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Niall McAlister

Niall McAlister


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Niall McAlister is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Team at CMS London. With thirty years' experience as a corporate lawyer, Niall has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity and venture capital transactions.  He has a particular focus on the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector. He has led teams on a number of substantial cross-border transactions. He is experienced in representing life sciences clients, having advised both commercial entities and medical research charities on a range of transactions in the sector. He is recognised in directories both for his expertise as a corporate lawyer in the life sciences sector and as a charity lawyer. 

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"Recommended for transactions and venture capital investments in the life science sector."

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • Syncona on the sale of Blue Earth Diagnostics to Bracco Imaging for $450m.
  • The owners of a generic therapeutics business on its sale to a private equity purchaser.
  • The owners of a speciality pharmaceuticals and medical device business on a three-way demerger of the business.
  • Gyroscope Therapeutics on its Series B investment round.
  • Epidarex Capital on its Series A investments in Lunac Therapeutics, EM Imaging, Enterprise Therapeutics and Topas Therapeutics.
  • ALSA Holdings and Albion Capital on their Series A investment in iGem Therapeutics.
  • AdoRx Pharmaceuticals on its Series A investment round.
  • Sirakoss, a company developing a novel bone graft technology, on a bridge financing.
  • A major international pharmaceutical company on its auction bid for a substantial European pharmaceutical business.
  • A client on European aspects of the buy-out of a global medical imaging business and on the subsequent group restructuring.
  • A UK-based specialty pharmaceuticals company on its three-cornered demerger.
  • SR One and Longwood Fund on their Series B investment in Pulmocide.
  • Michelson Diagnostics on its Series A2, B, C and C1 investment rounds, led by Octopus Investments.
  • The owners of Luminescence, a manufacturer of high-quality security inks, on the sale of the company to Sun Chemicals.
  • Astex Therapeutics on its investment into the Dementia Discovery Fund, a limited partnership established to develop therapies for dementia and related conditions.
  • The owners of Birken AG on its sale to Amryt Pharmaceuticals.
  • The managers of Speciality European Pharmaceuticals on the management buy-out of the company from a consortium of investors led by Advent Partners.
  • A leading biologics developer on a substantial joint venture with a global pharmaceutical company to develop a biosimilar to a "blockbuster" therapeutic.
  • The owners of Antitope on the sale of the company to PolyTherics.
  • UKCMRI Limited on its negotiation of the joint venture with the MRC, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and Imperial College London to create the Crick Institute.
  • The Wellcome Trust on its joint venture with GSK to develop the Stevenage Bioscience Incubator.
  • Integra Lifesciences on various reorganisations of its European business.
  • Astellas Venture Managers on its investments in F2G, Bicycle Therapeutics and Crescendo Biologics.
  • The Wellcome Trust on a number of venture capital investments in European biotech and medical device companies.
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  • 1986 – LL.B., University of Bristol, Bristol
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14 December 2020
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1 July 2019
CMS ad­vises sellers in re­la­tion to $450m sale of Blue Earth Dia­gnostics
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised the sellers in re­la­tion to the sale of Blue Earth Dia­gnostics to dia­gnost­ic ima­ging busi­ness Bracco Ima­ging.Bracco Ima­ging will ac­quire all out­stand­ing shares of...
25 June 2019
AI in Life Sci­ences
At CMS, we have many law­yers in many coun­tries think­ing about the in­creas­ing im­pact of AI on the life sci­ences leg­al land­scape. Rather than keep these thoughts to ourselves, we thought we would share...
20 December 2018
Launch of Life Sci­ences Sec­tor Deal 2
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17 December 2018
Trans­form­ing health and so­cial care
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21 March 2017
Olswang ad­vises two new VC cli­ents on Series B in­vest­ment round in Brit­ish...
This art­icle was pro­duced by Olswang LLP, which joined with CMS on 1 May 2017.In­ter­na­tion­al tech­no­logy, me­dia and tele­coms law firm Olswang has ad­vised ven­ture cap­it­al firms SR One Ltd and Long­wood Fund...
3 October 2014
Olswang boosts Life Sci­ences of­fer­ing with new cor­por­ate part­ner
This art­icle was pro­duced by Olswang LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.In­ter­na­tion­al law firm Olswang has an­nounced that Ni­all Mc­Al­ister joined the firm on 29 Septem­ber as a cor­por­ate part­ner in its...