Leading Global law firm Baker McKenzie's Healthcare Group has received recognition with a Band 3 ranking in the 2017 Chambers Global Guide, under the Life Sciences listing. The group was described as, "Well-known with broad geographical coverage and respected teams throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. It is noted for its transactional capabilities and often advises leading pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare companies. It also assists with regulatory, IP and competition work." The ranking means that Baker McKenzie's Healthcare Group is once again rated amongst the top ten in the world.
In the Guide. clients interviewed noted Baker McKenzie's international footprint, saying: "They are present in a lot of emerging markets and are very quick to leverage their global teams who bring market knowledge, interweaved with pragmatism and market perspective." One client said: “We needed an overview and materials for multiple jurisdictions with a strict timeline. We appreciated that we received not only a solid analysis, but also practical advice, with a short timeline and with respect to a large number of countries.”
Baker McKenzie lawyers Julian Thurston and Christian Lopéz Silva were also recognised in the individual rankings.
Julian was rated in Band 2 in the Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial ranking, and was described as having a strong reputation in the market for providing transactional advice in the life sciences sector, with a recognised presence on international matters.
Christian is the head of the pharmaceuticals and life sciences group in Mexico and was rated in Band 4 in the Life Sciences: Regulatory/Compliance ranking. He is principally recognised for advising on regulatory matters, particularly in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Clients underline "the thoroughness and clarity of his explanations and strategy."
Ben McLaughlin, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie's Healthcare Group welcomed the news,
We are delighted to have been ranked in the top 10 law firms in the world in life sciences, as it confirms the quality and breadth of our expertise and our client service. It also highlights the individual achievement of our truly excellent team, and I warmly congratulate Julian and Christian on their individual rankings.