Exploring Critical Business and Legal Issues across the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries
Exploring Critical Business and Legal Issues across the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries
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An International Guide to Regulatory and Transactional Issues

In today’s rapidly evolving global healthcare landscape, market participants encounter a wealth of potential alongside a diverse range of challenges. We understand the importance of negotiating complex and ever-shifting regulations efficiently when structuring cross-border investments and transactions.

In our Guide, you’ll discover invaluable insights to help navigate the dynamic world of healthcare, unlocking opportunities and understanding the developing regulatory landscape.

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Investing In a Healthier Future: The Investor’s Perspective On Value-Based Care

In this session, McDermott Will & Emery Partner Joel Rush moderated a discussion exploring investors’ interests in, opinions on and strategies for entering the value-based care (VBC) market. The panel discussed factors taken into consideration when choosing if and when to invest in VBC opportunities, issues that arise when collaborating with health systems, and ways to evaluate risk models and support improved care delivery.

Session panelists included:

  • Lauren Brueggen, Partner, Heritage Group
  • Devin Carty, Chief Executive Officer, Martin Ventures
  • Roger Kueny, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Alignment
  • David Pontius, Partner, WindRose Health Investors
  • Karey Witty, Managing Director, Valtruis

Top takeaways included:

  1. When it comes to investing in VBC, the tailwinds are just beginning to pick up after the COVID-19 pandemic reduced reimbursement volume. During that time, physician practices that were leaning on fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursements saw their volumes drop close to zero during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals began to get crushed by the rates, and much of the volume has yet to return to normal. One way to solve this problem is by moving physician practices into VBC and to demonstrating that VBC is a bonus, not a penalty, and probably the only way to get back to the earnings they previously had. Also, when looking at hospital systems, investor-based hospitals performed significantly better during the pandemic. Innovative programs like the Accountable Care Organizations Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) model are showing hospitals and physicians that the market is experiencing a technology shift, [...]

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Investing in Global Healthcare and Life Sciences

Today’s global healthcare marketplace is marked by unprecedented transformation. This presents both challenges and opportunity to today’s market participants. We know how important it is to structure cross-border investments and transactions to account for complex and ever-shifting regulations.

Within this dynamic environment, McDermott’s health lawyers wield a deep knowledge of how healthcare services, medical technology and pharmaceuticals are delivered around the world, and how the laws that affect those entities and that help drive action are creating the market of tomorrow.

We’re passionate about our role in shaping the alliances that will lead to next-generation digital health technologies, new pharmaceuticals and superior healthcare delivery.

If you’re doing something that’s never been done before, or looking to do something better than it’s ever been done before, we’re here to help. Together, we’re pushing boundaries and knocking down barriers to usher in a new age of healthcare.

Bringing this experience and commercial focus together we are proud to present the International Guide to Investing in Healthcare and Life Sciences.

For each jurisdiction you’ll discover:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the provision of healthcare and life sciences
  • Ownership or equivalent restrictions in relation to the provision of healthcare services
  • Reimbursement of public or national healthcare services and award of contracts
  • Drug approvals and reimbursement
  • Devices certification and reimbursement
  • Regulation of AI and software as a medical device
  • Telemedicine and teleconsultation
  • Anti-kickback rules and incentives to doctors
  • Merger and foreign investment control
  • Forthcoming and anticipated changes in healthcare and life [...]

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HPE New York 2021: Big Bankers Breakfast


The second year of the Biden administration and the potential ending of a world-shifting pandemic will surely shape the 2022 healthcare investing market. To gain insight on the year ahead, Curtis Lane, founder of WindRose Health Investors, hosted a panel with some of the leading voices in investment banking. Panelists joining Lane included:

  • Fritz Buerger, Managing Director, Healthcare, Healthcare Services, William Blair
  • Richard Harding, Managing Director and Head of the US Private Equity Solutions Group, Moelis & Company
  • Philip Pucciarelli, Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Geoffrey Smith, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Group, Harris Williams

Access the full takeaways here.
Watch the session recording here.

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Life Sciences Dealmaking Symposium: Powering through the Pandemic: Trends in Early-Stage Investment

The pursuit of progress during these unprecedented times has led to a surge in life sciences investment and funding for early stage companies. Investors are on the lookout for the next big innovation while also navigating new ways of sourcing and managing portfolio companies. Our panel of experienced early-stage investors discussed the top trends in this push for advancement, including sectors attracting the most dollars in today’s challenging business landscape, key issues that early stage investors are watching as they source and vet new investment opportunities, steps that executives of early-stage companies can take to articulate their value and attract investors, and more.

McDermott partners Todd Finger and Joanna Lin moderated this discussion featuring Eric Aguiar, MD, partner at Aisling Capital; Dr. Andrew ElBardissi, partner at Deerfield Management; and Marian Nakada, vice president of venture investment at J&J Innovation.

Below are the top takeaways for Life Sciences Dealmaking Symposium: Powering through the Pandemic: Trends in Early-Stage Investment, click here to access the full webinar.

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COVID-19 fundamentally changed the process for evaluating new investment opportunities, Dr. ElBardissi said. “Meeting face-to-face with the management team, kicking the tires, touring the facility—those are intangible factors
that are very difficult to replace in this corporate environment,” he said. “Candidly, the bar has gotten significantly higher, as you think about our inability to conduct diligence the way we would like and as you think about all the constraints in the current environment.”


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HPE New York 2020: Healthcare Private Equity Pioneers

An illustrious group of healthcare private equity pioneers discussed how healthcare investing has evolved from inception to current state and what the future holds. Moderated by Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short, Moneyball, The Blind Side and Liar’s Poker, it featured insights from Senator Bill Frist, MD, founder of Frist Cressey Ventures; Annie Lamont, co-founder and Managing Partner of Oak HC/FT; Curtis Lane, founding partner of WindRose Health Investors; and Ira Coleman, Chairman of McDermott Will & Emery.

Below are the top takeaways for HPE New York 2020 half day session: Healthcare Private Equity Pioneers, click here to access the full webinar.

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Investment in healthcare private equity continues to accelerate, even amid disruption. In the past, healthcare made up only a small portion of private equity funds, but pioneers helped make it mainstream. “The amount of infrastructure, commitment and capability focused exclusively on healthcare is becoming commensurate with the size of healthcare relative to the economy,” Mr. Lane said. “I think that’s changed pretty significantly and is continuing to change very quickly.”

One of the most dramatic changes in the field of healthcare private equity since its inception is the ongoing transformation of the healthcare system and the opportunities that transformation has created for entrepreneurs outside of traditional healthcare roles. As virtual health companies and other digital-focused [...]

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Five Questions with a Health Lawyer: Larry Guess

Larry Guess
Office: Chicago
Years at the Firm: 6 years

What is your favorite part about practicing healthcare law at McDermott? 

My favorite part of practicing healthcare law at McDermott is the complexity of our client matters and working with my colleagues to get great results for our clients. The healthcare industry is constantly changing and innovating, and our clients engage us to help them adapt to these changes and maximize innovation in the space.

What is the biggest opportunity and greatest challenge facing clients in your area of focus today? 

The biggest opportunity facing our clients is the bullish investment perspective in the healthcare industry. Currently, there are buyers with a tremendous amount of capital to deploy and sellers looking to maximize current market conditions. The healthcare transactional climate is very dynamic and certain clients are willing to invest in more risky assets. While the payoff can be substantial, the speed and complexity of these transactions can be very challenging for clients.  McDermott’s healthcare group excels in delivering value to our clients by managing the speed of transactions while navigating complex regulatory regimes, enabling our clients to understand the risk associated with a particular investment and opportunities to maximize returns.

What kind of client work gets you most excited when it comes across your desk? 


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