France: Life Sciences 2019

This year’s research into the French life sciences market sees 44 individuals highlighted for their performance on transactional and contentious matters across all sections of the life sciences space.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Cécile Derycke Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, Paris
2. Thomas Rouhette Signature Litigation Paris, Paris
3. Jacques-Antoine Robert Simmons & Simmons, Paris
4. Pascale Poupelin  Dentons, Paris

Simmons & Simmons is one of the leading firms in the sector, with three individuals highlighted this year.
Jacques-Antoine Robert is a prominent figure in the market who receives high praise from peers for his adept handling of matters in the biotechnology space.
Marina Cousté wins high praise from respondents to our research who laud her excellent work on matters across Europe in the pharmaceutical sector.
Alexandre Regniault is a go-to name in the jurisdiction who is highlighted for his deep expertise on both contentious and advisory matters arising from the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors.

Dentons impresses in our research and receives three inclusions in this chapter.
Pascale Poupelin is a distinguished lawyer who commands great respect from peers in the jurisdiction. She runs an enviable practice that sees her engaged in consumer protection regulation and market access matters.
François Vignaud is a terrific practitioner with a stellar reputation in the market. He stands out for his extensive experience handling matters on the regulatory side of life sciences issues.
Anne-Laure Marcerou receives much applause from peers who commend her impressive handling of contract negotiation and strategic partnerships in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Allen & Overy wins three nominations to our guide this year.
Laëtitia Bénard is a leading name who is described as “a very well-known practitioner” by market observers. They state that she “has an impressive reputation for life sciences IP”.
Eveline Van Keymeulen receives effusive praise from peers this year for her adeptness on matters such as market authorisations and product life cycle management.
David Por draws strong support from respondents to our research who credit his excellent work in the field of international patent litigation.

Dechert performs strongly this year, receiving three inclusions here.
Mélanie Thill-Tayara is a well-established figure in the market who draws widespread plaudits from peers for her ability on M&A and competition issues arising out of the life sciences sector.
Alain Decombe receives high praise from respondents for his first-rate practice that sees him engaged in a range of transactional matters in the space.
Sophie Pelé is a superb regulatory lawyer with commentators highlighting her for her impressive work on matters such as market access and public procurement.

Hogan Lovells is home to standout practitioner Cécile Derycke who continues to impress in our research for her stellar performance on product liability litigation in the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors.

Thomas Rouhette at Signature Litigation Paris is one of the foremost figures in the French life sciences market. He is well respected for his leading work on related product liability claims.

McDermott Will & Emery’s Emmanuelle Trombe has “a very good reputation on the transactional side of IP matters” according to impressed sources.

Intuity’s Christophe Henin is a top-drawer practitioner who is credited for his wealth of experience on product liability defence matters. He is described by one source as “excellent for regulatory matters”.

At Fieldfisher, Olivier Lantrès is “a very fine lawyer” according to impressed respondents this year. He garners praise for his superb expertise on pharmaceutical advertising and clinical trials.

At CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Bernard Geneste is “a very well-known lawyer for his work on market access and price setting”. He is recognised for his excellent work advising medical device manufacturers in litigation against the French state.

At Hoyng Rokh Monegier Véron, Pierre Véron is a pre-eminent litigator in the market who is recommended for his standout performance on issues relating to patents in the life science sector.
Sabine Agé wins high praise from peers this year for her adept handling of international patent disputes, with specialist expertise in the field of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Alain Gorny of SEA Avocats SELAS is a recognisable figure in the market who provides clients with deep understanding of regulatory matters in the space.

Fréget - Tasso de Panafieu’s Olivier Fréget is “one of the best” and “really stands out for his excellent work in the pharmaceutical sector”. He is known to be “excellent for cases with a competition angle” and “knows the area really well”.

At Delsol Avocats, Thomas Roche is a prominent figure in the market who interviewees state “really knows his stuff”. He is noted for his “fantastic expertise” on issues such as clinical trials and market access.

Jean-Marie Job at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés is a first-class practitioner who maintains a well-respected practice that features specialist knowledge of the intersection of data and healthcare.

Yves Bizollon of Bird & Bird draws effusive praise from respondents to our research for his excellent work on cross-border litigation in the field of pharmaceuticals.

At Kennedys France, Christian Bouckaert is a dean of the field who garners widespread applause from interviewees this year for his experience on product liability issues in the pharmaceutical sector.

LCH’s Laure Le Calvé is a greatly respected lawyer who is highlighted for his in-depth understanding of e-health issues the jurisdiction.

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