Life Sciences

Chambers Europe

“Profound knowledge, excellent support and good customer service skills.”

Legal 500

“Very good, specialized lawyers, the team collaborates efficiently together to meet with their clients’ needs in a timely manner; Projects are well managed and prioritized.”

Who's Who Legal Switzerland Life Sciences

“Well known for work in the life sciences space” / “Advice has always been timely and of the highest quality.”

The World’s Leading Patent Professionals

“A courtroom favourite among major life sciences players.”

Legal 500

“The company is outstanding at analysing contracts and identifying risks and best solutions for the counterparty. It is committed to finding the best solutions tailored to the client’s needs.”

Practice Group

Schellenberg Wittmer’s Life Sciences Group is a leading practice for dispute resolution, transactional work and regulatory matters in the field of life sciences. We advise and represent companies from a variety of sectors, including pharma, biotechnology, medical devices, cosmetics, and food and beverages.



Schellenberg Wittmer’s Life Sciences Group has broad expertise in representing life sciences clients in complex international disputes and in advising on corporate and commercial matters, such as complex licensing deals, joint ventures and M&A transactions.

Additionally, we provide guidance in regulatory matters and advise on data protection, compliance and investigations, e-health, software and competition law.


We represent clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings over a broad range of issues, including:

  • Entitlement, validity and infringement of patents, SPCs and other IP right
  • Disputes arising from licensing, distribution, non-disclosure, R&D, technology transfer, manufacturing and clinical trials agreements
  • Product liability and product recall matters

Corporate and Commercial

  • R&D, licensing and development, IP acquisitions, manufacturing, distribution and option agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • M&A transactions
  • Venture capital and private equity


Advice and Regulatory

  • Clinical trials
  • Pharmaceutical advertising
  • Interactions with HCP
  • Compliance and investigations
  • Data protection, e-health and medical software
  • Competition law
  • Representation of a US pharmaceutical company in a USD 210 million arbitration against a German pharmaceutical company concerning non-compliance with GMP, supply of deficient drug product and product recalls
  • Counsel to Santhera Pharmaceuticals on various complex, multi-jurisdictional licensing and asset sale deals
  • Counsel to Shire in the closing in Switzerland of the global sale of its oncology business to Servier SAS
  • Counsel to PM Equity Partner LLC, the corporate venture fund of Philip Morris International, in its acquisition of a minority shareholding in Biovotion AG
  • Swiss counsel to Cardinal Health, a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, in its acquisition of Medtronic’s Patient Recovery business for USD 6.1 billion
  • Representation of various pharmaceutical companies in notification procedures following data breaches
  • Swiss counsel to Panasonic Healthcare in its acquisition of the Diabetes Care business from Bayer (total transaction value approx. EUR 1 billion)
  • Representation of a medical device company in the Swiss part of global product liability litigation
  • Representation of a major cosmetics retailer before regulatory authorities and in several product recall cases
  • Swiss counsel to Cardinal Health in the acquisition of Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis business, a global leader in cardiology and endovascular devices
  • Representation of a major Swiss medical device manufacturer in patent litigation before the Swiss Federal Patent Court
  • Representation of a Swiss pharma and biotech company in an investigation by the Swiss competition authority over an alleged abuse of a dominant position based on licensing agreements
  • Comprehensive data protection advice to a global manufacturer of skincare products
  • Data protection and health regulatory advice to a provider of health checks offered to employees of customers



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Awards & Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are well recognised among leading law firms across international directories and publications:

  • Chambers Europe in Life Sciences
  • Legal 500 in Life Sciences
  • Who’s Who Legal in Life Sciences
  • The World’s Leading Patent Professionals
  • The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars

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