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Industry Regulatory PG meet in Bonn

bnt experts meet to discuss regulation of medical devices, private enforcement of damages in competition law, and public procurement issues.

On 14/15 April 2016, the members of our bnt | attorneys-at law international Industry & Regulatory Practice Group (PG) came together in Bonn to discuss topical issues in the fields of pharmacy, public procurement, and competition.

Our Industry & Regulatory PG consists of 19 experts from all bnt offices focusing on life sciences, public procurement, and competition law who are eager to keep track of latest developments, to look beyond the obvious and find inspiring common PG goals resulting in high value specialist advice to clients across state borders.

We understand that building group cohesion and commitment requires more than simply working together on assignments. So, our monthly conference calls to exchange experience and news, and to brainstorm solutions to inquiries and legal challenges form only part of our collaboration. In addition, we exchange face time during practice group meetings to build trust between group members, to socialize and strengthen group identity as well as to take on the challenge of new tasks. During our meetings we try to make contact with local institutions and companies to obtain insider views on practical and topical questions from other countries and learn from their experience.

The present focus of our Pharmaceuticals and life sciences PG Subgroup lies with Medical Devices regulations in our respective countries and the new EU regulation in this field. Our goal is to provide internationally operating companies manufacturing or distributing medical devices with a professional overview on regulation, practical legal insights, and compliance with national requirements by the end of 2016. Our findings will be presented to companies in a survey as well as during one of our “Meet the experts” business breakfasts in different jurisdictions.

The present goal of our Competition PG Subgroup is not only to raise the awareness of clients and colleagues in competition law matters. We will have a closer look into the possibilities of private enforcement in the light of upcoming implementation of the EU Directive and national court practice.

During discussion with specialists from the German federal competition authority (“Bundeskartellamt”) and a meeting with Professor Christian Koenig from the Centre for European Integration Studies, we gained insights into German public procurement and competition law practice. And Deutsche Telekom AG received us at their headquarters in Bonn to provide us with the possibility to learn from their own practical competition law experience in our jurisdictions.

Our five international core practice groups form the pillars of our legal services. We at bnt are aware that legal specialization and solid knowledge of clients' business forge the key to delivering competent and creative advice and to assisting clients in meeting their goals. This enables our practice groups to ensure that each matter is handled by specialists in their field for each jurisdiction and for cross-border assignments. Through our practice groups we are able to form teams of legal experts from different jurisdictions to find sound and comprehensive solutions for clients.

For more information on our Industry & Regulatory Practice Group, please visit our webpage: https://www.bnt.eu/en/industry-regulatory or contact the head of the PG, attorney-at-law Yvonne Goldammer directly: . We look forward to hearing from you.