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Sidley Austin LLP
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London > Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare

(Leading individuals)

Robert DarwinSidley Austin LLP

With ‘unrivalled insight’ and ‘a strategic approach’, Sidley Austin LLP’s full-service life sciences practice covers the full spectrum of matters including regulatory, IP, licensing, competition, commercial and corporate mandates and leverages the firm’s network to excel at a global level. The group has recently seen notable expansion with the recruitment of the ‘tremendousRobert Darwin from Dechert LLP, adding to the team’s transactional capabilities; it is also increasingly recognised in the market for its digital health and medtech expertise, advising on matters involving AI, digital therapeutics and wearable technology. Practice head Maria Isabel Manley is praised as ‘quite simply peerless in her field’, focusing on regulatory and competition issues; she works closely with senior managing associate Chris Boyle, who is singled out as ‘an absolute superstar’.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

Sidley Austin LLP‘s ‘winning combination of technical expertise and deep knowledge of the market‘ makes the firm a strong choice for a diverse roster of corporates, ranging from pharmaceutical companies and consumer goods conglomerates to asset managers. Practice chair Thomas Thesing‘s recent highlights include multi-jurisdictional acquisitions for leading food companies and e-commerce platforms, while Lyndsey Laverack anchors the team’s real estate investment-focused offering – helming high-profile deals for a mix of leading industry players. James Wood focuses on cross-border deals in the life sciences, telecom, and technology sectors, and is particularly well-versed in matters with a strong Asian dimension. Senior associate Ed Perry is also recommended. Life sciences specialist Robert Darwin joined the team from Dechert LLP in March 2022.

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)

Sidley Austin LLP continues to expand its private equity team in London, recruiting Paul Dunbar and Dan Graham from Vinson & Elkins RLLP in August 2021 as well as Robert Darwin from Dechert LLP in March 2022. The trio join a practice which is making a name for itself representing sponsors in acquisitions, investments and disposals across a range of sectors. The team is particularly active in advising US-based buyout houses, working alongside the firm’s offices in the US, and also handles a substantial volume of portfolio company M&A. Key contacts in the team include Eleanor Shanks, who ‘always delivers her deals on time and above expectations’, Fatema Orjela and Adam Runcorn.