Chambers & Partners 2019 – Life Sciences
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Band 1 | Life Sciences

What the team is known for Market-leading department fielding highly competent individuals able to handle a range of life sciences issues. Particularly active advising clients from the biopharmaceutical sector on their domestic and regional activities. Team possesses extensive experience in patent matters, including prosecution, enforcement and litigation. Adept at handling complex regulatory mandates before the Colombian healthcare authorities. New client wins include Panacea-Velvack and Astellas.

Strengths  A market source is quick to praise the team’s performance, singling them out for their «very strong patent practice» and describing them as «very well known» in the market. They go on to add: «They might be one of the most important firms when it comes to patent matters.»

Interviewees also remark on their sanitary registration practice, with one observer adding that «they have a robust team covering all areas of life sciences law, including pharmaceuticals.»

Work highlight Represented Novartis before the Colombian Health Ministry to discuss a Declaration of Public Interest procedure against patents related to hepatitis C antivirals, successfully blocking a Compulsory Licence procedure.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming individual Alexander Agudelo is well known as a pharmaceutical specialist. A commentator says: «I think he is excellent,» endorsing his dual capabilities as both a chemist and a lawyer.

Carlos Olarte is recognised by a number of his peers as a «true leader» in the market, with an insider remarking: «He is the patent guru of Colombia.» A client is impressed by his «track record and vast experience in patents and trade marks,» as well as his «broad knowledge of the Colombian legal market,» especially valuing the fact that «he is always available for his clients.» The same client concludes: «He is a clear leader in the subject area.»