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Cristiana Spontoni

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Health Care; Life Sciences; Digital Health & HIT; Government Regulation


Cristiana Spontoni is internationally recognized as a leader in EU life sciences matters, including EU biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and cosmetics, as well as in general EU product regulation. Cristiana has advised a number of life sciences clients from the pre-market phase, including clinical trials and pre-market authorizations, to post-market issues, including product liability, marketing and advertising, wholesale distribution, and compliance (including sector specific antibribery and data privacy).She is also actively involved in the shaping of EU legislation affecting the sector and has successfully represented clients in challenging national regulatory developments that were incompatible with EU law. In the chemicals sector, she has advised many clients with respect to REACH and biocides legislation. Cristiana has extensive regulatory experience and routinely handles safety and compliance issues for a large variety of clients both in the life sciences sector and in the consumer products sector in general, including issues that arise in regard to product regulation, crisis management (such as recalls), regulatory enforcement and media attacks, as well as in marketing/advertising/claims and associated substantiation matters. Cristiana frequently manages and coordinates large international assignments on behalf of clients and provides comprehensive one-stop-shop analysis and solutions for cross-border regulatory issues affecting clients' operations. She has coordinated projects in more than 80 countries worldwide.


English, French, Italian


Admitted to Belgium (EU List) and Italian Bar.


Collegio Europeo di Parma (LL.M. with distinction 1995); Universita degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" (Law Degree summa cum laude 1994)

Belgium: EU regulatory

Pharma, medical devices and biotech

Within: Leading individuals

Cristiana Spontoni - Jones Day

Within: Pharma, medical devices and biotech

Jones Day complements its robust regulatory offering with supplementary expertise in the M&A, IP litigation, tax and antitrust areas. Practice head and sector specialist Cristiana Spontoni advises on the full spread of pre-market issues through to product liability, advertising and compliance. Environmental and health and safety specialist Ursula Schliessner is also recommended. Clients include BioMarin, Elizabeth Arden and GE Healthcare.

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