This year’s guide sees 304 individuals highlighted across 44 jurisdictions for their work on regulatory matters in the life sciences space.
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The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Ian Dodds-Smith is a towering figure in the area, with market commentators noting his “encyclopaedic knowledge of the life sciences field”.
Lincoln Tsang is endorsed by peers across Europe for his regulatory expertise. He brings more than a decade of experience as a senior regulator to his practice.
“Outstanding practitioner” Hein van den Bos is lauded as “a highly experienced regulatory lawyer” who “truly belongs in a list of leading regulatory lawyers”.
Elisabethann Wright is a premier regulatory specialist with over 30 years’ experience navigating complex EU regulations governing pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Maria Isabel Manley is one of Europe’s leading minds when it comes to life sciences-related regulatory matters. She is “a huge asset to the firm and a tenacious litigator who clients love”.
Maurits Lugard is named as “one of the most highly sought-after lawyers in the market”. His broad practice encompasses most regulatory and market access issues.
Other leading individuals
Covington & Burling’s Peter Bogaert “definitely ought to feature on this list”, with an expansive practice that includes regulatory expertise governing the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
Geneviève Michaux of King & Spalding is identified by peers as “a strong lawyer in the field”. He focuses on regulatory matters pertaining to drugs, medical devices and cosmetics.
Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn of Bech-Bruun is one of the foremost regulatory experts in the market, and is accordingly selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader. Commentators say that he “provides highly useful advice, is good to work with, and is just a really strong lawyer”.
Mikkel Vittrup at Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab is a standout name in the life sciences field, with respondents effusing that he is “very well recognised and an extremely good lawyer”.
Tim Worden of Goodwin earns widespread recommendations from peers for his skilful expertise on medicinal and medical devices regulations, with interviewees calling him “extremely practical and helpful”.
Markus Ambrosius of Kanzlei Sträter Rechtsanwälte is “brilliant” and at the “top of the field”, comment sources, who identify him as “a well-known expert in regulatory law”.
Burkhard Sträter is hailed as “a senior stateman for pharma matters” who is “very experienced with regard to market access and AMNOG issues”.
Peter Dieners at Clifford Chance is a prominent figure of the European life sciences market and a widely recognised medtech specialist, earning a place among our Global Elite Thought Leaders.
Cord Willhöft at Fieldfisher “really understands clients’ needs, and is both pragmatic and swift in his responses”. He is “experienced with regard to market access, unfair German competition matters and regulatory medical devices law”.
Colin Kavanagh with Arthur Cox secures the stamp of approval from peers as a lawyer with “excellent expertise in life sciences in Ireland”. He heads the firm’s life sciences group and advises on regulatory and IP issues.
Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s Carla Schoonderbeek wins recommendations as “a top specialist on regulatory matters”. She is “one of the leaders in the field” and is described as “very experienced, and just an extremely good practitioner”.
Erik Vollebregt of Axon Lawyers has a sterling reputation as “one of the best experts on medical devices in country” and “the top guy in the EU regulatory space”.
Koosje van Lessen Kloeke with Leijnse Artz is highlighted for being “very active in the regulatory field” and comes “highly recommended as regulatory specialist”.
Faus & Moliner Abogados’ Jordi Faus garners extensive recommendations for his practice from peers across Europe, who recognise him as “a leading regulatory adviser in Spain”.
Peers say that Borys Danevych of Danevych Law has “a deep level of expertise, timing and availability to his practice” as well as “the ability to provide legal advice on various matters without additional time for preparation”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Coleen Klasmeier comes recommended for her FDA approval expertise thanks to her important experience at the FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel. She handles an array of contentious proceedings and regulatory strategy matters.
Raymond Bonner wins acclaim from peers as “a great lawyer in the field”. He heads the firm’s food, drug and medical compliance group, and focuses on representing life sciences companies before government investigations and in litigation.
Scott Bass is endorsed as a “top notch practitioner in this field”. He is “very good to work with and a go-to for dietary supplement work”.
Sources say Martin Javier Mosteirin stands out as “a very knowledgeable practitioner in regulatory matters”. He regularly advises clients in the biopharmaceutical, health, medical and cosmetic sectors.
Martín Bensadon is a sterling practitioner with nearly 30 years of experience in IP matters pertaining to the biosciences sector.
Jeffrey Gibbs secures prolific recommendations and emerges as a Global Elite Thought leader. He is “an awesome device lawyer who is smart, knowledgeable and practical”.
Robert Dormer is “a well-established figure” who has been “one of the top lawyers in the field for years”.
Jeffrey Shapiro is preeminent name in America’s life sciences space with over 20 years of experience advising on FDA matters.
Angela Fan Chi Kung is “a leader in life sciences matters and has ample experience with regulatory issues”. Peers note that she is “very resourceful, and has detailed knowledge of the pharma and biotech regulatory environment in Brazil”.
Camila Martino Parise gains plaudits as “a very savvy lawyer in the market”. She has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of life sciences matters.
Other leading individuals
TozziniFreire Advogados’ Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo Maurer possesses “excellent knowledge of the pharma and biotech regulatory environment in Brazil” as well as strong experience of regulatory and transactional mandates.
Ana María Castro with Lloreda Camacho & Co comes recommended as “one of the finest regulatory practitioners for pharma matters”. Peers call him “a regulatory star with many clients in the small molecule and biotech sectors”.
The “excellent” Eileen McMahon of Torys is highlighted as a standout practitioner. She chairs the firms drug regulatory practice and and is well versed in regulatory clearance and IP protection matters.
Adrienne Blanchard at Blanchard Law Office is a titan of the life sciences market in North America, and “has to be on the list”. She has over 20 years of experience with regulatory issues.
Smart & Biggar’s Alice Tseng secures numerous recommendations from peers. She combines her expertise as a lawyer, patent agent and pharmacist to advise on complex regulatory and marketing matters.
Daniel Kracov at Arnold & Porter is one of North America’s foremost regulatory authorities, deemed a “very highly regarded attorney” and a “a well-known, excellent lawyer”.
James Czaban with DLA Piper emerges as one of the market’s leading minds, with “very well-rounded expertise”.
Mark Brown with King & Spalding is a consummate regulatory expert in the North American market. He focuses on FDA matters, civil litigation and risk assessment issues in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ Kathleen Sanzo is “one of the stars at the firm” for regulatory issues. Her practice is geared towards advising on matters pertaining to prescription drugs, biotechnology and clinical testing.
Richard Cooper with Williams & Connolly is praised as “one of the best litigators when it comes to food and drug law”. He is “definitely one of the smartest guys in the field and is incredibly knowledgeable, with decades of experience behind him”.
Hogan Lovells’ Jonathan Kahan is identified as “one of the leading experts in device law” and a “go-to medical device guy”. He is “very highly regarded and well known” in the market.
Stephen Terman of Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz is a respected figure in the North American market when it comes to regulatory issues, including medical device law and related litigation.
Gary Yingling at Morgan Lewis & Bockius has “a well-rounded expertise” and is "very active in the field”. Respondents are quick to point out that he is “a good guy and fantastic lawyer”.
John Manthei with Latham & Watkins is acclaimed for his expertise in regulatory matters pertaining to the medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors.
The “terrific” Jennifer Bragg of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is “a strong practitioner in the field” who “definitely has a thorough understanding of the space”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Greg Williams at Clayton Utz "has come into his own as a leader in the industry", with respondents describing him as "one of the top class action litigators in the country".
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Kensuke Suzuki earns extensive recognition for his high-quality advice to on regulations pertaining to the pharmaceutical, mdical and healthcare sectors.
Miguel Masaru Kitamura at Kitamura & Makiyama is “an extremely responsive lawyer with a strong base of knowledge”, with an outstanding reputation among commentators.
Wee Hann Lim of Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of Singapore’s most distinguished life sciences practitioners. He advises clients in the biotechnology, health and pharmaceutical sectors on a range of regulatory matters.
Benjamin Gaw of Drew & Napier is “precise, knowledgeable and extremely commercial” in his approach, and is “particularly god with biotechnology and high-tech issues associated with medical devices and medical systems”. Peers call him “efficient and always a delight to work with”.
Alan Adcock with Tilleke & Gibbins is celebrated by peers across Asia for his expertise in regulatory and IP matters, with deep experience advising on advertising, registration and labelling issues.