Life Sciences and healthcare

Life sciences companies face an increasingly complex and competitive landscape. To succeed in this environment, industry leaders and start-ups and their investors and capital providers need a strong partner that can provide creative yet practical legal and business solutions to help them navigate the unpredictable market. We can help.

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Client Successes

Successfully defended Eli Lilly against patent infringement allegations by Sanofi involving medical device and formulation patents relating to Sanofi’s largest selling insulin

Serve as lead counsel to a global pharmaceutical company across four continents in high-profile government investigations and internal reviews

Advised Merck & Co. on major cross-border M&A transactions including its strategic agreement with Quartet Medicine, acquisition of Afferent Pharmaceuticals, and acquisition of therapeutics pioneer Rigontec

Represented Deerfield Management in the launch of a first-of-its-kind research partnership with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, aimed at solving complex, early-stage therapeutic challenges related to serious unmet medical needs

Represented the lead arrangers in a US$900M bank financing for Bain Capital Private Equity's and J.H. Whitney Capital Partners' acquisition of Epic Health Services and PSA Healthcare

Tackling Industry Challenges with Core Competencies

We bring a global, interdisciplinary approach to support our life sciences and healthcare clients’ multifaceted needs. Our leading practice provides strategic legal counsel on critical intellectual property and helps clients navigate compliance, investigations, and enforcement issues, including FDA oversight throughout the product lifecycle. We also help clients structure transactions and financing arrangements, develop first-of-their-kind innovative strategic partnerships and licensing agreements, and advise on unique data governance issues, IoT development, and roll-out, as well as proactive privacy/cybersecurity assessments. Our leading lawyers also work closely with members of our Life Sciences Consulting Group to design, build, implement, and operate effective compliance risk management programs.

We partner with clients to understand and advise on their business and legal objectives, delivering tailored solutions, creative strategies, innovative value-add offerings, and seamless service across practices and regions. Our lawyers handle complex transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters, providing guidance and insight into the industry as a whole. The diversity of our cumulative experience allows us to be lean and targeted in our support.


Global life sciences companies face various challenges, from protecting patents to ensuring compliance to building a strong product pipeline. Whether you’re a pharma giant or an innovative start-up, how can you best manage your resources—and your risks—in pursuit of growth?

We help our clients protect and enhance their value in this complex, unpredictable marketplace:

  • Partnering with more than half of the top 50 life sciences companies by market capitalization
  • Handling numerous high-stakes, bet-the-company patent litigations, and post-grant proceedings
  • Advising on high-profile government compliance, investigations, and enforcement issues, including FDA regulatory and enforcement advice
  • Structuring complex cross-border transactions—from M&A to innovative strategic partnerships to licensing and funding arrangements
  • Developing and implementing compliance risk management programs in collaboration with our Life Sciences Consulting Group
  • Nearly every lawyer in our premier IP practice has a technical degree in life sciences, engineering, or chemistry. The group includes PhD-level scientific advisors who have substantial experience in pharmaceutical patent litigation.


  • Named IPR Team of the Year by LMG Life Sciences.
  • Ranked by Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars as Tier 1 in Life Sciences.
  • The firm was named Life Sciences Litigation Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property.
  • The firm is ranked Gold in New York by 2019 IAM Patent 1000, noting the firm’s strength in Life Sciences.
  • The firm was shortlisted by Benchmark Litigation for "California - Intellectual Property Litigation Firm of the Year"
  • Recognized as Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year by Law360.
  • Recognized as Most Valuable Players – Life Sciences and IP by Law360.
  • Ranked in consecutive editions of Global Investigations Review GIR 100, for handling sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations.