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Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare

The business of vital innovation

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The pharmaceutical and healthcare sector is one of the world’s most vital and innovative.

Against a backdrop of technological change and an increasing and aging population, we partner with our clients to help them achieve their goals, capitalise on opportunities and navigate uncertainty.

Combining deep scientific, technical and strategic knowledge we help our clients by providing the commercial nous, experience and range of services that only a large international professional services firm can offer, to anticipate and deliver innovative and value-enhancing solutions.

Diverse knowledge and in-depth expertise

Recent Experience

A global innovator pharmaceuticals company

Advising in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore. This concerned a dispute with another global pharmaceuticals company arising out of a co-promotion agreement. Following a two-week merits hearing, our client won a significant award.

AbbVie

Advising AbbVie on its proposed US$55 billion takeover of Shire, a FTSE-100 pharmaceutical company

Claris Life Sciences Limited

Acting for Claris Life Sciences Limited on the sale of its Global Generic Injectables Business to Baxter for US$ 625 million

Gilead

Representing Gilead in the successful defence of claims for patent infringement in both the UK and Australia brought by Idenix. These claims related to Gilead’s cure for Hepatitis C, sofosbuvir, worth over $10 billion in worldwide annual sales

Ariosa

Representing Ariosa, a subsidiary of Roche, in patent infringement proceedings brought against it in both the English High Court and the Australian Federal Court in relation to its Harmony® non-invasive prenatal test

Diageo

Advising Diageo in relation to product liability issues arising from the distribution of Thalidomide in the late 1950s/early 1960s.  This is a major ongoing tort action with proceedings in multiple jurisdictions

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