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Life Sciences & Healthcare

Switzerland

Our Life Sciences & Healthcare team consists of specialised attorneys who will advise and represent you in all legal matters competently and tailored to the special needs of your company. 

With more than 300 lawyers specialising in the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector worldwide and the support of the Life Sciences Asia Pacific Network (LAN), we at CMS are very familiar with the economic, commercial and legal needs of our clients in those industries.

Reputation

We have been working successfully for many years with leading companies in the Life Sciences sector in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, chemistry, foodstuffs and cosmetics. These include the world’s most important pharmaceutical companies and the world’s leading medical device companies. In the Healthcare sector, we advise and represent all relevant medical service providers (hospitals, HMOs, nursing homes, laboratories, physicians, pharmacists, etc.) and their associations.

Comprehensive advice and representation

We regularly advise our Life Sciences clients on their day-to-day business, for example in:

  • Research and development (particularly in clinical trials)
  • Patent enforcement
  • Regulatory authorisations
  • Advertising and distribution issues
  • Pricing strategies and reimbursements under social security law
  • Compliance
  • Data protection

We support our Healthcare clients in particular in the areas of:

  • Social security regulatory authorisations
  • Professional law
  • Data protection
  • Tariff negotiations and tariff settings
  • Planning (hospital planning, planning of highly-specialised medicine)
  • Liability issues and compliance

Whether you require professional support in the area of contracts, strategic agreements or in competition and antitrust law, or an expert opinion, are planning a corporate transaction or seek to engage in legal proceedings or are affected by legal, administrative or criminal proceedings, we would be delighted to assist you.

Industry knowledge

Many of our experts have worked in Life Sciences & Healthcare companies prior to joining CMS, gaining extensive knowledge in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, chemistry, foodstuffs, cosmetics and medical services. Through our active membership in the most important industry associations and our participation in the legislative process, we contribute to shaping the legal and regulatory framework for the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector.


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'Due to very good networking', CMS 'can provide know-how in a variety of matters', especially at a multi-jurisdictional level. Regulatory, compliance, financial benefits and pricing advice, as well as the negotiation of agreements and representation in court form the main areas of expertise.

The Legal 500, Healthcare and life sciences, Switzerland, 2019
28 August 2020
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