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Ireland is home to an unrivalled number of the world's leading life science and medical technology companies operating in areas such as Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Medical Devices and Diagnostics across the R&D, production and distribution sectors. This includes nine of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies and fifteen of the top twenty-five medical technology companies. It also includes a number of companies born in Ireland, such as Icon, as well as companies who have in recent years chosen Ireland as their global base, including Covidien, Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Alkermes plc, all global leaders in their fields. The continued growth and future success of this sector in Ireland is being supported by the renewed focus and investment of Irish Government, State agencies (in particular IDA Ireland), academic and research institutions and the investment community.  

A&L Goodbody has been at the centre of the developments in this sector since the 1970s, with a team dedicated to the area. This team includes lawyers from the various specialist areas across the Firm, from our offices in Ireland, the UK and the US, many of whom have medical and scientific backgrounds, and a number who have experience previously working in jurisdictions including the UK, USA and Asia. Market commentators continually rank this practice at the very top of the market.   

The team is widely recognised for providing innovative solutions, pioneering structures and having unparralled market insight and relationships. These are the reasons why such a significant number of companies look to A&L Goodbody for the extensive range of specialist legal advice. Our clients range from large and medium sized companies to emergent companies. Clients include Abbott Laboratories, Baxter, Bayer, Biovail Technologies, GE Healthcare, Genzyme, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Lundbeck, Opsona Therapeutics, Pfizer, Ranbaxy, Teva and Vention Medical. We also regularly advise private equity and venture capital funds investing in the life sciences industry.  

Our advice includes:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions - including joint ventures, private equity, restructuring and reorganisations
  • Commercial contracts and agreements - including licensing, collaborative research and development, distribution agreements
  • Patent litigation
  • Regulation 
  • Pricing, refusal to supply, parallel trade, generic pricing, new pricing, and products going off patent
  • Other specialists areas include EU, Competition & Procurement, Dispute Resolution, Tax, Employment and Commercial Property

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"Strong reputation for healthcare and life sciences...”

Legal 500 2016

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