Pascale Poupelin > Dentons > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

75008 PARIS

Work Department

Healthcare and Life Sciences


Pascale Poupelin is a Senior Counsel in the Life Sciences/Healthcare Group in Dentons’ Paris office. She has over thirty years of experience as a lawyer specialized in Life Sciences (public and private law). Pascale Poupelin has been highly recommended for many years at French, European and international levels for her expertise in the Life Sciences and Healthcare field.

She mainly acts on matters involving issues such as health products regulations as well as those products regulated from the perspective of health and consumer protection, market access, pricing, reimbursement (all lists), structuring of operational companies, distribution, marketing and licensing, product liability, product compliance, compliance with ethical and professional rules specific to the life sciences and healthcare sector, compliance, clinical trials, contracts/agreements specific to the life sciences and healthcare sector (such as RTU agreements, CEPS agreements, co-promotion agreements, sponsor agreements, distribution agreements, symposium organization agreements, hospital public procurement, etc.). In addition, Pascale also handles the related criminal and consumer law aspects. She is also well-versed in issues including data protection, unfair competition and negotiations/litigation proceedings under the French Social Security Code and French Public Health Code.

Pascale advises major international companies operating in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector (medicines, biosimilars, medical devices, tissue, cells and blood, veterinary products, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, food ingredients/components, food additives, pesticides, detergents, etc.). She represents them in pre-litigation or litigation matters (on the merits and summary proceedings) before health authorities vested with the power to apply administrative, financial or other penalties (Minister of Health and Social Affairs, CEPS, HAS, ANSM, ANSES, EMA, CNAM, UNCAM, CHMP, etc.), and before a wide variety of courts, such as the civil judge, the commercial judge, the administrative judge, including the Administrative Supreme Court (Conseil d’Etat), the Constitutional Council on an application for a priority preliminary ruling on the issue of constitutionality, the European Court, the Social Security Court and the Regional Compensation Commissions (CRCI).


Joined Salans (Dentons) in 1991
30 years’ experience as Pleading Counsel
10 years’ experience in a law firm attached to the Administrative Supreme Court and Civil Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation) before all supreme courts (Conseil d’Etat, Cour de Cassation, Jurisdiction Court, Budget and Finance Disciplinary Court, Court of Auditors and Constitutional Council)


English, French


Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1983


University of Paris II, DEA. Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law (1983)
University of Paris I, Maîtrise of Public Law and Local Communities Local Law (1980)

Lawyer Rankings

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Pascale PoupelinDentons

Dentons is particularly sought after for transactional work in the life sciences sector, where its highly regarded M&A group is retained by leading industry players, typically advising blue-chip industrial clients and investment funds on large-cap transformational deals. Corporate partners and practice co-heads Anne-Laure Marcerou and Jean-Marc Grosperrin are the key contacts, and Grosperrin also jointly leads the firm’s global life sciences group. On the regulatory side, the team is well versed in working with the French healthcare authorities. Senior counsel Pascale Poupelin is highly regarded for drug market access matters. Focusing on tax, regulatory and market access issues, co-head Julien Le Guyader is another name to note.

Paris > Secteurs et industries > Santé et sciences de la vie

(Les grands avocats du marché)

Pascale PoupelinDentons

Dentons est un acteur de référence du marché pour les opérations de fusions-acquisitions impliquant le secteur des sciences de la vie. Le cabinet est mandaté par de grands acteurs de l’industrie de santé. Il assiste régulièrement de grands groupes industriels et des fonds d’investissement dans des opérations de transformation de grande envergure. Sont recommandés pour les aspects transactionnels, les coresponsables de la pratique santé du bureau de Paris :  Anne-Laure Marcerou et Jean-Marc Grosperrin – qui codirige aussi la pratique mondiale des sciences de la vie du cabinet. Le champ d’expertises couvre parallèlement les aspects réglementaires, l’équipe assistant régulièrement ses clients dans la gestion de leurs relations avec les autorités de santé françaises. Pascale Poupelin (senior counsel ) dispose d’une grande compétence dans le traitement des problématiques d’autorisation de mise sur le marché. Enfin  Julien Le Guyader , qui est le troisième coresponsable de la pratique santé parisienne, gère des problématiques fiscales, réglementaires et d’autorisation de mise sur le marché.