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Maritza Reátegui Valdiviezo

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, School of Law
  • Master’s degree in Business Law, Universidad de Lima
  • Diploma in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Matters from the School of Pharmacy, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
  • Director of the Lima Chamber of Commerce Cosmetics Committee
  • Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce Intellectual Property Committee
  • Member of the Lima Bar Association Industrial Property Trademark and Patent Consultative Committee
  • Member of the Inter American Industrial Property Association ASIPI
  • Member of the Peruvian Industrial Property Association APPI
  • Professor at School of Pharmacy, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
  • Professor in Pharmaceutical Marketing, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas UPC
  • Spanish and English

Muñiz, Ramírez, Pérez-Taiman & Olaya:

The Firm, founded in 1981, relies on a team of professionals highly specialized in the different areas of law and thoroughly familiar with the economic sectors in which they work, which makes their legal services fit perfectly with their clients’ business strategies.

Muñiz, Ramírez, Pérez-Taiman & Olaya are actually the only Firm in Peru with nationwide coverage through a vast network of offices, which allows the firm to offer high quality services in almost every city in Peru.

The Firm’s lawyers’ international experience is highly appreciated by clients in a context of sustained economic
growth and integration with the rest of the world. more >>

Mike von Seidel

Mike is a partner at Von Seidels and has extensive experience in filing and prosecuting local and foreign patent and design applications. He advises clients on their intellectual property rights and how to protect their interests.

Mike has extensive experience of over 40 years’ in patent searching, assessing patentability, drafting, filing and prosecuting local South African and foreign patent applications and registered design applications. He has been involved to an extent in patent litigation; however, his work has focused more towards to serious involvement in the licensing of intellectual property.

Mike specialises in advising clients on the broad spectrum of intellectual property rights available to them and how to best protect their business interests

Patent Law Practice:

South Africa has a depository patent filing system. South African patent applications are not subjected to substantive examination. As a result, the cost of obtaining a granted patent in South Africa is relatively low and no examination or final grant fees are payable. South Africa is a member of the Paris Convention and the PCT. The deadline for filing PCT national phase applications is 31 months from the earliest priority date. The South African Registrar of Patents has discretion to extend the national phase entry deadline by 3 months on request.

Von Seidels:

Our attorneys are a team of dynamic, dedicated and like-minded individuals that bring together many years of intellectual property law experience, knowledge and technical expertise.

At Von Seidels we are committed to being a service driven firm that, due to our constitution and focus, is able to offer personalised service to businesses of all sizes as well as to individuals.

We appreciate that the intellectual property needs of businesses vary, and we are committed to developing and implementing relevant and tailored intellectual property strategies for our clients. As substantiation of our commitment to quality, we have obtained the ISO 9001 certification for service quality. Von Seidels is the only intellectual property law firm in Africa to have obtained this certification.

The well-known Swedish intellectual property management system PATRICIA™ forms the backbone of our practice and is fundamental in achieving our quality objectives. At Von Seidels we will help you to let intellectual property work in your favour. more >>

Elysangela De Oliveira Rabelo

Elysangela has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and contractual and regulatory matters in the life sciences and health sectors. In the corporate area, she assists domestic and foreign companies in establishing operations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate reorganizations. She also has significant experience negotiating and drafting commercial contracts such as those concerning distribution, procurement sales representation, supply, and service agreements, among other issues.

In the Life Sciences & Healthcare area, Elysangela has been working on a wide variety of matters involving companies in the pharmaceutical, health products, cosmetics, food, veterinary products and biotechnology sectors. In addition to mergers and acquisitions and restructuring projects, she has assisted clients in obtaining licenses, operating permits and product registrations before the health authorities (ANVISA National Agency for Sanitary Surveillance and MAPA Ministry of Agriculture), as well as on issues relating to marketing and advertising, transfer of product registrations, regulatory compliance, product recall, distribution relations, import and export, and the incorporation of technology in SUS Unified Health System, among other areas.

She also works on matters involving clinical trial agreements, particularly in the preparation and review of research protocols, investigational agreements, and confidentiality and informed consent forms, having assisted clients implement various multicenter projects involving clinical research in Brazil or that involve the use of data from Brazilian patients.

Life Sciences Law Practice:

Our multidisciplinary Life Sciences group includes professionals with experience in the pharmaceutical, health products, biotechnology, cosmetics, and food sectors. We assist both domestic and foreign companies in all areas of law, with significant exposure to and knowledge of the specific markets in which our clients operate.

The services provided by our Life Sciences Group include assistance with mergers and acquisitions, negotiation and drafting of distribution agreements, clinical trials, product liability, import and export, as well as administrative and judicial proceedings involving regulatory agencies.
Our work also covers the registration of trademarks and patents for medicines, legal assistance in licenses and sanitary authorizations, and product registration and certification of companies with the Brazilian National Agency for Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA).

TozziniFreire Advogados:

We are a leading full-service law firm in Latin America that provides legal services to domestic and international companies in a wide variety of business sectors. Representing clients in both consulting and dispute matters, we have played a major role in many of the most significant transactions in the Brazilian market.

We are a client-oriented firm that strives to deliver results-oriented service tailored to our clients’ specific needs. Their achievements form the foundation on which our own success relies upon.

Our rapid growth and consistent success is the result of our demonstrated record as Brazil’s leading innovator when it comes to building on the quality of our services, improving our ability to meet client needs, developing and expanding our expertise, becoming more efficient and cost-effective in the delivery of our services, creating a positive and supportive work environment, and giving back to our profession, our community and the world around us.

With national coverage and fully-owned offices in several cities in Brazil, we see ourselves as one cohesive entity and act accordingly, operating as a one-firm resource and guaranteeing our clients outstanding services across the board. This proven approach enables us to safeguard the firm’s culture, mission and values – which are the essence of who we are and what we do. more >>

Lennart Arvidson

LENNART ARVIDSON heads Setterwalls’ Life Sciences specialist group. He represents both national and international clients. His practice focuses on regulatory and intellectual property work and litigation, with particular emphasis on the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors and clients within the IT-industry. Several cases have involved international dimensions requiring the coordination of different legal proceedings. Lennart also works with commercial disputes in courts and arbitration boards and he is an accredited CEDR mediator.

Life Sciences Law Practice:

At Setterwalls you get access to an in-depth knowledge of regulatory, patent and other IP law issues as well as commercial understanding. In addition, our industry team of lawyers can assist you with everything from risk assessment to negotiating research and development agreements, licence agreements and other agreements for the day-to-day business as well as structural transactions and strategic investments. With solid industry know-how, we deal with complicated patent disputes.

We represent both young innovative companies and internationally well established players.


Setterwalls is one of Sweden’s leading full-service law firms with a well established international network.

We have a workforce of approximately 260, of which 190 are lawyers. We all share the same focus – to make our clients’ business more successful.

At your disposal are experienced specialists in all business-critical fields.

Our ambition is at all times to be a flexible and astute legal partner. It is easy to cooperate with us and we are always easy to reach. This means that you can always obtain the assistance you need at any given time.

We have offices in the three largest cities in Sweden – Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. more >>

Katarzyna Czyżewska

Katarzyna Czyżewska, an advocate, with many years of experience in providing advice to entities operating in the broadly understood life sciences sector, including pharmaceutical companies.

Katarzyna Czyżewska renders legal consultancy services in regulatory matters connected with manufacturing and marketing medicinal products, medical devices, cosmetics and foodstuffs. In particular, Katarzyna deals with issues related to reimbursement of drugs, medical devices and nutritional products, Community and national registration procedures for medicinal products, including post-registration variations and renewals, as well as with the distribution and safety of use of drugs and other products, and with clinical trials. Her areas of interest include advertising-related issues in the pharmaceutical industry and in related sectors, as well as the matters of unfair competition and of the protection of personal rights. Katarzyna has great experience in assisting pharmaceutical companies in managing crisis situations in the media. Katarzyna Czyżewska represents clients from the life sciences sector, both in proceedings before public administration bodies and in court litigation.

Katarzyna Czyżewska actively participates, as an expert, in public consultations concerning legal acts in the domain of life sciences, as well as she advises one of the most important organizations representing entrepreneurs acting on the pharmaceutical market in Poland. Katarzyna Czyżewska is also acting for the benefit of the Polish Bar, as a member of two commissions affiliated with the National Bar Council.

Life Sciences Law Practice:

e provide comprehensive legal services to pharmaceutical companies and other entities operating in the broadly understood life sciences sector. We have vast experience in work for the pharmaceutical industry, including all aspects of operating on the medicinal product market.

In particular, our consultancy to pharmaceutical companies comprises all regulatory matters. We advise on issues of medicinal product marketing authorisation, renewals, post-registration variations and reimbursement. We also conduct litigation in this regard. We deal with pharmacovigilance matters and with the generally understood quality supervision. In this respect, we also assist our clients in suspending and recalling a batch of a medicinal product. The area of our interest also comprises issues connected with manufacturing medicinal products, including the application of the Good Manufacturing Practice.

In addition, the Law Firm advises pharmaceutical companies and entities dealing with the distribution of medicinal products on matters related to trading in drugs, including parallel import. We issue opinions on sales activities and marketing actions in the distribution channels, we provide assistance in matters connected with the sale of drugs on the hospital market. We handle legal problems involving both wholesale and retail sale of medicinal products.

The Law Firm’s practice in the area of pharmaceuticals also encompasses the issues of advertising and promotion of medicinal products. We evaluate draft advertising materials and conduct litigation before administrative bodies and administrative courts in matters concerning the compliance of an advertisement with the pharmaceutical law. We deal with legal aspects of all promotion activities, including post-marketing studies and sponsoring in pharmacy. We also represent our clients in disputes involving acts of unfair competition in the area of medicinal product advertising. In addition, our work for the pharmaceutical industry comprises the management of crisis situations in the media, specifically connected with the infringement of personal rights of pharmaceutical companies, and criminal law matters.

Czyżewscy kancelaria adwokacka:

zyżewscy kancelaria adwokacka s.c. has been established based on our experience in providing services to entities operating in the life sciences sector on the one hand, and in the intellectual property sector on the other, as a response to growing market demands for highly specialised legal services. While forming our Law Firm, we adopted a unique model of a boutique law firm with a view to providing our clients with bespoke legal services, taking into account not only legal regulations, but the specific nature of their activity. We would like to provide our clients with legal assistance that is fully tailor-made for them. In our work, we also draw on our previous practice in handling court actions and out-of-court disputes.

We believe that, while offering our clients specialised legal services, dedicated to several selected industries and fields of law, we are also able to render assistance at the highest professional level what has been noted already in the first year of the Law Firm’s operations by two prestigious international law firm rankings “Legal500” and “Chambers & Partners”. In the latter the Firm has received recommendations in the two of the Firm’s main fields of expertise: Life Sciences and Intellectual Property what has placed us among the top ranked specialist in the selected areas of practice. more >>

Bert Oosting

Bert Oosting graduated from the University of Utrecht with a degree in Neuropsychology in 1986 and worked as a Researcher and Lecturer at the Cognitive Science and Neuropsychology Department of the University of Utrecht from 1986 through 1989. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Utrecht in 1989, was admitted to the Amsterdam Bar in 1989 when he joined Stibbe. He joined Ekelmans Den Hollander in 1996 where he became a Partner in 1998 and Co-Managing Partner in 1999 and was responsible for the merger with Lovells in 2001.

Bert is a member of the Intellectual Property Steering Committee and the Life Sciences Core Team within Hogan Lovells.

Bert’s practice encompasses all areas of Intellectual Property, Patents and Life Sciences. He regularly lectures on these areas of law and is a prolific writer and speaker on this topic.

Bert has vast experience in patent litigation in all relevant technical areas, but with a specialisation in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and the medical devices industry. Bert not only handles patent cases before the courts in the Netherlands, but has also been involved in oppositions before the European Patent Office. Bert also advises on patent strategy, patent prosecution and enforcement strategies, as well as transactional matters such as technology transfers and licensing.

Life Sciences Law Practice:

Businesses in the life sciences industry face a multitude of complex legal challenges along the entire life of their products and concerning the organization itself.

With a network of more than 350 life sciences lawyers and specialists operating in 17 jurisdictions across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, we are global leaders in the life sciences legal field – Chambers Global 2014 ranks Hogan Lovells’ life sciences practice in band 1.

Across the full product life cycle, from initial clinical trials to off-patent strategy, from business development to defending complex litigation, we provide our clients in the pharmaceutical, biosciences and medical devices industries with an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting their business and the legal solutions they require to compete in a competitive global marketplace.

Our cross-disciplinary approach, the deep bench of talent we have in virtually every discipline, and our knowledge of and contacts with U.S., European, and Asian government agencies enable us to help clients operate or expand globally and achieve their long-term business objectives. Our team can help you navigate the legal and regulatory landscape in the countries in which you do business and advise you on import and export issues and on cross-border transactions. Wherever and whenever you need advice, we are able to support you with dedicated and experienced life sciences lawyers as well as our in-house science unit.

Hogan Lovells:

Hogan Lovells is a global legal practice that helps corporations, financial institutions, and governmental entities across the spectrum of their critical business and legal issues globally and locally. We have over 2,500 lawyers operating out of more than 40 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.

Our practice breadth, geographical reach, and industry knowledge provide us with insights into the issues that affect our clients most deeply and enable us to provide high quality business-oriented legal advice to assist them in achieving their commercial goals.

Hogan Lovells is distinguished by a highly collaborative culture which values the contribution of our diverse team both within Hogan Lovells and in the wider community. Our style is open, service focused, and friendly. We believe that our commitment to client service, commerciality, and teamwork provides benefits to our clients and enhances effective business relationships. more >>

Pascale Poupelin

Pascale Poupelin, a partner in the Paris office, has 17 years of experience in public law. Pascale concentrates on litigation, commercial and property law and advises on various matters related to public law, both from a litigation and an advice standpoint.

Pascale also plays a major role in healthcare law (in both public and private law), she focuses on regulatory, manufacturing, distribution, co-promotion, sponsoring, research and development agreements, product liability, advertisement regulations and ethical and professional healthcare rules.

Life Sciences Law Practice:

Whether you are in pharmaceuticals, veterinary drugs, medical devices, diagnostics, biotechnology, life sciences research, plant biology, crop science, agriculture, or “border” products such as nutraceuticals, food supplements and food products—Dentons knows your business.

Every day, we help life sciences clients decide how best to face the challenges in developing and commercializing products, delivering services, and capitalizing on scientific breakthroughs and business opportunities around the globe. In addition to our lawyers’ seamless collaboration worldwide, we work closely with research institutes, leaders in scientific opinion, pharma-economic and medical experts and management advisers to provide the well-rounded, commercially focused service you need.

When you need capital, we are there. Our lawyers have participated in numerous public offerings, venture capital investments, mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, technology transfer transactions, university spin-offs and initial financing transactions.

Need to capitalize on your innovations? We have structured complex licensing, distribution, co-promotion, development and manufacturing agreements. From research and development through manufacturing, protection of intellectual property and patients’ consent, marketing and sales, we provide the knowledge and support you need to keep projects moving, while mitigating risks to help you steer clear of costly delays and complications.

When compliance issues, investigations, litigation, or problems with anti-gift, anti-corruption and transparency regulations threaten to take you away from the business of improving health, our unparalleled preparation and in-depth knowledge of the law, regulations and your business takes the weight off your shoulders.


Dentons is a global firm driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. We were formed by the March 2013 combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton.

Dentons is built on the solid foundations of three highly regarded law firms. Each built its outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes – individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and start-ups; local, regional and national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.

Now clients benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, CIS and the Caucasus, the UK and the US who are committed to challenging the status quo to offer creative business and legal solutions. more >>

Wong Sai Fong

Over the years, Mr Wong has represented many multi-nationals in litigation and intellectual property enforcement matters. He also frequently appears as Senior Counsel in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court on behalf of solicitors, and is often asked by intellectual property protection and enforcement coalitions to propose amendments to existing intellectual property laws or new laws to provide for better efficiency in the enforcement of intellectual property rights, and sits as a member on ad hoc government committees set up to review existing intellectual property laws or to propose amendments to existing laws.

His non-litigation work includes advising on information technology, e-commerce telecommunications, franchising, entertainment, media, sponsorship and merchandising matters and related agreements. He has been involved in unfair trade practice cases, the mediation or settlement of intellectual property related disputes, and representation of clients in dispute resolution matters.

Shearn Delamore & Co:

Established in 1905, Shearn Delamore & Co. has grown from a pioneering two-lawyer practice into one of the largest firms in Malaysia.

We focus on providing and delivering a full range of legal solutions promptly and effectively. At Shearn Delamore & Co. we value quality, integrity and practicality. These values reflect who we are as a firm and our goals for the future. They shape what we do and how we do it.

Whilst other firms talk about pedigree, here at Shearn Delamore & Co. we live and breathe it; some of our practice groups are among the most established and reputable in the country. Our Intellectual Property practice, which is more than 40 years old, is a large, thriving practice and the partners recognised as leaders in the field. Our Tax & Revenue practice, which is also more than four decades old, is one of the oldest and largest dedicated tax law practice groups in the country.

With over 350 staff, comprising a team of 49 partners, 54 legal assistants and over 280 support staff – based in our head office in Kuala Lumpur and branch office in Penang – we have genuine in-depth knowledge of our chosen practices.

Eighteen of our partners are recommended as Leaders in their field for Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 in Banking & Finance, Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Industrial Relations, Intellectual Property, and Tax practices. In 2013, eighteen of our partners are recommended as Leaders in their field for Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 specifically in Banking & Finance, Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Industrial Relations, Intellectual Property, and Tax practices. more >>

Neil Kirby

Neil Kirby is a director of Werksmans Attorneys and currently heads the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice.

He has significant litigation and dispute resolution expertise in the specialities of healthcare, constitutional and environmental law. Neil regularly advises on the provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, as well as on healthcare legislation including the National Health Act, the Medicines and Related Substances Act, the Pharmacy Act and Health Professions Act. He also has a strong understanding of the Consumer Protection and National Environmental Management Acts.

Neil is a member of the World Association of Medical Law and the International Bar Association (IBA). He was Chair of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Committee of the IBA from 2008 to 2012, Co-Chair of that Commitee in 2013 and is currently Co-Vice Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the IBA.

He is named as a leading lawyer in the categories of healthcare and regulatory by Best Lawyers International and in dispute resolution by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Neil has published numerous articles on healthcare, environmental, administrative and constitutional law matters.

Neil has LLB and LLM degrees and a Certificate in Environmental Law from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Life Sciences Law Practice:

Few matters cut deeper into the pockets of both individuals and businesses than healthcare costs. Medical scheme fraud, reported to be widespread, has added substantially to these costs, as has the onslaught of HIV/Aids. Legislative change has also been dramatic in the healthcare industry, resulting in a rash of disputes over dispensing fees, medicine pricing and the advertising of health products.

In this context, the firm is at the cutting edge of legal developments in the health, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. For instance, the Werksmans Healthcare & Life Sciences team has helped to clamp down on fraudulent medical claims by representing medical schemes and administrators against erring healthcare service providers. We have also assisted employers in implementing workable, cost-effective HIV/Aids workplace programmes.

The diversified knowledge of the team is complemented by in-depth insight into South Africa’s evolving legislative and regulatory environment. This includes the black economic empowerment requirements of the Health Charter and the legal implications of the National Health Act, Consumer Protection Act and foodstuff laws as well as the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme. Other sought-after skills of the team include know how in product liability matters, consumer protection, licensing, distribution agreements and compliance with clinical trials regulations.

Expertise in these fields is sharpened by extensive international involvement, which includes representation at the World Association of Medical Law and the World Congress on Public Healthcare Law & Ethics. Team members are often speakers at local and global conferences, covering topics ranging from stem cell research and euthanasia to traditional African medicine.

The Healthcare & Life Sciences practice works closely with other practice areas within the firm in order to provide a holistic service to clients. Practice areas with which the Healthcare & Life Sciences practice works include but are not limited to the following: Environmental, Dispute Resolution, Mining & Resources and Competition.

Werksmans Attorneys:

Established in the early 1900s, Werksmans Attorneys is a leading South African corporate and commercial law firm serving multinationals, listed companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and government.

Operating in Gauteng and the Western Cape, and connected to an extensive African legal network through LEX Africa, the firm’s reputation is built on the combined experience of Werksmans and Jan S. de Villiers, which merged in 2009.

LEX Africa was established in 1993 as the first and largest African legal network and offers huge potential for Werksmans’ clients as it provides a gateway to Africa to companies seeking to do business on the continent. Each LEX Africa member firm specialises in corporate and commercial law and dispute resolution combined with intimate knowledge of the local customs, business practices, cultures and languages of each country.

With a formidable track record in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Werksmans is distinguished by the people, clients and work that it attracts and retains.

Werksmans’ more than 180 lawyers are a powerful team of independent-minded individuals who share a common service ethos. The firm’s success is built on a solid foundation of insightful and innovative deal structuring and legal advice, a keen ability to understand business and economic imperatives and a strong focus on achieving the best legal outcome for clients. more >>