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Oct 25 – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is constant to bolster its life sciences and know-how practices with a pair of companions from Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley.
Kristen Riemenschneider and Vinita Kailasanath are becoming a member of Freshfields because the London-founded agency continues its speedy growth in the U.S. authorized market.
Washington, D.C.-based Riemenschneider’s work focuses on biopharmaceuticals, together with strategic license and collaboration transactions. Kailasanath primarily works with shoppers in the biotech and medical system sectors, and is predicated in the agency’s Silicon Valley workplace, which is a bit of over a 12 months outdated.
The 2 attorneys have each suggested vaccine producer AstraZeneca on issues together with M&A and provide agreements. They mentioned they had been interested in Freshfields in half as a result of a few of their current shoppers, together with AstraZeneca Plc, have already got longstanding ties to their new agency.
“That’s why we thought that our U.S.-based life sciences practice was so complementary to the Freshfields global relationships with these core clients,” Kailasanath mentioned. “We think that we’ll be able to provide a very full service, holistic platform and team.”
The duo will work intently with Adam Golden, who joined Freshfields in Could from Hogan Lovells as head of its U.S. life sciences follow, and Jennifer Bethlehem, international head of the agency’s shopper and healthcare follow, Freshfields mentioned.
Freshfields is dedicated to bringing on extra attorneys to assist reinforce its place “as the preeminent team for legal advisory in the areas and at the intersection of life sciences and technology,” Golden mentioned in a press release.
Arnold & Porter didn’t instantly reply to request for touch upon the departures of Riemenschneider and Kailasanath.
Freshfields has grown shortly in the U.S. since late 2019 when it employed dealmaker Ethan Klingsberg and his group from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
The agency additionally lately poached Damien Zoubek, a veteran dealmaker at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a agency that hardly ever sees lateral associate exits to rivals. Zoubek will function Freshfields’ co-head of company and M&A alongside Klingsberg.
(CORRECTION: A earlier model of the story misattributed a quote from Kailasanath to Riemenschneider.)
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Xiumei Dong covers authorized trade information, with a concentrate on regulation agency technique and progress, in-house counsel and the Washington, D.C., authorized market. Attain her at [email protected]