Germany: Life Sciences 2018

We highlight 57 leading practitioners in this chapter as the foremost life sciences specialists in Germany. The individuals listed boast expertise across the industry in sectors including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, diagnostics and healthcare. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ina Brock Hogan Lovells, Munich
2. Andreas von Falck Hogan Lovells, Düsseldorf
3. Christian Dierks Dierks + Bohle, Berlin
4. Burkhard Sträter Sträter Rechtsanwälte, Bonn
5. Markus Ambrosius Sträter Rechtsanwälte, Bonn
6. Ulrich Reese Clifford Chance, Düsseldorf

Full-service international firm TAYLOR WESSING is once again one of the most prominent firms in our research, with five practitioners listed.
Christoph De Coster is “an experienced patent law practitioner” who boasts extensive experience advising and representing German and international clients in cross-border patent disputes.
The “outstanding” Wolfgang Rehmann is a leading expert in pharmaceutical and medical product law. One source describes him as being “excellent for product liability cases”.
Sabine Rojahn is “an excellent lawyer” according to impressed sources. With more than 30 years’ experience in patent litigation, she is widely regarded as an expert in the field.
Manja Epping leads the life sciences industry team at the firm and is internationally recognised for her “extensive experience of regulatory law”.
The “absolutely great” Henning Moelle is “a pre-eminent product liability lawyer” and is considered “one of the best out there”.

BIRD & BIRD also performs well this year and sees five leading individuals at the firm highlighted.
The “excellent” Felix Rödiger is a specialist IP practitioner who is well known for handling technically complex cases for prominent clients in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors.
Oliver Jan Jüngst draws praise from market commentators for his comprehensive technical expertise which he utilises in his renowned patent litigation practice.
The “exceptional” Christian Harmsen has an excellent reputation in the international marketplace for being a leading patent litigation specialist.
Michael Alt is a patents specialist and is commended by market sources for the effective and insightful counsel he delivers to clients.
Stefan Münch also garners recognition in this edition for his excellent works across the life sciences space.

Multinational law firm HOGAN LOVELLS is home to four leading individuals who stand out for their expertise in the life sciences arena.
The internationally renowned Ina Brock “stands out for her work in product liability cases”, impressing peers with her “extensive experience in damages”. She is the foremost life sciences practitioner in our research this year.
“High-level patent litigator” Andreas von Falck boasts an excellent track record representing clients in the German Courts and the European Patent office.
Jörg Schickert is a prominent figure in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors who impresses market commentators with his vast experience handling complex regulatory, commercial and compliance issues.
Sebastian Lach is a well-known name thanks to his expert handling of complex product safety and liability cases relating to more than 70 countries.

Boutique life sciences firm STRÄTER RECHTSANWÄLTE sees three top-tier practitioners highlighted in this year’s research.
Burkhard Sträter is described as being “top of the game” when it comes to reimbursement work. He is also well regarded for his clinical trials expertise, and regularly advises pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of medical devices.
Markus Ambrosius is “highly recommended for regulatory work” by sources. He boasts extensive experience across a range of sectors including medical devices, biotech and pharmaceutical.
Isabelle Kotzenberg is a medical law specialist who is “exceptional” when it comes to advising national and international clients on R&D issues, product liability and transactional matters.

Leading multinational law firm FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER also boasts three nominations this year.
Frank-Erich Hufnagel is “very well known” in the market thanks to his 20 years’ experience litigating in patent disputes for major corporations in the pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors.
Peter Chrocziel is “a prominent player in the market” who impresses commentators with his impeccable knowledge of IP law. He regularly acts for major companies in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors.
The “outstanding” Dietmar Knopp is a distinguished life sciences law specialist who has been involved in some of the most notable cross-border product liability cases in recent years.

Life science is a key practice area for German law firm EHLERS EHLERS & PARTNER, which is home to three impressive experts in the field.
Alexander Ehlers is a leading expert in regulatory matters who is “particularly well known for reimbursement and social security questions”.
Celebrated medical law specialist Karin Gräfin von Strachwitz-Helmstatt is a long-standing fixture in the market who impresses international sources with her extensive experience in all issues relating to service providers.
“Go-to practitioner” Christian Rybak is “an expert when it comes to reimbursement matters”. He frequently advises German and international clients on a wide range of medical law issues.

Two leading individuals from CLIFFORD CHANCE are highlighted for their outstanding expertise in the life sciences sector.
The “exceptional” Ulrich Reese focuses his top-tier practice on assisting major corporations with matters spanning the life-cycle of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, foodstuff, cosmetics and chemical products. He is particularly well regarded for his “extensive experience in unfair competition matters”.
Peter Dieners is “one of the compliance brains in Germany” according to one impressed peer. He boasts “vast experience, especially when it comes to questions relating to medical devices and compliance”.

Leading European firm NOERR also achieves two listings.
The “outstanding” Michael Molitoris is a key name in the field of product liability who boasts “exceptional knowledge of the area”.
Thomas Klindt is also well known for his outstanding expertise in the field of product liability, frequently acting in complex German and international product recalls.

Christian Dierks at DIERKS + BOHLE is described as “a real specialist when it comes to price negotiations with public healthcare funds” by one commentator, who goes on to praise his “practical approach and extensive experience”.

Heike Wachenhausen at WACHENHAUSEN RECHTSANWÄLTE is a “well respected” practitioner who focuses her practice on an array of medical law matters from clinical research and healthcare compliance to contract management and due diligence.

Max von Rospatt at ROSPATT OSTEN PROSS PARTNERSCHAFTSGESELLSCHAFT is a well-respected practitioner who is “highly recommended for patent work” by international sources.

The “very well known” Joachim Feldges at ALLEN & OVERY has more than 27 years’ patent litigation experience, making him a favourite among prominent clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The “brilliant” Thomas Bopp at GLEISS LUTZ is internationally recognised as “a leading name in the patent litigation space”.

“Experienced and sharp-thinking practitioner” Wolfgang Kozianka at DR SCHMIDT-FELZMANN & KOZIANKA is “outstanding in healthcare advertisement matters” according to impressed sources.

“Exceptional patent lawyer” Thomas Reimann at HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has more than 40 years’ experience litigating in highly technical patent disputes.

Peter von Czettritz of PREU BOHLIG & PARTNER is “a first-rate lawyer” who focuses his world-class practice on representing and advising prominent pharmaceutical and medical devices enterprises in a wide range of matters.

Ina vom Feld at SIMMONS & SIMMONS is described as “a very strong patent lawyer” who boasts extensive experience advising and representing key clients in the life sciences sector in patent law proceedings.

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