Company Overview
The Life Sciences sector is rapidly evolving with new (technological) entrants. In these challenging times, companies, universities and professional associations seek a trusted legal partner on which they can rely to deliver practical, cost-effective legal advice. Whether they’re in biotech, medtech, pharmaceuticals or digital health, clients select us for our exceptional expertise and experience in every domain. From drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements to advising and litigating on all IP and regulatory issues. From counseling on compliance with competition law to helping clients launch successful strategies and advising them on matters related to their settlement, distribution and cooperation agreements.
We are convinced that a multi-disciplinary approach is required to meet the specialist needs of life sciences companies and institutions. A number of our lawyers have a technical background in biotechnology or biomedical sciences, enabling us to quickly grasp the technical issues involved.
Regulatory
Our team has a detailed understanding of the Belgian and EU regulatory framework relating to life sciences. We advise and litigate on all regulatory issues, including marketing authorizations, pricing and reimbursement decisions, legislative reforms, off-label use questions, parallel import, etc. We also advise clients on the marketing and advertising of medicinal products, including compliance with the applicable rules and codes of conduct, restrictions regarding promotional offers and hospitality towards health care providers, internal audits and drafting of company guidelines.
Our clients are increasingly confronted with public procurement and competitive tendering procedures when contracting with public authorities or with private entities. We regularly advise and litigate both in relation to the generally applicable rules and with respect to particular tenders.
We have represented clients in regulatory matters before the Belgian administrative and civil courts and assisted clients in procedures before the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Ethical Health platform Mdeon, the Deontological and Pharmaceutical Ethics Committee and other regulatory and legislative bodies.
Intellectual Property
We provide creative advice on all aspects of IP law and have particular experience with regards to medicinal products and medical services. Our team has developed a reputation for helping clients launch successful strategies and for representing them in litigation relating to the validity and infringement of patents and supplementary protection certificates and on trademark issues relating to parallel imports. We are also one of Belgium’s leading practices when it comes to pre-trial discovery and preliminary injunction proceedings (‘saisie-contrefaçon’).
Corporate, Commercial, Employment
We advise our life sciences clients on the full range of corporate and commercial issues affecting their businesses. We have specific experience in drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements, for example between pharmaceutical companies and (IT) suppliers, or licensing and development agreements. We also provide advice on joint venture arrangements, commercial contracts, employment matters, corporate governance, etc. Our corporate and employment team has led the legal due diligence for several acquisitions in the life sciences sector, where the typical target companies are small to medium sized Belgian start-ups and University spin-offs.
Competition
We were involved in the European Commission’s pharmaceutical sector inquiry report, and we regularly advise life sciences companies on matters related to their settlement, distribution and cooperation agreements, and on parallel imports. We also advise on a wide range of transactional activity and represent clients in merger control proceedings. We counsel on compliance with competition law and offer related training specifically tailored to individual companies or associations.
Litigation
We are trial lawyers first and foremost but our first goal as litigators is to work with our clients to prevent disputes arising. Should it become necessary to take further action, our aim is to help businesses resolve disputes quickly and favorably. Our broad litigation experience allows us to provide our clients with clear, concise advice on all relevant issues, including ‘freedom to operate’, cross-border and UPClitigation strategies, nullity arguments, infringement questions and advice on the applicability of the “Bolar” or research exemptions. Our track record is impressive and makes us a ‘go-to’ litigation firm.