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The Legal 500 Germany 2021

In the health sector, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in particular rely on the team of Barbara Mayer and Hendrik Thies ("very trusting relationship, absolute reliability, very extensive expertise"). Morton Douglas continues to be an expert in pharmacy and drug advertising law and a central point of contact also for the Federal Association of German Pharmacy Cooperatives (various issues, data protection, pharmacy mail order, compliance). Labor law issues with an advisory focus on the hospital sector are covered by Sabine Schröter ("professional implementation, always finds a constructive solution, empathetic and mediating manner, appreciated by all negotiating parties"). Another core attorney is Meike Kapp-Schwoerer.

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Numerous pharmacies are among the clients of the practice, which operates mainly from Freiburg and for which it repeatedly wins fundamental decisions. For example, the pharmacy lawyer Douglas prevailed over the city of Herne before the Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) in the judgment on the dispatch of medicines for a pharmacist. Beside small and Mittelstand companies, the law firm is also trusted by a number of globally active corporations, such as the medical technology company Getinge Group or the spectacle lens manufacturer Essilor. The global network of law firms with life science clients, founded in 2017, has enabled FGvW to win new international clients and apply its knowledge in cross-border issues. FGvW increasingly advised medical device manufacturers on the new Medical Devices Regulation. The firm has also been involved in industry-related transactions, e.g. for Schölly Fiberoptic in the entry of a US investor.

Practice strengths: Comprehensive advice to and representation of pharmacies.

Often recommended: Hendrik Thies, Morton Douglas ("comprehensive knowledge of pharmacy law and excellent expertise in contract and data protection law", client)

Team: 3 Equity Partners, 5 Associates

Focal points: Regulatory contract law, licensing, cooperation, research and development, Medicines Advertising Act (HWG); sector-related M&A, antitrust, distribution, trademark and competition law; in Cologne: product liability and insurance law; in Frankfurt: labor law / restructuring for hospitals.
Clients: Chamber of Pharmacists NRW in HWG fundamental proceedings (ECJ); Emeram Capital on acquisition of Dr. Heni Software; Penguin Pharmacy in landmark proceedings on mail order pharmacy (BVerwG, public knowledge); Pulsion Medical Systems on compliance; Schölly Fiberoptic on an ongoing basis, among others on the Medical Devices Regulation and on the entry of a US investor; Tillotts Pharma on reimbursement and social law; mail order pharmacy 'Flying Pills' against DocMorris on medication dispensers (Düsseldorf District Court).

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The Legal 500 Germany 2020

In the area of health care, our advice to pharmacies and our strength in drug and remedy advertising law with a "broadly based" team and "competent contact persons who work proactively" is positively mentioned. Labor law mandates in this area are handled from the Frankfurt office. "In the case of cross-departmental issues, communication and supervision is excellently organized." Barbara Mayer is a practice group leader.

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The practice, which is mainly based in Freiburg, advises medical device manufacturers on the regulatory interface with corporate, labor and antitrust law. Pharmacies and their associations are also among its regular clients. Pharmacy lawyer Douglas was again involved in several fundamental proceedings under the German Unfair Competition Act (UWG). For example, he successfully prevailed against DocMorris before the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court (OLG) with regard to their pharmacy dispensers. (...) The FGvW lawyers are increasingly succeeding in using their regulatory know-how as an entry point into extensive client relationships. They also advise on industry-related transactions, such as the private equity investor Emeram Capital on the purchase of a provider of pharmacy software. The network with international medical law boutiques, which was established 2 years ago, is generating new mandates as well as inquiries from full-service law firms without their own health care lawyers seeking regulatory support for their transaction advice.

Practice strengths: Comprehensive advice and representation of pharmacies.

Often recommended: Hendrik Thies, Morton Douglas

Team: 3 Equity Partners, 4 Associates

Priorities: Regulatory contract law, licensing, cooperation, research and development, Drug Advertising Act (HWG); industry-related M&A, antitrust, distribution, trademark and competition law, in Cologne: product liability and insurance law, in Frankfurt: labor law/restructuring for hospitals.

Clients: Pharmacy on advertising prohibitions against Competition Authority (BGH); North Rhine Pharmacists' Chamber (Apothekerkammer Nordrhein) against DocMorris regarding Rx price maintenance; mail-order pharmacy 'flying pills' against DocMorris machines; pharmacy cooperation on drug distribution portal; Emeram Capital on acquisition of Dr. Heni Software; international medical device manufacturer on restructuring and unfair competition (UWG) proceedings; pharmaceutical company in drug advertising (HWG) proceedings.

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The increased legal requirements for manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals are a major driver for the recent success story of the practice, which is mainly located in Freiburg. In addition to small and medium-sized companies, the law firm is regularly trusted by global corporations, such as the Getinge Group, which is listed on the Swedish stock exchange. In order to better support these companies in their international activities, FGvW 2017 founded a non-exclusive network of law firms with special expertise in the life science sector. This network generates an ongoing stream of clients, most recently, for example, advice on market entry for a listed pharmaceutical manufacturer. In addition to work on contract law and distribution projects, the firm also advises on topics such as the anti-corruption law and compliance. FGvW is able to combine this with its expertise in drug law and its recognized specialization in pharmacy law.

Often recommended: Hendrik Thies, Morton Douglas ("high client acceptance", competitors)

Priorities: Regulatory contract law, licensing, cooperation, research and development, drug advertising act (HWG); industry-related M&A, antitrust, distribution, trademark and competition law, in Cologne: product liability and insurance law, in Frankfurt: labor law/restructuring for hospitals

Clients: Getinge Group, including on various (international) acquisitions; international medical device manufacturer on sale of German subsidiary incl. bidding process; US orthopaedic system provider in German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) proceedings on www. Distribution; medical device manufacturer in quality problems and commercial law; Chamber of Pharmacists in various proceedings (e.g. up to the Federal Supreme Court); pharmacy in the acquisition of several pharmacies including cytostatic drug manufacturing company from insolvency; medical device manufacturer in lawsuits due to distribution of counterfeit medical devices; listed pharmaceutical manufacturer in market entry with generic drug; "flying pills" in fundamental proceedings in the Netherlands competitors; pharmacy cooperation on anti-corruption law

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