Lindahl is one of the leading Scandinavian law firms within the field of life sciences. We have extensive experience in assisting both smaller and larger companies with competencies that span from commercial agreements and intellectual property rights through to transactions, regulatory matters and more.
International rating agencies such as Chambers and Partners, PLC Which Lawyer? and Managing Intellectual Property, which annually rank law firms and lawyers across the globe based on client interviews, have for several years ranked Lindahl as a market leader in Sweden within the fields of life sciences and intellectual property rights.
Our size, broad knowledge and extensive experience enable us to take on complicated and wide-reaching assignments for both smaller and larger companies alike. Given that much of the business carried out within the field of life sciences is transnational in nature, we are well used to working closely with international partners on transactions and commercial agreements.
The types of agreements concluded by life science companies are characterised by sector-specific conditions to a much greater extent than is the case for other industries. This is something that we know very well. Consultants therefore need to possess genuine experience and understanding within life sciences. Lindahl’s legal experts within this area have ample and extensive experience in providing assistance to individual researchers and inventors, to universities and colleges, and to companies of all shapes and sizes. We provide support to all kinds of companies, from large pharmaceutical corporations to businesses in an early stage of development. Examples of the kinds of agreements that we regularly work with include research contracts, cooperation agreements, licensing agreements and manufacturing agreements.
The presence of life science companies in transactions has been significant over the last few years. Life science companies have been applying far and wide for financing, and often within the market for public capital. Similarly, the number of mergers and acquisitions within the sector has also been high. At Lindahl, our legal experts possess considerable expertise in providing assistance to companies, investors and investment banks with respect to capital acquisitions, IPOs and takeovers involving life science companies. We have represented both buyers and sellers in connection with the transfer of companies, business activities and product rights. We conduct ongoing due diligence on companies within the sector.
Intellectual property rights
For life science companies, intellectual property rights are of enormous importance – not least when it comes to patents and trademarks. Lindahl’s legal experts have been top-ranking within this area for many years and can handle all kinds of different assignments, from trademark applications through to complex patent processes with international ramifications. We also have contacts and partners who provide us with the technical competencies that different cases may require. Our solid competencies within the field of intellectual property mean that we are well positioned to fully manage and secure intellectual property rights through the formulation of commercial contracts and the management of transactions within life sciences.
The regulations that apply to life science companies are extensive, both on a European and a national level. Beyond legislation, companies also need to comply with the regulations of government agencies and the rules adopted by industry organisations such as the Swedish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry, for example. Questions that arise in relation to these regulations quite often have clear links to marketing, competition law and public procurement. Lindahl can provide consultancy and advice within all of these areas. We assist clients by obtaining and maintaining the permits and authorisations that their operations require. We can also provide assistance in connection with regulatory disputes. Our experience and expertise within the applicable regulations is strengthened even further by the fact that we often provide support to clients in related sectors, such as the food and cosmetics industries.