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Life Sciences & Healthcare

Germany

The CMS Life Sciences und Healthcare Sector Group is made up of over 50 lawyers across Europe, many of whom have specialised in the Life Sciences und Healthcare industry for several years.

The essence of the group's approach is teamwork, working closely as colleagues in Western and Central Europe. The group has complementary expertise in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic and related areas, so can offer pan-European and local, national advice and assistance to the Life Sciences und Healthcare industries.

The group is recognised as having centres of excellence in respect of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in its practices in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany as well as specialist tax expertise in France.

Services

The CMS Life Sciences und Healthcare Sector Group provides the following comprehensive range of services:

  • Regulatory
  • Pre-clinical and clinical research
  • Collaboration and licensing
  • Financing/M&A stock option schemes
  • Business restructuring
  • Strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions
  • Distribution and parallel import issues
  • Patent protection and enforcement
  • Branding, trade dress, advertising and labelling
  • Media issues
  • Personal data
  • Product liability and litigation
  • Health and safety
  • EC & competition/competition enforcement
  • Public sector tendering
  • Environment
  • Immigration

Contact

For further information on CMS Life Sciences und Healthcare Sector Group please contact Mr. Jens Wagner.

We are strategic partners of

Young Excellence in Healthcare (YEH) is an interdisciplinary network bringing together young professionals from the healthcare sector. It seeks to develop an intelligent framework for delivering health services in the world of tomorrow. CMS Germany advises YEH strategically and exclusively on all legal matters. CMS also acts as a sounding board for the legal issues and healthcare policies YEH wishes to promote.

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    Healthcare

    The healthcare sector in Germany is heavily regulated, shaped by a number of very different interests and, above all, subject to constant change. Demographic change is an additional factor – an aging population is increasing the demand for medical services. Players in the healthcare market need to take advantage of existing opportunities, minimise the risks and avoid undesirable developments.

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    Care Market

    As the population in Germany ages, care and retirement homes are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country. As such, they are attracting increasing attention from investors. A major factor here is that demand for care services is largely independent of the economic cycle. The high potential for consolidation in the sector is also a powerful driver: investment in social welfare facilities offers attractive prospects.

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    On 16 June 2017, the European Medi­cines Agency (“EMA”) pub­lished a press re­lease1 an­noun­cing the post­pone­ment of the entry in­to force of the EU Clin­ic­al Tri­als Reg­u­la­tion of 16 April 2016. 2 It was one of the top­ics at the June 2017 meet­ing of the EMA Man­age­ment.
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    21/06/2017
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    We are pleased to send our new is­sue of The Ver­dict, an at-a-glance round-up of re­cent leg­al de­vel­op­ments in re­la­tion to cor­por­ate crime. In this is­sue, the spot­light is on some sig­ni­fic­ant changes to anti-cor­rup­tion laws in the Czech Re­pub­lic, in­clud­ing.
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    New reg­u­la­tion on med­ic­al devices
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    07/10/2016
    Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firms the Lun­d­beck de­cision of the European...
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