In this chapter, we recognise 200 lawyers for their world-class expertise and experience in a variety of M&A, private venture and private equity transactions, as well as collaborative and license agreements across the life sciences sector.
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
Covington & Burling
Lucinda Osborne ranks among Europe’s finest transactional specialists and is renowned for her in-depth understanding of technology transactions in the life sciences sector.
Daniel Pavin is “excellent with clients” note sources, who commend his adept handling of licensing and other strategic agreements between life sciences companies.
James Halstead is a favourite among peers and clients when it comes to complex transactions between international pharmaceutical and technology companies.
Sources note that James Gubbins is a top choice for a range of transactional matters spanning M&As, IPOs and private equity investments across the life sciences and technology industries.
Paul Claydon is commended for his over 25 years of experience advising on M&A, IPOS and securities transactions.
John Wilkinson is distinguished as “a truly diligent transactional lawyer”, well versed in advising clients in the pharmaceutical and medical technology sectors on joint venture agreements.
Stephen Rosen enjoys a stellar reputation among peers thanks to his impressive corporate practice, which is geared towards M&A and private equity financing.
Nicola Maguire is respected name in the UK market with over 15 years of experience regarding transactional matters in the life sciences industry.
Malcolm Bates is an established life sciences specialist with significant transactional experience spanning licensing and distribution issues within the sector.
Tim Worden is sought after by clients for his expertise with licensing deals, M&A transactions and venture capital investment in the life sciences field.
David Mardle is a well-regarded transactional lawyer with over 20 years of experience leading on M&A transactions and financing efforts in the life sciences and technology sectors.
Patrick Duxbury is described by peers in the European life sciences market as “big competition in the field”. One source notes, “I would refer work to him if we have a conflict.”
Luke Kempton enjoys a stellar reputation among sources as “an excellent transactional lawyer” with a strong background in the life sciences and biochemistry arenas.
Other leading individuals
Martin Brodey at Dorda Rechtsanwälte is lauded as a “very good M&A practitioner, who is constructive in negotiations”. He is backed by 20 years of transactional experience in the life sciences industry.
At Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab, Thomas Holst Laursen is “pragmatic and solution oriented” and is well versed in public and private M&A transactions across the life sciences sector.
Kromann Reumert’s Marianne Philip is lauded by commentators as “the transactional lawyer in Denmark”, highly sought after by industrial and finance clients for her expertise with a host of M&A and capital market transactions.
Sally Shorthose of Bird & Bird ranks as one of the UK’s leading transactional specialists in the life sciences sector, whose first-rate practice encompasses licensing agreements as well as development collaborations.
Alison Dennis with Taylor Wessing is distinguished for her 20 years of experience advising clients on IP transactions and acquisitions, making her a key name in the market.
Allen & Overy’s Jim Ford is known for his impressive track record on M&As, joint ventures and licensing agreements in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.
Mikael Salmela at Hogan Lovells enjoys sweeping endorsements from commentators, who are impressed by his skill with a diverse range of transactional and regulatory issues in the life sciences sector.
Stephan Rau with McDermott Will & Emery is appreciated by peers as a lawyer who has “in-depth life sciences expertise, particularly in healthcare matters, and a solution-oriented approach”.
Hogan Lovells’ Jörg Schickert is described by commentators as “a great colleague who is extremely experienced and knows the life sciences market inside out”.
Matthias Nordmann at SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte enjoys an exceptional reputation when it comes to advising international corporations, investors and entrepreneurs on their M&A and structured transactions.
Yuval Horn of Horn & Co Law Offices “shines as a practitioner” in Israel’s life sciences market and is known as a top name for advising biotechnology companies.
Barry Levenfeld with Yigal Arnon & Co is a pre-eminent life sciences lawyer with an impressively diverse practice that spans technology and life sciences M&A and investment.
At BonnelliErede, Andrea Carta Mantiglia “has a great experience in M&A in the life sciences sector” report sources, and is also accomplished with joint venture and private equity matters.
Luca Gambini at Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale possesses “amazing project management skills” and a “practical approach, business acumen and an ability to understand the sensitivities of both the client and the other party”.
Fieldfisher’s Marcel Willems is appreciated in the market as “a good lawyer who is well known in the life science arena”. He has over 30 years of experience with distressed acquisitions.
Héctor Jausàs Farré at Fieldfisher JAUSAS receives considerable endorsements from peers for his life sciences expertise and is recognised as one of Spain’s top minds on related transactions.
Camilla Appelgren of Mannheimer Swartling is lauded by market commentators as “a lawyer who brings a good deal of insight in the relevant areas” and a “business-minded approach”.
Markus Wang with Bär & Karrer is a first-class name for non-contentious life sciences matters, including license negotiations, outsourcing and R&D agreements.
Pestalozzi’s Christian Roos secures recognition as an established name in the Italian life sciences market. He is a go-to for M&A transactions and corporate restructurings in the space.
Christoph Lang is a highly regarded practitioner with an enviable life sciences practice that focuses on M&A, governance and antitrust issues.
Asters’ Igor Svechkar is sought after by clients for his considerable expertise in competition issues relating to life sciences transactions.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Barbara Kosacz is an outstanding life sciences lawyer renowned for her excellence when it comes to high-value transactions across the sector.
L Kay Chandler enjoys “a fantastic reputation” for her “practical approach” to complex transactions. She is endorsed as “a pleasure to deal with”.
Robert Jones is distinguished as a stalwart of the life sciences market in the USA, with vast experience with public and private financing briefs.
Laura Berezin is a highly respected life sciences practitioner, relied upon for her skill in M&A and corporate financing transactions across the industry.
Mitchell Bloom is singled out as “one of the greats currently practising” when it comes to public offerings, M&As and financing matters.
Michael Bison possesses “a significant amount of experience in the life sciences sector”, and is regularly retained by clients to advise on life sciences investments.
Kingsley Taft is praised by peers as “a fantastic lawyer in the space” who possesses considerable experience in company formation, venture financing and M&A matters.
Covington & Burling
John Hurvitz is lauded by market commentators as “a strong transactions lawyer” with impressive experience in M&A and other high-value transactions.
Peter Barton Hutt is “always generous with good advice” report commentators. He brings world-class experience as chief counsel of the FDA to his work advising clients on regulatory issues and transactional briefs.
James Snipes is a highly esteemed life sciences transaction specialist known for his sweeping knowledge of strategic collaborations and licensing transactions.
Emily Leonard enjoys a sterling reputation among peers thanks to her deep expertise in life science joint ventures, licensing and technology transfers.
Other leading practitioners
Cheryl Reicin at Torys “always demonstrates high levels of expertise, tenacity and commitment to accomplishing the mission under management” and is “an exceptional lawyer” according to impressed sources.
Jay Lefton of Fasken impresses peers with “his intelligence, practical approach to resolving issues and his business mindset”. Sources say, “He has the unique ability to quickly identify client concerns and offer up practical legal advice.”
Vanessa Grant with Norton Rose Fulbright is a lawyer clients and peers “have a lot of respect for”. One commentator states that she is “the go to practitioner in Canada in this area”.
Latham & Watkins’ Alan Mendelson ranks as one of the USA’s foremost authorities on the full range of life sciences matters, notably high-value transactions.
Marc Rubenstein at Ropes & Gray is a distinguished transactional lawyer in the life sciences sector, known for his expert handling of licensing arrangements and product agreements.
Kenneth Clark of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati enjoys “an amazing reputation in the life sciences field”, particularly when it comes to strategic alliance and M&A transactions.
Jonathan Kravetz with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo is highly sought after by clients in the life sciences space for his expertise in public offerings, M&A transactions and venture capital financings.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Martin Javier Mosteirin at Marval O’Farrell Mairal wins acclaim from peers as “a very strong, well-connected and personable practitioner” who sits at the top of the life sciences market in Argentina.
Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo Maurer of TozziniFreire Advogados has a focus on M&A transactions in the life sciences sector and is identified as one of the leaders in the field by market commentators.
Angela Fan Chi Kung with Pinheiro Neto Advogados is at the forefront of life sciences law in Brazil and brings 30 years of experience with regulatory and transactional experience to her briefs.
Gustavo Alcocer at Olivares y Compañía is described by market commentators as “a great transactional life sciences lawyer” when it comes to advising domestic and international businesses on cross-border matters.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Arthur Mok at Ropes & Gray receives widespread endorsements for his work advising life sciences clients on cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions.
Geoffrey Lin is a respected name in the Chinese market, with sources highlighting his expertise with IP transactions as particularly strong.
Alison Wong of Bird & Bird is applauded for her remarkable facility for providing first-rate counsel on complex transactions within the life sciences sector.
Sajai Singh with J Sagar Associates secures a spot among India’s foremost transactional lawyers in the life sciences space. He focuses on M&A, joint venture and financing transactions.
TMI Associates’ Toshiharu Furukawa is a key name in the Japanese market for life sciences matters where he has over 20 years of experience.
Benjamin Gaw at Drew & Napier is held in high esteem for his excellence in joint ventures and M&A transactions in the life sciences sector.
Wee Hann Lim of Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of Singapore’s most distinguished transactional specialists. He has over 30 years of experience with cross-border private M&As and investments.