Our Life Sciences team is a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers providing specialist services to the life sciences sectors.  The disciplines covered by the Unit include intellectual property, technology and commercial contracts, regulatory, corporate, banking, property and litigation which are tailored to the requirements of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostic industries.

The specialists on the team cover a broad range of issues relevant to the life sciences sectors including the following:

  • CRO managed Clinical Trials (both HSE and NHS based)
  • Research, collaboration, development  and commercialisation arrangements
  • Inter-group licensing of intellectual property in pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Intellectual property ownership,  licensing, assignments and technology transfers
  • Manufacture and distribution arrangements
  • Warehouse distribution services
  • Advising on EMA and Health Products Regulatory Authority requirements
  • Intellectual property protection, registration and disputes
  • Product liability
  • Sector specific competition law
  • Venture capital, private equity, IDA grant agreements and other fundraising structures
  • Corporate restructuring, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

Experience

  • Advised a leading global medical technology company involved in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of innovative, high-technology therapies and products for the wound care, regenerative medicine and therapeutic support system markets.
  • Advisinga well-known manufacturer of medical diagnostic devices, patient monitoring systems and miniature precision lamps, on an ongoing basis.
  • Advised a major US multinational life sciences group in the process of restructuring its group operations in Europe, including the closure of a manufacturing facility in Ireland which involved following a tax driven structure and addressing many legal issues in different areas including supply arrangements, customs matters, data protection, IDA Grant Agreements, employment and commercial property.
  • Acted for a major multinational group in relation to its recent investment in a highly regulated medical devices manufacturer based in Galway. This client is a global custom manufacturer for the medical device and healthcare industries.
  • Advised a multinational producer of medical devices on a range of Irish law and regulatory issues since its acquisition of a manufacturing plant in Ireland.
  • Advised a leading innovation driven pharmaceutical group on various regulatory issues.
  • Advised a global medical technology company on anti-competitive practice.
  • Acted for specialist packaging firm Venture Packaging in the sale of the company to US multinational Cardinal Health.
  • Advised the shareholders of various clinics in Ireland.
  • Acted for the hospital operator Triad Hospitals, Inc., on the purchase and subsequent sale of a privately owned full-service hospital in the Dublin area developed in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Medicine International.
  • Advised a global medical technology company serving the needs of acute and long-term care facilities.
  • Acted for specialist packaging firm Venture Packaging in the sale of the company to US multinational Cardinal Health.
Head of Practice
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Marco Hickey

Partner
Life Sciences

mhickey@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1522


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Marco Hickey

Partner

mhickey@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1522

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Emmet Scully

Partner

escully@lkshields.ie
+353 1 637 1538

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Richard Curran

Partner

rcurran@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1514

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