03 Jun 2021 | 08:28 am | 1 min. read
Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has recruited Life Sciences partner, Machteld Hiemstra in Amsterdam as it develops its Netherlands-based technology, science and industry (TSI) capabilities.
Machteld, who is the firm's third partner in The Netherlands, is a civil and regulatory litigator specialising in regulatory enforcement and compliance with an emphasis on medicines and medical devices regulatory mandates, consumer protection, GDPR, product liability and patent extension disputes.
A life sciences specialist, Machteld will advise on Pan-European and domestic matters including biologics and biotech, generics and biosimilars, medtech and digital health.
Amsterdam office head at Pinsent Masons, Wouter Seinen, said: "Building out capabilities that focus on life sciences regulatory advisory and disputes work will be a game changer for us in Amsterdam.
“Not only will Machteld's experience support the development of our global technology, science and industry sector, it will enable us to tap into opportunities prompted by the relocation of the European Medicines Association to Amsterdam as clients increasingly seek on the ground capabilities. Machteld's expertise will play an important role in adding strength and depth to our pan-European Life Sciences capabilities."
Machteld's hire follows the recruitment of TSI partner Alexander Spoor in May following the launch of Pinsent Masons' Amsterdam presence with the hire of office head Wouter Seinen in February.
Joining from Simmons & Simmons, Machteld has advised a number of high-profile businesses including GSK, Bayer, Abbott and Gilead. Her career incorporates both private practice and in-house experience working with Akzo Nobel as senior legal counsel between 2004 and 2007 where she was responsible for global pharma related product liability matters.
Commenting on her move, Machteld said: "Demand for domestic and international life sciences capabilities is increasing in Netherlands and across continental Europe. I am excited to be joining an international team with an established track record of using law as a business enabler for its clients.”
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