyers:
Inmaculada Lorenzo; Margarita Morales; Álvaro Abad; Fátima Mallén; Carmen Tapia
‘Hogan Lovells’ Life Sciences team has extensive experience in matters of this industry and when you work with them, it is remarkable the mastery of the practice and technical training of their attorneys. I would highlight the flexibility and innovation, empathy with the client and speed when it comes to understanding the matters of the lawyers who lead the practice; and, of course, its international network in this industry.’
‘The IP team of Hogan Lovells in Madrid is very strong in patent litigation. They have experience dealing with medical devices in particular, and know the opponents well and can craft a winning strategy.’
‘Margarita Morales is an efficient lawyer, empathic with the client’s problems and innovative in her approaches with a deep knowledge of the sector. Fátima Mallén and Carmen Tapia are also part of the team. They are fully available, their response capacity is quick and their technical background is outstanding.’
‘It is a young team, which is always up-to-date on the latest developments in the sector and which, in addition, demonstrate relevant knowledge of the issues. They are fast, they don’t get lost in the accessory stuff, and they provide excellent legal service.’
‘The plus of the lawyers on the team is that they know the sector well and have experience with international clients. Margarita Morales stands out: an efficient lawyer, with control of matters and who understands the client perfectly. Fatima Mallén also stands out.’
‘The HL team specialized in life science has a wide knowledge of the subject, which is highly specialized and is capable of offering solutions to complex problems related to the health field and the protection of personal data.’
‘Álvaro Abad is analytical and decisive with extensive technical and legal knowledge.’
‘Margarita Morales is an outstanding lawyer on the team. She is very serious, responsible, technically exceptional and very reliable.’
Johnson & Johnson, S.A.
Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson Group)
SIGRE Medicamento y Medio Ambiente
DePuy International Limited
Teladoc Health, Inc.
- Defending Johnson & Johnson as distributor in relation to judicial and out-of-court claims for civil liability for damages caused by different medical devices.
- Defending DePuy as manufacturer in relation to mass judicial and out-of-court claims for civil liability following the voluntary recall of a metal on metal (MoM) hip prostheses.
- Advised AmerisourceBergen on its acquisition of Alliance Healthcare Businesses from Walgreens Boots Alliance.
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
Boutique firm HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is renowned for its particular strength in cross-border IP litigation, and is a popular choice for major players from the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, who seek assistance with the enforcement and defence of their patent rights in Spain. Seasoned litigator Luis Fernández Novoa heads the team, closely supported by Álvaro Velázquez and counsel Laura Cantero.
Other key lawyers:
Laura Cantero; Álvaro Velázquez
Ceva Santé Animale
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)
- Representing Ceva in Spain in large-scale cross-border patent litigation against Bayer in relation to veterinary products.
- Representing MSD in unfair competition litigation against Bayer for misleading advertising.
- Representing Syngenta in patent litigation relating to an insecticide-based trapping system for fruit fly control.
Public law expert José Ignacio Vega, who can also draw on his years of experience working with various government ministries, steers the practice at Ramón y Cajal Abogados, which handles regulatory, corporate and commercial matters arising in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, as well as data protection mandates.
José Ignacio Vega; Norman Heckh
PersonalHealthcareNational Association (ANEFP)
Spanish Generic Medicines National Association (AESEG)
AENE (Asociación Española Nutrición Enteral)
Doc Farma SA
Sociedad Española de Cirigía Plástica, Reparadora y Estética (SECPRE)
- Representing Sanofi in a contentious-administrative procedure before the Supreme Court to challenge regional regulations governing dietary provisions in the National Health System.
- Representing AENE in a contentious-administrative procedure before the Supreme Court to challenge regional regulations governing dietary provisions in the National Health System.
- Advising the Spanish Generic Medicines Association (AESEG) on all types of pharmaceutical matters.