Who’s Who Legal has brought together two leading practitioners to discuss key issues facing life sciences lawyers today.
The life sciences industry has always faced a complex system of legal and structural challenges. Nowadays, however, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical device companies face tougher regulatory enforcement, a stronger plaintiff bar, greater competition over patents and product pipeline issues – as well as an uncertain economic environment. This has led to profound changes in the legal marketplace in recent years.
This edition features almost 1,000 of the world’s leading life sciences practitioners divided into four discrete practice areas, comprising 360 patent litigators, 226 product liability defence experts, 229 regulatory specialists and 176 transactional lawyers from a combined 363 firms across 45 countries. In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
In this edition Who's Who Legal singles out the world's leading individuals and firms in the field of life sciences law in four distinct areas: patent litigation; product liability defence; regulatory and transactional work. Once again international heavyweight Bird & Bird leads our research with more listings than any other firm across the four sections, with patent litigation a particular area of strength. Hogan Lovells follows close behind, with the firm garnering the most inclusions in the product liability defence sphere and Sidley Austin demonstrates particularly impressive regulatory expertise. Other standout firms include Covington & Burling, Arnold & Porter and Simmons & Simmons.
We also pick out the most highly regarded individuals in the world in patent litigation, product liability defence, regulatory and transactional life sciences law.
In this edition we divide our research into four distinct sections. No single practitioner earns recognition in all of the IP, product liability, transactional and regulatory sections, which demonstrates the diverse nature of the work in this sector.
For the first time in this edition we have focused our research on four distinct categories of life science-related work, with the aim of identifying the leading practitioners for each discipline. Through interviews with clients, lawyers and industry contacts we have picked out the foremost lawyers for related intellectual property disputes and counselling, regulatory matters, product liability defence work and transactional deals in the sector.
Bird & Bird leads our research with 31 individuals selected overall, followed by Hogan Lovells which fields 26 lawyers from nine different countries. Both Covington & Burling LLP and Sidley Austin LLP have 20 practitioners recognised, demonstrating the strength of their life sciences practice groups.
With the benefit of over 15 years of research and thousands of nominations from clients and private practitioners worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the legal market worldwide. In this edition we divide our research into four distinct sections. No single practitioner earns recognition in all of the IP, product liability, transactional and regulatory sections, a fact which demonstrates the diverse nature of the work in this sector.
This edition features more lawyers in a greater number of jurisdictions than its predecessors. The expansion attests to the continuing leaps in sophistication and geographical spread the discipline has undergone in the past year, despite the travails of the global economy in general and life sciences companies in particular.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
With the benefit of over 14 years of research and thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the life sciences legal marketplace worldwide.
After months of investigation in to the life sciences legal market, our research selects 453 highly accomplished practitioners, praised for their contentious, transactional and regulatory expertise.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.