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Arnold & Porter Announces Expansion of Leading European Life Sciences Regulatory Practice with Opening of Amsterdam Office

• Partners Carla Schoonderbeek and Bart Jong join the Firm

AMSTERDAM, AUGUST 1, 2022 — Arnold & Porter announced today that it will be opening an office in Amsterdam with a particular focus on its European Life Sciences Regulatory practice area, and the strategic hire of two highly regarded practitioners in the area.

Richard M. Alexander, Chairman of Arnold & Porter, said: “We are pleased to announce the opening of our Amsterdam office.  The office will enhance the Firm’s ability to serve its Life Sciences and Healthcare clients and further expand its European life sciences regulatory capabilities.  Carla and Bart’s reputation and track record of success in handling sophisticated EU life sciences regulatory matters are a natural fit with our market-leading regulatory practices in London, Brussels, China, and the United States.”

Partner Carla Schoonderbeek has joined the firm today and will head up the office. Ms. Schoonderbeek is one of Europe’s leading legal advisors on European law and the regulation of medicinal products, including pharmaceuticals and biologics, as well as medical devices. She regularly advises on issues of  EU marketing authorisations, regulatory exclusivities such as regulatory data protection, orphan designation and pediatric research rewards, EU Market Access and on issues surrounding clinical trials.

The independent law directories Chambers Europe and Legal 500 have noted that Ms. Schoonderbeek is: “one of the trailblazers in life sciences,” “absolutely first class” and “a star in the life science field and the best in the business.”  She is also acclaimed for her knowledge of the  European and Dutch systems.

Also joining the firm and the office is partner Bart Jong, a former judge in the District Court of Amsterdam in the Ministry of Justice, who specialises in European and Dutch regulatory matters concerning pharmaceuticals and biologics.  Mr. Jong represents some of the largest companies operating in Europe on medicinal product development—from marketing authorisation procedures, manufacturing and distribution, regulatory exclusivities, enforcement, pharmacovigilance, and pricing and reimbursement.  Mr. Jong has extensive experience in administrative law pertaining to procedures against administrative authorities such as the Dutch Ministry of Health, the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board, and the Dutch Healthcare Authority as well as review of decisions of the European Medicines Agency and the European Commission.

In joining the firm, Ms. Schoonderbeek commented: “We are thrilled to join Arnold & Porter’s premier Life Sciences and Healthcare Regulatory practice. We have a long history of working with Arnold & Porter on behalf of many mutual clients.  We look forward to collaborating across the firm’s integrated international platform to enhance further and expand its comprehensive life sciences offering to clients in Europe and beyond.”

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