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CompLaw: Pharma
December 2024
Venue TBCBrussels, Belgium

Michael Clancy
Partner at Van Bael & Bellis


Michael Clancy is a competition lawyer focused on the life sciences sector, with over 15 years of experience providing clients with actionable, commercially-minded advice and solutions on issues arising throughout the lifespan of products, including:

  • Collaborations / Licensing / M&A. Michael helps clients successfully plan, complete and implement complex transactions and long-term collaborations, and navigate required government approvals and issues ranging from pricing control/IRP management, trade, exclusivity and information exchange.
  • IP / Regulatory / Promotional Strategies v. Competitors. While it is normal and allowable for companies to prepare for and compete with new entrants to the market and other competitors, certain IP / Regulatory / Promotional and other activities may violate the competition laws. Michael works closely with clients’ legal and business teams to develop proactive guidance allowing compliant and effective responses to competitive threats.
  • Pricing Strategies. Michael routinely advises clients on the pricing of high-profile medicines and other products, working closely with clients’ legal and pricing teams to develop compliant pricing strategies that allow successful agreements with customers and payors, address threats from competitors, and minimize any implementation issues that might otherwise undermine commercial success.
  • Supply and Distribution. Working with clients to structure and implement compliant distribution systems intended to ensure the appropriate and adequate supply of products to patients in each country.
  • Compliance Tools. Michael works with clients to develop effective compliance tools, tailored to the clients’ specific business, which allow in-house counsel to constructively advise and guide business teams on competition law issues that may impact commercial success or create legal compliance risks.
  • Investigation Defense & Complaints. While the objective is always to help our clients avoid legal issues and regulatory scrutiny, where legal challenges arise, Michael works with clients on proactive steps intended to quickly resolve the issue or investigation, and has assisted clients to successfully resolve complaints and investigations by the EU and national competition authorities and before national courts. Michael also supports clients where necessary to take legal actions against competitors engaging in illegal activities.

Agenda Sessions

  • Parallel Trade & Other Challenges in Distribution