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Dubai’s vision to become a hub for healthcare tourism, the rapid expansion of local and expat populations across the Middle East, as well as the region’s unique demographics, give rise to opportunities and challenges for investors in the lifesciences and healthcare sectors.

We work with and have established long-term relationships with the top 100 lifesciences companies in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, agriculture and food, including the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies and nine out of the top ten global medical device companies.  We also support clinics, hospitals, and other service providers active in the healthcare sector, and private investors in such businesses, across the Middle East. Our experts advise leading global business groups in the sector on transactions, commercial agreements, compliance, investigations and litigation, very often across multiple jurisdictions in the region and beyond. We can help you to navigate the regulatory landscape and to ensure compliance with both local laws and global policies.

With over 480 international specialist lawyers across CMS, we understand the scientific and commercial as well as the legal imperatives affecting your lifesciences and healthcare businesses. Our experts, many of whom have worked in-house in your sector, have developed a shared capability in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and diagnostics. 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.

High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Lifes­ci­ences in UAE
An In­ter­na­tion­al Health­care Ser­vices pro­vider on its con­tract for the pro­vi­sion of health­care ser­vices to the UAE Mil­it­aryZentiva NV on its ac­quis­i­tion of 75% of Ecza­cibasi Gen­er­ic Phar­ma­ceut­ic­als in...

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22/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: Life Sci­ences are reap­ing...
Di­git­al trans­form­a­tion in life sci­ences is cre­at­ing op­por­tun­it­ies to counter health­care’s most in­tract­able prob­lems from treat­ing rare dis­eases to ac­cel­er­at­ing dia­gnostics and re­du­cing treat­ment back­logs...
09/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The Life Sci­ences sec­tor...
The open­ing of COP27 has brought an in­tense glob­al fo­cus on cli­mate change and the tower­ing de­mands needed to reach car­bon net zero and to pro­tect the en­vir­on­ment. United Na­tions Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary Ant­o­nio...
02/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The leg­al sec­tor has a key...
The United Na­tions has pledged to use its pur­chas­ing fire­power to ac­cel­er­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity along the health­care sup­ply chan­nel and called on the leg­al sec­tor to sup­port its ef­forts. Law­yers are crit­ic­al...
15/09/2022
Phar­ma­ceut­ic­al ad­vert­ising reg­u­la­tion and med­ic­al device ad­vert­ising in...
1. Which laws are ap­plic­able re­gard­ing ad­vert­ising of medi­cines and med­ic­al devices? Fed­er­al Law No.8/2019 on Med­ic­al Products, Pro­fes­sion of Phar­macy and Phar­ma­ceut­ic­al In­sti­tu­tions (“2019 Law”).The...
08/09/2022
Can­nabis law and le­gis­la­tion in the UAE
Med­ic­al use Can­nabis pos­ses­sion is il­leg­al in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates. Art­icle 7 of Law No 14 of 1995 and its amend­ments (the Anti-Nar­cot­ic Psy­cho­trop­ic Sub­stances Law) provides that “ex­cept in the...
01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
24/11/2021
On the Pulse
Wel­come to CMS ‘On the Pulse’ video/pod­cast series for all Life Sci­ences & Health­care pro­fes­sion­als – leg­al, com­pli­ance, reg­u­lat­ory
22/06/2021
UAE Health Data – new data trans­fer per­mis­sions
In 2019, UAE health­care pro­viders and oth­er busi­nesses in­volved in the in­dustry were pre­ven­ted from trans­fer­ring out­side the coun­try data re­lated to med­ic­al pro­ced­ures in the UAE, by Art­icle 13 of Fed­er­al...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
23/03/2021
The En­larged Board of the European Pat­ent Of­fice has giv­en a mo­ment­ous...
The En­larged Board of the European Pat­ent Of­fice heard or­al ar­gu­ments in Ju­ly 2020 con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of a com­puter soft­ware in­ven­tion.  This rare event was video streamed to over 1600 pat­ent stake­hold­ers...
10/02/2021
MENA na­tions most keen to in­vest in so­cial, di­git­al in­fra­struc­ture and...
Pan­dem­ic viewed as cata­lyst to re­newed em­phas­is on Health Silk Road­So­cial in­fra­struc­ture, lo­gist­ics1, as well as smart city pro­jects are the top three most cited sec­tors where busi­nesses in the Middle...
28/09/2020
High Court con­firms that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines...
The High Court has con­firmed that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines is not pat­entable. The de­cision po­ten­tially leaves the door open for hu­man own­ers of AI ma­chines to list them­selves as...