Annabelle BruyndonckxCounsel at Simmons & Simmons LLP, Belgium
Annabelle Bruyndonckx joined Simmons & Simmons in 2013, after more than 14 years at another international law firm, where she headed the Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare group. Annabelle read law at the Catholic University of Louvain and spent half a year on an exchange program at the Rijksuniversiteit of Leiden. She was admitted to the Brussels bar in 1998 and was a part-time lecturer at the Catholic University of Louvain from 1997 to 2003. Today, Annabelle is the head of the Belgian Regulatory Affairs Society’s (BRAS) Educational Group, where she organizes training sessions on various pharma and medical devices related topics. Annabelle is also a member of the European Food Law Association (EFLA) and the Brussels Pharma Law Group. She is frequently invited to speak at international conferences on various topics and has published numerous articles in legal and trade journals relating to various regulatory and compliance matters specific to the Health & Life Sciences sectors. Since 2010, she is a regular lecturer of the European Healthcare Compliance Ethics & Regulation program organized by Sciences Po (France) and Seton Hall Law (United States). Annabelle’s publications include numerous chapters on pharma compliance and procurement in the Second Edition of the Treatise of Pharmaceutical Law – Marketing of medicinal products for human use : Belgian and European law, 2016 (volume 1) – 2017 (volume 2), as well as notably "Promoting Medical Devices in Belgium" in Promoting Medical Devices Globally, bilingual edition, May 2009, and “Promoting Medical Products in Europe & North America”, second edition, June 2007. Annabelle is also a frequent legal writer in the bilingual newspaper Le Specialiste – addressed to 35,000 healthcare professionals and institutions – where she addresses the legal aspects of various new health topics. With a legal career spanning 21 years, Annabelle’s practice covers all parts of medicinal products and medical devices’ life cycle from RD and qualification to marketing authorization/CE marking, pricing & reimbursement manufacture and distribution, advertising, tendering, compliance and liability issues. Annabelle is fluent in French, Dutch, and English.