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Bronze - Individuals: litigation
International law firm Arnold & Porter has sustained its reputation for IP transactional work, particularly in the life sciences realm, with the past year seeing it work on a range of collaboration agreements for the likes of Pfizer. Leading the charge is Ewan Townsend, who thrives when dealing with IP issues in relation to pharmaceutical transactions, the commercialisation of medicinal products and the related regulatory issues. One client of 20 years calls him “one of the brightest and most user-friendly advisers on the London market”. Anchoring the litigation side of the practice meanwhile is Beatriz San Martin – entrenched in the life sciences industry, she fights hard in patent and supplementary protection certificate (SPC) disputes and has developed a firm understanding of burgeoning technologies like synthetic biology and cell and gene therapies. “If Beatriz does not instantly know the answer to questions or new scenarios, she knows where to go to find the best resources. She has a keen, enquiring mind, with a view to getting to the bottom of each situation, ensuring that she has considered all options. She never gives an answer that is not fully thought out, or wellresearched.”