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26 Feb 21
Foreign investment control regulations: extension of COVID-19–related rules and new list and definition of strategic assets with a brief focus on the health industry
At the end of 2020, important regulatory measures regarding Italian foreign investment control regulations (known as the Golden Powers) were enacted: (i) a revised list and definition of critical and strategic assets in sectors relevant for the purposes of these regulations entered into force with effect from January 14, 2021, and (ii) the COVID-19 emergency rules providing for a temporary broadening of the scope of notification duties (which, among other things, also involve intra-EU transactions) have been extended through June 30, 2021.
15 Oct 20
Foreign investment control in the life science sector: the scope of the Italian Government’s powers also in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic
Some recent cases in the news, as well as steps taken to increase the regulatory powers of the government in the current emergency situation via the Decreto Liquidità[1], have prompted us to draft this overview of measures that provide the government with special powers that it may exercise to prohibit or impose conditions upon extraordinary corporate transactions of foreign parties involving Italian target companies (known as the Golden Power) operating, among others, in the life sciences sector.
11 Jun 20
Venture Capital watch: how COVID-19 is affecting and will affect VC transactions with a specific focus on the life sciences and healthcare sectors
The COVID-19 outbreak has already affected VC transactions all over the world, and it will continue to do so during the coming months.
11 Jun 20
Acquisitions of companies involved in the medical devices business fall under the Italian foreign investment control
More than 2 months ago the Italian Government issued certain measures[1] with the purpose of expanding its power to veto or impose conditions on acquisitions of, or other transactions involving, Italian targets operating in certain strategic sectors.
7 Feb 20
Venture capital watch: an overview of 2019 investments
We recently attended the country-focused seminar Healthcare: Italy on the Move 2020 during the weeklong J.P. Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.
5 Feb 19
Benefit companies: an overview from a corporate perspective
Italy was the first European country to issue a regulation on benefit companies (in Italian “società benefit”), importing the model from the US.
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December 19, 2022
On 13 December 2022, EMA, European Commission and HMA jointly adopted a recommendation paper on the introduction of decentralised elements in the conduct of Clinical Trials in the EU/EEA
September 21, 2022
Payback for medical devices: Decree quantifying the exceeding of the expenditure ceiling for medical devices at national and regional level for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 published ...
September 1, 2022
The 2021 annual law for market and competition addressing, as to the healthcare sector, reimbursement of drugs, intermediate distribution, patent linkage and institutional accreditation of p...
July 19, 2022
Guidelines for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to ensure dissemination, uniformity and accessibility of the EHR at national level now published in the Official Gazet...
June 6, 2022
The National Coordination Centre for Ethics Committees published new draft agreements for conducting clinical trials on drugs and medical devices
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