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Michael Gavey

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Intellectual property.


Michael specialises in all types of transactions involving intellectual property. He has considerable experience in a wide range of industry sectors, including life sciences, TMT, energy and financial institutions. He advises regularly on licensing and collaboration agreements, as well as related commercial arrangements. He assists with sales of shares and assets sales, and financings, where intellectual property is involved. Michael also specialises in life sciences regulatory law, advising on issues, agreements and disputes concerning biobanks, clinical trials, marketing authorisation, manufacturing, distribution, promotion and pharmacovigilance.


Qualified 2002; partner 2012; secondment to GlaxoSmithKline and Castrol. He is the author of numerous articles and has spoken at conferences on a variety of topical intellectual property and regulatory issues, including recently on M&A considerations in licensing deals, borderline products, personalised medicines, clinical trials and social media.


Degree in genetics; Diploma in IP Law and Practice 2003.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Simmons & Simmons 's Adam Cooper advised the lenders on the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gas oil, LPG and LNG in Egypt alongside Adrian Nizzola . Also notable on the projects front is Patrick Wallace 's work for the Bulgarian state gas company with regards to the Greece-Bulgaria international pipeline as well as its participation in the Alexandroupolis LNG project in Greece, and the commercialisation of the Lokichar Basin oil discovery through two separate infrastructure projects on behalf of the government of Kenya. Michael Gavey oversaw the formation of a $1bn collaborative investment fund designed to tackle climate change on a global level on behalf of the World Economic Forum, and Jayne Bentham is currently representing a Turkish state entity in ICC arbitration proceedings pertaining to the construction of a pipeline as well as in enforcement proceedings in Jersey.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Attracting praise as 'excellent on quality of service, responsiveness and the value', Simmons & Simmons intellectual property team offers 'pragmatic, timely, strategic and business sound advice'. The practice is headed up by Michael Gavey , who led a team and is acting for GlaxoSmithKline Research and Development on three projects, which has required IP advice and negotiation and drafting of agreements, ownership and cross-licensing provisions.  The team has also been engaged to handle trade mark disputes and patent revocation claims. Kevin Cordina joined from CMS and heads the patent prosecution team, which includes Michael Burdon who joined from Olswang.  Other names to note include recently promoted partner Darren Meale, who is recommended as being 'excellent on trade mark matters'.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Simmons & Simmons is 'jam-packed full of the highest-calibre individuals' in the areas of transactions, patent litigation and regulations. Michael Gavey leads the team and is particularly prominent in handling the IP aspects of transactions. Charles Mayo is also a key figure and highly experienced in M&A and capital markets transactions. Other key members of the team include Scott Parker, who is an expert in patent litigation, and transactions specialist Lydia Torne. Rowan Freeland has retired.

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