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Sidley Austin LLP

Belgium > EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech Tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP advises pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, and other life sciences clients on the full range of regulatory, trade, and enforcement issues, and maintains a strong record in litigation at EU level, including cases relating to e-commerce, IP rights, and drug pricing. Alongside multinational companies, the firm also regularly advises trade associations on advocacy, as well as innovative players in the medtech field. The team is led by Maurits Lugard, who has a strong record in advising clients on market access and regulatory compliance issues, and has strong relationships with regulatory authorities.

Practice head(s):

Maurits Lugard


Deep knowledge of the pharma market and industry.

Great knowledge of pharmaceutical field and great legal skill.

Key clients

Vereniging Innovatieve Geneesmiddelen

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.



Laboratoires Théa

Work highlights

  • Represented Vermedia in proceedings against the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board’s refusal to authorise melatonin as a medicinal product.
  • Representing Laboratoires Théa in a case against a generic medical product ‘free riding’ on the client’s clinical trials.

The firm: Sidley Austin LLP has built a reputation for successfully representing clients on complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. More than 150 years after the founding of the firm, Sidley today comprises a diverse group of more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the world.

The strategic establishment of Sidley’s offices in the key commercial, financial, and regulatory centers of the world enables the firm to harness its knowledge to represent a broad range of clients across many industries including banking and financial services, insurance, life sciences, healthcare, energy, technology, and transportation.

Chair of Executive Committee: Michael J. Schmidtberger
Chair of the Management Committee: Yvette Ostolaza
Number of partners worldwide: Over 650
Number of lawyers worldwide: Over 2,000

Offices: Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dallas, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, DC

Maurits JF Lugard photo Maurits JF LugardPartner

Chair of Executive Committee: Michael J. Schmidtberger
Chair of the Management Committee: Yvette Ostolaza
Number of partners worldwide: Over 650
Number of lawyers worldwide: Over 2,000

Firm Overview:
Sidley is a global law firm committed to providing excellent client service, fostering a culture of cooperation and mutual respect and creating opportunities for lawyers of all backgrounds. With more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the world, talent and teamwork are central to Sidley’s successful results for clients in all types of legal matters, from complex transactions to ‘bet the company’ litigation to cutting-edge regulatory issues.

Established in 2003, Sidley’s Brussels office is a leader in helping clients navigate the complex web of EU and Member State rules. The office’s lawyers apply innovative strategies to help clients achieve their competitive business objectives. They offer a rare combination of private- and public- sector experience and have a sophisticated understanding of EU institutions and policies. The firm represents clients before the European institutions, the Court of Justice of the EU and certain Member State bodies and courts

Sidley’s Munich office, established in 2016, is an important extension of the firm’s services in Europe, as well as a continuation of its dedication to assisting clients in key business hubs around the world. The office focuses on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, finance and tax, and is an integral part of Sidley’s global practices, providing clients with the benefit of the firm’s international reach and network of resources. The office provides efficient service to both European and international clients across a wide range of industries, including investment funds, financial services, insurance, life sciences, energy, technology, REITs, agribusiness, and media and entertainment

Established in 2002, the Geneva office is home to Sidley’s top-ranked WTO and international commercial arbitration practices. The firm’s Geneva office lawyers are qualified in both civil and common law jurisdictions and the team includes a diverse set of experienced policy advisers, analysts and economists. The office’s professionals work with colleagues across the firm to provide seamless global services to clients in Europe, the CIS countries, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia.

United Kingdom
Sidley’s office in London, its largest in Europe, was founded in 1974. The firm’s culture of teamwork and collaboration helps the London office to assist clients across a myriad of legal disciplines and to harness the talents of Sidley’s lawyers worldwide. With lawyers qualified to practice in both the UK and the U.S., the London office coordinates cross-border projects spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Sidley’s clients in London include the world’s leading financial institutions, funds, private equity sponsors, and multinational companies spanning a wide range of industries.

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