Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie was once again invited by Chambers & Partners, one of the leading ranking publications for lawyers, to act as Contributing Editors of the Global Practice Guide for Life Sciences. The guide provides commentary on various legal and business issues by comparing a range of topics and questions in jurisdictions like Brazil, Canada, China, EU, France, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. 

As leaders and specialists in their field, our team structured the overall guide by designing and drafting a survey of questions for other law firms from each jurisdiction to respond to. This includes an overview of the local regulatory framework and issues in relation to clinical trials, marketing authorities, pricing and reimbursement, promotion and advertising, manufacturing, distribution, import/export, patents and other intellectual property, competition, transactions/collaborations, investigations/white collar, product liability and privacy/data protection. Considering this broad scope, the publication represents the most complete guide in the market for medicines and medical devices. 

In addition, Ben McLaughlin (Partner and Chair of the Global Healthcare Group, Sydney), Christian Lopez-Silva (Partner and member of the North American and Latin American Healthcare Groups, Mexico City),  Randall Sunberg (Partner and co-head of the North American Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Group) and Denis Segota (Partner, North American Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Group) co-authored the introduction chapter which summarizes trends and developments in the sector, such as changing business models, the impact of geopolitics and trade, regulatory convergence, data as a new battleground, flourishing deal activity, compliance and anti-corruption and pricing and reimbursement.

At the same time, Christian and his colleagues Carlos Vela-Treviño (Partner), Marina Hurtado-Cruz (Senior Associate) and Carlos Davila-Peniche (Senior Associate) provided responses for the Mexico chapter.

Christian Lopez-Silva says, “It is a privilege to work on this guide with Chambers & Partners for the third year. The life sciences and healthcare industry continues to have a number of trends developing and disrupting the traditional ways of how healthcare companies do business – we are happy to provide insights to this dynamic industry based on what we are seeing through the opportunities we have collaborating with and advising life sciences companies.” 

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