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  1. Innovation
    1. Davos: winning trust in a digitalised, connected world
    2. Using technology to serve our clients
    3. Finding the balance: human touch versus high tech
    4. Connected Future: a global infrastructure report
    5. ShopBack seals latest major fundraising in Singapore
    6. FinTech reshapes financial services as sector booms
    7. WeWork: pioneering a new way of office working
  2. Anticipation
    1. E-Procurement sets new commercial tone for EU contractors
    2. Coty picks CMS as global adviser following beauty parade
    3. New challenges in a changing world
    4. Portuguese renewable energy sector heats up with EUR 600m Novenergia sale
    5. Tristan completes EPISO 5 fund raise amidst political turbulence
  3. Supporting Growth
    1. Cinven acquires PPF as European pet food market flourishes
    2. Advance takes centre stage with theatre group acquisition
    3. Advent seals EUR 1.9bn Zentiva deal as healthcare booms
    4. Liberty sells European assets to Vodafone in EUR 18.4bn mega-deal
  4. Managing Risk
    1. Climate change liability – new litigation risks
    2. Protecting trade marks across Europe
    3. Markel takes Hippo to task in complex insurance arrears dispute
    4. New lab services agreements for Honeywell following Homes spin-off
    5. Creating a tax-effective structure for a private equity investment
  5. Inside CMS
    1. From China to Chile: cultural differences and the ties that bind
    2. Facing the future
    3. CMS breaks ground with first global tech start up programme, equIP
  6. CSR and Diversity & Inclusion
    1. Helping to achieve a better world
  7. Interviews
    1. Interview with Olga Belyakova
    2. Interview with Jeremy Tan
    3. Interview with Laura Houet
    4. Interview with Ramón Huapaya
    5. Interview with Daniela Murer
    6. Interview with Christopher Jordan
    7. Interview with Herman Boersen
    8. Interview with Sibylle Schnyder
    9. Interview with Clemens Grossmayer
    10. Interview with Robert Stephen
    11. Interview with Mary Allan
    12. Interview with Matias Somarriva
    13. Interview with Denis Redon
    14. Interview with Joaquim Sherman de Macedo
    15. Interview with Eleanor Lane
    16. Interview with Niklas Zaugg
    17. Interview with Joachim Kaetzler
    18. Interview with Andreas Otto

Interview with Robert Stephen

Robert Stephen
Robert Stephen
Patent Attorney, Co-Chair Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector
T +44 20 7067 3211

What has been your most memorable moment as a lawyer? 

I was part of a team that negotiated  a patent cross-licence between GSK and Merck, relating to the blockbuster cervical cancer vaccines Cervarix® and Gardasil®. This was an intense and memorable experience. I’m also an inventor of one of the patents that now protects the second generation cancer vaccines.

If you weren’t a lawyer, how would you earn your living?

I’m not a lawyer! I started off life in molecular genetics and retrained as a patent attorney. To answer the question, I’d love to write detective stories but I’ve never managed to put pen to paper.

What is the best piece of advice  you’ve ever been given?

When everything I touched in the lab turned to failure, the stark assessment from a senior colleague was, “Go away. Do it again. Do it better.” I find this oddly helpful when trying to get things right the first time.