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We work for top 100 enterprise. For example farmaceutical companies ranked in the global top 20. Furthermore, nine out of ten of the global producers of medical instruments are part of our client base. To our lawyers – who often have an in-house history in your industry themselves – your industry has no secrets. The marketing of medicinal products. Public procurement. Pricing and reimbursement. The protection of patents. Or agreements for clinical trials. We know what you are talking about. That is why we assist our top clients with their strategic decisions, the structuring of their business transactions and in legal proceedings.

Our experts, many of whom have worked in-house in your sector, have developed a shared capability in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices. With active memberships in major industry associations such as the ABPI, ABHI, BIVDA, PAGB, EUCOMED and EFPIA, we help shape the legal frameworks impacting the lifesciences sector. We regularly advise our clients on their day-to-day operational needs such as support with advertisement and promotion of medicine, public sector procurement, pricing and reimbursement, patent enforcement, commercial and clinical trial agreements as well as regulatory advice. Equally, when you need lifesciences specialist advice for strategic agreements, planning a corporate transaction or embarking on litigation (whether product liability or otherwise), we have a team that is well versed in the industry issues to help you.

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"The CMS team offers a broad range of expertise including regulatory, IP, and competition."

The Legal 500, 2019

"They are very well connected with their team; they really use the benefit of working together in their various offices."

Chambers Global, 2019

"Extremely responsive and overall always felt that I was in extremely safe hands."

Chambers Global, 2019

A client describes the lawyers as "subject matter experts".

Chambers Europe, 2019

Clients praise the firm's international network as a key advantage, particularly appreciating that "it is able to provide expertise across multiple jurisdictions. This co-operation is done in a very expedient and uncomplicated manner."

Chambers Europe, 2019

In M&A the firm has a good reputation for working in the hospitality, life sciences and oil and gas sectors.

IFLR1000, 2019

"They always provide good advice that's commercially sound and legally accurate."

Chambers Global, 2018

"Great knowledge and geographical coverage across Europe."

Chambers Global, 2018

"The client service and responsiveness are exceptional."

Chambers Europe, 2018

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    Pharmaceuticals

    Pharmaceutical and healthcare law focuses on all the special legislation and legal aspects to do with medicine provision, biotechnology and healthcare. Whether it concerns manufacturing, operations, licences, rates, quality, market regulation or care insurance, there is specific legislation for all these areas.

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    The Gen­er­al Court de­cided in its de­cision of 14 March 2018 that non-gov­ern­ment­al or­gan­iz­a­tions (“NGOs”) can ask the Com­mis­sion to re­view its de­cision on au­thor­iz­ing the pla­cing on the mar­ket of ge­net­ic­ally mod­i­fied food and feed.