Foreign Direct Investment & Foreign Subsidies Regulation: How do they Apply in the Pharma Sector?

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Foreign Direct Investment & Foreign Subsidies Regulation: How do they Apply in the Pharma Sector?

Foreign Direct Investment & Foreign Subsidies Regulation: How do they Apply in the Pharma Sector?

About the speakers
  • George Peretz KC
    George Peretz KC
    Barrister at Monckton Chambers & Law Library of Ireland
    George Peretz KC (England and Wales) BL (Ireland) practises from Monckton Chambers in London and the Law Library in Dublin. He has extensive experience of litigating questions of EU, and post-Brexit retained EU law, in the EU Court of Justice and higher UK courts. He specialises in both competition law (especially State aid/subsidy control, where he has recently represented both the UK tax authorities and E.ON in separate high-profile cases before the English High Court) and in pharmaceutical regulation, where he represented the UK MHRA in Astellas Pharma (ECJ) and in the Avastin litigation in the English Court of Appeal. The 2023 edition of Chambers and Partners states that “George is fabulously detailed. He takes great care with the client, and is terrific on his feet" and that "he has a very encyclopaedic knowledge, and can translate what is sometimes very technical into something that clients can understand.
  • Anne Wachsmann
    Anne Wachsmann
    Partner at Linklaters
    Anne Wachsmann leads the Antitrust & Foreign Investment practice of Linklaters in Paris. She is a key player in her field, with particular expertise in all aspects of competition law: abuse of dominant position, cartels, vertical restraints, merger control, from the investigation stage to first instance and appeal hearings before domestic and EU jurisdictions. In 2021, she was named in the prestigious Global Competition Review (GCR) Women in Antitrust list. She is ranked individually in Band 1 in Chambers, which states in 2022 that « Anne is a favorite choice of counsel amongst multinational and local corporates for vertical agreements, merger control and anticompetitive practices. One client praises her for being “dared, inventive, agile, determined, rigorous and focused” ». She was listed in 2021 in the very selective list as one of Forbes’ “Top 40 des avocats du CAC40”. She is listed by Legal 500 as one of the leading individuals in France for competition matters. She is one of the Thought Leaders in France in Who's Who Legal. She has been twice elected European Competition Lawyer of the Year at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards, in 2014 and 2018. Anne’s clients span a broad range of industry sectors, notably the pharmaceutical one. She has worked recently in the field of biosimilars and consumer healthcare pharma products. She assisted Sanofi on the Plavix case of 2013 before the French Competition Authority (FCA) and before the European Court of Justice in the preliminary ruling in 2016, opposing Genentech to Sanofi. She advised Sanofi Pasteur on the dissolution of its 50/50 JV with Merck in 2016. Beyond client work, Anne has contributed since 2005 to the prestigious competition review Concurrences as co-writer of the quarterly column on abuse of dominant position. She is a non-governmental advisor (NGA) in the framework of the ICN (International Competition Network) for the FCA. Thanks to her expertise and reputation on the market, Anne is also a Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges (her former school) where she teaches a 25-hour seminar on EU merger control since 2016. Anne chairs the Linklaters Foundation which focuses on two main areas: inclusive education and cultural patronage. She is also president of a contemporary art centre in Strasbourg, the CEAAC.
  • Niels van Nuland
    Niels van Nuland
    International Competition Law Counsel, Senior Director Legal at Gilead
    Niels van Nuland (Helmond (NL) 1981) is working as Global Competition Law Counsel at Gilead Sciences, based in Brussels. He has nearly 20 years of professional experience, both in-house and in private practice. Before joining Gilead Sciences as Head of Legal Benelux in 2013, Niels worked as attorney-at-law at AKD Advocaten & Notarissen in Brussels, specializing in European and Dutch (Competition) Law and at Banning Advocaten in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL) in a general legal practice. He obtained his Dutch law (Civil Law and Company Law) degree from the Universiteit Leiden (Netherlands) in 2004 and his Belgian Law degree from the Free University of Brussels in 2014. Niels speaks Dutch, French, English, and a bit of German. He is married and has a daughter Frederica.

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